Petr Koukal continued his reign today with another successful win on his home turf. He defeated Chinese Taipei’s Jen Hao Hsu in straight games, 21-10, and 21-12. Koukal has had a very successful year so far and is only getting better. This is incredible as no less than a year and a half ago Koukal was being treated for Cancer. But with the Cancer out of the way the Czech National champ is set to win his home title. Also in the men’s singles, top seed Przemyslaw Wacha had a three set epic with Indonesian Andre Kurniawan Tedjono. Andre took the first set 21- 18, but Wacha took control and won the next two sets 21-13, and 21-15. India’s Arvind Bhat had quite the scare in the form of fifth seeded Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine. Bhat came out on top, 18-21, 21-16, and 21-15. But Bhat’s success would not go too far as Wacha met him in the semi-final and overtook him 18-21, 21-12, and 21-3. Wacha will play Koukal for the title tomorrow.
In the women’s singles Czech star Kristina Gavnholt continued her run into the final. She won the semi-final match against Estonia’s Karoline Hoim, 21-8, and 21-13. Kristina has had a very successful tournament so far winning all her matches without dropping a set. Tomorrow she will face Arundhati Pantawane of India for the Czech International title. Arundhati paved her way to the final by defeating France’s third seeded Sashina Vignes Waran.
Adam Cwalina and Michal Logosz have kept their form this tournament, winning their semi-final against Chinese Taipei’s duo of Kan Hao Liao and Jui Wei Liang. The match went the distance with the Polish pair coming out in the end, 17-21, 21-18, and 21-9. On the other half of the draw, Russian pair of Vitalj Durkin and Alexandr Nikolaenko took out another Chinese Taipei team to reach the final. The Russian pair defeated Po Yi Huang and Chia Bi Lu in straight sets, 21-14, and 21-18. The final tomorrow will be Poland’s Cwalina/Logosz against Russia’s Durkin/Nikolaenko.
There will be another Russian team in the women’s doubles final tomorrow. Valeri Sorokina and Nina Vislova earned their place in the final, defeating Jillie Cooper and Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, 16-21, 21-12, and 21-8. Canadians will also have someone to cheer for in the final, as Charmain Reid and Nicole Grether will also be headed to the final tomorrow after defeating Sweden’s Sanne Ekberg and Amanda Hogstrom. It was an impressive performance by the Canadian pair taking the match in straight sets, 21-8, and 21-8.
Russia’s doubles stars Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeri Sorokina will both be in their second final of the day as they defeated Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak and Stasa Poznanovic, 21-17, and 21-11. Nikolaenko will also be in the Men’s doubles final, as well as Sorokina will also be in the Women’s doubles final. This will give Russia the opportunity to capitalize on a double crown chance for both Nikolaenko and Sorokina. Underdogs Gert Kunka (Estonia) and Amanda Hogstrom (Sweden) made a miracle run to the final after defeating France’s Labar Ronan and Laura Choinet, 21-18, and 24-22.
Tien Minh Nguyen goes into his national open as the overwhelming favourite to clinch the title, after winning the 2009 Vietnam Challenge. He starts his campaign against American Arnold Setiadl on Wednesday.
Setiadi is one of only a handful of players not native to Asia playing in the event; Raj Popat of Wales is another playing this week. Second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono comes into the event with a Quarter Final appearance in the Chinese Taipei GP Event in August, an event that Nguyen won.
The men’s singles event as a whole attracted 77 entries, with 192 players in total playing over the 6 days of the event. There is local interested rife throughout the draw, with several local players being seeded.
Top seeded Men’s Doubles pairing Lee and Choong from Malaysia had a good run at the China Masters Super Series event last month, reach the semi final stage. Second seeds Chan and Chew from Malaysia crashed out early from the China Masters, losing to unseeded Li and Shen from China in Round 1.
Qualifying begins on Tuesday at 9am local time
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open GP 2009 Draws
As we head into the semi-finals of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix, a few countries are well represented. In the men’s singles Hong Kong has two remaining players as Yan Kit Chan and Wing Ki Wong face off against Kazushi Yamada and Andre Tedjono respectively. The unseeded Wing Ki Wong did well to upset England’s number one ranked player Andrew Smith in a lopsided match winning 21-9, 21-16.
In the women’s singles it’s Japan going strong with 3 out of the 4 remaining competitors. Eriko Hirose upset the top seeded Yip Pui Yin 21-11, 21-15 to book her place in the semis against her teammate Sayaka Sato. Meanwhile on the bottom of the draw Indonesia’s Maria Febe Kusumastuti will be facing the second seeded Japanese shuttler Megumi Taruno in hopes of upsetting Japan’s domination in the event.
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New Zealand Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws
After the first day’s results there have been few seeds slain, with the exception of France’s Brice Leverdez who lost to Indonesia’s Yoga Pratama and Lee Tsuen Seng who withdrew from the tournament. Surprising though was the loss of last week’s Australian Open Grand Prix winner Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka to Japan’s Kazushi Yamada 14-21, 21-16, 21-12.
Tomorrow might yield some interesting matches with R.M.V Gurusai Datt playing the top seed Yan Kit Chan, Koichi Saeki playing second seeded Andre Tedjono, and a few others worth keeping an eye out for.
The other events have yet to start at this point in time as a result of what seem to be some fairly small draws, so keep an eye out there as well, since we could see some other exciting matches.
The Ladies Singles draw has been blown wide open with last weeks winner and top seed Zhou Mi losing in the opening round to qualifier Sayaka Sato of Japan in three games early this morning.
Fifth seed Pi Hongyan suffered a similar fate, losing to Indonesian Maria Fabe Kusumastuti in three sets, meaning only two seeds remained in the top half of the draw in Wang Lin (Seeded 3rd) and Xie Xingfang (Seeded 8th)
There was no trouble for any of the other six seeded ladies with all of them progressing to Thursday’s second round encounters.
In the Mens draw, Lin Dan’s return to action was against Indonesia’s Andre Kurniawan Tedjono. The 3rd seed progressing comfortably in two sets to set up a second round clash with Hsieh Yu Hsing.
All three Indonesian seeds progressed to round two, as well as Peter Gade who set up a second round match with the man who put out Lee Chong Wei in Singapore, Tien Minh Nguyen. Last weeks runner-up Boonsak Ponsana will play Taufik Hidayat in Round 2.
Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark continued their excellent form with a superb win over 7th seeded pair Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano. They will play another Indonesian pair in Round 2 in Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi
I might not have paid him much attention initially, but Chen Long is proving he is worthy of our respect. He is now into the semi-finals of the India Open. His latest victim was Lee Tsuen Seng who he defeated 21-15, 21-8, a fairly convincing victory from the looks of the score. Next he will play Hafiz Hashim who knocked out Indonesia’s Andre Tedjono in three games 21-18, 14-21, 21-16.
On the bottom half of the draw we have an all Indonesia semi-final between Taufik Hidayat and Tommy Sugiarto. Sugiarto is the son of the famous Icuk Sugiarto. It is highly unlikely that he will be able to beat Taufik, but who knows, crazier things have happened. My money is on Taufik to win the tournament, but of course Taufik can be incredibly unpredictable so who knows.
India Open Badminton 2009 Draws