Thus far there have been very few upsets at the 2009 Yonex OCBC US Open, and in the mens singles there have been exactly none. Every seed, except Dicky Palyama who didn’t play, has made it through to the quarter finals. I am really excited to see what happens between David Snider and Taufik Hidayat. I have no delusions about David being able to win this match. This would no doubt be the best player that David has ever played before by a long shot, however, David has gone to three games with Andrew Smith who himself went three games with Taufik. I know this is 11 year old logic, but still, wouldn’t it be cool to see a close game between these two? It is of course possible that Taufik might be interested in a day trip to Disneyland tomorrow, and the pesky semi-finals might get in the way of that, it would be wise to take it easy in the quarters then right?
For the womens events I really don’t know many of the players, however I do know that Anna Rice and Eva Lee have had some good battles in the past (I think so at least). Anna spent a large part of the last few months away from intense training while doing work in Africa, so it is possible that she is not quite at her best, but still she is solid. Another Canadian worth watching is Michelle Li. She is new to the international circuit, but she is very strong for her young age. With still another year left in juniors she is already the second best player in Canadian seniors. As for the womens doubles, I know even fewer players. It would appear that the Americans have a good hold on this event with the exception of the top seeds Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether from Canada and Germany respectively.
The mens doubles appears to be the most diverse draw with players hailing from Korea, Austria, Wales, England, Denmark, Canada, and the USA. No doubt that former world champions Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach are the biggest names in the draw and certainly the favourites in my mind, despite their low seeding.
Finally the mixed doubles, I really have no clue. I would say it’s a choice between any one of either Halim Haryanto, Tony Gunawan or Howard Bach for this title.
For those eager to see who plays who during this week’s Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009, here are the draws:
Definitely some interesting match ups, ripe with potential upsets in my opinion. The most notable are:
-Simon Santoso vs Jan O Jorgensen
-Bao Chunlai vs Park Sung Hwan
-Dicky Palyama vs Rajiv Ouseph
-Sony Dwi Kuncoro vs Qualifier #3 (this will most likely be Gong Weijie, unless his default from last week is an issue)
-Eric Pang vs Boonsak Ponsana
-Taufik Hidayat vs Andrew Smith
Okay, so I know I just listed off pretty much half of the men’s singles draw, but that just goes to show how much depth the mens singles draw has. I honestly believe that these could all go either way. Obviously there are some strong favourites in there, like Taufik for example, but I really do think that Andrew Smith is just on the verge of breaking through to the next level.
Unfortunately, as per usual I don’t have much to say about the other events, but I promise you that I am working on finding some people to help me write about and comment on the other events, I swear! If you think that could be something you could help me with please check out our jobs page.
Here is the men’s singles draw for the Aviva Singapore Super Series 2009:
The top two seeds are Lee Chong Wei and Peter Gade. Gade has a big challenge first round against Dicky Palyama, as Palyama beat Gade at the All England’s in 2008. Chong Wei plays Englands top star Andrew Smith. I’m just waiting for Smith to have his first big upset, but I’m not sure that this is the place. Any bets people???
It would be silly of me to predict any other result that a Lee Chong Wei vs Taufik Hidayat final. I’ll go with Lee Chong Wei for this one. What could be interesting is if Andrew Smith makes it to the semis and play Taufik. I know I talk about this kid a lot, and he hasn’t had a top 10 win yet, but it’s coming I promise. He did just beat Wong Choong Han, so he is legitimate.
I think the guy to look out for on the other side is Hafiz Hashim. He is suffering from a low ranking, but he is incredibly talented, as is his brother Roslin. This tournament is going to be a lot of Malaysians kicking butt for the most part.
India Open Badminton 2009 Draws
Unfortunately for Andrew Smith my prediction regarding his semi-final result was shattered by Chen Jin today. Chen crushed Smith 21-10, 21-5! Ouch, that hurts, especially since he has done well against the Chinese before. Maybe next time.
As for the rest of the semi-finals, well Lee Chong Wei beat Taufik Hidayat again, but this time it was much closer with Lee sneaking it out in 3 games, 21-23, 21-12, 21-19. Surprisingly Lee’s opponent will be the rising star of Denmark, Jan O Jorgensen who defeated Sairul Ayob Amar 21-18, 21-16. On the bottom we’ll have Chen Jin playing Lin Dan who beat Hsieh Yu Hsin 21-16, 21-14.
Lee Chong Wei is a pretty safe bet, but Chen Jin could beat Lin Dan. My money is still on a Lee vs Lin rematch of last week.
Wilson Swiss Open Super Series 2009 Draws
After the first rounds of the Wilson Swiss Open Super Series Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei looks to be the strongest challenger to the title. Lee won his first round match fairly easily by defeating Japan’s Kenichi Tago 21-18, 21-12. Lin Dan on the other hand really struggled against his opponent Arvind Bhat. Going three games Lin Dan managed to just pull off the victory. Canadian player Stephan W. has a post on it over at his website if you want more details.
No real surprises so far, but I’m sure the next round will be a little more interesting. Simon Santoso lost to Wong Choong Han, and while that isn’t that big a surprise, it shows that Wong still has it, even if he is on the way out. The match I’m interested in tomorrow is between Wong Choong Han and Andrew Smith. I predicted a semi-final for Smith, so this is a big one for me : )
Unfortunately Peter Gade broke his toe or something so he had to pull out. Once again, Stephan W told me about this. Come back tomorrow for more updates.
It’s very difficult to not be persuaded by the strong performances of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei last week while making predictions for this week’s Swiss Open. Of course they are the favourites to make the finals, but we need to account for fatigue, these players played much more badminton than the rest of the players.
I will however make one startling prediction for this event, even if only for the entertainment value. I predict that England’s Andrew Smith will make it to the semi-finals of this event by defeating Sony Dwi Kuncoro (possibly by default as Sony withdrew last week), Simon Santoso and most importantly beating either Chen Jin or Bao Chunlai in the quarter-finals. This is an absolutely audacious prediction that requires 3 upsets, but I think he is up for the challenge.
Otherwise, my prediction is a repeat of last week’s All England finals with Lin Dan defeating Lee Chong Wei in the finals of the Swiss Open.
Not to boast or anything, but I knew that Gong Weijie was going to beat Chetan Anand. This kid is good, and were it not for Chen Long’s stellar performance against Wong Choong Han, I would say he’s a shoe in for the finals. I do however still think he will beat Chen Long, but like I said in my last post, I haven’t seen Chen Long play so I can’t really say for sure.
The only quarter-final that did not go to three games was Eric Pang’s match against Korea’s Hong Ji Hoon. Pang won 21-8, 21-14 and now faces Bao Chunlai in the semi-finals. Bao defeated England’s top ranked player in the world Andrew Smith in three games 21-11, 14-21, 21-7. Smith is a strong player, but he hasn’t quite cracked that next level where he’s beating top 10 players yet, but once he gets that first win it will certainly give him that confidence.
Bao Chunlai def Andrew Smith 21-11, 14-21, 21-7
Eric Pang def Hong Ji Hoon 21-8, 21-14
Chen Long def Wong Choong Han 9-21, 21-19, 21-16
Gong Weijie def Chetan Anand 19-21, 21-19, 21-12
The quarter finals lineup for the 2009 German Open is set. There are no surprises really in my mind, everyone who should still be in, is still in. Here is the line up:
Bao Chunlai vs Andrew Smith
Hong Ji Hoon vs Eric Pang
Chen Long vs Wong Choong Han
Gong Weijie vs Chetan Anand
I have never seen Hong Ji Hoon, or Chen Long play, so I can’t comment on them, but I’d actually be surprised if either of them won their matches. The one upset that I will predict here is that Gong Weijie will defeat Chetan Anand. Gong Weijie is a very good player, and only that Chen Jin is SOOO good, has he not had more opportunity to play in the big events. I’d be willing to say that he will start getting more chances now that Chen Hong is gone, and China needs to start preparing for Bao and Lin Dan to go eventually.
Anyway, here are the draws:
German Open 2009 Draws
Day one is done in Mulheim, and while there were few big upsets, there were some really tight matches, and it just shows how much depth the men’s singles has. I don’t really follow the other events (if anyone else would like to help me out and write about the other events PLEASE contact me!), so I can’t really comment on them, but I’m loving the men’s singles these days.
First off I’ll start by commenting on my buddy and fellow Canadian David Snider. David came sooo close to beating England’s Andrew Smith. Andrew won the match 23-25, 21-19, 21-16, and that is great for a kid who is still only 20 (I think David is 20, correct me if I’m wrong).
I probably should have commented on this first, but that doesn’t reduce the hugeness of this upset for Rajiv Ouseph who knocked out Dutch player Dicky Palyama who was the 8th seed. Ouseph won 21-14, 21-18. This kid is a strong player, he brought Gade to three games at the last French Open Super Series.
Should be some very exciting second round matches, so keep following the results! Here are the draws: