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Europen Championships Draws

Europe’s finest are in Manchester this week for the European Championships, with Denmark and hosts England being well represented in the seeds this week.

Mens Singles:

Top seed and All England semi finalist Peter Gade will go for European title number 5 and continue the Danish dominance in the men’s singles. He starts with a first round bye before taking on Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees in the second round. The Scottish 20-year old has never won on the European tour but had an outstanding run in late 2008 and has the ability to defeat any player in Europe on his day.

Denmark’s new star is the 2nd seed, Jan O Jorgensen. The 22-year old starts with a first round bye before taking on Petr Koukal, the Czech national champion and winner of the 2009 Czech International will be an excellent test for Jorgensen in the opening round of his campaign.

England’s main contenders come in the way of 4th seed and 8th seed Rajiv Ouseph and Carl Baxter. Ouseph begins against Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner whilst Carl Baxter takes on Israeli Misha Zilberman, both matches are in the second round.

Women’s Singles

Denmark will look to break a 10-year wait for a women’s singles title, with Camilla Martin being the last Dane to win the title in 2000. However it is Pi Hongyan of France that is top seed for this year’s European Championships. The French woman begins her campaign against Akvile Stapusaityte of Lithuania in her opening round. The second seed is Denmark’s big hope to end a 10 year drought, Tine Rasmussen begins her campaign against Andrea Zvorc of Croatia on Wednesday night, with her last event seeing her regain her All England title, can she regain the women’s singles for Denmark?

Men’s Doubles:

All four of the seeds come from the European powerhouses, Denmark and England. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen and 2nd seeded Paaske and Rasmussen have a first round bye. The surprising news from the draw is that 3rd seeded Clark and Robertson have to play a first round whilst 4th seeded Kristiansen and Henriksen have a bye into Round 2.

Mixed Doubles:

Current World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are the top seeds in the mixed doubles and begin their campaign to claim their 2nd European Championship against Dimova and Makarski of Bulgaria. Polish 2nd seeds Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk hope to regain the form that won them the Hong Kong Super Series title in November last year, they start against Swiss pair Dumartheray and Jaquet. England’s big hope come in the 3rd seeds Robertson and Wallwork, they begin their campaign against Welsh duo Morgan and Sheppard.

Yonex European Championships 2010 Draws

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Bao Defeats Reigning Champ Lin Dan

Peter Gade’s dream for a second All England title is still alive as the big threat in the bottom half crashes out. It has been a poor day for Chinese badminton as Lu Lan, Chen Jin and Cai and Fu have all crashed out today. Play was still going on well after 11pm tonight with so many three-game matches going down to the wire.

Mens Singles:

Peter Gade’s quest is still on, after coming through a 81-minute classic with Taufik Hidayat with the Dane coming through 20-22, 22-20, 22-20. Gade plays Lee Chong Wei after coming back from a game down against Shon Wan Ho of Korea to win the match 14-21, 21-14, 21-14.

The big news of the day is the shock defeat of Lin Dan to fellow countryman Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed coming through 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 to set up a semi final clash with unseeded Japanese player Kenichi Tago. Tago defeated the 3rd seed, Chen Jin in the quarterfinals 22-20, 19-21, 21-13 to book his place in his first All England semi final.

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Women’s Singles:

Tine Rasmussen showed flashes of her brilliance in her three-game victory over 6th seed and current world champion Lu Lan, winning the match 16-21, 23-21, 21-11 and had to save 3 match points at 17-20 down in the second game. Rasmussen will play the 7th seed Saina Nehwal in the semi finals after the Indian defeated Juliane Schenk 21-8, 21-14 in their quarterfinal match.

The second semi final is an all-Chinese affair with top seed and defending champion Wang Yihan playing Wang Xin. The top seed defeated 8th seed Zhou Mi 21-9, 11-21, 21-17 to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. Wang Xin defeated 3rd seed and fellow Chinese player Jiang Yanjiao 21-15, 21-14 to reach the semi final against top seed Wang Yihan.

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Mens Doubles:

Paaske and Rasmussen are through to the All England semi final after another fabulous victory over Gan and Tan of Malaysia, the Danish pair winning 21-18, 22-20. They will play the 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan after they defeated 8th seed Lee and Choong in their quarterfinal 21-17, 21-11 to book their place against the Danes in the semi final.

There was more Danish success with Boe and Mogensen defeating last years champions Cai and Fu in the quarterfinal, winning 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 in a 68-minute thriller. The second seeds Lee and Jung suffered a surprise defeat against 7th seeded Xu and Guo, the Chinese pair winning 21-18, 21-10 to book their place against the 4th seeds Boe and Mogensen.

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Women’s Doubles:

The top seeded Du and Yu are through to the semi final without looking like dropping a game all week, they defeated the 6th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan 21-11, 21-9 to book their place against Pan and Tian in an all-Chinese semi final. The unseeded Chinese duo defeated Polii and Jauhari of Indonesia 25-23, 17-21, 21-17 to book their place against the top seeds. The other semi final is another all-Chinese encounter, with the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao defeating Lee and Ha of Korea 21-11, 21-19 to progress into the last 4. They will play Ma and Wang, the 2nd seeds in the semi final after they defeated Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei 21-12, 21-15.

Mixed Doubles:

Qualifiers Zhang and Zhao of China continue their improbable run with another win over a seeded couple, today defeating the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia 21-16, 21-18. The will play another Chinese pair in the semi final, the 4th seeded He and Yu after their 13-21, 21-18, 21-18 win over Tao and Zhang, the 6th seeds from China.

The English interest in the competition ended today with both pairs losing out to their seeded opponents, Clark and Olver losing out 21-19, 21-17 to Lee and Lee of Korea, the 3rd seeds whilst Robertson and Wallwork lost out to the 2nd seeds Widianto and Natsir 21-18, 21-19. The two seeded couples will meet in the semi finals for a place in Sunday’s final.

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Day 3 Results

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Lin Dan Cruises Past Hashim

The second day was a stronger day for the seeds, however another top seed has fallen before the quarterfinal stage. Peter Gade continues on his quest for his second All England title as the top players in the world position themselves for a run at the title.

Mens Singles:

First on court again and safely into the quarterfinals was Lee Chong Wei with a fine victory over Sony Dwi Kunncoro 21-11, 21-17. He will play unseeded Korean Shon Wan Ho who defeated Chen Long in a three-game classic 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 after Chen Long disposed of 8th seeded Jorgensen in round 1 yesterday. The other quarterfinal in the top half is perhaps the match of the day tomorrow between 4th seed Taufik Hidayat and 5th seed Peter Gade. Hidayat safely through against Englishman Andrew Smith 21-18, 21-14 and Gade survived a first game scare to win 24-22, 21-18 over Simon Santoso.

The bottom half sees unseeded Kenichi Tago through to see Chen Jin in the first quarterfinal. Tago has progressed through two tough matches, playing Tien Ming Nguyen in round 1 and defeating Joachim Persson, last years 6th seed in three games, 22-24, 21-15, 21-8 to book his place against the 3rd seed from China. Chen Jin safely progressed after a tight opening game against another English player Rajiv Ouseph, winning in two games, 23-21, 21-8.

Lin Dan is also through to tomorrow’s quarterfinal where he will play Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed from China. Bao Chunlai’s phenomenal performance over Park Sung Hwan that seen him 13-0 in the opening game, before winning the match 21-5, 21-10. Lin Dan has failed to explode into life as yet but continues to progress in the tournament with another two-game victory over Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia.

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Women’s Singles:

Wang Yihan was the first of the seeds through to the last 8 of the tournament with a 21-16, 21-16 win over Yu Hirayama of Japan. She will play the 8th seeded Zhou Mi in the quarterfinals after the all-Hong Kong second round match between her and Wang Chen was won by the 8th seed, 21-13, 21-15. The second quarterfinal match in the top half is an all-Chinese affair with 3rd seeded Jiang Yanjiao coming through her second round match against Maria Febe Kusamastuti 21-9, 21-14 to set up a match against Wang Xin, the 5th seed. She defeated Ai Goto of Japan 21-12, 21-13 to book her place in tomorrow’s quarterfinal.

Saina Nehwal booked her place in the last 8 with a win over Bae Sueng Hee of Korea, 21-11, 22-20 and will play unseeded Juliane Schenk of Germany, who also defeated a Korean to reach the quarterfinal stage, beating Bae Youn Joo 21-14, 21-16 to set up a match against the 7th seeded Nehwal. The last of the 4 quarterfinal matches is the pick of the bunch, with Tine Rasmussen playing 6th seed Lu Lan of China. Rasmussen progressed easily past Eriko Hirose 21-12, 21-12 to book her place whilst Lu Lan had to fight for a tight three-game victory over Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff, winning in the end 25-23, 20-22, 21-17 to reach the last 8 of the competition.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-P2LuwAYQQ[/youtube]

Mens Doubles:

Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen continue their fantastic run at this year’s competition with a 21-18, 21-19 victory over Ko and Yoo of Korea. They will play Tan and Gan of Malaysia in the last 8 after they defeated Chinese pairing of Chai and Zhang 21-8, 23-21. The two pairings are the only two non-seeded partnerships left in the men’s doubles draw. Kido and Setiawan also progressed, winning 21-16, 21-16 over qualifiers Endo and Hirobe of Japan and the 3rd seeds will play Lee and Choong of Malaysia in the last 8 after the 8th seeds fought back from a game down to win 17-21, 23-21, 21-11.

The third of the quarterfinals sees the 5th seeded Cai and Fu play the 4th seeded Boe and Mogensen for a place in the semi finals. Cai and Fu winning 21-11, 21-17 over their Korean opponents Kim and Shin whilst Boe and Mogensen came through a much tighter match, winning 22-20, 21-19 over Fan and Lee of Chinese Taipei. The second seeds Lee and Jung have been the class pairing in the competition to date, winning both matches to date in convincing fashion, today defeating Kumar and Thomas of India 21-12, 21-6 to book their place in the last 8 against Guo and Xu of China, the 7th seeds. The Chinese pair defeating local favourites Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark 21-14, 21-11 to book their place in the last 8.

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Women’s Doubles:

There is a distinctly Asian feel to the event, with all 8 pairings coming from China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei or Indonesia. Top seeded Du and Yu are through to the quarter final after a 21-8, 21-12 win over Sorokina and Vislova of Russia and will play the Japanese 6th seeds Maeda and Suetsuna in the last 8. The Japanese pair defeating Wallwork and White over England 21-23, 21-9, 21-8 to set up an all-seeded match in the quarters.

Wang and Ma are also through to the last 8 with a stunning 21-4, 21-7 win over Amitapai and Munkit of Thailand, they will play Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei who beat the Bulgaria/Russian partnership of Anastasia Russkikh and Petya Nedelcheva 24-22, 21-9 to book their place in the last 8 of the event.

Mixed Doubles:

The top seeds Zheng Bo and Ma Jin were expected to contest for the title on Sunday, but were defeated by the Chinese qualifiers Zhang and Zhao 21-16, 21-17 to book their place in the last 8. They will play the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa after their 21-14, 21-16 victory over Fujii and Hashimoto. He and Yu’s match against Blair and Bankier did not go ahead with Robert Blair’s leg injury forcing him to retire from the event. The 4th seeds He and Yu will play another Chinese pair, the 6th seeded Tao and Zhang after a three-game match with Mateusiak and Kostiucyzk 20-22, 21-18, 21-12.

There is English interest in the quarterfinals, with Anthony Clark and Heather Olver through to the last 8 against a 21-18, 22-20 win over Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei. They will play the 3rd seeds, Lee and Lee of Korean after their victory in their all-Korean second round match against Yoo and Kim, winning 21-13, 21-17. The second English pair play in the last of the quarterfinals, with Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson defeating the 7th seeds, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-14, 16-21, 21-15. They will play the second seeds Widianto and Natsir after their 21-12, 21-8 win over Careme and Choinet of France

Day 2 Results

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Proton Malaysia Super Series 2010

The draw for the second Super Series of 2010 has been made, with Lin Dan put in as the number 2 seed for the event but has pulled out of the competition before the start of play, Brice Leverdez takes his place in the main draw. Pullouts from the seeded players, leaves Peter Gade as the only seed left in the decimated bottom half of the draw in the Men’s Singles.

Simon Santoso (seeded 6) and Sony Dwi Kunncoro (seeded 7) have also pulled out of the bottom half of the draw. However, the bottom half of the draw is still laden with outstanding players and the match of the first round takes place in the quarter of the draw that Lin Dan was meant to play in, between Chen Long (seeded 7 last week) and Boonsak Ponsana (seeded 8 last week).

A potential Lee Chong Wei against Park Sung Hwan clash awaits in round 2 this week, the Korean was seeded 5 last week and reached the semi finals of his home tournament. Taufik Hidayat plays Jan O Jorgensen in another sensational opening round clash, with Jorgensen hoping to continue his outstanding form from 2009. With the winner of the match having a potential quarterfinal match with Bao Chunlai.

2009 World Champion Lu Lan has also pulled out of the Women’s Singles; the 6th seed is the only seeded player not taking part this week. If top seeded Wang Yihan wins her opening match then the possibility of playing the Korean Super Series winner could await her in Round 2 in Wang Shixian. Last week’s beaten finalist Sung Ji Hyun has taken Lu Lan’s place in the main draw and will play Bulgaria’s Linda Zechiri in Round 1.

In the Men’s Doubles, Lee and Jung are seeded 2 as they look for Super Series title number two of 2010. Cai and Fu are not present this week but Koo and Tan return to Super Series action as top seeds in the draw. 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan are also not playing this week, pulling out before day 1. Lee and Jung start on Wednesday night with Hoon and Ong of Malaysia whilst Koo and Tan will be on court at the same time against Dasuki and Sukmawan of Indonesia.

The Women’s Doubles is only missing the 5th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan, but a return to the Chinese dominance is expected with Ma and Jin taking the top seed and Du and Yu seeded 2 in the event. Last week’s beaten finalists Fujii and Kakiiwa are seeded 7th and local interest in the this competition will come from the 3rd seeded Chin and Wong.

In the Mixed Doubles, Lee and Lee retain the top seed after last week’s shock defeat in the opening round. Seeded 2 are Indonesia’s Widianto and Natsir whilst current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Dahl come into the tournament unseeded, further bolstering the reputation of quality partnerships in mixed doubles. Anthony Clark begins 2010 with a new partner in Heather Olver after Donna Kellogg’s retirement last year; they begin their 2010 season against 7th seeded Polish pairing Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk.

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Proton Malaysia Super Series 2010 Draws

The day begun with an awesome display by Ma and Wang in the opening round of the Women’s Doubles, winning 21-4, 21-3 in just 14 minutes. Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark defeated 5th seeded Malaysians Mohd and Abdul in two games, 21-17, 21-12, setting up a second round match with Wong and Wiratama of Hong Kong.

All four Chinese seeds in the Women’s singles progressed into Round 2, Wang Lin needing three games to beat Judith Meulendijks, only Saina Nehwal has been put out of the seeded players. The 8th seed losing out to Yao Jie of Holland in two games 21-16, 21-12.

The chance for Gade to claim revenge on Jorgensen is the big storyline of Thursday’s play, was Jorgensen’s win a one-off fluke or the changing of the guard in Danish Badminton? Both won their opening round matches in two games, Jorgensen beating Andrew Smith and Gade beating Derek Wong of Singapore.

Chen Jin’s retirement in the second game of his match with Hu Yun drops the seeds left in the Men’s Singles down to 5 after Boonsak Ponsana’s defeat to an unseeded Indonesian player and with Lin Dan’s withdrawal pre-tournament.

Lee Chong Wei defeated Ng Wei in two games; Taufik Hidayat beat Eric Pang in two games also, setting up a potential quarterfinal clash with Peter Gade or Jan Jorgensen.

Play resumes tomorrow at noon local time.

Hong Kong Super Series 2009 Draws

With a combined total of five hours and twenty eight minutes, today’s finals were a treat for the spectators. A tiring affair, but certainly everyone got their money’s worth. The day got started with the women’s doubles between China’s Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen against the home grown favourites Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Lena Frier Kristiansen. Clocking in at an hour and six minutes the Chinese pair took the title with a final scoreline of 22-20, 18-21, 21-12. Kamilla and Lena discuss the match below:

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Following that match was another China vs Denmark match up featuring Wang Yihan and Tine Rasmussen, the first and second seeds respectively. Another marathon match, but this time it was a different story as Denmark managed to clinch their first title of the day as Rasmussen won this match 21-18, 19-21, 21-14 in an hour and four minutes. Rasmussen quoted her positive mental outlook as the key to her success on the day:

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The day’s longest match of the day came next in the mixed doubles between Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen and England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg. After an hour and twenty two minutes the defending champions Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen were the victors once again with a score of 21-16, 25-27, 21-17. Fischer Nielsen credits their will and determination to win as the reason that they came through after this long match:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1r7L00BlXY[/youtube]

In spite of their stellar performance in the tournament, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will have to settle for second best today as Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were too strong for the Danes. Boe and Mogensen took the lead initially with a 20-22 win in the first game, but the Malaysian’s stormed back to take the second 21-14 and the third 21-17. The popular Koo had the following to say after their match:

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The last match of the day was unfortunately the worst. After such a spectacular run this week Marc Zwiebler’s magic touch seemed to have run out, or perhaps the string of upsets was too much for his legs. Either way, today was Santoso’s day as the young Indonesian won in two quick games 21-14, 21-6 in thirty eight minutes. Regardless of the poor performance in the finals today Zwiebler played a fantastic tournament and will likely be enjoying some new found confidence against the world’s top players.

For full results and draws visit the link below:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws

It seemed as though the story of the tournament was the progress of Danish youngster Jan O Jorgensen, but Germany’s Marc Zwiebler is the real dark horse to look out for. Unseeded in this event, and with not a single easy opponent for the entire tournament, he has shown that he is capable of competing with the world’s best. Today he had to play Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the tournament’s second seed and he was magnificent. With no expectations on him Zwiebler has continued to play better with each passing match. After more than an hour Zwiebler defeated Kuncoro in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-15.

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Unable to keep his standard from last night, Jan O Jorgensen lost to Simon Santoso from Indonesia in two straight games 21-13, 21-13. Disappointed by his loss, Jorgensen can’t be too disappointed with himself as this has shown the level at which he is capable of playing, but as he told the press he needs to be more consistent and prevent playing as poorly as he did today. Santoso will now face Marc Zwiebler in the only final not to feature a Danish player.

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Wang Yihan will be the only top seed left on the finals day tomorrow, and her opponent is the second seeded Tine Rasmussen. Wang had a close match with Japan’s Eriko Hirose in the semi-finals, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-11 in an hour and four minutes. In spite of her top billing the pressure is surely on Rasmussen tomorrow as she aims to impress her home crowd.

Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen had a scare in their semi-final match, down a match point in the third game the fought back to win the match when Mateusiak hit a smash in the net. The final score was 21-18, 19-21, 23-21 and took an hour and twelve minutes. In the final they will face off against England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg who played well to defeat China’s Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen 21-18, 21-17.

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Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen have reason to be proud today after defeating the top seeded pairing of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. Boe and Mogensen commented that they had to bring their game to a new level in order to win their match today, and it appears that they did just that. In the final they will face Malaysia’s top pairing of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong after they defeated China’s Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming in two straight games

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While Thomas Laybourn’s injury kept Kamill Rytter Juhl out of the mixed doubles, it hasn’t stopped her from showing she has strong prospects in the women’s doubles as well. With partner Lena Frier Kristiansen she has made it to the finals after defeating Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Nato in three very close games 19-21, 21-18, 21-19. They will have to face China’s sixth seeded Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen. The Chinese women have always been known to dominate in the women’s doubles events so in spite of their sixth seeding the Danes will have to play very well in order to win tomorrow.

Full results and draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws

With the World Championships just a week away, we take an in-depth look at all five events. First up is the Mens Doubles.

2007 World Championship Winners and 2008 Olympic Champions: Markis Kido
and Hendra Setiawan

Top Seeds:
Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan

Nationality: Indonesian
Seeds: 1
Last Tournament: Malaysian Open (Semi Finals)
2nd Round Opponents: Hu Chung Shien and Tsai Chia Hsin (TPE)

The defending World and Olympic Champions would be the safe bet in the draw if you were looking for a winner, however their last success was in the Asian Championships in April.

Their first main test will come in the last 16 will come against Japanese duo Kenta Kazuno and Kenichi Hayakawa, the 14th seeds.

Other Seeds to Watch:

Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen

Nationality: Danish
Seeds: 3
Last Tournament: Singapore Super Series (Semi Finals)
2nd Round Opponents: Han Sung Hoon and Shin Baek Choei (KOR)

The big European hope in the competition has progressed deep into main draws this year, without picking up a major title. They have lost to most of the high seeds in the tournament in these events and most recently losing to Kido and Setiawan in Singapore in two games.

They will need to be at their very best to progress past the Quarter Final stage and potential mouthwatering tie against Cai and Fu in the last 8.

Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae

Nationality: Korean
Seeds: 4
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Won)
2nd Round Opponents: Adrian Liu and Derrick Ng (CAN)

Runners-up in this competition in 2007, they are perhaps the form duo in this year’s competition and will come in full of confidence with their win in Indonesia two months ago.

They defeated Cai and Fu as well as Kido and Setiawan to win the title that week and could be the partnership to watch this week.

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng

Nationality: Chinese
Seeds: 5
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Bosch/Ridder (NED) or Wijaya/Saputra (SIN)

Olympic silver medalists and 2009 All-England winners Cai and Fu have played a mere three tournaments this year but still are seeded 5. The three tournaments form gives you an idea on what to expect.

Won, Semi Final, Finalists.

The 2006 Champions are a strong bet for the title, but lack of tournaments might be their downfall.

Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson

Nationality: English
Seeds: 9
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (2nd Round)
2nd Round Opponents: Kristof Hopp and Johannes Schoettler (GER)

This might seem like a strange pair to draw attention to, but they have been in excellent form over the summer with their win in the final against Kido and Setiawan in the Singapore Open in June.

They also have the knack of beating seeded partnerships; they have an intangible that on their day makes them one of the top partnerships in the world. They will have to be at their very best to progress to the last eight with Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae waiting in the last 16.

Yonex Sunrise World Championships 2009: Mens Doubles

Finals day in Singapore with only a few seeds contesting for the title, 5th Seeded women’s doubles Zhao Tingting and Zhang Yawen played unseeded Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari in the opening match of the day. The Chinese couple disposed of the unseeded pair in just under an hour to win their second title of the year following their All-England triumph in March.

Top seeded Zhou Mi was in fantastic form going into the final against Xie Xingfang. After the pair exchanged in the first two games, Zhou Mi took the deciding set dead on the hour mark to end Wang Yihan’s run of Super Series singles wins.

Perhaps the biggest shock of the day was in the men’s doubles as unseeded pair of Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson defeated top seeds Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. The English duo’s clinical win over the Olympic Champions in two sets makes them a pair of to watch in next weeks Indonesian Super Series if they recapture this form as they disposed of their Indonesian opponents in under 30 minutes in two games.

The Mixed Doubles was an all-Chinese affair as 5th seeded Zheng Bo and Ma Jin played 6th seeded pair Xie Zhengbo and Zhang Yawen. After sharing two tight games, the younger pair of Zheng Bo and Jin Ma won six points in the middle of the third game to take the initiative and went on to clinch their first title since the Swiss Super Series in March. For Zhang Yawen it wasn’t to be a double victory in the mixed doubles and ladies doubles.

The Final match of the day had two unseeded players looking to win the Mens Singles title. Both had disposed of a seeded player to make the final. Chunlai Bo took the opening set after taking an early 4-0 led and never lost the lead in the opening game. The second set was a tighter affair, with both players have a good run of points early on, but the Thai player strung together five points at 13-13 to take the match into a deciding game. The third game started with Ponsana taking a 10-6 lead before Chunlai Bo won nine consecutive points to swing the match is his favour. A strong fightback from his opponent wasn’t enough and Chunlai Bo took the third set and his first Super Series win this year.

The Results:

MS Chunlai Bo bt Boonsak Ponsana (21-19, 16-21, 21-15)
LS Zhou Mi bt Xie Xingfang (21-19, 18-21, 21-10)
MD Clark / Robertson bt Kido / Setiawan (21-12, 21-11)
LD Tingting / Yawen bt Polii / Maheswari (21-14, 21-13)
XD Ma / Bo bt Yawen / Zhongbo (19-21, 21-19, 21-21)

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