Today’s Super Series update was written by our newest contributor to the site. Allow me to introduce you to Eddie Smith.
The top seeds in the men’s singles continue to fall on Day 4 with third seed Sony Kwi Kuncoro falling in two sets to Park Sung Hwan (21-19, 21-15). This is the Korean’s second win over a seed in this competition after defeating the eighth seed in the opening round. Jin Chen dropped his first game of the tournament against Dane Jan O Jorgenson but won the next two to ensure being the last seeded player left in at the Semi-Final stage.
Bao Chunlai defeated Tien Minh Nguyen, who defeated Lee Chong Wei to make the Quarter Finals. Nguyen couldn’t continue his excellent form throughout the tournament and lost in two sets to the Chinese player. Boonsak Ponsana’s fantastic form continues as he gave another excellent performance to defeat Anup Sridhur in two sets (21-11, 21-8).
The Semi Finals in the Men’s Singles have on form Bao Chunlai playing 2008 All-England Champion Jin Chen. Sung Hwan Park plays Boonsak Ponsana for a place in Sunday’s final.
In the ladies singles, Wang Yihan misses out on the opportunity to win her third successive Super Series title with a defeat to unseeded Jiang Yanijao. Zhou Mi has progressed the Semi-Final without dropping a game and looks in ominous form to make her first final since the Malaysian Super Series in January.
Wang Lin and Xie Xingfang complete the Semi-Final line-up, with top seed Zhou Mi playing third seed Wang Lin. Xie Xingfang plays Jiang Yanijao for a place in the Final.
Huge upsets in the second round of the Aviva Singapore Super Series 2009, both the first and second seeds have been upset. Lee Chong Wei lost to Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen 24-22, 20-22, 21-19 (soooo close) and Peter Gade lost to India’s Anup Sridhar 21-19, 16-21, 21-13. Two huge wins for two unseeded players, in fact, Anup came through qualifying (don’t feel so bad Stephan). Although it is quite likely that they will both lose their next matches, particularly Tien, Anup has a much better chance, but it would be another great win for him to beat Boonsak Ponsana.
The only other surprise was Boonsak’s win over Simon Santoso. The result was not quite so surprising, however the scoreline of 21-11, 21-7 was. Also, Rajiv Ouseph had a good match against Chen Jin, losing 21-19, 21-16, but unless you win, it doesn’t count towards much. Stay tuned for more results soon.