The day shifted back and forth between events but started with women’s singles and Japan got themselves off to a good start sending both Ai Goto and Eriko Hirose through to the quarter-finals. Goto struggled slightly with her Ukrainian opponent Larisa Griga, but pulled out the win with a scoreline of 21-17, 22-20.
A notable upset early in the day came in the mixed doubles when the Polish pair of Meteusiak/Kostiuczyk defeated Indonesia’s fifth seeded Gunawan/Marissa. The Polish pair were in control the entire match and never seemed in danger winning 21-15, 21-13. Shortly afterwards Simon Santoso made sure that another fifth seeded Indonesian wouldn’t suffer the same fate when he knocked out India’s Aravind Bhat.
Another great performance from Marc Zwiebler sent yet another Malaysian player packing. Zwiebler looked to be down and out in the third game of his match against Hafiz Hashim, trailing 14-17 he rallied back to take the third game and the match 16-21, 21-17, 21-18. Zwiebler will now face China’s Chen Long who struggled against Japan’s Kenichi Tago, but pull through in three games as well.
One of the best matches of the day had to be Koo/Tan vs Dasuki/Sukmawan. The Malaysians Koo and Tan were the favourites, but they found themselves down a game and it really came to the wire in the end. After all was said and done they won the match 16-21, 21-19, 21-19 but not without putting on a great show for the crowd first. At one point Koo was on his back returning drives to his Indonesian opponents.
India had much to be proud of today as both their top singles players advanced. Chetan Anand had a close call against Sune Gavnholt winning 21-19, 15-21, 21-9 but Saina Nehwal had a somewhat easier match against Camilla Sorensen winning in two straight 21-15, 21-14. Unfortunately for Anand Pawar he had to retire 5-2 down in the first game against Peter Gade. It isn’t clear exactly what happened, but Pawar walked off court holding his lower back. Finally RMV Gurusaidutt upset Joachim Persson in three games 17-21, 21-12, 21-19.
While Joachim Persson was off form today, the young up and comer Jan O Jorgensen had better luck in his match against Eric Pang. After a shaky start the young Dane came back to win for the third time in three weeks against Pang 9-21, 21-13, 21-11. Tomorrow we can look forward to a battle between the old guard and the new guard as Jorgensen is set to play defending champion Peter Gade.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws