Day 3 of the Dutch Open pitted the seeds against one another in a place in the quarter finals, top seeded Wong Choon Haan and second seed Chetan Anand progressed safely into the last 8 with comfortable two game victories.

The local support came to see 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama against 15th seed Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine play for a place in the last 8. Palyama was rarely troubled in a one-sided affair that the Dutchman won 21-11, 21-15 in under half an hour.

6th seeded Eric Pang played 12th seeded Peter Mikkelsen for his place in the final 8. Mikkelsen took an early lead in the opening game only for Pang to rally back and take the opening set 21-13. The second set was a dominant display by the sixth seed that never allowed Mikkelsen to take the lead and eventually taking the second game 21-15 to book his place in the quarters.

In the quarterfinal stage, all but one seed, Kasper Ipsen has progressed to the last 8. Ipsen defeated 7th seed Marc Zweibler in Round 2 and has defeated two other Germans on route to the last 8 where he will play Dicky Palyama.

Eric Pang plays 4th seed Arvind Bhat of India after he defeated 11th seed Anup Sridhar in their last 16 encounter by the closest of margins, 23-21 in the third set. The other two matches see top seed Wong Choon Hann play 5th seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England, with second seed Chetan Anand playing 8th seed Kashyap Parupalli in an all-Indian affair.

The Ladies singles has three Dutch ladies in the last 8. 4th seed Jie Yao, 2nd seed Judith Meulendijks and unseeded Patty Stolzenbach. All three ladies have failed to drop a set on their way to the quarters.

Jie Yao plays Karin Schnaase of Germany in the Quarter Finals whilst Patty Stolzenback plays Olga Koron of Poland. Judith Meulendijks plays Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland for a place in the last 4.

All the todays results and tomorrows matches can be found here:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

We are heading into the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Open, and so far India has suffered the biggest upsets with both Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat losing out. The top seeded Anand lost to his fellow teammate Anand Pawar in two quick games 21-16, 21-13, while Bhat lost to Dmytro Zavadsky from the Ukraine 21-18, 9-21, 21-17.

Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen is now the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, and with strong results recently this is his opportunity to show the badminton world that he is the next European to hold his ground against the Asians. If he can’t win back in Europe it will be hard for him to show his stuff against the Asians. Jorgensen plays the eighth seed Ville Lang next.

England’s Carl Baxter had the benefit of Petr Koukal falling unexpectedly to Germany’s Sven-Eric Kastens, giving the Englishman a somewhat easier, but still challenging match to book his place in the quarter-finals against Zavadsky.

For more results, and to see the full line up of matches visit the draw link below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws

After a good run at last week’s Indonesia Super Series Taufik Hidayat was upset by Chen Long, a young Chinese upstart. Chen won the match in 3 close games, 21-14, 20-22, 21-19. Following his win over Hidayat, Chen then defeated India’s Arvind Bhat very quickly 21-5, 21-11.

Elsewhere in the draw it seems another Chinese youngster, Zhou Wenlong, was unable to emulate Chen Long’s success as he was easily defeated by Lee Chong Wei 21-18, 21-4. Lee seems to have an ability to absolutely destroy even the best of players on his good days.

Also of note is Lee’s teammate Wong Choong Han who has also made it to the quarter-final stage, but he has yet to truly be tested. He knocked out another Malaysian, Kuan Beng Hong, 21-19, 21-16. Now he plays the Chinese qualifier Gao Huan who will no doubt be tired after playing extra rounds.

In the women’s singles India’s Saina Nehwal fresh off of her win last week dodged a bullet against Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand winning in 3 close games to book her place in the quarter finals against a Chinese qualifier Wang Xin.

Something I have noticed in the women’s singles is now that Zhang Ning has retired it seems as though this event is much more open to other competitors. No doubt this will make the event much more interesting to the fans.

In the men’s doubles there are 5 out of 8 pairs representing Malaysia. Good results for Malaysia, but it probably has more to do with the small numbers of big names in contention here.

Stay Tuned for more updates from the Yonex Sunrise Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold 2009.

Yonex Sunrise Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold 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.

Wilson Swiss Open Super Series 2009 Draws

The qualifying period of the All England Open is over, and boy are Gong Weijie’s legs tired! After making the finals in last week’s German Open, Gong Weijie had to go through qualifying at this week’s All Englands and he had back to back three gamers. He is however into the main draw, and he will be playing India’s Arvind Bhat.

Even this qualifying is a demonstration of the depth in the men’s singles, almost all of the matches went to three games. Now that the main round has started we should see some more exciting matches, very exciting! Here are the draws:

Yonex All England Open 2009 Draws

After a great performance at the recent China Open Super Series, Lin Dan is still looking strong as he heads into the semi-finals against Taufik Hidayat. It has been a long time since these two have played against each other in a big tournament, and at this stage of the event. Unfortunately for Lee Chong Wei fans the world number 1 did not play this tournament, and I’m not sure why, perhaps an injury, or an injured ego after losing to Lin Dan a couple weeks ago.

Surprisingly Peter Gade lost early on to the young Chinese player Gong Weijie who was then crushed by Chen Jin. Chen Jin will be playing Boonsak Ponsana in his semi-final. Another disappointment for the Danes was the early loss of Joachim Persson to India’s Arvind Bhat.

Hong Kong Open Super Series 2008 Draws

(I know I may have posted this video before, but I wanted to have something featuring Taufik and Lin Dan)

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