Lee Chong Wei Asserts His Dominance

A poor day for the Chinese yesterday was put right today with a trio of titles on finals day. Zhang and Zhao reversed their result from their first meeting with Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the China Super Series, The 3/4 seeded Chinese pair won the match today 21-17, 21-12 to win China’s first title on the day.

Title number 2 was quick in arriving as Wang Shixian avenged the defeat of her team-mate Wang Yihan with a two game victory over Bae Youn Joo of Korea in the women’s singles final. The 40 minute encounter saw the Korean ahead for just 3 points in the entire match in a one-sided final.

Peter Gade and Lee Chong Wei met for the second time in three days but this time it was for much more than just topping the group.  The dominating win on Friday for Lee Chong Wei was a mere taster ahead of an even more impressive victory for the world number 1, winning 21-9 , 21-14 in 40 minutes. It was a match that Gade never lead at any point and only widened the gap from Lee Chong Wei and the rest of the field.

The women’s doubles final guaranteed a third Chinese victory as Wang and Yu took on Cheng and Zhao but the margin of victory was far from expected as Wang and Yu dominated the 29-minute encounter with the score of 21-7, 21-17. Wang and Yu look to be the partnership to watch in 2011, with four titles in their short partnership.

Europe claimed their only title in the mens doubles, as Boe and Mogensen defeated Lee and Jung in the final in a tight two game matchup that will serve as a massive boost to Danish badminton, the 21-17, 21-15 defeat will only re-intensify Lee and Jung’s efforts to win their home event at the end of the match at the first Premier Series event of the year.

Finals Results

Chen Long Wins His Group

The world’s elite has been halved from 40 participants to just 20 as the final group matches determined who progressed into Saturday’s knockout rounds. Whilst most of the favourites are into the semi finals, there has been some big name departures at the group stage.

Lee Chong Wei’s two game victory over Peter Gade confirmed his place at the top of Group A, whilst Chen Long’s win over Boonsak Ponsana ensured top spot for the Chinese player. Chen Long takes on Peter Gade in the first semi final, with the two sharing one victory apiece in their head to heads. Lee Chong Wei’s head to head over Boonsak Ponsana in the other semi final is much more one sided, with the Malaysian winning 10 of their 12 encounters.

The group winners in the women’s singles as expected, were the two Chinese seeds in Wang Yihan and Wang Shixian. Both claimed perfect records from their group matches and go into tomorrow’s semi finals as clear favourites. Wang Yihan takes on Bae Joun Yoo, with the Korean winning their only match to date. Wang Shixian takes on Yip Pui Yin in the other semi final, with the top seed from China winning all of their 3 encounters to date. Tine Baun’s sole victory in Group B was not enough to see her qualify, which is a massive blow to the Danish team that also seen Laybourn and Rytter Juhl pull out of the mixed doubles.

Every tournament almost brings up another potential Cai/Fu versus Lee/Jung matchup and this week is no different. Both partnerships impressively won their groups without losing a match and look on route to their 13th matchup in Sunday’s final, if both can win their semi final. Cai and Fu take on the top seeded Boe and Mogensen for a place in the final, whilst Lee and Jung take on the Chinese pair of Chai and Zhang. Both group winners are ahead in their head to heads with their semi final rivals.

Wang and Yu have been the story of the women’s doubles in the past 6 months since joining forces, with their impressive run of results continuing this week as they topped Group B ahead of team-mates Cheng and Zhao. The second seeded Cheng and Zhao take on the top seeded Chien and Cheng in their semi final with the lower seeded Chinese pairing winning all of the previous 3 matches. Wang and Yu take on Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan, with their only matchup being a 21-5, 21-10 win for the Chinese pair in the Japan Open last year.

The mixed doubles has thrown up the most unlikely of semi finals, with just two seeds in the semi finals and an all-Thai semi final. Anugrtiayawan and Voravichitchaikul take on Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the first of the semi finals, with the Group A winners Anugrtiayawan and Voravichitchaikul leading the series 2-0. The other semi final is between Zhang and Zhao of China and Group B winners, Ha and Ko of Korea. The Chinese pair lead the series 1-0 with a win in the Hong Kong Super Series just last month.

Day 3 Results:

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