Finals day had it’s share of surprises on offer, with several Chinese players deciding to play to increase their chances of making the Olympic squad as well as past world champions all featuring on Sunday.
Mixed Day For Chinese
Hans-Kristian Vittinghus unlikely victory over Wang Zhengming is a clear message to anyone that forgot about him in this Olympic year, with Gade’s pending retirement and the arrival of Viktor Axelsen. The 21-18, 21-10 victory was enough for the Dane to claim the men’s singles title. Li Xuerui ensured at least one title for the Chinese this week, with a fantastic 21-8, 21-9 victory over Yao Jie after her impressive victory over Juliane Schenk in the semi final stage.
Doubles Shocks For Seeds
The Thai pairing of Issara and Jongjit have undoubtably been the story of the week, after their win over the 8th seeded Bosch and Ridder, they have systematically defeated every opponent in the shortest time possible. Their victory over the 2nd seeded Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen was a real shock, but they defeated Adcock and Ellis in the semi final to ensure a third victory over seeded pairs this week before completing their stunning week with a two game victory over Liu and Qiu of China, their fourth victory over a seeded pair this week.
Fujii and Kakiiwa secured the women’s doubles title with a straight forward two game victory over Wengberg and Lennartsson and claiming the title without the loss of a game this week. Goh and Chan completed a day of surprises with a victory in the tightest of circumstances over the 2009 world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl. The Malaysians secured the victory in a 73-minute match that saw them save four match points before converting on their third opportunity.
Denmark and China will be pleased with the performance of their players, whilst several nations like England and Germany suffered a number of defeats to reduce their chances of a title going into the weekend.
Zwiebler and Schenk Through
Despite all of the poor results for the German squad today, they have two excellent chances of winning the singles titles on home turf. Marc Zwiebler defeated Andre Tedjono in a lengthy two game match and takes on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus for a place in Sunday’s final. The other semi final sees Wang Zhengming of China take on Eric Pang of Holland, with the 3rd seeded Chinese player impressing in his two game victory over Rajiv Ouseph in his quarter final.
Juliane Schenk progressed to the last 4 with a victory over Petya Nedelcheva in two games and takes on the 4th seeded Li Xuerui, with the German player holding an excellent record against Chinese players this year. Yao Jie defeated Tine Baun in her quarter final match to compound the recent run of poor form for the Dane, the Dutch 7th seed takes on Sayaka Sato in her semi final match after she defeated Linda Zechiri in two games.
China and Denmark Impressive In Doubles
Boe and Mogensen’s walkover allowed them to rest ahead of their semi final against Liu and Qiu of China, seeded 6. The Chinese pair ended the run of Germany’s Kindervater and Schoettler and there was another shock in the bottom half of the draw as Rasmussen and Conrad-Petersen crashed out to the unseeded Thai pairing of Issara and Jongjit in two games. The unseeded Thai’s take on Adcock and Ellis, who were the player or pair to win for England today.
The top two seeds in the women’s doubles progressed safely into the last 4 with a pair of easy victories whilst in the mixed doubles, several seeds crashed out such as Robertson and Wallwork to the unseeded pair of Liu and Cheng. He and Yixin ensure a double involvement in the semi finals day with a tight three game victory to set up a semi final against Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, who defeated the 6th seeded and world silver medalist pairing of Adcock and Bankier in a tight two game victory.
The majority of the field this week has been made up of European players with the occasional top name Asian player playing a third straight week after a run of Super Series in Denmark and France. The day has been about the Asian contingent who are systematically ending the run of some of Europe’s top players.
Wang Zhengming and Marc Zwiebler are the two to beat
Both of the top two seeds who started the week needed three games to reach the last 8, with 2nd seeded Marc Zwiebler coming through against Henri Hurskainen, the 14th seeded Swede. Wang Zhengming also needed three games to defeat the 10th seeded Ville Lang to set up a quarter final against Rajiv Ouseph of England. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus is also into the last 8 and takes on the Malaysian Chan Kwong Beng in the quarter final stage after he defeated Germany’s Lukas Schmidt. Andre Kurniawan Tedjono is the 3rd Asian left in the draw and takes on Marc Zwieber in the quarter finals.
Seeds Reign Supreme
Seven seeds started in the women’s singles, and all seven remain in the draw. Only Bulgaria’s Linda Zechiri breaks up a clean sweep of seeds in the last 8 and takes on Sayaka Sato in the quarter finals after both registered three game victories. Juliane Schenk is the big local hope for a title this week and has been in excellent form on route to the last 8. She takes on the second Bulgarian left in the draw, the 6th seeded Petya Nedelcheva for a place in the semi finals. Li Xuerui and Eriko Hirose is the only match in the top half of the draw and both players are also playing well this week, without the loss of a game between them. Tine Baun takes on Yao Jie to complete the quarter final line up with both players again reaching this point without the loss of a game.
The all-Danish men’s doubles final that is expected took another step in that direction, with the top seeded Boe and Mogensen receiving a walkover in the quarter final over Cwalina and Logosz to reach the last 4. Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen take on the Thai pairing of Issara and Jongjit. The women’s doubles lost two of it’s four seeds today, with Chin and Wong of Malaysia beating the 3rd seeded Germans Marinello and Michels. The 4th seeds, Van Dooremalen and Jonathans lost out to English pairing of Wallwork and White whilst the top two seeds progressed safely into the last 8.
One of the matches of the day tomorrow will be in the mixed doubles, with 2009 world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl taking on the 2011 world silver medalists Adcock and Bankier. Regardless of the result, they will take on an Asian pair in the last 4 with He and Yixin defeating Blair and White in their second round match and Jongjit and Amitapai defeating their Danish opponents to set up the other quarter final in the bottom half of the draw.