Ponsana Falls to Wang

The big local hope for singles success, Boonsak Ponsana came undone at the third round to Wang Zhengming as China threatens to take a massive part in determining the winner in the men’s singles.

Top seeded Chen Long continued on his seamlessly destined route to the final with another two game victory, this time over France’s 13th seeded Brice Leverdez. His main threat in the top half of the draw almost came undone against Mohammed Hafiz Hashim, with 3rd seed Park Sung Hwan saving two match points before coming through 25-23 in the deciding game. Wang Zhengming defeated the 2nd seeded Boonsak Ponsana in three games to end the local interest in the men’s singles, allowing a double chance of a Chinese player coming through the bottom half of the draw. The other Chinese player through to the last 8 is Chen Jin, who defeated Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in three games to book his place in the quarter finals.

With the amount of talent that Korea and Chinese continually put into the women’s singles draw, the most unlikely of outcomes is usually seeing all eight seeds make it through the quarter finals. Today was one such day with all eight seeds coming through their second round matches, with 7th seeded Li Xuerui and top seeded Saina Nehwal being the only two seeds needing three games to progress into the last 8. Their rewards for their victories is a match against each other for a place in the last 4.

The men’s doubles begun today, with a double dose of action awaiting first round winners. The week is definitely one for the seeds as 7 of the 8 seeds made it through to the quarter finals, with only the 6th seeded Cho and Kwon of Korea crashing out to Goh and Lim of Malaysia who made it through to the last 8. The women’s doubles couldn’t have started much worse for the local fans who arrived early on Friday as top seeds Voravichitchaikul and Aroonkesorn crashed out in the opening match of the day to Hoo and Woon of Malaysia in three games. In fact the women’s doubles has been a mass of shock results, with only the two Chinese seeds of Tian and Zhao as well as Cheng and Yixin making in through to the last 8.

The two top seeded Thai pairs survived their second round matches but face their toughest tasks in the quarter finals. 2nd seeded Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul take on the dangerous Chinese pairing and 5th seeded Xu and Ma in the last 8 whilst the top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam game on the 8th seeded Widianto and Marissa. Three of the remaining four pairs come from Korea and the main threat this week comes from the 7th seeded Lee and Ha, who defeated the unseeded Chinese pairing of Qiu and Yixin to reach the last 8. They take on Shin and Kim in an all-Korean quarter final.

Friday’s Results:

Chen Long Breezes Through

It was a mixed day for the seeds in Bangkok, with several crashing out early on the opening day of play. One seed came through a tough encounter to prove her credentials at the highest level.

Chen Long’s progression to the last 16 was a shift as could be with a pair of victories setting up a third round match with Brice Leverdez of France who battled through a pair of tough matches to make the last 16. Park Sung Hwan also progressed safely in the top half of the draw and takes on Muhammed Hafiz Hashim, who defeated Joachim Persson to reach the third round. The bottom half is laden with Chinese players, with 3 of the 8 coming from China. Chen Jin and Wang Zhengming are joined by Wen Kai, who was the most impressive of the Chinese players in reaching the last 16. The top seed in this side of the draw is local favourite Boonsak Ponsana, who progressed into the last 16 without the loss of a game but faces the 10th seeded Wang Zhengming in his toughest match to date this week.

It might have taken 59 minutes, but Saina Nehwal remains in the draw after defeating Lu Lan in a titanic three game encounter. The opening round seen all 8 seeds progress with varying difficulty, most notably 8th seeded Sung Ji Hyun defeating China’s Wang Lin as she continues her return to top flight action. Jie Yao and Pi Hongyan also progressed into the last 16 to add more quality to the field, with both taking on seeds in their second round matches.

The mixed doubles seen the top two seeds progress safely into the second round, much to the delight of the home crowd. Both Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam as well as Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul won their matches without the loss of a game to reach the last 16. 3rd seeded Fuchs and Michels of Germany were also impressive in their 21-5, 21-9 victory, as were the 5th seeds of Xu and Ma in their 21-8, 21-14 defeat of Kwon and Kim of Korea.

Day 1 Results:

Tine Baun Falls In Second Round

Day 2 in New Delhi provided one of the unexpected days in the history of the Super Series as countless seeds fell in almost every event today, from top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the mixed doubles to Tine Baun in the women’s singles.

The top three seeds in the men’s singles all survived their second round matches in two games to progress into the last 8, with Lee Chong Wei taking on Indian qualifier Sourabh Verma who defeated the 7th seeded Kenichi Tago in three games to reach the quarter final. Peter Gade takes on his 3rd Japanese player this week in Takuma Ueda in tomorrow’s quarter final, with Gade’s victory over Sho Sasaki in his second round match. Taufik Hidayat takes on the 6th seeded Park Sung Hwan in his quarter final match after the 2nd seed won his second match in two games to reach the last 8.

Tine Baun’s chance to claim victory after Saina Nehwal’s early departure lasted just one day as the 2nd seed lost out to Singapore’s Chen Jiayuan in two games, who goes on to play Sayaka Sato of Japan in the quarter final. Bae Youn Joo of Korea becomes the highest seeded player left in the draw and faces a tough task in the quarter final against Yao Jie, seeded 7th this week. The top half of the draw has been decimated to just one seed in Yip Pui Yin as 5th seeded Eriko Hirose and 6th Sung Ji Hyun both crashed out today to unseeded players.

The men’s doubles has faired well in comparison to other events with 6 of the 8 seeds making the quarter final stage, with the biggest name to crash out to day being the 2nd seeded Ahsan and Septano losing to team-mates Septura and Pratama. Indian hopes also ended with 8th seeded Thomas and Kumar losing out to another unseeded Indonesian pair in Sugiarto and Wirawan to reach the last 8. Top seeded Koo and Tan started off with a routine two game victory, but their biggest test to date will be in the last 8 against Cho and Kwon of Korea.

Just three seeds remain the women’s doubles event as the second round claimed it’s share of casualties today, with the exception of the top two seedings from Japan. Maeda and Suetsuna safely progressed in two games to set up a quarter final against unseeded Koreans Jang and Kim whilst 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa were just as clinical to set up match against Jung and Kim, also of Korea. 4th seeded Jauhari and Polii are the only other seed left in the draw and take on the Malaysian pair of Chin and Wong in their quarter final match.

Sato and Matsuo claimed the biggest shock of the mixed doubles this week with their two game victory over top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam to reach the last 8. Widianto and Marissa are rolling back the years this week to reach the last 8 where they will take on their Indonesian counterparts, 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir for a chance to reach the last 4. Second seeded Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul safely reached the last 8 with a two game victory and will take on the 5th seeded Chan and Goh of Malaysia who needed three games to defeat their unseeded Indian opponents Dewalkar and Gadre to reach the quarter finals.

Day 2 Results:

Saina Nehwal Falls To Ai Gato

India’s main chance of success in their first Super Series event took a massive dent on the opening day of play with top seeded Saina Nehwal crashing out in the last match of the day to Ai Goto of Japan.

There were shocks in the men’s singles also, with 4th seeded Boonsak Ponsana crashing out as well as 5th seeded Simon Santoso being losing out on the opening day of play. There were no such problems for Lee Chong Wei who progressed in two tight games against Ajay Jayaram whilst Taufik Hidayat had little problems in reaching round 2. Peter Gade struggled through in three games against Kazushi Yamada and takes another Japanese player in Sho Sasaki in the second round.

The weight of a nation lay on Saina Newhal for the second time in less than a year but this time it was far from the fairytale ending with her 21-17, 21-19 loss to Ai Goto stunning the crowd at the end of play this evening. The seven other seeds progressed with varying results, with 2nd seeded Tine Baun needing three games to defeat Xing Aiying of Singapore. Yip Pui Yin and Eriko Hirose are the main beneficiaries of Nehwal’s early departure, with the top half of the draw opening up.

There was limited action in the doubles events on the opening day, with Sato and Matsuo setting up their second round match against Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the mixed doubles. Marissa and Widianto are also through to the second round in the mixed doubles after defeating Fujii and Hashimoto of Japan.

Day 1 Results:

China Dominating

Sixteen of the 20 competitors hail from the home nation of China in the Asian Championships as they reach the semi final stage, with a few forgotten names in the mix. Lu Lan has returned to her 2009 form and has shocked another seed on her route to the last 4.

The men’s singles has turned into an all-Chinese competition, with 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana losing out to Bao Chunlai in two tight games followed soon after by Tien Minh Nguyen who was defeated by another higher seeded player in Du Pengyu. Lin Dan defeated the last of the non-Chinese players in his three game victory over Sho Sasaki to set up his semi final with the 6th seeded Du Pengyu. 2nd seeded Chen Long defeated Wang Zhengming to reach the last 4 where he will take on Bao Chunlai for a place in Sunday’s final.

Cheng Shao Chieh is the remaining hope to defeat the Chinese stranglehold on the singles titles with her victory over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk. Her task to reach the final is a victory over the 2nd seeded Wang Yihan who has been impressive this week, without dropping a game to date. The other semi final is an all-Chinese matchup between the 5th seeded Jiang Yanjiao, who defeated Lin Xiu 23-21 in their deciding game in the quarter final and the unseeded Lu Lan who has returned to the form that seen her become world champion less than two years ago. Her closely fought two game victory over Li Xuerui was her second victory over a Chinese seeded player this week.

Cai and Fu have been highly impressive in the men’s doubles without losing a game to date this week, however they face their toughest task in their all-Chinese semi final against Xu and Zhang, seeded 6 who defeated the 4th seeded Chandra and Gunawan to book their place in the last 4. Chai and Guo, seeded 5 are the third of the Chinese pairs in the last 4 and take on the Japanese pairing of Hashimoto and Hirata, seeded 8 this week and also defeated the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan to reach the semi final stage.

Cheng and Chien’s run ended today in the women’s doubles, as the top seeds lost out to the 6th seeded Tian and Zhao in front of a partizan home crowd which ensured a third pair in the last 4 for China. Tian and Zhao’s opponents in the last 4 are the sole non-Chinese pairing of Kim and Ha, seeded 5th who defeated the 3rd seeded Maeda and Suetsuna to reach the semi final. 8th seeded Bao and Zhong have the tough task of taking on the 2nd seeded Wang and Yu who again were impressive in their 21-6, 21-18 victory over the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito of Japan.

Zhang and Zhao’s run to date has not seen them take on a seed, with tomorrow’s match being no different as they take on the unseeded pair of Hong and Pan, who defeated the Japanese qualifiers of Sato and Matsuo to set up the all-Chinese semi final. The 8th seeded Ma and Xu defeated the lower ranked Tao and Tian to reach the semi finals, with a three game victory over the 3rd seeds. Their reward is a semi final match against the 2nd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam of Thailand, who have failed to drop a game to date this week but were taken to a 29-27 game against the 6th seeded Lee and Chien in their quarter final match.

Quarter Final Results:

Chen Jin Falls To Sho Sasaki

Day 3 provided the first big shocks of the Asian Championships, with 2009 world champion Lu Lan defeating the top seeded Wang Shixian in the women’s singles whilst Sho Sasaki defeated the 2010 world champion Chen Jin in their 78 minute matchup to reach the last 8.

Sasaki’s reward for his victory over Chen Jin is a quarter final match against the top seeded Lin Dan, who also had to come through his won three game match against Wen Kai, eventually progressing in 67 minutes. Second seeded Chen Long has had little trouble in his route to the last 8 with three victories without the loss of a game. His biggest challenge awaits in Wang Zhengming in an all-Chinese match. 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana has been back in form this week, with an excellent victory over Kazushi Yamada in two tight games to set up a match with Bao Chunlai, who has also been impressive in his route to the last 8. 4th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen takes on 6th seeded Du Pengyu in the 4th quarter final, with the 4th seeded Nguyen in excellent form in reaching this stage.

Even at the last 8 stage, China has assured itself of at least one finalist with a monopoly on the top half of the draw. Lu Lan’s victory over Wang Shixian means she takes on the 6th seeded Li Xuerui with the winner taking on the other quarter final in the top half of the draw, between 4th seeded Liu Xin and 5th seed Jiang Yanjiao. The three seeded players left in the top half have all won their matches without the loss of a game to date this week. The bottom half of the draw as a much more diverse nationality of players, with 2nd seeded Wang Yihan being the sole Chinese player in the bottom half of the draw. Two unseeded Thai players as well as a Chinese Taipei player makes up the last 8. With Wang Yihan taking on the Thai qualifier Sapsiree Taerattanachai for a place in the last 4.

The men’s doubles is another event well represented by Chinese pairings, with 4 of the 8 duos coming from China. Cai and Fu are the top seeds this week and have been flawless on route to the last 8 with a pair of two game victories. Their opponents in the last 8 are the Malaysian pair of Goh and Lim whose run to the quarters was bolstered with the withdrawal of the 7th seeded Lee and Shin who were set to be their first round opponents. The other quarter final in the top half sees the 4th seeded Chandra and Gunawan take on the 6th seeded Xu and Zhang for a place in the last 4. The big news in the bottom half of the draw is the loss of the 3rd seeded Fang and Lee to the unseeded Chinese pair of Liu and Qiu in a tame two game defeat.

The women’s doubles has a full compliment of seeds in the last 8, with only the 8th seeded Bao and Zhong as well as the 7th seeded Naito and Matsuo dropping a game on route to the quarter final. The Japanese 7th seeds will have to be at their very best to challenge the 2nd seeded Yu and Wang who have been the form pair in this event for the last few months. The top seeded Cheng and Chien take on the 5th seeded Tian and Zhao of China, who defeated the dangerous pairing of Ma and Cheng in two games to reach the last 8.

The mixed doubles draw has a few surprises in the last 8, all of which are in the top half of the draw to the delight of the top seeded pair of Zhao and Zhang. 7th seeded He and Yu lasted just two points into their opening round match before they had to withdraw which the Japanese qualifiers Sato and Matsuo have taken full advantage to reach to the last 8 where they will take on the unseeded Chinese pair of Hong and Pan. The bottom half of the draw has all four seeds remaining, including an all-Chinese tie between the 8th seeded Ma and Xu against the 3rd seeded Tao and Tian, with the higher seeded pair surviving a scare in their second round match against Shiota and Ikeda before progressing in three games. The last of the quarter finals sees the 6th seeded Lee and Chein take on the in form 2nd seeded pair of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam who haven’t dropped a game this week in reaching the last 8.

Day 3 Results:

Sasaki Defeats Nguyen

All five of the top seeds reached the last 8 without much concern, but the quarter final was a hurdle that two top seeds stumbled at and opened the draw up for fellow team-mates and other seeded players to take advantage of.

Boonsak Ponsana was the first top seed to crash out today, losing in three games to the 9th seeded Tommy Sugiarto which opened the door for Tien Minh Nguyen to potentially take the title. That prospect lasted a mere hour as the 2nd seeded Nguyen lost to 6th seeded Sho Sasaki in another lengthy three game encounter to further open up the men’s singles draw.

An all-Chinese final is a real possibility in the women’s singles, with top seeded Liu Xin defeating 8th seeded Sayaka Sato to reach the last 4 where she will take on Inthanon Ratchanok of Thailand in the first of the semi finals. The other semi final is another Thailand v China clash, with 6th seeded Porntip Buranaprasertsuk taking on the unseeded Wang Lin with both secure two game victories in their quarter finals to reach the last 4.

The men’s doubles is loaded with Japanese pairs and of  the four remaining duos, the highest seed still in the draw is the 5th seeded Endo and Hayakawa who defeated the 3rd seeded Gan and Tan to reach the last 4. Their opponents in the semi final are the top seeded Japanese pair of Hashimoto and Hirata who have failed to drop a game to date. The second semi final sees the 4th seeded Kawamae and Sato, also of Japan take on the 2nd seeded Chandra and Gunawan. Both duos have been on top form this week and have  failed to drop a game to date.

The top seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa crashed out in the women’s doubles to the Malaysian pair of Chin and Wong in a tight three game match. They set up a semi final match against another unseeded pair in the Hong Kong duo of Poon and Tse, who defeated the 3rd seeded Singapore pairing of Yao and Sari. The other semi final features another unseeded pair in the Chinese partnership of Xiong and Ou, who take on the only seed left in the draw in Matsuo and Naito of Japan, the 4th seeds who have failed to drop a game to date this week.

The mixed doubles is another event with 4 of the top 5 seeds left in the draw, with top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam defeating Widianto and Natsir to reach the last 4 against the 5th seeded pair of Hashimoto and Fujii, who defeated the 4th seeded Wong and Chau to reach the semi final. The other semi final is another Thailand – Japan match up with the 3rd seeded Ikeda and Shiota taking on the Thai 2nd seeds of Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul, who defeated the unseeded Malaysia pair of Ng and Tan in a three game match late on Friday evening.

Day 4 Results:

Lee Chong Wei Hopes To Lift Curse

There was an expectancy of a Lin Dan – Lee Chong Wei final in the men’s singles before the start of play today and they did not disappoint as they set up a rematch of the Korean Open in tomorrow’s All England final.

Lin Dan defeated Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in a unexpected three game match, with Zwiebler’s excellent play taking the match into a deciding game. However, the 3rd seed and Olympic champion wasn’t too good in the third game and re-asserted his dominance to take the match 21-9, 16-21, 21-11 in 63 minutes. Lee Chong Wei reached the final in his two game victory over China’s Chen Long to continue his fantastic week in Birmingham.

Wang Shixian is through to her first All England final with a win over Wang Xin in the first of the women’s singles semi finals, taking the match in two tight games 21-19, 21-17. Eriko Hirose breaks up the Chinese dominance in this event with a win in her semi final over Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva in another tight two game match, winning 21-15, 22-20 to book her place in tomorrow’s final.

Another top seed through to tomorrow’s final is the Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen who defeated the young Chinese pair of Chai and Guo in two games, after a tight opening game which the Danes took 26-24 before comfortably winning the second game 21-12 to book their place in the final. Their opponents in the final will be the 5th seeded Koo and Tan who defeated Cai and Fu in their semi final in one of the quickest matches of the day at just 39 minutes with the Malaysian’s winning 21-11, 23-21 to book their place in the final.

Wang and Yu’s fantastic run in recent months continued with another finals appearance after defeating the Danish pair of Damkjaer Kruse and Roepke in a three game match with one side of the court clearly giving the pair on hitting with the drift an advantage. Wang and Yu took the opening game 21-10 before losing the second game 16-21 and then regained their advantage with the drift to take an early lead and held on to win 21-9 in the final game. Their opponents in the finals are Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan who defeated their team mates Naito and Matsuo in a tight two game, 50 minute match with Fujii and Kakiiwa winning 21-19, 21-17.

Ma and Xu won the match of the unseeded pairs in the mixed doubles against Fuchs and Michels in a 40 minute, two game match which the Chinese pair won 21-19, 21-17. They take on the 3rd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam who defeated the pairing of Russkikh and Setiawan in their own two game victory which they won 21-17, 21-15 to stop Russkikh’s run at the semi finals for the second time in five years.

All England Badminton 2011 Results

Peter Gade Falls To Chen Long

The first of the top seeds were defeated on quarter finals day in Birmingham as well as one of the crowd favourites in Peter Gade also losing out in his quarter final against the 5th seeded Chen Long.

Gade’s defeat meant that there would be no rematch with Lee Chong Wei in the semi finals this year, with the top seeded Malaysian defeating Boonsak Ponsana in a convincing fashion to book his place in the last 4 against Chen Long. Lin Dan is through in the bottom half of the draw as he beat Tien Minh Nguyen in his quarter final in a one-sided two game victory. The Chinese 3rd seed takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the second semi final tomorrow, Zwiebler defeated Japan’s Kazushi Yamada in a tight three game match that lasted just over an hour to ensure at least one European player on semi finals day in the men’s singles.

China is guaranteed at a place in Sunday’s final of the women’s singles, with top seeded Wang Shixian defeating 7th seeded Juliane Schenk in a testing three game match after the top seed lost the opening game. Her opponent in tomorrow’s semi final will be the 3rd seeded Wang Xin who won the all-Chinese clash against the 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao in two games to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. The other semi final has European interest in it with Petya Nedelcheva defeating Gu Juan of Singapore to reach the last 4, where she will take on Eriko Hirose of Japan who defeated 5th seeded Saina Newhal in two games to reach the semi final stage, winning 21-11, 22-20.

Boe and Mogensen continued their excellent run with a good two game win over Malaysia’s Abdul Latif and Hoon to set up a semi final against the unseeded Chinese pair of Guo and Chai, who defeated the 8th seeded Ahsan and Septano to claim their second victory over a seeded pair this week, previously defeating Lee and Jung. The other semi final is a rematch of last years world championships, with 6th seeded Cai and Yun taking on the 5th seeded Koo and Tan in their 11th meeting since their meeting in this event four years previously with the Chinese pair winning the last 5 of their meetings.

Cheng and Chien crashed out of the women’s doubles to the unseeded Danish pair of Roepke and Damkjaer Kruse in a two game defeat, the reward for defeating the top seeds is a semi final match against the 3rd seeded Wang and Yu of China who have failed to drop a game this week but the Danes have already defeated two seeded pairs to reach this stage. The other semi final sees Fujii and Kakiiwa take on their team-mates in an all-Japanese match as they play Matsuo and Naito, who defeated the Chinese pair of Tian and Zhao in three games to book their place in the last 4.

The top seeds in the mixed doubles are also out as Zhao and Zhang were defeated by the Chinese team mates Xu and Ma in a three game match up which the unseeded Xu and Ma saved three match points in the second game. Their opponents in the semi final are the unseeded German pair of Fuchs and Michels who defeated the 4th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba in a tight three game match to book their place in the last 4. Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam progressed into the last 4 even after losing their opening game against Jiaming and Tian 21-4, they went on to win the next two games to complete their unlikely victory and book their place against Russkikh and Setiawan in the semi finals after they defeated Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in three games in their quarter final match.

All England Badminton 2011 Results

Lee Chong Wei Frustrated With Match Scheduling

There was real hope for some British success after an excellent showing last week in Germany but that hope ended today with a trio of defeats ending any chance of British interest on quarter finals day tomorrow in the NIA in Birmingham.

The day begun with top seeded Lee Chong Wei beating Bao Chunlai in a superb performance from the defending champion to set up a quarter final against the 8th seeded Boonsak Ponsana who has also been impressive this week on route to this stage. After his match against Bao Chunlai the defending champion Lee Chong Wei refused interviews with media citing frustrations with the organizers for not giving him adequate warning prior to his match.  Peter Gade used all of his experience to defeat last year’s finalist Kenichi Tago, with an impressive 6 point run from 16-20 down to clinch the match in two games. Gade takes on Chen Long who received a walkover into the last 8 and will be well rested going into tomorrow’s quarter final.

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