Some of the top seeded players were give a real test in the early rounds, with most of the seeds defeating their opponents to bolster their credentials. Boonsak Ponsana was the biggest casualty in the men’s singles, losing to Park Sung Hwan in three games and the Korean set up a quarter final clash with Taufik Hidayat.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, Lee Chong Wei takes on the 2010 world champion Chen Jin in the first of tomorrow’s quarter finals with the winner taking on the winner of the second of the quarter final. 4th seeded Lin Dan takes on the 8th seed Tien Minh Nguyen in the second quarter final. Chen Long is the only other seed in the bottom half of the draw and takes on the Korean qualifier Lee Hyun Il.
The women’s singles has 6 of it’s 8 seeds remaining in the draw, with Inthanon Ratchanok continuing her excellent run of form to reach the last 8. Yip Pui Yin is the second unseeded player in the draw, defeating the 7th seed Bae Yong Joo in two games and her reward is a quarter final matchup against the 2nd seeded Saina Nehwal. The top 3 Chinese seeds are also safely into the quarter finals, with top seeded Wang Xin, 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao all progressing from the second round with two game victories.
The top seeded Koo and Tan crashed out to Indonesians Ahsan and Septano in three games to further open up the top half of the men’s doubles draw. Bach and Gunawan continue their excellent run and will meet another unseeded pair in the last 8 in the Chinese partnership of Chai and Guo. Cai and Fu will meet Lee and Jung for the second time in two weeks in the quarter final stage and the last of the quarter finals is an all-Indonesian affair between the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan and the 7th seeded Chandra and Gunawan.
Wang and Yu defeated the second seeded Chinese pair of Cheng and Zhao to book their place in the last 8, whilst the Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl further opened up the women’s doubles draw with their win over Jauhari and Polii, the 4th seeds from Indonesia. Top seeded Cheng and Chien and 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina put their early exits in China behind them to reach the last 8 this week.
Zieba and Mateusiak proved their credentials as top seeds with an excellent three game win over Tian and Jiaming and set up a quarter final clash against 6th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen of Denmark. Zhang and Zhao are one of only 4 seeds remaining in the draw and take on the Korean pair of Ko and Ha, who defeated another Chinese pair touted to do well this week in He and Ma.
As surprising as it was to see Joachim Persson through to the semi-finals with numerous victories along the way, the biggest surprise thus far came today when he defeated Peter Gade for the first time ever to book his place in the finals. Persson has struggled with injuries over the last couple years, and questions have been raised as to his ability to keep up with the best on the tour, however those questions have been put to rest with a 21-14, 16-21, 21-17 victory over the top seeded Gade. Persson now plays Taufik Hidayat who had a more straight forward victory over Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-14.
The womens semi finals featured two China vs Thailand match ups, and the results were in China’s favour. Top seed Wang Yihan came through in three games over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-12, 19-21, 21-10. Her compatriot Li Xuerui will be Wang’s opponent after her two game victory over Salakajit Ponsana 22-20, 21-13, ending the Ponsana family’s hopes of a title in Paris.
Germany will be happy with two pairs in the finals, one in the mens doubles, and the other in the mixed doubles. First up was the surprising upset of second seeds Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler 13-21, 21-17, 22-20. The German pair will now play Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen who are appearing in their second consecutive super series final after defeating their compatriots Jonas Rasmussen and Mads Conrad-Petersen 21-23, 21-6, 21-16.
The next success for Germany came from Birgit Overzier and Michael Fuchs who won after Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl retired at 17-10 in the first game. The German pair now play Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam after they also benefited from a withdrawal against their compatriots Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh needed the longest match of the day to win their semi-final match against Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter-Juhl 18-21, 21-15, 21-16 in an hour and eleven minutes. They now face Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul who had a fairly straight forward victory over Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke winning 21-9, 21-15.
Perhaps the most interesting story of this French Super Series is the performance of Denmark’s Joachim Persson.
Persson has been pushed to the shadows in the last year or so as Jan Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen have shown some substantial potential, however this week in Paris Persson seems to be reminding us that he still has the ability to threaten at these events. The left hander defeated China’s Du Pengyu in three exquisite games 21-17, 12-21, 21-19 to book his quarter-final place against his compatriot Peter Gade who struggled more than expected against German Marc Zwiebler. Gade won in three games as well 15-21, 21-12, 21-8. On the other side of the draw neither Boonsak Ponsana or Taufik Hidayat struggled against their opponents, Ajay Jayaram or Rajiv Ouseph respectively, as both won in straight games.
The big upset on the womens singles side came at the expense of Tine Baun when the second seeded Dane fell to China’s Li Xuerui 21-16, 21-17. Li will now play Salakajit Ponsana who defeated China’s Liu Xin. England’s Elizabeth Cann failed to continue her surprising run when she lost to Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-18 who will now play Wang Yihan. Wang crushed her Russian opponent Ella Diehl 21-8, 21-8.
The mens doubles is looking like we will see a repeat of last week’s final. Boe and Mogensen made it one step closer to the final by defeating Flandy Limpele and Simon Mollyhus 21-16, 21-18. In the semi-finals they will face another Danish pair after Jonas Rasmussen and his new partner Mads Conrad-Petersen defeated England’s Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis 23-25, 22-20, 21-14. The most surprising semi-finalists are Germans Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler who defeated their Malaysian opponents Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari Mohd and Ong Soon Hock in two close games 22-20, 21-18. They will face Indonesia’s Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan who narrowly defeated Malaysia’s Gan Teik Chai and Tan Bin Shen 14-21, 21-18, 21-17.
A couple of walkovers marred the womens doubles quarter-finals as Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul from Thailand and Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke from Denmark booked their places against one another without a shuttle being hit. On the other side of the draw we have yet another Danish pair through to the semi-finals after Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen defeated Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou 21-19, 21-11. The Danish pair will now play Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh.
Finally in the mixed doubles there were no easy matches for our semi-finalists. All the matches were closely contested, perhaps the most intense was Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl’s victory over Hendra Setiawan and Anastasia Russkikh. The Danes need three games and extra points to win 23-21, 15-21, 27-25 and next they’ll play surprise semi-finalists Michael Fuchs and Birgit Overzier who knocked out top seeds Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa 16-21, 21-9, 21-16. The other half of the draw features an all Thailand showdown between Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon and their opponents Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol.
Yesterday saw just one seed crash out, today was the complete opposite with seeds toppling on an hourly basis through the day. France’s interest in their home Super Series is overly before the weekend begins, whilst Peter Gade goes from strength to strength after his back injury.
Gade, the top seed in the singles has safely progressed into the quarter finals tomorrow after a two game win over Christian Lind Thomsen and will play the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler on the TV court on Friday evening. The other Dane in the draw is Joachim Persson, the 8th seeded also came through his all-Danish encounter in a tight two game match and will play China’s Du Pengyu. The unseeded Chinese player has already beaten two Danes on route to the last 8, defeating Viktor Axelsen in Round 1 and last week’s winner Jan O Jorgensen in the second round also. Ajay Jayaram has also reached the last 8, defeating the 7th seeded Dicky Palyama in three games to book his place against Boonsak Ponsana, the 3rd seed.
The seed total in the women’s singles was halved on day 2, with Pi Hongyan crashing out to Elizabeth Cann in a tame two game defeat. Liu Xin continues her excellent run of results with another impressive victory, this time over Juliane Schenk, the 5th seed. Salakjit Ponsana is another player in a rich vein of form, defeating the 4th seeded Yao Jie in a two game victory. Tine Baun has been impressed also, with a two game victory over Jeanine Cicognini.
Four seeds remain in the men’s doubles, with the top seeds Boe and Mogensen taken to three games by Goh and Teo of Malaysia. The 5th seeds Conrad-Pedersen and Rasmussen as well as the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan were also taken to three games as many of the seeds still remaining in the draw have been taken the distance. Only the 6th seeded Gan and Tan of Malaysia have progressed safely, with back to back two game victories.
The women’s doubles lost 5 of it’s 8 seeds today, with only the top 3 seeds remaining in the draw. The 6th seeded French pair of Choinet and Rasadi lost out to Lee and Obanana of the USA in three games to end the local interest in the women’s doubles. The top seeds Nedelcheva and Russkikh are safely into the last 8 with a two game win over Fontaine and Palermo of France.
Only one seed crashed out of the mixed doubles, 5th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen lost out in three games to the pairing of Setiawan and Russkikh, who are both seeded in their respective level doubles events. They take on another Danish pair tomorrow as they take on last weeks winners, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, the 3rd seeds.
It has been four months since Lin Dan took on Lee Chong Wei in the Thomas Cup and a year since their last Super Series meeting, but tomorrow arguably the best two players in the world go head to head in Japan.
Lee Chong Wei defeated the unseeded Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-18 to book his place in tomorrow’s final, having not dropped a game in his four matches and conceding just 85 points on route to the final. Lin Dan defeated Peter Gade in two games, winning 21-11, 21-19 to book his place in tomorrow’s final having also not conceded a game on route to the final, conceding 122 points on route.
The women’s singles final unsurprisingly is an all-Chinese encounter. Jiang Yanjiao defeated the resurgent Lu Lan in the quarter finals and then defeated the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian in two tight games to book her place in tomorrow’s final. The other finalist is the second seeded Wang Xin, who defeated Tine Baun in her semi final encounter as she looks to win her second Super Series title in 2 weeks.
Tomorrow’s men’s doubles final is a rematch of the world championship final in Paris last month, as Koo and Tan take on Cai and Fu in this week’s final. Both pairs came through their semi final matches in two games and they have only conceded one game apiece in reach the finals stage, both in their quarter final matchups. This is their 10th meeting, with Cai and Fu winning the previous 4.
The women’s doubles final is another all-Chinese affair, with the 5th seeded Wang and Yu taking on the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao. The 5th seeds have been truly impressive this week as they have failed to drop a game and have conceded just 69 points on the way to tomorrow’s final. The 3rd seeds received a first round bye and have only conceded a single game, in their three game victory over the top seeed Cheng and Chien in today’s semi final.
The mixed doubles is the third and final all-Chinese affair, with unseeded Zhang and Zhao taking on the 8th seeded Tao and Tian. Zhang Nan will hope to put his men’s doubles defeat behind him but his partner Zhao Yunlei is also playing in the women’s doubles final also. The 8th seeded pair have focussed purely on the mixed doubles and after surviving being match point down in the opening round, have gone from strength to strength in reaching tomorrow’s final without dropping another game this week.
The opening round play in Beijing was without it’s top two seeds in the men’s singles, with Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat withdrawing pre-event. There was plenty of interest for the locals though as Lin Dan returned to the place of his 2008 Olympic triumph to attempt to win his first title of 2010.
His opening match was against the very player who defeated him in the world championship quarter finals, Park Sung Hwan. There was to be no repeat as the 4th seeded took the match in two games. World Champion Chen Jin also progressed in two games, as did Bao Chunlai, Chen Long and two Chinese qualifiers. Wen Kai defeated Dicky Palyama to make it into the second round and Qiao Bin defeated another Chinese qualifier in Lu Yi to make it into the last 16. The last non-Chinese seed in the draw is Jan O Jorgensen after defeating Wong Wing Ki in two games, the 6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana crashed out to Ju Yun of Hong Kong in a extremely tight three game encounter, with the Hong Kong player winning 27-25 in the third game.
The women’s singles has 7 of it’s 8 seeds remaining, with world champion Wang Lin having to retire from her match whilst leading 14-8 in the third game. 2009 World Champion Lu Lan proved that she still has the ability for the very top of the women’s game with a 21-8, 21-7 win over Xing Aiying. There were also wins for Tine Baun and Pi Hongyan as the final two Europeans left in the draw, a draw dominated by the Chinese as they have four seeds in the last 16, as well as Lu Lan and Li Xuerui.
All 8 seeds in the men’s doubles successfully navigated their opening round matches, with only Lee and Jung being taken to a 3rd game by Hong and Shen of China. Double world champions Cai and Fu are also into round two with a 2 game victory, with a potential all-Chinese quarter final with Guo and Xu expected.
The top seeds in last months world championships, Ma and Wang have been surprisingly split up for this weeks event, with Wang and new partner Yu Yang who defeated Ma and Wang at the World Championships being seeded 5 for the event whilst Ma plays with Zhong Qianxin and is unseeded. However, the two could play in Friday’s quarter final with another win for both pairs. There were some surprises as 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh lost out to Bao and Lu of China in three tight games and the 4th seeded Shinta and Yao also lost out to their unseeded opponents in three games, with Hsieh and Wang progressing into the last 16.
Ma Jin also has a new partner in the mixed doubles, playing with He Hanbin who she and Bo Zheng beat in the world championship final last month. Bo Zheng is not present at this weeks tournament, but there is a massive Chinese interest in the mixed doubles with Wang Xiaoli making her first appearance in a Super Series mixed doubles with an impressive three game win over Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul of Thailand and could face another match against Ma Jin at the quarter final stage. The top seeded Widianto and Natsir progressed to the last 16 with a routine two game win over Chen and Xie of China.