Lin Dan Withdraws From Semi-FInals

The double withdrawal of Liu Xin and Lin Dan marred a day of excellent matches as the Chinese have their sights set on London 2012 and getting as many players as possible to qualify for the Olympics.

Chen Long received a walkover over Lin Dan and will face Lee Chong Wei who defeated Peter Gade in two games whilst in the women’s singles, Liu Xin’s withdrawal means that Wang Yihan will play Juliane Schenk, who defeated Saina Nehwal in convincing fashion to reach the final.

Cai and Fu survived a real test against Koo and Tan to reach the men’s doubles final where they will take on the 4th seeded Indonesian pair of Ahsan and Septano who beat their team-mates Kido and Setiawan in another tight three game match. China are represented in the women’s doubles too by Bao and Zhong who defeated their three Japanese seed of the week , this time it was the 3rd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa who were defeated in three games in a 91 minute match. Their opponents in the final will be the 5th seeded Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei who ended the run of the unseeded Hong Kong pairing of Poon and Tse in two games.

Cheng Wen Hsing is also into the final of the mixed doubles with a two game victory over the top seed and world champions Zhang and Zhao with her partner Chen Hung Ling and will take on Danish pair of Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen who defeated Fuchs and Michels in an all-European semi final in a tight three game match to reach the final.

Semi Final Results

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Boonsak Ends Gades Hopes

Semi Final day in Singapore had local players Sari and Yao in the last 4 of the Women’s Doubles, where they were the underdogs to beat 4th seed Cheng and Chien of Chinese Taipei. After losing the opening game, the unseeded pair took the next two games to book their place in tomorrow’s final. The will play the 5th seeded Korean pair of Lee and Kim who defeated the other unseeded pair in the draw still, Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia.

The mixed doubles had the top three seeds in the last 4, with the top two making in through to tomorrow’s final. Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, the second seeds defeated the 3rd seeded Gunawan and Marissa in two games. Top seeded Widianto and Natsir are also through after defeating the Chinese Taipei pairing of Chen and Cheng. Cheng Wen Hsing’s excellent week in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles both end at the semi final stage.

Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan rolled back the years again to make the final at the expense of Ko and Yoo of Korea. The 8th seeded pair will take on the unseeded pair of Fang and Lee from Chinese Taipei after they defeated the second seeds, Kido and Setiawan. The 2nd seeds lost tamely in the semi final to continue their poor run of form since their win in France last year.

Top seed Saina Nehwal lived up to her seeding with a three game victory over current world champion Lu Lan, after dropping the opening game 8-21. The other semi final was an all unseeded affair between Korea’s Bae Youn Joo and Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying. It was the player from Chinese Taipei who will meet Nehwal in tomorrow’s final after a close two game encounter.

Sony Kuncoro’s excellent week continues as he beat India’s Kashrup Parupalli in two games to book his place in his first final of 2010. Peter Gade, seeded 2 took on the 4th seeded Boonsak Ponsana in the second semi final. Gade took a close opening game before the 4th seed battled back to take the next two tight games to book his place in tomorrows final whilst Gade misses out on his best chance to win a Super Series this year.

Saturday’s Full Singapore Super Series Results

2008 Champion Tien Minh Nguyen defended his title successfully with a three set victory over fourth seed Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia. The 55-minute encounter started with the Vietnamese top seed sail to a one game lead with a 21-7 win in the opener.

The Malaysian rallied to take the second game 21-19, setting up a tense third set. It was Nguyen who took the final game, with a 21-14 victory to retain his Vietnam GP title. In the other finals, Flandy Limpele and partner Cheng Wen Hsing took the mixed doubles title, defeating top seeded Malaysia couple Goh and Chan in two games.

Top seeded Agustine and Wahyuni take the women’s double title after defeating second seeded Thai pair Munkit and Amitrapai in two games. Fransisca Ratnasari, seeded fifth takes the Women’s singles title after winning Tai Tzu Ying in a three set, 62-minute encounter.

The last match was the men’s doubles, 7th seeded Hadiyanto and Riyadi defeated Malaysian pair Hoon and Ong in two tight games to win the title.

Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009

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