The opportunity of two all-Dutch finals was on the cards on Saturday morning; by the start of the evening they had their first. Eric Pang played Rajiv Ouseph started the Dutch interest on Saturday, with the first men’s singles semi final. Hope were high when Pang took the opening game 23-21 after trailing most of the latter half of the game, but the higher seeded Ouseph levelled the match by taking the second game 21-12.

Pang was forced to respond, which he did in front of his home crowd. He never led Ouseph take the lead in the final game and comfortably won the third game 21-7 to book his place in Sunday’s final.

Next game on court was Judith Meulendijks, against unseeded German Carola Boot. The second seed defeated Carola Bott in two games to claim her place in the final, the 21-13, 21-16 score line secured the first women’s single finalist for the home fans. Jie Yao had the chance to give the Dutch fans their first all-Dutch final on Sunday if she defeated Olga Koron in her semi final.

A dominant display in the opening game give the Dutch fourth seed a one game lead with a 21-8 scoreline. Koron responded well in the opening part of Game 2 but Jie Yao’s class prevailed and she took the second game 21-17 to complete the all-Dutch women’s singles final.

Dicky Palyama had the opportunity to complete the clean sweep of Dutch success on Saturday, playing second seed Chetan Anand of India. Palyama started well in the opening game, but the Indian responded with several runs of 2 and 3 points and clinched the opening game 21-14. The second game failed to change the outlook of the match, with Chetan Anand winning seven points in a row at 2-1 to take a dominating lead that he never lost, winning the second game 21-6.

Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina will pair up in the women’s doubles final first on finals day before playing against one another in the mixed doubles final. Vislova and Sorokina playing unseeded German pair Sandra Marinello and Birgit Overzier. Vislova was partner Vitalij Durkin as top seeds against Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina.

The men’s doubles final is an all-German affair, with sixth seeded Krisoff Hopp and Johannes Schoettler playing fourth-seeded Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater.

Play begins at 12:30 local time on Sunday.

Semi Final Results

Local interest is still rife in the singles events as both events have two Dutch seeds remaining. Jie Yao and Judith Meulendijks progressed safely into the semi finals with two game wins. Jie Yao crushing Karin Schnaase 21-6, 21-7 in less than 30 minutes. Meulendijks had a tougher time defeating Jeanine Cicognini but won both games 21 points to 19.

Jie Yao will play the unseeded Pole, Olga Koron. Patty Stolzenbach failed to defeat the Pole in the quarterfinal stage who also disposed of top seed Petra Nedelcheva in Round 1. The other Semi Final sees Judith Meulendijks play unseeded German Carola Bott,, who has disposed of the 6th seed Linda Zechiri in the last 16 and 3rd seeded Larisa Griga in the quarter finals.

The chances of an all-Dutch final look good, but the last thing the Dutch seeds will want to do is take their opponents lightly.

Eric Pang delighted the local crowds with his two game victory over 4th seed Arvind Bhat 21-10, 21-19. Dicky Palyama also secured his place in the last 4 with a two game victory over Kasper Ipsen 21-16, 21-14.

The big news in the men’s singles was the defeat of top seed Wong Choon Hann at the hands of 5th seed Rajiv Ouseph, the three game encounter was the longest singles game of the day. Ouseph will play Eric Pang in the Semi Finals, with the winner to play the either Chetan Anand or Dicky Palyama.

Potentially two all-Dutch singles Final? Tune in tomorrow to find out.
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

Day 3 of the Dutch Open pitted the seeds against one another in a place in the quarter finals, top seeded Wong Choon Haan and second seed Chetan Anand progressed safely into the last 8 with comfortable two game victories.

The local support came to see 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama against 15th seed Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine play for a place in the last 8. Palyama was rarely troubled in a one-sided affair that the Dutchman won 21-11, 21-15 in under half an hour.

6th seeded Eric Pang played 12th seeded Peter Mikkelsen for his place in the final 8. Mikkelsen took an early lead in the opening game only for Pang to rally back and take the opening set 21-13. The second set was a dominant display by the sixth seed that never allowed Mikkelsen to take the lead and eventually taking the second game 21-15 to book his place in the quarters.

In the quarterfinal stage, all but one seed, Kasper Ipsen has progressed to the last 8. Ipsen defeated 7th seed Marc Zweibler in Round 2 and has defeated two other Germans on route to the last 8 where he will play Dicky Palyama.

Eric Pang plays 4th seed Arvind Bhat of India after he defeated 11th seed Anup Sridhar in their last 16 encounter by the closest of margins, 23-21 in the third set. The other two matches see top seed Wong Choon Hann play 5th seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England, with second seed Chetan Anand playing 8th seed Kashyap Parupalli in an all-Indian affair.

The Ladies singles has three Dutch ladies in the last 8. 4th seed Jie Yao, 2nd seed Judith Meulendijks and unseeded Patty Stolzenbach. All three ladies have failed to drop a set on their way to the quarters.

Jie Yao plays Karin Schnaase of Germany in the Quarter Finals whilst Patty Stolzenback plays Olga Koron of Poland. Judith Meulendijks plays Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland for a place in the last 4.

All the todays results and tomorrows matches can be found here:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

As day one closed India has secured themselves six places in the last sixteen of the men’s singles event. Unfortunately for them they are mostly playing each other now. Second seed Chetan Anand is likely their best hope for this title. The top seed from Malaysia, Wong Choong Han had a scare against Valerly Atrashchenkov, narrowly winning 18-21, 21-9, 21-19. A surprise in the first round was the loss of Carl Baxter from England to Marcel Reuter from Belgium for the second time this season, surely the Englishman won’t be visiting Bruge anytime soon.

The talk of the day in the women’s singles was the loss of the top seeded Petya Nedelcheva to qualifier Olga Konon in two straight games 21-18, 21-17. In fact, Nedelcheva was the only seed to fall in the women’s singles today.

Tomorrow will feature some more exciting badminton, so be sure to check back for results from the second day of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009. Click below for full results:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

Tomorrow the qualifying rounds of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009 begin, and on Wednesday main round action begins. The top two seeds at the event are Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han and India’s Chetan Anand. Wong is likely a heavy favourite to take the title, but unlike some of the other top Asian players, he is far from unbeatable. Certainly players like Eric Pang or Dicky Palyama are interested in a big win like this, and need it if they want to break to another level. This is an interesting tournament in that it is one week before the Denmark Open Super Series, and very close in proximity, but there are relatively few big names here.

It is a similar story in the women’s singles, with no big names present to fight for the title. Petya Nedelcheva from Bulgaria is the top seed, and opposite her is Judith Meulendijks who is the hometown hopeful. Yao Jie is another strong contender for the title, also hailing from the Netherlands, but as of late she has not been performing to her highest levels that we saw in years past.

For more draws, and to follow results as they happen visit the link below:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

We are heading into the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Open, and so far India has suffered the biggest upsets with both Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat losing out. The top seeded Anand lost to his fellow teammate Anand Pawar in two quick games 21-16, 21-13, while Bhat lost to Dmytro Zavadsky from the Ukraine 21-18, 9-21, 21-17.

Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen is now the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, and with strong results recently this is his opportunity to show the badminton world that he is the next European to hold his ground against the Asians. If he can’t win back in Europe it will be hard for him to show his stuff against the Asians. Jorgensen plays the eighth seed Ville Lang next.

England’s Carl Baxter had the benefit of Petr Koukal falling unexpectedly to Germany’s Sven-Eric Kastens, giving the Englishman a somewhat easier, but still challenging match to book his place in the quarter-finals against Zavadsky.

For more results, and to see the full line up of matches visit the draw link below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws

The first thing that comes to mind when I’m looking at these draws is wow they have a lot of qualifying draws. However, most of them have been listed as no match, and most of the players have been promoted to the main draw, maybe a lot of people have pulled out?

There are not very many big names in this event, Bao Chunlai, Boonsak Ponsana, Hafiz Hashim, Kuan Beng Hong and Chetan Anand are the first big names that I’ve noticed so far. I don’t know who the first seed was, but it looks like they pulled out of the event. The international calendar is going to be quiet for a while now, which is a little disappointing after the excitement surrounding All Englands and Swiss Open, but when summer rolls around we’ll have a few more things to talk about.

Happy Suwon Asian Badminton Championship 2009 Draws

India Open Badminton 2009: Shocking Upset!

On March 25, 2009, in Minor BWF Tournaments, by Emmet Gibney

Shockingly recent Swiss Open winner Lee Chong Wei has lost in the first round of this week’s India Open Badminton tournament! Lee was upset by Chinese player Chen Long in three games 7-21, 21-18, 21-17. Another surprise came as India’s top player Chetan Anand was upset by another Chinese youngster Zhou Wenlong 21-9, 22-24, 21-8. Taufik had a scare in the second round, but managed to beat Hu Yun from Hong Kong 18-21, 21-18, 21-19.

Stay tuned from more updates – India Open Badminton 2009 Draws

Update: Looks like Lee Chong Wei had eaten something that made him sick while on his way from Switzerland, gotta watch out for that airplane food!

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Not to boast or anything, but I knew that Gong Weijie was going to beat Chetan Anand. This kid is good, and were it not for Chen Long’s stellar performance against Wong Choong Han, I would say he’s a shoe in for the finals. I do however still think he will beat Chen Long, but like I said in my last post, I haven’t seen Chen Long play so I can’t really say for sure.

The only quarter-final that did not go to three games was Eric Pang’s match against Korea’s Hong Ji Hoon. Pang won 21-8, 21-14 and now faces Bao Chunlai in the semi-finals. Bao defeated England’s top ranked player in the world Andrew Smith in three games 21-11, 14-21, 21-7. Smith is a strong player, but he hasn’t quite cracked that next level where he’s beating top 10 players yet, but once he gets that first win it will certainly give him that confidence.

Bao Chunlai def Andrew Smith 21-11, 14-21, 21-7
Eric Pang def Hong Ji Hoon 21-8, 21-14
Chen Long def Wong Choong Han 9-21, 21-19, 21-16
Gong Weijie def Chetan Anand 19-21, 21-19, 21-12


Yonex German Open 2009 Draws

German Open 2009: Quarter-Finals Set

On February 26, 2009, in Minor BWF Tournaments, by Emmet Gibney

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The quarter finals lineup for the 2009 German Open is set. There are no surprises really in my mind, everyone who should still be in, is still in. Here is the line up:

Bao Chunlai vs Andrew Smith
Hong Ji Hoon vs Eric Pang
Chen Long vs Wong Choong Han
Gong Weijie vs Chetan Anand

I have never seen Hong Ji Hoon, or Chen Long play, so I can’t comment on them, but I’d actually be surprised if either of them won their matches. The one upset that I will predict here is that Gong Weijie will defeat Chetan Anand. Gong Weijie is a very good player, and only that Chen Jin is SOOO good, has he not had more opportunity to play in the big events. I’d be willing to say that he will start getting more chances now that Chen Hong is gone, and China needs to start preparing for Bao and Lin Dan to go eventually.

Anyway, here are the draws:

German Open 2009 Draws

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