Lee and Jung spoiled the Chinese party in Shanghai as the host nation looked to repeat their five title haul from September’s Super Series also held in China. Unseeded Chai and Zhang were comfortably beaten by the 4th seeds in two games to ensure that there was no five title repeat.
The other four finals, guaranteed Chinese success. Ma and Zhong pulled out of their women’s doubles final to gift the title to the 2nd seeded Cheng and Zhao. Unseeded Tian and Tao defeated their 5th seeded opponents Zhang and Zhao in two games to secure the mixed doubles title.
Chen Long won his first Super Series title with a three-game victory over Bao Chunlai, a result that looked improbable after the 5th seed lost the opening game 21-9 but bounced back to take the next two games to claim his first title in a 75 minute encounter. Jiang Yanjiao put her name into consideration as a potential world number one after claiming an excellent two game victory over the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian in a 53-minute encounter.
China had interest in nine of the ten matches on semi final day, and promptly won them all. There were no less than six All-Chinese semi finals to ensure Chinese participation on finals day, but the day was a victory for the underdogs and the future of Chinese Badminton.
Chen Long defeated current World Champion Chen Jin in an 84-minute classic to book his place in tomorrow’s final against the 8th seeded Bao Chunlai, who ended Du Pengyu’s run with a narrow two game victory that took just under an hour to conclude. Their last meeting was in the first Chinese Super Series in September, where Chen Long defeated Bao Chunlai to reach the final on the day, a repeat would secure Chen Long’s first Super Series title.
The top 2 seeds in the women’s singles both crashed out at the semi final stage, both upset by their lower seeded opponents as the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao both secured their place in tomorrow’s final with tight two game victories. Jiang Yanjiao holds a 3-1 advantage over the World #5, with all four of their encounters being just two games.
The only non-Chinese interest comes from Lee and Jung, who won their all-Korean semi final against Ko and Yoo to book their place in the final where they will play the unseeded Chai and Zhang of China, who defeated the 3rd Korean pair left in the draw, 6th seeded Fang and Lee in a immensely tight match with the Chinese pair winning 26-24 in the third. Lee and Jung will hope for a repeat of their only other encounter in the Korean Super Series earlier this year where they defeated Chai and Zhang in two games at the semi final stage.
Ma and Zhong’s unlikely run has led them all the way to the final, defeating the 8th seeded Ha and Jung of Korea in three games to set up a match against the 2nd seeds also from China, Zhao and Cheng. The 2nd seeds defeated Pan and Tian, seeded 5 in one of the six all-Chinese matchups on semi finals day.
Tian however, was already into the mixed doubles final before her women’s doubles defeat. She defeated Ma Jin and partner He Hanbin earlier in the day with her partner Jiaming Tao to book their place in the final. Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan are their opponents in the final, with the 5th seeds defeating Chan and Goh of Malaysia in their semi final encounter. Their only meeting was in Japan in September, where the seeded Tao and Tian were defeated by the unseeded Zhao and Zhang.
The third day had the prospect of being a day of dominance, but the day was marred by the withdrawal of the 7th seed Jan O Jorgensen and of the 2nd seeded Lin Dan in the men’s singles. Lin Dan was the favourite for the title, especially after Peter Gade pulled out before the start of the event. Du Pengyu and Chen Long were the recipients of byes into the semi final stage and were joined later in the day by the 3rd seeded Chen Jin and 8th seeded Bao Chunlai to complete the monopoly of places in the last 4 of the singles.
The monopoly continued in the women’s singles, as the top 4 seeds progressed into the semi finals. Wang Xin and Wang Yihan’s victories over Chinese players in their quarter final matchup ensured at least two Chinese in the last 4, but Wang Shixian’s two game victory of Bae Youn Joo and Jiang Yanjiao defeating Inthanon Ratchanok, who defeated Lu Lan in the second round.
Only the unseeded Chai and Zhang fly the flag for the home nation, as Cai and Fu were defeated by Lee and Jung in a tight three game, 67-minute matchup. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen also crashed out to the 6th seeded Fang and Lee and the 2nd seeded Koo and Tan were also beating by their lower seeded opponents, 7th seeded Ko and Yoo.
Ma and Zhong’s new partnership has been a revelation in the women’s doubles, with their biggest win to date over the top seeded Chien and Cheng in two games to progressed into the last 4. They will take on the 8th seeded Ha and Jung of Korea, the only pair in the last 4 not from China. 2nd seeded Zhao and Cheng progressed safely with a comfortable two game victory and will take on the 5th seeded Pan and Tian who won their quarter final in a tight three game match against Misaki and Takahashi of Japan.
Ma Jin’s success with new partners has also seen her reach the last 4 of the mixed doubles with He Hanbin, they defeated the 8th seeded Ko and Ha in a tight three game, 68-minute encounter to set up a semi final with Jiaming and Tian, which guarantees China a place in Sunday’s final. Zhang and Zhao have the chance to make it an all-Chinese final when they take on unseeded Malaysian pair of Chan and Goh in their semi final clash tomorrow.
The opening day was a success for Chinese badminton but the second day would test some of the relative unknowns of the Chinese system against some of the regulars on the Super Series circuit. It was a task that they held their own against, with some victories of merit to bolster China’s chance to win all five events on their soil for the second time in 2010.
The Chinese seeds in the men’s singles progressed safely into the quarter finals, guaranteeing at least 4 players in the last 8. However that was only the beginning of the Chinese domination, Li Yu qualified after defeating Lee Hyun Il in his second round match and Du Pengyu beat Hu Yun to take China’s tally to six. Sheng Zhang made it 7 after defeating the 6th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in three games, meaning that Jan O Jorgensen was the sole non-Chinese player left in the men’s singles draw. Jorgensen’s matches have both went to three games, including a tight match in his opening round against Chinese qualifier Wen Kai which had he lost, could have meant all 8 players would have been Chinese in the singles.
There is a similar story in the women’s singles, with 6 of the 8 players remaining being Chinese. Bae Youn Joo is the sole non-Chinese seed left in the draw, with unseeded Thai player Inthanon Ratchanok defeating Lu Lan to book her place in the last 8. There were wins for Wang Xin, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao and they are joined in the last 8 by Hui Zhou who defeated the 6th seeded Juliane Schenk in three games. Qualifier Xia Jingyun is the 8th player in the quarter finals, defeating Beiwin Zhang of Singapore in three games.
All of the 7 seeds that started the week in the men’s doubles are safely through to the last 8, with Chai and Zhang of China taking the 8th spot in the quarter finals left open by Kido and Setiawan’s withdrawal. The match of the day in the men’s doubles will undoubtably be the match between Cai and Fu playing Lee and Jung of Korea. However the other 3 matches will also all be of high quality as this event boasts the highest amount of seeds remaining in the draw.
Ma and Zhong’s run in the women’s doubles continues with a win over the 7th seeded Zhang and Zhang in their second round match, they take on the top seeded Chien and Cheng in their quarter final match. Zhao and Cheng, the 2nd seeds are also safely into the quarter finals and take on a Chinese pair in their next match as Ting and Xiong defeated their Chinese opponents of Dong and Ou to reach the last 8.
Mateusiak and Zieba also lost today to a new Chinese pairing, with Ma and He beating the 2nd seeds in two games to set up a quarter final match against the 8th seeded Ko and Ha of Korea. Zhang and Zhao, the 5th seeds are the only Chinese seed left in the draw but there is three unseeded pairs remaining in the draw, including Zhang and Zhao’s opponents in the quarter final, Yu and Kai who defeated Chinese qualifiers Shen and Pan to reach the last 8.
The Chinese events are always predominantly made up of home players and most of the mainstays of the Super Series tour, but even so the Chinese success on Day 1 should not be underestimated. Only the retirement of Wang Xiaoli in her opening round Women’s Doubles with Yu Yang will be considered a disappointment on a day dominated by the home nation.
Wang Xin got the day off to the perfect start with a 2 game victory to progress into Round 2, the other seeds progressed without much resistance as Wang Shixian progressed from a potentially harder match against Yip Pui Yin. Wang Yihan and Jiang Yanjiao also reached the last 16 and by the end of play, China had no less than 9 players into the last 16 of the women’s singles. 2009 World Champion Lu Lan is one of the nine through after defeating the 8th seeded Ella Diehl in two games to further boosts China’s compliment in the second round.
The men’s singles can also boast a similar story, with 8 of the last 16 players being from the home nation. The noticeable names in the second round are all potential winners of this event, Bao Chunlai received a first round bye, current world champion Chen Jin progressed with ease and the highest seed in the draw Lin Dan defeated Zhou Wenlong in an all-Chinese first round encounter. 5th seeded Chen Long is also through to the last 16 as well as relative unknowns such as Sheng Zhang, Lu Yi and Bin Qiao but the 8th Chinese player left in the draw, Du Pengyu defeated the 4th seeded Boonsak Ponsana to reach the second round.
Robert Blair’s trek from Glasgow has been a successful one as he and partner Flandy Limpele reached the second round today but face the big Chinese threat in the draw in round 2, Cai and Fu. The 5th seeded Chinese pair had little trouble being the 2005 world champions Bach and Gunawan in their opening round match. 4th seeded Lee and Jung also made a successful start to their campaign with a two game victory whilst the top seeded Boe and Mogensen received the only opening round bye. Commonwealth Games champions and 2nd seeded Koo and Tan are also safely into the second round with a two game opening round victory.
Yu and Ying were the big winners in the women’s doubles as they toppled the 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina in their opening round encounter and boosts the number of Chinese pairs in the bottom half of the draw to 5 out of a possible 8. With the top two receiving byes, the Russian 3rd seeds were the highest seed playing today. Ma and Zhong have made a successful start to their campaign by take on the Macau pairing of Zhang and Zhang, seeded 7th in the event.
Ma Jin’s success also spread to the mixed doubles, as her and partner He Hanbin set up a second round match with the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba with both winning in two games in their opening round matches. Yu Yang didn’t let her women’s doubles disappointment stop her reaching the second round of the mixed, as she and partner Xu Chen take on Jiaming Tao and Tian Qing in the second round tomorrow to guarantee one Chinese pair into the last 8.
The second Super Series event of the year for China begins this week, with the home support wanting another clean sweep of the medals in Shanghai. Those chances have received a massive boost with Peter Gade’s withdrawal from the event, meaning that the recently crowned Asian Games gold medalist Lin Dan will be the top seed at this week’s event (Seeded 2nd). He took the singles title in the first Chinese Super Series in September and starts his campaign this week against a qualifier. He will not be the only chance of success in the singles, with Chen Jin, Bao Chunlai and Chen Long all receiving seedings this week.
The women’s singles is a similar story, Wang Xin took the title in September and is seeded 1 for the event this week. However, there are 3 contenders from China who take up the remaining top 4 seeds with Wang Shixian, Jiang Yanjiao and the winner of the last two Super Series, Wang Yihan. There is also the forgotten woman of Chinese badminton, the 2009 World Champion Lu Lan is also in the draw this week and starts her campaign against the 8th seeded Ella Diehl of Russia.
The big draw for the home fans in the men’s doubles will undoubtably be the current world champions Cai and Fu, seeded 5th this week. The top seeds are the winners of the Denmark and France Super Series titles, Boe and Mogensen from Denmark. There is also the return of Lee Yong Dae to the Super Series after an injury layoff. Him and his partner Jung Jae Sung are the 4th seeds this week. Robert Blair’s involvement this week is the biggest surprise, after playing in the Scottish Open semi final on Saturday afternoon, he is expected to play this week with Flandy Limpele in the men’s doubles.
The 8 seeds from the women’s doubles don’t tell the whole story of this draw, with potential winners throughout the draw such as the winners in September, Wang and Yu being unseeded this week. Yu Yang has won 4 Super Series titles this year alone with two different partners and will be a contender this week also, even with their world ranking of just 51. Ma Jin is also in the draw with her partner Zhong Qianxin, who are currently ranked 89th in the world but are a much better partnership than that ranking suggests. The top seeds however are the looking for Super Series title number 1 of the year, Cheng and Chien of Chinese Taipei won the US Open in the summer but have no titles in the Super Series as yet.
The mixed doubles is a similar story to the women’s doubles, with proven Chinese doubles players experimenting with new partners and coming into the draw unseeded. The winners of the first Chinese Super Series event in September, Tian and Tao enter this week as an unseeded pair and could face a fascinating second round matchup against Yu Yang and Xu Chen due to the withdrawal of the 6th seeded Pedersen and Fischer Nielsen of Denmark. The top seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl have also pulled out, meaning that the Mateusiak/Zieba partnership are the highest seeded pair in the event, although they will have the massive task of defeating Ma Jin and He Hanbin in round 2 if the two pairs progress from their opening round matches.