While more than half of the players in the finals were from China, it was Korea’s Lee Yong Dae who took top honours for the day when he won both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles events. Not only did Lee win today, but the matches he played were both an hour and sixteen minutes long, the longest matches of the day. Lee’s long day started in the mixed doubles when Lee Hyo Jung and himself defeated China’s Zheng Bo and Ma Jin in three games 21-18, 15-21, 21-15. Lee’s next match, the men’s doubles was the last match of the day, where he partnered with Jung Jae Sung to defeat the top seeded pairing of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong in another close three games 21-13, 19-21, 21-18.
The rest of the day belonged to China. Denmark’s sole representative on finals day was the youngster Jan O Jorgensen who’s string of upsets would continue no more. He played well this tournament, but as he mentioned yesterday he was up against the best of all time and he is not there yet. Lin Dan proved that he is above the rest this tournament, refusing to give up a single game. The final went to Lin Dan 21-12, 21-12 in thirty seven minutes.
The women’s doubles was won by Tian and Zhang as they defeated their teammates Du and Yu 21-14, 21-14. While the scores might not represent the quality of the match, the time should at fifty three minutes. Finally the women’s singles title went to Jiang Yanjiao who outclassed her teammate Wang Xin 21-19, 22-20.
The young Dane has yet to win a Super Series title, but he has reached his third semi-final after defeating Boonsak Ponsana today in two games. The Dane commented that he wasn’t trying to push the pace against Ponsana, instead he just followed his opponent’s pace and waited for him to make errors. The final scoreline was 21-11, 21-19. Jorgensen will now play China’s Chen Jin, and while the Dane has yet to defeat a Chinese player the last time these two faced off it was a close three game battle.
World Champion Lin Dan faced recent Denmark Open champion Simon Santoso in his quarter-final match. Lin Dan said that after seeing Simon’s recent results that he was taking this match very seriously as Simon has been playing well recently, but it wasn’t enough to truly worry Lin Dan as he sailed through to the semi-finals with a 21-12, 21-12 victory. Next up Lin Dan will be playing Korea’s Park Sung Hwan.
Wong Mew Choo failed to prevent an all China semi-finals today when she lost to Wang Shixian in two games 21-10, 24-22. The only remaining Malaysian representatives in the semi-finals stage of the tournament are women’s doubles pair Wong and Chin, and men’s doubles pair Koo and Tan. For the most part the tournament has, not surprisingly, become a somewhat national competition with more than half of the remaining players coming from China.
Heading into the quarter-finals the Chinese team has secured all but one of the remaining eight places, and Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo has managed to spoil the party by defeating the top seed Wang Yihan 21-18, 21-17. Perhaps equally surprising was the defeat of Denmark’s second seeded Tine Rasmussen at the hands of China’s Wang Xin 13-21, 21-12, 21-19 on the other side of the draw.
The men’s singles was far less dramatic with no seeded players falling, however Carl Baxter pushed Simon Santoso to the limit but failed to win the match. Santoso won in three games 14-21, 21-12, 21-18 to set up his quarter-final against Lin Dan. Lin Dan had another relatively smooth match, defeating yet another one of his teammates Chen Long 21-12, 21-15. The quarter-finals however should prove to be very exciting as there are a number of tough match ups. Of particular interest will be to see whether or not Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen is capable of going the distance, or if perhaps his big wins are restricted to the earlier rounds.
Chinese Taipei has reason to be happy with two pairings in the quarter-finals after Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu upset third seeds Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido in the second round. The match went the full distance with the Chinese Taipei pair winning 21-19, 11-21, 21-15. Unfortunately the two Chinese Taipei pairs must now face each other in the quarter-finals.
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China Super Series 2009
The final Super Series tournament of 2009 finishes off in China, with Lin Dan returning to tournament play after his French Super Series win. He begins his campaign against Bao Chunlai in the match of the opening round of the Men’s Singles.
Top seed Lee Chong Wei plays Jan Jorgensen in another fantastic opening round encounter; Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat have pulled out of the event making the prospect of a Lin Dan – Lee Chong Wei Final all the more possible.
Wang Yihan takes the top seed in the Women’s singles, with Tine Rasmussen seeded 2, with Mi Zhou seeded 4 opposed to her top seeding in the earlier part of 2009. The depth of the Women’s draw is so vast that World Champion Lu Lan is unseeded for the event.
China’s big hope in the Men’s Doubles will come from Cai and Fu, seeded 5 for the event and a potential World Championship final rematch set for the Quarter Final against Lee and Jung of Korea. Ma and Wang are the big hope in the Women’s Doubles, with the 4th seeds coming into the tournament in excellent form after their victory last week in Hong Kong.
Top seeded Lee and Jung are playing their first tournament together since August this week, Zheng Bo and Nathan Robertson meet again, both with different partners from their 2008 Olympic encounter in the first round. Zheng Bo and Ma Jin are the big rivals to Lee and Jung, but a potential 2nd round match against last week’s winners in Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk is a tricky matchup.
China Super Series 2009 Draws