Whilst most of the Chinese squad have begun a likely 3-month camp ahead of the Olympics, the world number 1 is on home soil this week and has progressed into the quarter finals.
Lee Starts Off Strong
42 minutes was all the world number 1 needed to reach the last 8, with a 19 minute demolition of Michael Fowke in is opening round match and later in the afternoon needed just 23 minutes to defeat his Indian opponent and set up a quarter final against Chong Wei Feng in an all-Malaysian clash. The 2nd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen crashed out in his second match of the day, losing to Sony Dwi Kuncoro in two games. Kuncoro takes on Takuma Ueda of Japan, seeded 5th this week.
The 2nd seeded Minatsu Mitani crashed out of the women’s singles in her opening game to Singapore’s Xing Aiying and takes on Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the quarter finals. Okuhara was ranked inside the top 60 just a few months previously and is looking improve on her current ranking of 104. The top seeded Sindhu of India is safely into the last 8 where she takes on her own Japanese opponent in Kana Ito who was ranked outside the top 200 last summer herself. Whilst Sindhu’s rise from outside the top 100 to 26th in the world would see her ranking improve further with a win this week.
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
Four seeds remain in the Men’s singles, but second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono was a casualty in the quarterfinals after losing out in two games to Tommy Sugiarto 21-16, 21-18. Sugiarto plays Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the semi finals.
Tien Minh Nguyen was in quarterfinal action against seventh seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand. Both had come through tough third round games last night but it was Nguyen who came out on top in the quarterfinal match, defeating Vilailak 21-14, 21-8. He sets up a semi final meeting with 9th seeded Indonesian Andreas Adityawarman. The Indonesian took out the last unseeded player, Chu Han Chou 21-16, 21-12 in their quarterfinal match today.
Saturday’s semi final matches are dominated by Malaysia, with nine of the twenty remaining players and partnerships being from Malaysia. Vietnam has local interest in both the men’s and women’s draw and there is a Indonesian bulk to the draw also, with six Indonesian players or partnerships playing on Saturday.
Both men’s semi finals are expected third on their courts, with play beginning at 10am local time on Saturday.
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws