Taufik Tops Draw in Singapore

The second of three events in June takes the world’s best to Singapore, with only Lee Chong Wei missing from the men’s singles field. China have all of their big names here this week ahead of next week’s Premier Series event in Indonesia too.

Taufik Hidayat is the top seed this week with Lee Chong Wei’s absence and could face a real battle to progress this week with three Chinese players in his half of the draw. Wang Zhengming likely waits in the second round with Bao Chunlai and Chen Long looming should the Indonesian progress into the weekend. Viktor Axelsen gets a second shot at Wong Choong Hann inside of a week and world champion Chen Jin is unseeded this week and is also in the top half of the draw. Lin Dan is the 2nd seed this week and starts his campaign aganinst Shon Wan Ho before likely taking on the winner of Jan O Jorgensen and Kenichi Tago. Peter Gade starts his campaign this week against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia before likely quarter final match against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.

Saina Nehwal begins her campaign this week against Lu Lan, again. The 4th seeded Indian also has Tine Baun in her half of the draw, but the top seed is China’s Wang Shixian who could face Wang Lin in an all-Chinese 2nd round match. Wang Yihan and Wang Xin are the big threats from the bottom half of the draw, but there is unseeded threats in the way of Ai Goto, Eriko Hirose, Yao Jie and Pi Hongyan.

The big shock in the men’s doubles is the pre-event withdrawal of top seeded Danish pair Boe and Mogensen, with the pair in a poor run of form since their performance at the Sudirman Cup. The main beneficiaries are the 3rd seeded Ko and Yoo whose run in the top half of the draw has become all the more easier. The bottom half of the draw is headlined by Lee and Jung, seeded 2 and the 4th seeded Cai and Fu of China, who are set to meet at the semi final stages this week. The match to look out for tomorrow is the 6th seeded Kido and Setiawan taking on the unseeded Bach and Gunawan in the opening round.

With no Wang and Yu this week, the Japanese pair of Maeda and Suetsuna are top seeds this week. However they face a new Chinese partnership in Ma and Pan who are both accomplished players within the Chinese ranks and are playing their first event together. Tian and Zhao, last weeks winners in Thailand are also in the top half of the draw. The 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa have less competitive half of the draw, with only Jauhari and Polii, Ha and Kim and Vislova and Sorokina as main threats to the Japanese pair.

The top half of the mixed doubles is loaded with potential winners, from the top seeded Zhang and Zhao to 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir and countless unseeded pairings capable of putting a good run this week together. Hashimoto and Fujii, He and Yu, Xu and Ma, Lee and Ha, Widianto and Marissa as well as Nikolaenko and Sorokina are all in the top half of the draw. The bottom half as a distinct European feel to it, from the 3rd seeded Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen as well as the 5th seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl of Denmark. There are three British pairs in Robertson and Wallwork, Adcock and Bankier as well as German Open winners White and Blair but there is still a Chinese threat in the 6th seeded Jiaming and Tian.

The Draws:

Chen Jin Set For Final Against Lin Dan

Lin Dan has been in ominous form this week in preparation for the All England Championships and has reached his second final of the year, where he will take on the 2nd seed and current world champion Chen Jin.

Lin Dan had little problem defeating the 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana in a 21-11, 21-11 match to book his place in the final. Chen Jin was in excellent form also in his victory over Park Sung Hwan in a one sided 21-14, 21-7 match. The women’s singles final has also got Chinese interest in the 5th seeded Liu Xin who takes on Japan’s Ayane Kurihana, who defeated Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong in a two game matchup.

Lee and Jung progressed safely into the final of the men’s doubles with a superb 21-11, 21-9 victory over the 3rd seeded Koo and Tan in just 27 minutes. They will have Korean opponents in the final but not the likely finalists after Ko and Yoo’s defeat to the unseeded Kim and Kim in a three game match to set up the all-Korean final. Korea also has interest in the women’s doubles final, with Ha and Kim defeating the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito in a tight two game victory and set up a final against the 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa who defeated Kim and Kim of Korea in a 21-14, 21-13 victory.

The all-British semi final in the mixed doubles went the way of the higher seeded Blair and White, who defeated Bankier and Adcock in a 21-17, 21-17 victory to book their place in the final where they will take on the unseeded Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota who defeated the 3rd seeded Thai pair of Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul in a tight two game match.

Semi-Final Results

Boonsak Stands in Lin Dan's Path

The German and Russian hopes ended on quarter finals day as the Asian players have significant interest in all the events going into the weekends play. There only remains two British pairs in the mixed doubles whilst the remainder of the field is from Asia.

Lin Dan is safely into the last 4, defeating Shon Wan Ho in two games to book his place in the semi final. In his semi final he will take on the 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana who defeated qualifier Keigo Sonoda in two games. The other semi final sees the other two highest seeds meet as Chen Jin seeded 2 takes on Park Sung Hwan, the 4th seed from Korea. Chen Jin was forced into a third game by Lee Hyun Il in his quarter final, before progress through in 62 minutes.

Juliane Schenk became the 7th seed to fall in the women’s singles, losing out to the 5th seeded Liu Xin in a tight two game match. The Chinese 5th seed will take on Sung Ji Hyun in the semi final after the Korean defeated Fu Mingtian in three games. The other semi final sees Mew Chew Wong take on Japan’s Ayane Kurihara, after winning her all-Japanese quarter final convincingly over Ai Goto.

The Korean’s have 3 of the 4 pairs remaining in the draw for the men’s doubles, with Ko and Yoo progressing to an all-Korean semi final against Kim and Kim without the loss of a game to date this week. The other semi final is one of the matches of the week between Lee and Jung of Korea and Koo and Tan of Malaysia with both partnerships in excellent form and not dropping a game between them to this point in the tournament.

Japan versus Korea is the story of the women’s doubles, with two such matches taking place in the semi final stage. 7th seeded Naito and Matsuo defeated the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna to book their place in the last 4 where they will play the unseeded Korean pair of Ha and Kim who defeated the 4th seeded Vislova and Sorokina in a tight three game match, winning the 3rd game 22-20 to progress. The 2nd semi final sees the 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa take on Kim and Kim of Korea with both partnerships winning in 2 games to reach the last 4.

The mixed doubles has a rare all-British matchup in the first semi final, as Adcock and Bankier take on Blair and White for a place in Sunday’s final. An undoubted boost ahead of next week’s All-England Championships and next years Olympics to be held in London. Bankier and Adcock’s impressive two game win over Lee and Kim will be one of their highlights of their careers to date whilst Blair and White defeated the formidable partnership of Nikolaenko and Sorokina to reach the last 4. Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon take on the Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota in the other semi final, with the Japanese pairing defeating the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba to reach the last 4.

Quarter Final Results

Park Sung Hwan Among Seeds Through

The top seed in the men’s singles has progressed safely into the quarter finals after a double victory in his matches on the second day of the German Open. Also joining him in the last 8 is the current world champion Chen Jin, 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana and the 4th seeded Park Sung Hwan.

Marc Zwiebler’s surprise second round exit ended all hopes of a German winner in the men’s singles, his surprise two game loss to Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei has not been the only surprise in the last 8, Japanese qualifer Keigo Sonoda’s unlikely run has seen him through to a last 8 match with 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana, who defeated a pair of Japanese players to book his place in the last 8. Lin Dan has safely progressed into the last 8 without the loss of a game after wins over Scott Evans and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus today to reach the quarter finals.

The two remaining seeds in the women’s singles meet for a place in the last 4 as Juliane Schenk takes on Liu Xin after both comfortably won their second round matches in two games. Wong Mew Choo is the main threat on the bottom half of the draw and takes on Russia’s Anastasia Prokopenko for a place in the semi finals.

The top three seeds are all safely into the last 8 of the men’s doubles but the 4th seeds suffered a surprise defeat to the German pair of Fuchs and Roth who defeated Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan in a tight three game match with the Germans taking the match 22-20 in the third end. Alexandr Nikolaenko’s excellent week continued with a three game win over the 7th seeded pair of Gan and Tan with partner Vitalij Durkin to set up a quarter final match against the 3rd seeded Koo and Tan.

The women’s doubles has a distinct Asian feel to it, with 5 seeds remaining and a sole European partnership in the 4th seeded Russian pair of Vislova and Sorokina. The first quarter final is an all-Japanese match between Maeda and Suetsuna, seeded 1 and the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito who both come into the match without the loss of a game between them. Vislova and Sorokina take on the unseeded Ha and Kim of Korea who defeated the 8th seeded German pairing of Marinello and Michels in two games to reach the last 8.

There is still double British interest in the mixed doubles ahead of next weeks All-Englands, with 6th seeded Blair and White and 7th seeded Adcock and Bankier. Blair and White have progressed to the last 8 without the loss of a game and take on the on form pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina for a place in the last 4 whilst Adcock and Bankier take on the Korean pair of Lee and Kim in one of the matches of the day on quarter finals day. The top seeded pair left in the draw, Mateusiak and Zieba scraped through a three game match against the Japanese pair of Sato and Matsuo to book their place in the last 8.

Day 2 Results

Denmark Takes Yet Another European Team Title

An all-conquering Danish performance was punctuated with the lack of use of the European #1 Peter Gade to ensure victory in Amsterdam. Tine Baun was also used sparingly on route to the final as the younger generation of Jan O Jorgensen and Karina Jorgensen were used throughout the week as the top singles player.

The last 8 failed to provide any shocks, with the Bulgarian’s unlikely run coming to an end against England in a 3-1 defeat whilst home interest also ended at the quarter final stage as the Dutch were defeated in a convincing 3-0 loss to Russia. Germany had little trouble defeating the French in the last 8, with Juliane Schenk being in impressive form in her 21-4, 21-3 victory to book the German’s place in the last 4. Denmark also had little trouble defeating Poland to reach the last 4 to set up a rematch with the English in the semi final.

The surprise of the semi final match between Denmark and England was Rajiv Ouseph’s impressive three game win over Jan O Jorgensen in the 2nd match of the rubber to level it at 1-1. Denmark took the women’s doubles comfortably and after Ellis and Adcock took the opening game in the 4th match against Boe and Mogensen, England were hopeful of taking it to a 5th and final match but the world #1′s fought back to take the next 2 games and book Denmark’s place in the final.

The other semi final looked to be all but over after two impressive German victories in the singles, with Zwiebler and Schenk taking Germany within a match of the final. The Russian pairing of Vislova and Sorokina won a tightly faught match to send the match into a 4th rubber but surprisingly didn’t play the experienced pairing of Durkin and Nikolaenko, instead putting out Sozonov and Dremin against Kindervater and Scholetter in a one-sided win for the German’s to set up a rematch of last years final.

Juliane Schenk got Germany off to the perfect start with a win over Karina Jorgensen, Schenk would go unbeaten over the week winning all 4 of her matches. Marc Zwiebler had the chance to capitalize on Jan O Jorgensen who was defeated in his previous match against Ouseph. The world #12 had little trouble in beating Zwiebler, ranked 5 places below him in the world rankings to level the final at 1-1. The Danish strength over the week had been in their doubles matches and the final was no exception as Pedersen and Rytter Juhl put Denmark within a match of the title with a two game victory over Overzier and Marinello. Boe and Mogensen completed the task with a two game victory over Kindervater and Scholetter to ensure Denmark retained their title for the 8th time in succession, dating back to 1996 when they won on home turf in Herning.

Final Team Results

Hans Kristian Vittinghus Takes Irish Title

The partnership of Adcock and Bankier might be a new one, but the history of the players gave you an idea that it would be a successful one. Bankier reached #12 in the world with Robert Blair in 2008/9 and Adcock has been part of the GB Olympic set-up for a number of years.

They wasted little time in Ireland securing their second title in three weeks with a two game, 26 minute victory over Skovgaard and Andersen of Denmark, winning 21-13, 21-11. Scottish success was doubled as 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff won her first title of 2010, defeating a Dane of her own in Karina Jorgensen, winning 23-21, 21-8.

The men’s singles was a much tighter affair, with Vittinghus and Abian sharing the opening two games and the third going all the way to 20-20 and beyond. It was the top seeded Dane that eventually came through, taking the third game 23-21 in their 57 minute matchup, which would be the longest match of the day.

The women’s doubles seen the top 2 seeds in the final, with Denmark doubling it’s tally for the week as 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek defeated the top seeded English duo of Olver and Agathangelou in a three-game, 48 minute matchup with the Danes winning in the third 21-15. Chris Adcock doubled his tally of wins in Ireland as he and partner Andrew Ellis defeated their more experienced team-mate Anthony Clark and his partner Chris Landridge in the men’s doubles final, with Ellis and Adcock winning 21-13, 21-16.

Day 3 Results

Jorgensen Ends Local Hopes

Another two match day awaited the remaining players on Day 2, for some it could potentially mean four matches over two events. Chloe Magee fantastic win over the top seeded Elizabeth Cann put her through to the semi finals, only to be defeated by Karina Jorgensen in a tame two game match. The mixed doubles was a similar story for Magee, as her and partner Sam Magee defeated the English pairing of Middleton and Olver in the quarter finals but lost out to the Danish pair of Skovgaard and Andersen in a two game defeat leaving Ireland with no representatives on finals day.

The men’s singles final sees the top seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus take on 8th seeded Pablo Abian of Spain. Vittinghus won his all-Danish quarter final against Peter Mikkelsen and then went out to defeat the 3rd seeded Frenchman, Matthieu Lo Ping Ying to book his place in tomorrow’s final. Abian defeated the 4th Rune Ulsing in his quarter final match then defeated the 7th seeded Ville Lang in two games to reach the final. Karina Jorgensen’s opponent in the women’s singles final is the 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff of Scotland after wins over Ragna Ingolfsdottir of Iceland in the quarter finals and then a tight two game victory over Spain’s Carolina Marin.

The men’s doubles final is an all-English affair, with two unseeded pairs making the final. Adcock and Ellis defeated two Danish pairs, including the 3rd seeded Elbjorn and Skovgaard in the semi finals whilst the other pair of Clark and Middleton defeated the German pair of Heinz and Schulz in the last 8 before beating the 2nd seeded Careme and Grosjean to reach tomorrow’s final.

The women’s doubles final sees the top two seeds meeting, with top seeds Agathangelou and Olver taking on the Danish 2nd seeds Heisbol and Skelbaek. The English pair were taken to three games in their quarter final against Fangel and Sorensen before winning their semi final in convincing fashion to reach the final. Heisbol and Skelbaek dropped their first game of the week in their semi final over Lefel and Luttmann but bounced back to take the next two games. Chris Adcock reached his second final this week with partner Imogen Bankier and the pair look for their second title in three weeks after winning the Scottish Open late last month, the pair take on the Danish pair of Skovgaard and Andersen in the final.

Day 2 Results

Cann Stands In Magee's Way

Two matches on the first day is always tough but is almost a mainstay of the EBU circuit, it is often a day that determines the winner with the players who come through the opening two rounds in the quickest possible time on court. Only three of the 8 remaining players in the men’s singles won in two straight games for both matches and just two in the women’s singles.

Irish hopes ended in the men’s singles at the second round, with 2nd seeded Scott Evans losing out to Gabriel Ulldahl in a tame two game defeat that was on court just 30 minutes. Top seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus has struggled through his opening two matches with both matches going to three games, he takes on Peter Mikkelsen in an all-Danish quarter final who has been impressive in his opening two rounds, winning both in two games. 7th seeded Spainard Pablo Abian is another player who impressed on the opening day, winning both his matches in two games and will take on the 4th seeded Dane, Rune Ulsing for place in the last 4. Scottish Open runner-up Ville Lang has also breezed through into the last 8 and takes on the Swede Ulldahl in his quarter final match.

7 seeds remain of the 8 in the women’s singles, with European junior champion Carolina Marin making up the quarter final lineup. Marin defeated the 7th seed Prutsch in her opening round and another victory against French qualifier Marie Maunoury sees her into the last 8 against Karin Schnaase of Germany. The top 2 seeds also battled through to the last 8, Elizabeth Cann struggled in her opening round match before finding form in her two game win over Nanna Brosolat Jensen in her second round match whilst 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff defeated last weeks winner Anita Raj Kaur in three games in her opening round before  beating Perrine Lebuhanic to set up her quarter final with Ragna Ingolfsdottir of Iceland. Chloe Magee of Ireland is also through to the last 8 after two victories and takes on the top seeded Cann in the quarter finals.

Top seeded French pair Constantin and Vincent crashed out at the second round in the men’s doubles, losing to Denmark’s Bue and Rasmussen who will play the unseeded Adcock and Ellis of England in the last 8. The 2nd seeded French pair of Careme and Grosjean did come through the opening day and face their own Danish opponents in the quarter finals in Mork and Winther. The pair to look out for in the event though is the English pair of Landridge and Clark who have breezed into the last 8. Clark is not in Hong Kong playing with usual partner Nathan Robertson and this new pairing has the potential to go all the way this week.

The women’s doubles has been marred with a mass of withdrawals but the top seeded Agathangelou and Olver are safely into the last 8 with second seeds Heisbol and Skelbaek also through. The 3rd seeded Belgian pair of Annys and Corvilain crashed out in the second round to the French pair of Lefel and Luttman. The 4th seeded St Jacques and Lavoie are also into the last 8 after a win over Latvian pair of Pope and Sefere.

Scottish Open winners Adcock and Bankier’s excellent run continued as they defeated the top seeded Gao and Ng in their second round match to progress to the last 8. There has been little problems for the other 3 seeds to date, but the two Magee’s from Ireland face a tough task in their quarterfinal taking on Olver and Middleton for a place in the last 4. Croatian 4th seeded Durkinjak and Poznanovic have also been impressed as they have reached the last 8 with dropping a game.

Day 1 Results

Imogen Bankier

The treacherous conditions outside the arena in Glasgow might have have kept people away from the finals, but those who attended were treated to local success as well as unlikely winners.  Imogen Bankier reclaimed her mixed doubles title, this year with a new partner in Chris Adcock as the pair defeated the German 3rd seeded Koehler and Zander in two games in a dominate week for the new partnership.

The men’s singles was a complete anti-climax as the anticipated clash between the top two seeds failed to live up to expectations as top seeded Anand Pawar crushed Ville Lang 21-9, 21-10 and the 2nd seed looked uninterested throughout the match, Lang was seen yawn on court late in the second game raising questions about his desire to be in the final.

Tatyana Bibik completed her impressive week with a two game victory over the top seeded Elizabeth Cann, the 3rd seeded Russian defeated the #1 seed in two games to follow on from her impressive two game victory over last years winner, the 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff. The all-English women’s doubles final was won by the 3rd seeded Wallwork and White in two games, defeating their 2nd seeded countrywomen, Olver and Agathangelou who were seeded 2nd for the event. Wallwork and White defeated the top seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans yesterday to book their place in the final.

The men’s doubles final was won by the top seeded Mills and Ellis, who defeated their 3rd seeded team-mates Ellis and Adcock in the longest match of the day as they took the 45 minute encounter in three games as the English squad took two of the three finals they were involved in today.

Day 4 Results

Cann Through To Finals

Nine Scots started the day with a chance of a title remaining in Scotland, by the end of play just one player remains. Kieran Merrilees run ended at the hands of 3rd seed Dmytro Zavadsky in three games, but the men’s singles final is a battle of the top two seeds, with Anand Pawar defeating Luka Wraber in the quarter finals and then the excellent run of Flemming Quach came to an end as the Indian top seed defeating the Danish player to book his player in the final. Ville Lang fought back from a game down against Bandar Sigit Pamungkas of Indonesia to progress to the last four before defeating the 3rd seeded Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine to reach the final of the event he won in 2007.

Linda Sloan’s run ended at the hands of the top seeded Elizabeth Cann, who completed her run to tomorrow’s final with a two game victory over Cee Nantana Keputra in two games. The big Scottish hope for a title was defending champion and 2nd seed Susan Egelstaff, who breezed through her quarter final match over Anna Held Jensen. Her semi final opponent was Tatjana Bibik, the 3rd seed from Russia. Bibik defeated the 6th seeded Rachel Howard in her quarter final and the question marks over her use of a back brace look to have been answered as she ended the run of the defending champion, defeating Egelstaff in two games, 21-15, 21-12.

The men’s doubles final is an all-English affair, as top seeded Ellis and Mills take on the 3rd seeded Ellis and Adcock. Both partnerships progressed without much resistance, with both partnerships winning both games without the loss of a game. Only the top seeded Adcock and Ellis have lost a game on route to tomorrow’s final. The women’s doubles is another all-English encounter, with Wallwork and White defeating the top seeded Jonathans and Van Dooremalen to reach tomorrow’s final against the 2nd seeded Olver and Agathangelou, with both couples not dropping a game to this point this week.

The mixed doubles final is the only match with a Scottish interest, as the 2007 winner Imogen Bankier reached the final with partner Chris Adcock of England, the 2nd seeds have not dropped a game this week nor have they looked troubled on their route to the final. Their 3rd seeded opponents, Koehler and Zander saved two match points to book their place in their semi final match against Middleton and Lim of England but have already beaten Scottish opponents to reach tomorrow’s final, defeating Gilmour and Mason in their opening round match.

Day 3 Results

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