If the Chinese squad wanted another headline to take over from the semi-final withdrawals, then their performances on finals day certainly made more desirable headlines as China won all four of their matches in the final.
Chen Long stunned the world number 1 Lee Chong Wei with a three game victory in the men’s singles final, the 73-minute match started with an unlikely 21-8 win for Chen Long but the Malaysian was equally impressive in his 21-10 second game but Chen Long rallied back to stun Lee Chong Wei and take the title 21-18 in the third.
There was further success in a pair of one-sided victories in the women’s singles and men’s doubles, Wang Yihan defeated Juliane Schenk in two games as well as Cai and Fu beating Ahsan and Septano in a tight two game match to take the Chinese tally to 3 titles. There was a fourth title for the young Chinese pair of Chong and Bao over the 5th seeded Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei, after losing the opening game and saving two match points the Chinese pair battled back to clinch the second game and then the third game to claim an unlikely fourth title in Japan.
The only non-Chinese final seen Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei take on the Danish pair of Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen, after sharing the opening two games Cheng Wen Hsing ensured that she would take one title this week and from 14-14 in the third game the Chinese point strung four points together to ensure a decisive lead that they wouldn’t surrender and took the third game 21-15 to claim the title.
Korea had the chance to take four of the five titles on finals day in Basle, with only Saina Nehwal standing in the way of a quadruple victory.
Park Sung Hwan defeated Lee Hyun Il in three games to seal the men’s singles title in the longest match of the day, a three-game 68 minute match that the 4th seeded Park fought back from losing the opening game 21-17 to win the title 17-21, 21-9, 21-17. 2nd seeded Ko and Yoo defeated their 3rd seeded team mates Lee and Jung in a tight men’s doubles final, with Ko and Yoo winning 21-17, 21-16. Korea’s third title came in the women’s doubles, with two unseeded Korean pairs Kim and Jung against Ha and Kim, with the latter pair taking the title in the shortest match of the day, winning 21-12, 21-13 in just 27 minutes.
Saina Newhal stopped Korea from winning a 4th title, as the 2nd seed defeated Sung Ji Hyun in the women’s singles final, winning 21-13, 21-14. The only European interest on finals day came in the mixed doubles with the 4th seeded Danes Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen taking on the 2nd seeded Robertson and Wallwork of England. The Danish pair took the opening game at the 4th time of asking, winning 23-21 and the second game was a mere formality with the English pair never taking a lead in the second game with Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen taking the second 21-14.
With a combined total of five hours and twenty eight minutes, today’s finals were a treat for the spectators. A tiring affair, but certainly everyone got their money’s worth. The day got started with the women’s doubles between China’s Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen against the home grown favourites Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Lena Frier Kristiansen. Clocking in at an hour and six minutes the Chinese pair took the title with a final scoreline of 22-20, 18-21, 21-12. Kamilla and Lena discuss the match below:
Following that match was another China vs Denmark match up featuring Wang Yihan and Tine Rasmussen, the first and second seeds respectively. Another marathon match, but this time it was a different story as Denmark managed to clinch their first title of the day as Rasmussen won this match 21-18, 19-21, 21-14 in an hour and four minutes. Rasmussen quoted her positive mental outlook as the key to her success on the day:
The day’s longest match of the day came next in the mixed doubles between Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen and England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg. After an hour and twenty two minutes the defending champions Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen were the victors once again with a score of 21-16, 25-27, 21-17. Fischer Nielsen credits their will and determination to win as the reason that they came through after this long match:
In spite of their stellar performance in the tournament, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will have to settle for second best today as Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were too strong for the Danes. Boe and Mogensen took the lead initially with a 20-22 win in the first game, but the Malaysian’s stormed back to take the second 21-14 and the third 21-17. The popular Koo had the following to say after their match:
The last match of the day was unfortunately the worst. After such a spectacular run this week Marc Zwiebler’s magic touch seemed to have run out, or perhaps the string of upsets was too much for his legs. Either way, today was Santoso’s day as the young Indonesian won in two quick games 21-14, 21-6 in thirty eight minutes. Regardless of the poor performance in the finals today Zwiebler played a fantastic tournament and will likely be enjoying some new found confidence against the world’s top players.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
It seemed as though the story of the tournament was the progress of Danish youngster Jan O Jorgensen, but Germany’s Marc Zwiebler is the real dark horse to look out for. Unseeded in this event, and with not a single easy opponent for the entire tournament, he has shown that he is capable of competing with the world’s best. Today he had to play Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the tournament’s second seed and he was magnificent. With no expectations on him Zwiebler has continued to play better with each passing match. After more than an hour Zwiebler defeated Kuncoro in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-15.
Unable to keep his standard from last night, Jan O Jorgensen lost to Simon Santoso from Indonesia in two straight games 21-13, 21-13. Disappointed by his loss, Jorgensen can’t be too disappointed with himself as this has shown the level at which he is capable of playing, but as he told the press he needs to be more consistent and prevent playing as poorly as he did today. Santoso will now face Marc Zwiebler in the only final not to feature a Danish player.
Wang Yihan will be the only top seed left on the finals day tomorrow, and her opponent is the second seeded Tine Rasmussen. Wang had a close match with Japan’s Eriko Hirose in the semi-finals, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-11 in an hour and four minutes. In spite of her top billing the pressure is surely on Rasmussen tomorrow as she aims to impress her home crowd.
Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen had a scare in their semi-final match, down a match point in the third game the fought back to win the match when Mateusiak hit a smash in the net. The final score was 21-18, 19-21, 23-21 and took an hour and twelve minutes. In the final they will face off against England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg who played well to defeat China’s Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen 21-18, 21-17.
Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen have reason to be proud today after defeating the top seeded pairing of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. Boe and Mogensen commented that they had to bring their game to a new level in order to win their match today, and it appears that they did just that. In the final they will face Malaysia’s top pairing of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong after they defeated China’s Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming in two straight games
While Thomas Laybourn’s injury kept Kamill Rytter Juhl out of the mixed doubles, it hasn’t stopped her from showing she has strong prospects in the women’s doubles as well. With partner Lena Frier Kristiansen she has made it to the finals after defeating Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Nato in three very close games 19-21, 21-18, 21-19. They will have to face China’s sixth seeded Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen. The Chinese women have always been known to dominate in the women’s doubles events so in spite of their sixth seeding the Danes will have to play very well in order to win tomorrow.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
After slipping in the world rankings, and entering this tournament unseeded, Bao Chunlai has had a return to grace by winning the Yonex Open Japan Super Series. While both Lin Dan and Chen Jin were absent this week, Bao was in charge to take the mens singles title for China. It was a good tournament for Bao, losing only one set which seemed something of an anomaly since it was to an unseeded qualifier from Korea. Bao’s opponent in the final Taufik Hidayat had much more of a struggle on his way to the final which may have contribute to Bao easily defeating him 21-15, 21-12.
Wang Xin may have made it through to her first ever Super Series final, but that was the end of it for the youngster who was thrashed by her teammate Wang Yihan in the final. Wang Yihan won the final in two quick games 21-8, 21-9. Nonetheless a great run for Wang Xin who had to upset Tine Rasmussen and Wang Lin on her way to the final.
Markus Kido and Hendra Setiawan were the saving grace for Indonesia today, winning 21-19, 24-22 in the finals of the mens doubles. However, regardless of the outcome of that match Indonesia would have been the winners as their opponents were also from Indonesia.
The women’s doubles final featured Satoko Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda the first Japanese finalists in the Japan Open in 19 years! Unfortunately they lost in a close two game match to the Chinese Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli 21-19, 21-18. This was the third of three titles for China today.
Finally in the mixed doubles were the only European representatives remaining on the finals day. Denmark’s Joachim Fisher Nielsen and Christina Pedersen played well to make it this far, and played well again in the final, but it wasn’t enough as they lost in three games to Thailand’s Songphan Anugritaywon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
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Yonex Japan Open Super Series Draws