Jorgensen Win's First Super Series Title

Even without Tine Baun or Peter Gade featuring on finals day, Denmark had the opportunity to win three of the five events. Jan O Jorgensen delivered upon the hype that he is the future of Danish badminton after Peter Gade’s retirement with a two game victory over 2nd seeded Taufik Hidayat, whose drought in 2010 continues. The 21-19, 21-19 scoreline hides Taufik’s mid-game collapse in both games, allowing Jorgensen to win 6 consecutive points and led for the remainder of either set.

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The Chinese monopoly on the women’s single continues, with top seed Wang Yihan took on unseeded Liu Xin in an all-Chinese final. The two game victory for the top seeded Wang Yihan was one of the more one-sided of finals day, with the top seed winning 21-14, 21-12 in 41 minutes with the unseeded Liu Xin never having a lead late on in either game to have a chance to take it to a third game.

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The most one-sided final came in the men’s doubles, with the top two seeds meeting in the final. It was the top seeded Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen demolishing the second seeded Kido and Setiawan 21-13, 21-12 in just 31 minutes to double Denmark’s titles on home turf. The Danish pairs 10-point run in the middle of the second game ended any resistance from the Indonesian 2nd seeds.

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The Japanese contingent will be satisfied with it’s women’s doubles title, with the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna defeating the 6th seeded Matsuo and Naito also of Japan in two games, winning 21-17, 21-14 in just over a hour in the longest match on finals day on Odense.

Denmark’s third title came from the 2009 world champions, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl who defeated the 6th seeded Robertson and Wallwork in the mixed doubles final in three games. After the pairs exchanged games with both winning their respective games 21-12, the higher seeded Danes never gave the English pair an opportunity to lead in the deciding game, with Laybourn and Rytter Juhl taking the third game 21-9.

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Sunday’s Results

Taufik Through After Tough Semi Final

In spite of a strong presence in the semi finals Japan only succeeded in pulling through with two pairs into the finals, however both pairs are in the womens doubles so the title is assured for Japan. Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna easily defeated their Russian opponents Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova 21-11, 21-9 while their compatriots Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito benefited from a withdrawal during the third game against yet another Japanese pair, second seeds Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa.

The mixed doubles features our only all European final with England’s Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork through after a win against Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam in three games 21-16, 18-21, 21-16. The English pair now plays Denmark’s top pair Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl who knocked out Indonesia’s Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa in two straight 21-19, 21-11.

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Both the mens doubles and singles feature Denmark vs Indonesia line ups. First off in the mens doubles Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will play Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. Both pairs had relatively straight forward wins, and both had Japanese opponents with the Danish pairing winning 21-11, 21-16 over Yoshiteru Hirobe and Kenta Kazuno, and the Indonesian pair defeated Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa. Boe and Mogensen defeated Kido and Setiawan in last year’s edition of the Denmark Open, and the hometown crowd is no doubt hoping for a repeat.

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The other Denmark vs Indonesia line up features young rising star Jan Jorgensen against the tricky veteran Taufik Hidayat. Jorgensen easily disposed of Hu Yun 21-12, 21-17 while Hidayat struggled against China’s Du Pengyu and was pushed to three games 21-15, 17-21, 21-17. This is an important match for the Dane who has yet to win a Super Series title, and a win here would certainly give some added confidence after a tough last few months.

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Finally the womens singles final will feature an all Chinese line up with top seeded Wang Yihan facing off against unseeded qualifier Liu Xin. Liu ended another surprise semi-finalist’s run when she defeated Salakajit Ponsana 21-19, 21-18 while Wang had a decidedly easier time against her Bulgarian opponent Petya Nedelcheva winning 21-8, 21-10.

For more complete results and draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2010 Draws and Results

Wang Yihan Through To Semi-Finals

While still not heavily favoured the Japanese contingent has proven formidable this week in Odense with five pairings left heading into the semi-finals stage.  However, in spite of their strong numbers remaining in the doubles, their premier player, Kenichi Tago, fell to the second seed Taufik Hidayat in two close games 21-19, 21-19.  Hidayat will now face the unseeded Du Pengyu of China who easily disposed of India’s Kashyap Parupalli.

With the withdrawal of Peter Gade from competition the top half of the draw is up for grabs and Jan Jorgensen has continued to show his ability to perform on home soil with a win over last year’s finalist Marc Zwiebler in two games 21-16, 21-19. Jorgensen will now play Hu Yun who defeated Poland’s Przemyslaw Wacha.

In the womens doubles Japan looks almost assured the title with 3 of the 4 remaining pairs.  The only barrier to Japanese success remaining are Russians Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova who will be looking to upset top seeds Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna.  The Russian pair had to go through Thailand’s Kunchala Voravichitchaikul and Duanganong Aroonkesorn while the Japanese disappointed the hometown crowd by defeating Lena Frier Kristiansen and Marie Ropke. The other half of the draw features Japanese shuttlers exclusively.

The top seeded men’s doubles pairing of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen succeeded in continuing their campaign with a victory over Mak Hee Chun and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia in two straight 21-16, 21-12. The Danish pair now face Japan’s Yoshiteru Hirobe and Kenta Kazuno.

The womens singles features a couple of Cinderella stories with Salakajit Ponsana’s previous win over Tine Baun, and now another win over Ai Goto to put her into the semi-finals against Liu Xin. Liu has been another surprise as she has upset Eriko Hirose and Ella Diehl en-route to her semi-final placement.

England has not a particularly strong showing in Odense this week, however Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork succeeded against the Polish opponents Nadiezda Zieba and Robert Mateusiak in three close games 21-14 17-21 22-20. The English pair will now face Saralee Thoungthongkam and Sudket Prapakamol.

For more complete results and draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2010 Draws and Results

Tine Baun Fails To Defend Title

Peter Gade’s withdrawal put added pressure onto Tine Baun for success in the singles disciplines this week in Odense. She went into her second round against Salakjit Ponsana as a massive favourite but her opponent pulled out a surprise two game victory to end Denmark’s hopes in the women’s singles.

There is however, interest in the last 8 of the men’s singles. Viktor Axelsen’s first foray into the Super Series ended at the second round at the hands of the 4th seeded Jan O Jorgensen in two games and Joachim Persson also lost in Round 2, losing to the 2nd seeded Taufik Hidayat in two games. Hidayat takes on Kenichi Tago in the quarter finals whilst Jan O Jorgensen takes on the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler in the last 8.

Even without a full compliment of players, China still has 3 entries in the last 8 of the women’s singles. Wang Yihan progressed safely in two games whilst Li Xuerui defeated the 6th seeded Juliane Schenk in two tight games to book her last 8 place against Wang Yihan. Qualifier Liu Xin defeated another Chinese qualifier, Zhu Lin in three games to book her place in the quarter final against 8th seeded Ella Diehl. Salakjit Ponsana takes on Ai Goto in the last 8, who also defeated a seed to reach this point, beating Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in two games.

Denmark’s interest in the men’s doubles is done to just 1, the top seeded Boe and Mogensen survived a day of Danish disappoint in the doubles with the most notable defeat being the loss of the 6th seeded Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen to German qualifiers, Fuchs and Roth in two games. Larsen and Skovgaard lost out to Mak and Tan of Malaysia, who now take on the top seeded Mogensen and Boe in the last 8. The 2nd seeded pair of Kido and Setiawan are also safely into the last 8 with a two game win over English qualifiers Adcock and Ellis.

One Danish pair remain the women’s doubles, as Ropke and Kristiansen defeated the 8th seeded German pair of Overzier and Marinello in three games to set up a last 8 match against the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan. The 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa won their all-Japanese matchup to book their place in the last 8 and 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh progressed safely into the quarter finals after surviving their first round scare.

All 8 of the seeded pairings in the mixed doubles have progressed to the quarter finals, with only the 2nd seeded Gunawan and Marissa and 5th seeded Fischer and Pedersen being taken to three games in their second round matches. Top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba take on the 6th seeded Robertson and Wallwork tomorrow whilst the 2nd seeded Indonesians Marissa and Gunawan take on the 7th seeded Fuchs and Overzier in tomorrow’s quarter finals.

Thursday’s Results

Gade Forced to Withdraw with Injury

The day begun with optimism that Peter Gade could take his 4th Denmark Open title, only for the top seed to pull out with a back injury that plagued his previous week of training. There are three Danes into the last 16, Joachim Persson produced an excellent two game win over Carl Baxter and the home crowd has it’s dream second round encounter as Jan O Jorgensen will take on Viktor Axelsen after both recorded first round wins. The match will take place tomorrow night at 7.10 local time as Axelsen hopes to defeat Jorgensen just as Jorgensen defeated Gade in last years event.

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There were wins for the 2nd seed Taufik Hidayat over Danish qualifier Emil Vind as well as 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana, who edged out Kazushi Yamada in three games. Last weeks Dutch Open winner Sho Sasaki is through to the second round and faces an all-Japanese match against the 5th seeded Kenichi Tago.

The women’s singles has had it’s fair share of shocks today, top seeded Wang Yihan lost her opening game against Jeanine Cicognini before progressing in three games. 3rd seeded Pi Hongyan was not as fortunate as she crashed out to Petya Nedelcheva in two games whilst 6th seeded Juliane Schenk lost her opening game to Sayaka Sato before winning the next two to progress into the last 16.

Denmark has the guarantee of at least one pair in the men’s doubles quarter final, as Boe and Mogensen take on Bonde and Kristiansen after both pairs come through their opening round matches in two games. Japan are well represented in the draw, just like last week in the Dutch Open. 4th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata  as well as 8th seeded Endo and Hayakawa progressed safely into the last 16 and are joined by qualifiers Hirobe and Kazuno after a three game victory.

Four of the last 16 couples in the women’s doubles are also Japanese with the host nation only managing three couples into the second round. All eight seeded pairs who had an opening round match safely progressed in two games apart from the 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh and 7th seeded Jonathans and Van Dooremalen who needed three games to progress into the second round.

Top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba survived their opening round scare against Setiawan and Russkikh, eventually progressing in three games. Both of Denmark’s seeded pairings are also safely into round 2, Fischer and Pedersen coming through a tight two game match whilst Laybourn and Rytter Juhl were taken to three games by the Russian pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina, who won the Dutch Open last week.

Wednesday’s Results

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