Local interest is still rife in the singles events as both events have two Dutch seeds remaining. Jie Yao and Judith Meulendijks progressed safely into the semi finals with two game wins. Jie Yao crushing Karin Schnaase 21-6, 21-7 in less than 30 minutes. Meulendijks had a tougher time defeating Jeanine Cicognini but won both games 21 points to 19.

Jie Yao will play the unseeded Pole, Olga Koron. Patty Stolzenbach failed to defeat the Pole in the quarterfinal stage who also disposed of top seed Petra Nedelcheva in Round 1. The other Semi Final sees Judith Meulendijks play unseeded German Carola Bott,, who has disposed of the 6th seed Linda Zechiri in the last 16 and 3rd seeded Larisa Griga in the quarter finals.

The chances of an all-Dutch final look good, but the last thing the Dutch seeds will want to do is take their opponents lightly.

Eric Pang delighted the local crowds with his two game victory over 4th seed Arvind Bhat 21-10, 21-19. Dicky Palyama also secured his place in the last 4 with a two game victory over Kasper Ipsen 21-16, 21-14.

The big news in the men’s singles was the defeat of top seed Wong Choon Hann at the hands of 5th seed Rajiv Ouseph, the three game encounter was the longest singles game of the day. Ouseph will play Eric Pang in the Semi Finals, with the winner to play the either Chetan Anand or Dicky Palyama.

Potentially two all-Dutch singles Final? Tune in tomorrow to find out.
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

Day 3 of the Dutch Open pitted the seeds against one another in a place in the quarter finals, top seeded Wong Choon Haan and second seed Chetan Anand progressed safely into the last 8 with comfortable two game victories.

The local support came to see 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama against 15th seed Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine play for a place in the last 8. Palyama was rarely troubled in a one-sided affair that the Dutchman won 21-11, 21-15 in under half an hour.

6th seeded Eric Pang played 12th seeded Peter Mikkelsen for his place in the final 8. Mikkelsen took an early lead in the opening game only for Pang to rally back and take the opening set 21-13. The second set was a dominant display by the sixth seed that never allowed Mikkelsen to take the lead and eventually taking the second game 21-15 to book his place in the quarters.

In the quarterfinal stage, all but one seed, Kasper Ipsen has progressed to the last 8. Ipsen defeated 7th seed Marc Zweibler in Round 2 and has defeated two other Germans on route to the last 8 where he will play Dicky Palyama.

Eric Pang plays 4th seed Arvind Bhat of India after he defeated 11th seed Anup Sridhar in their last 16 encounter by the closest of margins, 23-21 in the third set. The other two matches see top seed Wong Choon Hann play 5th seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England, with second seed Chetan Anand playing 8th seed Kashyap Parupalli in an all-Indian affair.

The Ladies singles has three Dutch ladies in the last 8. 4th seed Jie Yao, 2nd seed Judith Meulendijks and unseeded Patty Stolzenbach. All three ladies have failed to drop a set on their way to the quarters.

Jie Yao plays Karin Schnaase of Germany in the Quarter Finals whilst Patty Stolzenback plays Olga Koron of Poland. Judith Meulendijks plays Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland for a place in the last 4.

All the todays results and tomorrows matches can be found here:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

Tomorrow the qualifying rounds of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009 begin, and on Wednesday main round action begins. The top two seeds at the event are Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han and India’s Chetan Anand. Wong is likely a heavy favourite to take the title, but unlike some of the other top Asian players, he is far from unbeatable. Certainly players like Eric Pang or Dicky Palyama are interested in a big win like this, and need it if they want to break to another level. This is an interesting tournament in that it is one week before the Denmark Open Super Series, and very close in proximity, but there are relatively few big names here.

It is a similar story in the women’s singles, with no big names present to fight for the title. Petya Nedelcheva from Bulgaria is the top seed, and opposite her is Judith Meulendijks who is the hometown hopeful. Yao Jie is another strong contender for the title, also hailing from the Netherlands, but as of late she has not been performing to her highest levels that we saw in years past.

For more draws, and to follow results as they happen visit the link below:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

The World Championships first day lived up the expectations, with a shock within the first hour of play as 11th seeded Bao Chunlai crashed out in straight sets to Dutchman Dicky Palyama. He plays Swede Henri Hurskainen in Round 2 with the winner likely to play World and Olympic Champion Lin Dan.

Lin Dan begun his campaign with a straight forward win over Isreali Misha Zilberman, Lee Chong Wei also came through his opening match in straight sets of Dieter Domke to set up a second round match with Ola Fagbemi of Nigeria.

Peter Gade is also through to Round 2, as well as Chan Yan Kit after defeating Kaveh Mehrabi 21-15, 21-11. There was little action from the Women’s Singles today, Belgian Lianne Tan coming through against Elena Prus in two sets gives her a second round match against 15th seeded Maria Kristin Yulianti after the Indonesian defeated Swede Sophia Hansson 21-6, 21-2.

Susan Egelhart defeated Anu Nieminen 21-19, 22-20 to set up a round 2 match with 4th seeded Wang Yihan of China. 14th seeded Wong Mew Choo beat Shannon Pohl of the USA 21-4, 21-6 and will play Ai Goto of Japan in Round 2.

Remarkably, Bao Chunlai was the only seed to be defeated in any of the matches that took place today.

Day 2 will finish off the first round of matches in all the events, with the crowds expected to flock to see Taufik Hidayat began his campaign begin against Swiss Christian Boesiger. 2nd seeded Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir also begin their quest of world championship glory on Tuesday against Belarusian couple Aleksei Konakh and Alesia Zaitsava.

Zheng Bo and Ma Jin (Seeded 3), He Hanbin and Yu Yang (Seeded 4) as well as Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen (Seeded 5) are all in first round action in the Mixed Doubles.

Joachim Persson plays Kenichi Tago in Round 1 of the Men’s Singles in the 3rd match on Court 3, with the 7th Seeded Dane looking to book his place in Round 2 against Kevin Cordon of Guatemala or Marc Zweibler of Germany.

2nd seeded Chen Jin is in first round action against Eric Pang of Netherlands. Another victory for the Dutch over the Chinese in the making?

Day 2 Schedule
Yonex Sunrise BWF World Badminton Championships 2009 Draws

The talking stops and the matches will determine who is in and who is out after day 1 of the World Championships from Hyderabad, India. The tournament has been overshadowed by terrorist threats, leading to the English team withdrawing their entire team before the event. The following is an excerpt from the BBC News website

The England team has withdrawn from the World Badminton Championships in India because of “a specific terrorist threat” made by extremists.

The eight-strong squad pulled out of the tournament, which starts on Monday in Hyderabad, after reports of threats by Muslim extremists Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Badminton England chief executive Adrian Christy said it was “an incredibly tough decision”.

Badminton Scotland said its players will stay and compete.

Mr Christy said: “After the Olympic Games, this is the most prestigious championships in the world but we were not prepared to risk the safety of our players, coaches and staff in what we felt could have been a very volatile environment.”

He said the team, which included Olympic silver medallist Nathan Robertson, had “carefully considered” information from local police authorities.

Peter Gade starts his quest for World Championship glory in the first match on Court 3 against Ukrainian Valeriy Atreshchenkov The big match of the day is third on Court 4, when 5th seed Lin Dan begins the defence of his title against Israeli Misha Zilberman. Top seeded Lee Chong Wei starts his campaign against Dieter Domke takes place tenth on Court 3.

Six matches to date have been confirmed as walkovers, including mixed doubles 11th Seed Clark and Kellogg from England, 14th seed Nina Visolva and Valeri Sorokina in the ladies doubles.

The All-European match on Court 4 between Anu Nieminen and Susan Egelstaff will determine which of them will play 4th seeded Wang Yihan in Round 2. That match follows after Bao Chunlai , the 11th seed plays Dicky Palyama in the first round. Kaveh Mehrabi is one of the last games on Court 4 today; he plays 10th seeded Chan Yan Kit of Hong Kong.

The amount of Europeans in the main draws will almost certainly half after just one day of the World Championships, with several playing seeds in their respective disciplines or an all-European clash so early on in the tournament.

Day 1 Schedule
Yonex Sunrise World Championships 2009 Draws

Thus far there have been very few upsets at the 2009 Yonex OCBC US Open, and in the mens singles there have been exactly none. Every seed, except Dicky Palyama who didn’t play, has made it through to the quarter finals. I am really excited to see what happens between David Snider and Taufik Hidayat. I have no delusions about David being able to win this match. This would no doubt be the best player that David has ever played before by a long shot, however, David has gone to three games with Andrew Smith who himself went three games with Taufik. I know this is 11 year old logic, but still, wouldn’t it be cool to see a close game between these two? It is of course possible that Taufik might be interested in a day trip to Disneyland tomorrow, and the pesky semi-finals might get in the way of that, it would be wise to take it easy in the quarters then right?

For the womens events I really don’t know many of the players, however I do know that Anna Rice and Eva Lee have had some good battles in the past (I think so at least). Anna spent a large part of the last few months away from intense training while doing work in Africa, so it is possible that she is not quite at her best, but still she is solid. Another Canadian worth watching is Michelle Li. She is new to the international circuit, but she is very strong for her young age. With still another year left in juniors she is already the second best player in Canadian seniors. As for the womens doubles, I know even fewer players. It would appear that the Americans have a good hold on this event with the exception of the top seeds Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether from Canada and Germany respectively.

The mens doubles appears to be the most diverse draw with players hailing from Korea, Austria, Wales, England, Denmark, Canada, and the USA. No doubt that former world champions Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach are the biggest names in the draw and certainly the favourites in my mind, despite their low seeding.

Finally the mixed doubles, I really have no clue. I would say it’s a choice between any one of either Halim Haryanto, Tony Gunawan or Howard Bach for this title.

2009 Yonex OCBC US Open Draws

It’s probably been over a decade since Taufik Hidayat played a match where he had to work so little. As he walked his way to a 21-3, 21-10 victory, it’s doubtful the Olympic champion broke a sweat. It’s a rare occasion that a player like Taufik goes to North America for a tournament, I’m actually suspicious that he may have come for a holiday to see his old friends Tony Gunawan and Halim Haryanto who are both living in the US now. Disneyland and Hollywood are sure to be on his itinerary. So far all of the mens singles seeds have been relatively unchallenged in their matches, with only Dicky Palyama gone as he withdrew from the tournament. The next few rounds could prove to be interesting, but all of it is inconsequential as the likelihood of Taufik not winning this tournament is extremely low. I am curious however to see how well a number of different players could do against him, first of which could be Canada’s David Snider. Very unlikely to win (see hell freezing over in the dictionary), but a potentially fun one to watch.

In the women’s singles there have been few surprises. Perhaps some upsets on paper, but few surprises. Canada’s Michelle Li defeated American Shannon Pohl, but hardly a surprise as Michelle Li is solid. Another upset on paper is Mona Santoso’s win over Charmaine Reid from Canada, but hardly surprising as Mona Santoso is extremely good. I can’t remember exactly what her story is, but I’m guessing she’s a former Indonesian player from back in the day. Overall it seems to be a battle between Canada and the US, which is not surprising.

In the men’s doubles the only big names are Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan, and perhaps Halim Haryanto. But I don’t think any of these guys are still all that active on the tour these days. Howard and Tony are likely the favourites for this event, but that depends strongly on how much they have been playing lately. The women’s doubles have only had a few early round matches as the majority of the teams had byes to the second round. Finally the mixed doubles features what seems to be a number of retirees coming back for fun or players on the verge of retiring. Halim Haryanto and his partner Grace Peng, Richard Vaughn and Sarah Thomas, Tony Gunawan and Nantana Ketpura, and Howard Bach and Eva Lee.

It’s a shame that the North American events don’t get more big names out to play, but its not surprising. The events are not going to generate the same level of sponsor involvement, and as a result prize money will be much lower. With an event that is also a fair bit away from any other events, it is quite a bit of travel for one event, especially if it doesn’t pay well. At least there is Disneyland nearby.

For those eager to see who plays who during this week’s Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009, here are the draws:

Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009 Draws

Definitely some interesting match ups, ripe with potential upsets in my opinion. The most notable are:

-Simon Santoso vs Jan O Jorgensen

-Bao Chunlai vs Park Sung Hwan

-Dicky Palyama vs Rajiv Ouseph

-Sony Dwi Kuncoro vs Qualifier #3 (this will most likely be Gong Weijie, unless his default from last week is an issue)

-Eric Pang vs Boonsak Ponsana

-Taufik Hidayat vs Andrew Smith

Okay, so I know I just listed off pretty much half of the men’s singles draw, but that just goes to show how much depth the mens singles draw has. I honestly believe that these could all go either way. Obviously there are some strong favourites in there, like Taufik for example, but I really do think that Andrew Smith is just on the verge of breaking through to the next level.

Unfortunately, as per usual I don’t have much to say about the other events, but I promise you that I am working on finding some people to help me write about and comment on the other events, I swear! If you think that could be something you could help me with please check out our jobs page.

Here is the men’s singles draw for the Aviva Singapore Super Series 2009:

AVIVA SINGAPORE SUPER SERIES 2009 Draws

The top two seeds are Lee Chong Wei and Peter Gade. Gade has a big challenge first round against Dicky Palyama, as Palyama beat Gade at the All England’s in 2008. Chong Wei plays Englands top star Andrew Smith. I’m just waiting for Smith to have his first big upset, but I’m not sure that this is the place. Any bets people???

Yonex Polish Open 2009: Draws Released

On March 23, 2009, in Minor BWF Tournaments, by Emmet Gibney

While it is not a very big tournament, there are a few strong players playing this week’s Polish Open. The first seed is Wacha Przemyslaw and the second seed is Jan O Jorgensen the recent semi-finalist at the Swiss Open Super Series. Other notables include Dicky Palyama, Stephan Wojcikiewicz and Peter Mikkelson. Of course I mention Stephan because he’s my buddy, but he is also the 7th seed so watch out for him.

I’ve linked the draws at the bottom of this post for all of those that are interested. On a side note, I was wondering where were the results from the India Open, well had I paid attention to the dates of the tournament I would have noticed that it doesn’t start until this week, not last week : )

Yonex Polish Open 2009 Draws

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