This has to be the upset of the day, Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen defeated Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han in straight games 21-13, 21-15. He didn’t just win, he won decisively, and in spite of Wong Choong Han slowly fading into the twilight of his career, this is a big win for Jorgensen. What makes this especially exciting for Jorgensen is that he now plays Joachim Persson, a player that many view as the next great Danish hope, but perhaps Jorgensen can lay claim to that title tomorrow? Elsewhere in the draw Germany’s Marc Zwiebler had a very big win as well over Boonsak Ponsana winning 22-20 in the third, and Ville Lang defeated Dicky Palyama in three games as well. These were certainly the surprises of the day.
Peter Gade has continued his strong super series performances with a clear win over Simon Santoso 21-14, 21-13, while my pick Taufik Hidayat struggled against Hsieh Yu Hsin, but managed to win in three.
Tomorrow should have some very intriguing matches, particularly amongst the the Chinese players who are all playing each other! Yes that’s right, Gong Weijie plays his juniors nemesis Chen Jin, while Lin Dan plays his juniors nemesis Bao Chunlai. These are some ridiculous matches to have in the second round, well at least the Lin Dan vs Bao Chunlai match is. I will go with the favourites in both of these matches, Lin Dan and Chen Jin will win. To top things off though, they are all in the same half, which means there will NOT be an all China final, I like that.
I’m nervous about my Taufik pick, but I’m thinking it’s just a bit of jitters, he’ll pull things back together and perhaps it’s even good for him to have an early round challenge to keep him sharp, just so long as his fitness can handle it.
Day one is done in Mulheim, and while there were few big upsets, there were some really tight matches, and it just shows how much depth the men’s singles has. I don’t really follow the other events (if anyone else would like to help me out and write about the other events PLEASE contact me!), so I can’t really comment on them, but I’m loving the men’s singles these days.
First off I’ll start by commenting on my buddy and fellow Canadian David Snider. David came sooo close to beating England’s Andrew Smith. Andrew won the match 23-25, 21-19, 21-16, and that is great for a kid who is still only 20 (I think David is 20, correct me if I’m wrong).
I probably should have commented on this first, but that doesn’t reduce the hugeness of this upset for Rajiv Ouseph who knocked out Dutch player Dicky Palyama who was the 8th seed. Ouseph won 21-14, 21-18. This kid is a strong player, he brought Gade to three games at the last French Open Super Series.
Should be some very exciting second round matches, so keep following the results! Here are the draws: