China topped Group A after a 4-1 win over Korea, Lin Dan started the rout with a two game victory over Park Sung Hwan and Cai and Fu doubled the lead with a win over Jung and Shin in the opening doubles encounter. The injury to Lee Yong Dae has been a massive blow to the Korean squad, but they had reason to celebrate as Yoo and Ko won the second doubles to ensure they did not suffer a 5-0 defeat.
Malaysia took to the court two days later than expected and looked to be in fine form with Lee Chong Wei’s 21-12, 21-13 win over Kenichi Tago and a win from Koo and Tan in the doubles giving them an early 2-0 lead. The Japanese however, won the second singles to pull the rubber back to 2-1 and then tied it up at 2-2 with Hayakawa and Kazuno’s two game victory. The final match was a winner-take-all for the top spot in Group B and it was Shoji Sato of Japan who defeated Hashim Mohammed Hafiz in a 62 minute encounter to seal a stunning come from behind 3-2 victory for the Japanese and top spot in Group B.
Denmark took top spot in Group C with a 4-1 victory over Germany, with Peter Gade defeating Marc Zwiebler in impressive fashion 21-12, 21-7 to start off the Danish rout. Jan O Jorgensen’s surprise defeat to Dieter Domke has left question marks over Denmark’s credentials to win the Thomas Cup, however the two game defeat has been the only losses in the game stage. India took on Australia for a place in the last 8 and the match was settled in just three matches as India swept the singles to book their place in the knockout stages, Glenn Warfe and Ross Smith took one match for the Australians as they fell 4-1 to India.
The random draw for the last 8 was made after the end of play, with China taking on Korea for the second time in two days. Malaysia’s defeat to Japan means they will play Denmark in the quarter finals, whilst Group B winners Japan take on Germany for a place in the last 4 and India take on Indonesia again in a Group D rematch.
China booked their place at the top of Group A with another 5-0 win, this time over hosts Malaysia without the loss of a game. Malaysia takes second place in the group after their 5-0 win over the USA. Indonesia defeated the European champions Denmark with an impressive 5-0 win with the loss of just one game. Pedersen and Rytter Juhl took their doubles to a third game against Polii and Mahweswari.
Japan’s women continued the excellent day for the nation with a 5-0 victory over Russia as the gulf between the Asian and European nations in the women’s game has been on show throughout the group stages. Japan top Group C, only losing one match in the two rubbers. Korea top Group D after losing the opening singles against India, but bounced back to win the next 4 matches to take the rubber 4-1.
India takes on China in the first of the quarter finals tomorrow, with a South East Asian clash in the 2nd quarter final as Indonesia takes on Malaysia. Group D winners Korea take on Russia and Group C winners Japan take on Denmark in the last of tomorrows knockout round.
Day two had the remaining teams play their opening matches, as well as the arrival of Nigeria’s men’s team to the competition, albeit a day later than expected.
Korean booked their place in the last 8 with a 5-0 win over Peru, meaning that China also qualify from Group Ar after their 5-0 win yesterday over the South Americans. Tomorrow’s match sets up to be a winner-take-all between Korea and China to see who tops the group. Japan is also through to the last 8 after defeating Nigeria 5-0, who arrived for this group match unlike yesterdays forfeit over Malaysia. The Nigerian’s failed to win a single game in any of the 5 matches against a relentless Japanese side. Hosts Malaysia will play tomorrow against the Japanese to determine the group winner, as well as the anticipated rematch between Kenichi Tago and Lee Chong Wei.
Germany defeated Poland 5-0 to dump the Poles out of the tournament, setting up a Zwiebler – Gade rematch tomorrow in the final Group C match to find out the group winner. Dieter Domke also has to continue his excellent form to stand a chance against Jan O Jorgensen in the second singles match tomorrow. Indonesia easily disposed of India in the Group D encounter, winning the match 4-1 overall but the main news from the match is Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s retirement in his singles against Arvind Bhatt, with the Indonesian player suffering a back injury in the second game of his match. India and Australia will play in the final group match tomorrow, with the winner progressing into the final 8.
Malaysia’s women started their campaign with a comfortable 5-0 win over the USA, conceding just two games in their victory. Both China and Malaysia are through from Group A, but will play tomorrow in the final league match to determine the top spot in the group,
Group B seen Denmark take on Australia, with the European powerhouses expected to coast into the last 8 with a comfortable victory. It started well for them with Camilla Sorensen’s two game victory over Erica Pong, but the next hour was a disaster for the Danes, with Karina Jorgensen losing to Renuga Veeran 20-22, 13-21 and then Mette Poulsen’s stunning collapse to Chia Chi Huang 11-21, 5-21 gave Australia an unlikely 2-1 lead. Pedersen and Rytter Juhl were needed to win just to keep Denmark in the rubber, 28 minutes later, the score was level at 2-2 with a 21-12, 21-19 victory for the Danish pair. Kristiansen and Ropke played the final match for Denmark against Tan and Huang of Australia, it resulted in the longest match of the five, but the Danes came through in two games, winning 21-13, 21-16 to book their place in the last 8, eliminating Australia but leaves a big question mark over Denmark’s credentials in the competition.
Juliane Schenk continued her run of good form to give Germany another lead today, this time against Russia as Schenk defeated Ella Diehl 21-16, 21-13 to give Germany a 1-0 lead in the rubber. It was the only lead that the Germans would have, as Bibik and Prokopenko thrust Russia into a 2-1 lead with tight victories over Schnaase and Deprez of Germany. Sorokina and Vislova made it 3-1 with a two game victory over Overzier and Schenk and the new partnership of Diehl and Russkikh completed the rout with a two game victory to book Russia’s place in the last 8.
India’s women had a better day than their male counterparts, defeating South Africa 5-0 to book their place in the last 8. Saina Newhal was on court less than 20 minutes in her victory over Kerry-Lee Harrington, with the remaining four matches taking just 79 minutes to be completed. India take on Korea tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.
Coming into the match, Denmark had dropped just one match of the 19 matches that they had played. They were the clear favourites against Russia, but knew this would be their hardest match of the competition. Tine Rasmussen was expected to defeat Ella Diehl to take the lead in the match, and delivered in stunning fashion with a 21-8, 21-14 victory to give Denmark a 1-0 lead.
If Rasmussen’s win was expected, then Tatjana Bibik’s win was just as unexpected. A stunning 21-12, 21-11 upset over Camilla Sorensen levelled the match at 1-1. Denmark were to be shocked further, with Anastasia Prokopenko’s 3-game victory over Karina Jorgensen 19-21, 21-16, 21-16 putting Russia on the brink of a stunning upset and the title of European Champions.
The Danish doubles had to save the match, with Lena Frier Kristiansen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl taking on Tatjana Bibik and Olga Golovanova. 25 minutes later, the match was poised for a one-match play-off for the European title. With a 21-14, 21-14 win for the Danes. Helle Neilsen and Marie Ropke were given the opportunity to win the final rubber for Denmark. Prokopenko and Sorokina stood in the their way, after a tight 21-17 victory for the Danish. Russia then had a chance to win the second game, at 17-20. The Danes played five sensational points to take the game 22-20 and win the European title for Denmark, by 3 matches to 2.
In the 3rd/4th playoff, Germany easily defeated the Netherlands 3-0. Wins for Schenk over Stolzenbach, for Overzier and Marinello and for Karin Schnaase allowed Germany to qualify for the Uber Cup as the 3rd placed European side.
Peter Gade made his second appearance in the competition, after not being needed until the semi final stage. Europe’s #1 would play Przemyslaw Wacha in the opening match of the men’s final against Poland. Gade edged a tight opening game 21-16, the second game was another tight affair but Gade went from trailing 9-7 to lead 13-9 with a six point run and never looked back, taking the second game 21-17 and put Denmark 1-0 in the match.
Boe and Mogensen would play the Polish heroes of the semi final, Cwalina and Logosz. The Poles took a 15-12 lead in the opening game, before capitulating and conceding 9 straight points to gift the game to Boe and Mogensen. The second game was a similar story, Boe and Mogensen led 10-8 before the Poles allowed another 9 point run and gifted the second game and Denmark a 2-0 lead in the match.
Jan O Jorgensen had the opportunity to clinch the European title, with a win over Hubert Pazcek. Jorgensen took the opening game after some scoring consecutive points on a number of occasions to stretch out a lead before winning the opening game, 21-14. The second game started a lot tighter, with Pazcek leading 11-10 at the interval. Jorgensen responded with a 7-point run to take a 17-11 lead, it was a lead he was never going to give up and clinched the match and Denmark’s all important third match, 21-14, 21-13.
In the 3rd/4th playoff for a place in the Thomas Cup, Germany won 3-1 over Ukraine. Zweibler opened the match with a win over Zavadsky 21-16, 27-25. Dieter Domke suffered a three-game defeat over Atrashchenkov to level the match up, before Marcel Reuter regained Germany’s advantage with a straightforward win over Konov. Hopp and Scholetter completed the victory with a come from behind victory over Druzchenko and Atrashchenkov.
Group A – Winners: Denmark
Their record to date stands immaculate, four 5-0 victories to the loss of just one game. All without even fielding Peter Gade. They are the nation to beat in this competition without a doubt and haven’t even been tested en route to the semi final after a rest day on Thursday.
Group B – Winners: Poland
Thursday night seen the winner-take-all match between Poland and England for a place in the knockout stages, after two tight three game encounters left Poland 2-0 up, Hubert Paczek completed the job in a two game victory over Carl Baxter. Poland next two games were marred by retirements in both games, with the last rubber match with Rafal Hawel leading after winning the first game.
Group C – Winners: Netherlands
The Dutch progression to the knockout rounds never looked in jeopardy, but their only two losses have both came from their #1 singles player, Rune Massing. Who will need to improve in order to defeat the Group F winners.
Group D – Winners: Germany
Germany’s progression was sealed in impressive fashion, with three 5-0 victories to the loss of just 2 games. With the singles players in excellent form ahead of their quarterfinal clash with Russia.
Group E – Winners: Russia
The Russian doubles have been unbeatable in group stage action, and their only defeats have come in the singles, Ivan Sozonov has not returned to action since his opening day retirement against Italy.
Group F: Winners – Ukraine
The Ukraine’s closest match came on the opening day in a 3-2 win over Wales, after trailing 2-1. Two 4-1 victories secured Ukraines place in the knockout round against the Netherlands.
Group A – Winners: Denmark
Played 3, Won 3. Played 15 Games, Won 15. The Danish women are putting down a real marker that they are here to retain their title from 2008. They will have a rest day tomorrow before taking on the winner of Germany and Bulgaria.
Group B – Winners: Netherlands
For 20 minutes, Belgium was level with Netherlands 1-1 in their final group match and the Dutch qualification was under threat. They rallied back to win the next three and win the match 4-1 to ensure their place in the knockout round.
Group C – Winners: Russia
A rare outing for Nina Vislova in singles ensured Russia’s 4-1 victory over England to progress into the knockout stage, with their second doubles pairing loss in the final match being their only defeat in the group stage.
Group D – Winners: Germany
Only Karin Schnasse’s loss to Carolina Marin stops Germany going into the knockout stage with a perfect record. Juliane Schenk has been in fine form in the three singles matches to date.
Group E – Winners: Scotland
Scotland are the only nation in the knockout stage to have lost a match but still progressed. Susan Egelstaff posted her first victory of the event today against Anna Narel whilst Mason and Bankier have gone unbeaten in all three matches.
Group F – Winners: Bulgaria
Three 5-0 victories will ensure that the Bulgarians are not taken lightly in the knockout stage, as Germany will find out tomorrow. Bulgaria in 30 games of action have allowed just 297 points, under 10 points a game.
Men’s Quarter Final
Germany vs. Russia
Zweibler vs. Malkov
Domke vs. Ivanov
Reuter vs. Pukhov
Schoettler/Hopp vs. Durkin/Nicolaenko
Kasbauer/Hoth vs. Dremin/Pukhov
Russia’s key to success if that they have to take one of the singles and go into the doubles, Zweibler and Malkov met in the 2009 Scottish Open where Zweibler won comfortably. The longer the match goes on, the better the chances are that the Russian’s will win as Durkin/Nicolaenko are one of the top partnerships in Europe at the moment.
Netherlands vs. Ukraine
Massing vs. Zavadsky
Oey vs. Atrashchenkov
Afif vs. Druzchenko
Ridder/Oey vs. Konov/Zavadsky
Arands/Khodabux vs. Atrashchenkov/Druzcenko
Ukraine need to take advantage of Massing’s form in the group stages, this is a match that Ukraine need to win early as most of their players are playing two matches and fatigue could be a defining factor.
Germany vs. Bulgaria
Schenk vs. Nedelcheva
Schnasse vs. Zechiri
Deprez vs. Popstoykova
Overzier/Marinello vs. Nedelcheva/Popstoykova
Neite/Goliszewki vs. Dimova/Zechiri
This could be the closest match tomorrow, with the potential of this going down to the final rubber as real possibility. It could come down to who wins 2 of the 3 singles matches.
Scotland vs. Russia
Egelstaff vs. Diehl
Sloan vs. Bibik
Gilmour vs. Prokopenko
Mason/Bankier vs. Vislova/Sorokina
Cooper/Sloan vs. Pollikarpova/Prokopenko
Scotland will need another inspired performance from Susan Egelstaff to defeat Ella Diehl like in the 2009 Scottish Open, Emma Mason lost out to Sorokina and Vislova in the women’s double final in the Scottish Open last year. The match could be in the hands of 16-year old Kirsty Gilmour as Russia haven’t settled on their #3 singles player. Scotland need at least two singles victory to stand a chance.
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.