Gade and Lee Through

A trio of withdrawals on the second day meant that some groups had just shrunk to just three, helping some qualify for the knockout stages whilst hindering others with only the top 2 progressing.

Group A in the Mens Singles has been settled with a round of games still to be played, with Lee Chong Wei and Peter Gade both winning in two games to set up a match on Friday to determine final group placings. Group B seen the withdrawal of Taufik Hidayat in his match with Chen Long with the Chinese player up in the second game as well as winning the opening game. Boonsak Ponsana’s win over Du Pengyu confirms his place in the last 4, with the top two also playing to determine the group winner.

The women’s singles is a similar story to the men’s singles, Wang Shixian has cruised into the last 4 with her opening two victories in her group with the loss of just 39 points, she is joined in the last 4 by Bae Youn Joo of Korea who defeated Yao Jie in two games to also progress to the semi finals. Group B still has a lot of life still in it, with Tine Baun winning her second match in the group whilst Yip Pui Yin lost out to the group winner Wang Yihan. Tine Baun has to defeat Wang Yihan to have any chance of qualifying for the last 4 whilst Yip Pui Yin needs only to beat Petya Nedelcheva to progress.

Cai and Fu top Group A in the men’s doubles after defeating top seeded Ko and Yoo in their second group and the Korean’s must bounce back tomorrow in a winner take all match against Chai and Zhang to determine who takes the second spot in Group A. Group B seen the withdrawal of Kido and Setiawan early in the first game of their match against Lee and Jung, meaning that the top two seeds from the group have safely progressed into the last 4. Boe and Mogensen take on Lee and Jung tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.

It has been a disappointing week for Petya Nedelcheva as her and partner Anastacia Russkikh are out of the women’s doubles as they bring up the rear in Group A with a second loss today. Cheng and Chien are safely into the last 4 as group winners whilst Maeda and Suetsuna take on Polii and Jauhari in a winner take all match for second place in the group. Wang and Yu have topped Group B and will be joined in the last 4 by Cheng and Zhao should they defeat Voravichitchaikul and Aroonkesorn in their final match in the group, otherwise Fujii and Kakiiwa can take second place with a win over Wang and Yu.

The mixed doubles lost it’s top seeds, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl before the start of play. Zhang and Zhao have to wait on the result of the only match tomorrow between Robertson and Wallwork against Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawan of Thailand. A win for the Thai pair ensures their place in the last 4 however if the English pair Robertson and Wallwork win it will go to the head-to-head matches between the pairs. Group B is a similar situation, with Ko and Ha needing to beat the group winners Marissa and Gunawan to progress, whilst Mateusiak and Zieba can still progress with a win over Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam and a Ko and Ha loss, providing they are ahead in the head-to-head standing after all the matches. A win for the Thai pair almost guarantees their place in the last 4.

Day 2 Results

Taufik Struggling On Day One

The first calendar event of 2011 is underway in Chinese Taipei, the best eight players in the Super Series of 2010 are in action for a chance to be named Super Series Finals Champion. It will also provide excellent competition before the first Premier Series event in Korea in just under 3 weeks time.

Group A in the Mens Singles provided an all-Danish encounter, as Peter Gade took on Jan O Jorgensen in what promised to be a fantastic start to 2011. It didn’t fail to deliver as both players shared the opening two games before Gade came out on top in the third game to take the opening match in the group in just over an hour. The other Group A match was much more one-sided as Lee Chong Wei defeated Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in two games to book his at the top of Group A after the opening matches.

Group B has a younger array of players, except for Taufik Hidayat who took one of the seeded players in his group, Boonsak Ponsana in the opening match. After splitting the opening two games, Hidayat tamely lost the deciding game to make qualification to the knockout stage increasingly difficult. The other match in the group was an all-Chinese match between Chen Long and Du Pengyu which also went to three games, with the seeded Long taking the match in the third.

In the Women’s Singles, top seeded Wang Yihan beat Petya Nedelcheva to book her place atop Group B but the other seed in the group, Tine Baun suffered a surprise defeat to Yip Pui Yin in two games to jeopardise her future in the event. Group A is topped by Wang Shixian after her two game win over Yao Jie and the other seed in the group, Bae Youn Joo defeated Salakjit Ponsana in three games to ensure her qualification to the last 4 is in her own hands.

The top seeds met in the opening match in the Mens Doubles in Group A, with Koo and Tan losing out to top seeded Ko and Yoo of Korea in two games. Cai and Fu won the other match in the group, defeating Chai and Zhang in in a tight three game match. The top two seeds in Group B both won their opening round matches, with Boe and Mogensen defeating Kido and Setiawan in two games whilst Lee and Jung defeated Lee and Fang, also in two games.

The Womens Doubles was always going to be a lottery with just four seeds and every partnership capable of being anyone on any given day, Group A seen the top seeded Cheng and Chien win in front of a home crowd against Polii and Jauhari in two games whilst the 3/4 seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh lost to Japanese pairing of Maeda and Suetsuna in two games. Group B was a similar story, with both unseeded pairs defeating their seeded opponents to throw the group wide open. Wang and Yu defeated their Chinese team mates Cheng and Zhao in three games whilst Fujii and Kakiiwa defeated the Thai pair of Voravichitchaikul and Aroonkesorn in two games.

Voravichitchaikul bounced back from her defeat in the womens doubles to team up with Anugritayawan to defeat the 3/4 seeded Zhang and Zhao in their opening Group A match. The top seeds in the group Laybourn and Rytter Juhl came through a tight three game match against the English pairing of Wallwork and Robertson. Group B saw both seeded pair crash to defeats, with the 3/4 seeded Mateusiak and Zieba losing to Ko and Ha in two games, whilst the highest seed in the group Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol lost to the Indonesia pair of Marissa and Gunawan.

Day 1 Results

Chen Long Defeats Chen Jin

China had interest in nine of the ten matches on semi final day, and promptly won them all. There were no less than six All-Chinese semi finals to ensure Chinese participation on finals day, but the day was a victory for the underdogs and the future of Chinese Badminton.

Chen Long defeated current World Champion Chen Jin in an 84-minute classic to book his place in tomorrow’s final against the 8th seeded Bao Chunlai, who ended Du Pengyu’s run with a narrow two game victory that took just under an hour to conclude. Their last meeting was in the first Chinese Super Series in September, where Chen Long defeated Bao Chunlai to reach the final on the day, a repeat would secure Chen Long’s first Super Series title.

The top 2 seeds in the women’s singles both crashed out at the semi final stage, both upset by their lower seeded opponents as the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao both secured their place in tomorrow’s final with tight two game victories. Jiang Yanjiao holds a 3-1 advantage over the World #5, with all four of their encounters being just two games.

The only non-Chinese interest comes from Lee and Jung, who won their all-Korean semi final against Ko and Yoo to book their place in the final where they will play the unseeded Chai and Zhang of China, who defeated the 3rd Korean pair left in the draw, 6th seeded Fang and Lee in a immensely tight match with the Chinese pair winning 26-24 in the third. Lee and Jung will hope for a repeat of their only other encounter in the Korean Super Series earlier this year where they defeated Chai and Zhang in two games at the semi final stage.

Ma and Zhong’s unlikely run has led them all the way to the final, defeating the 8th seeded Ha and Jung of Korea in three games to set up a match against the 2nd seeds also from China, Zhao and Cheng. The 2nd seeds defeated Pan and Tian, seeded 5 in one of the six all-Chinese matchups on semi finals day.

Tian however, was already into the mixed doubles final before her women’s doubles defeat. She defeated Ma Jin and partner He Hanbin earlier in the day with her partner Jiaming Tao to book their place in the final. Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan are their opponents in the final, with the 5th seeds defeating Chan and Goh of Malaysia in their semi final encounter. Their only meeting was in Japan in September, where the seeded Tao and Tian were defeated by the unseeded Zhao and Zhang.

Day 4 Results

Mathias and Carsten

Boe and Mogensen In Finals Again

As surprising as it was to see Joachim Persson through to the semi-finals with numerous victories along the way, the biggest surprise thus far came today when he defeated Peter Gade for the first time ever to book his place in the finals.  Persson has struggled with injuries over the last couple years, and questions have been raised as to his ability to keep up with the best on the tour, however those questions have been put to rest with a 21-14, 16-21, 21-17 victory over the top seeded Gade.  Persson now plays Taufik Hidayat who had a more straight forward victory over Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-14.

The womens semi finals featured two China vs Thailand match ups, and the results were in China’s favour.  Top seed Wang Yihan came through in three games over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-12, 19-21, 21-10.  Her compatriot Li Xuerui will be Wang’s opponent after her two game victory over Salakajit Ponsana 22-20, 21-13, ending the Ponsana family’s hopes of a title in Paris.

Germany will be happy with two pairs in the finals, one in the mens doubles, and the other in the mixed doubles.  First up was the surprising upset of second seeds Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler 13-21, 21-17, 22-20.  The German pair will now play Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen who are appearing in their second consecutive super series final after defeating their compatriots Jonas Rasmussen and Mads Conrad-Petersen 21-23, 21-6, 21-16.

The next success for Germany came from Birgit Overzier and Michael Fuchs who won after Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl retired at 17-10 in the first game.  The German pair now play Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol  and Saralee Thoungthongkam after they also benefited from a withdrawal against their compatriots Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.

Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh needed the longest match of the day to win their semi-final match against Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter-Juhl 18-21, 21-15, 21-16 in an hour and eleven minutes.  They now face Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul who had a fairly straight forward victory over Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke winning 21-9, 21-15.

Full French Super Series 2010 Results

Persson Shows New Spark

Perhaps the most interesting story of this French Super Series is the performance of Denmark’s Joachim Persson.

Persson has been pushed to the shadows in the last year or so as Jan Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen have shown some substantial potential, however this week in Paris Persson seems to be reminding us that he still has the ability to threaten at these events.  The left hander defeated China’s Du Pengyu in three exquisite games 21-17, 12-21, 21-19 to book his quarter-final place against his compatriot Peter Gade who struggled more than expected against German Marc Zwiebler.  Gade won in three games as well 15-21, 21-12, 21-8.  On the other side of the draw neither Boonsak Ponsana or Taufik Hidayat struggled against their opponents, Ajay Jayaram or Rajiv Ouseph respectively, as both won in straight games.

The big upset on the womens singles side came at the expense of Tine Baun when the second seeded Dane fell to China’s Li Xuerui 21-16, 21-17.  Li will now play Salakajit Ponsana who defeated China’s Liu Xin.  England’s Elizabeth Cann failed to continue her surprising run when she lost to Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-18 who will now play Wang Yihan.  Wang crushed her Russian opponent Ella Diehl 21-8, 21-8.

The mens doubles is looking like we will see a repeat of last week’s final.  Boe and Mogensen made it one step closer to the final by defeating Flandy Limpele and Simon Mollyhus 21-16, 21-18.  In the semi-finals they will face another Danish pair after Jonas Rasmussen and his new partner Mads Conrad-Petersen defeated England’s Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis 23-25, 22-20, 21-14.  The most surprising semi-finalists are Germans Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler who defeated their Malaysian opponents Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari Mohd  and Ong Soon Hock in two close games 22-20, 21-18.  They will face Indonesia’s Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan who narrowly defeated Malaysia’s Gan Teik Chai and Tan Bin Shen 14-21, 21-18, 21-17.

A couple of walkovers marred the womens doubles quarter-finals as Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul from Thailand and Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke from Denmark booked their places against one another without a shuttle being hit.  On the other side of the draw we have yet another Danish pair through to the semi-finals after Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen defeated Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou 21-19, 21-11.  The Danish pair will now play Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh.

Finally in the mixed doubles there were no easy matches for our semi-finalists.  All the matches were closely contested, perhaps the most intense was Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl’s victory over Hendra Setiawan and Anastasia Russkikh.  The Danes need three games and extra points to win 23-21, 15-21, 27-25 and next they’ll play surprise semi-finalists Michael Fuchs and Birgit Overzier who knocked out top seeds Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa 16-21, 21-9, 21-16.  The other half of the draw features an all Thailand showdown between Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon and their opponents Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol.

Full French Super Series 2010 Results

Jorgensen Falls Short In Paris

Yesterday saw just one seed crash out, today was the complete opposite with seeds toppling on an hourly basis through the day. France’s interest in their home Super Series is overly before the weekend begins, whilst Peter Gade goes from strength to strength after his back injury.

Gade, the top seed in the singles has safely progressed into the quarter finals tomorrow after a two game win over Christian Lind Thomsen and will play the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler on the TV court on Friday evening. The other Dane in the draw is Joachim Persson, the 8th seeded also came through his all-Danish encounter in a tight two game match and will play China’s Du Pengyu. The unseeded Chinese player has already beaten two Danes on route to the last 8, defeating Viktor Axelsen in Round 1 and last week’s winner Jan O Jorgensen in the second round also. Ajay Jayaram  has also reached the last 8, defeating the 7th seeded Dicky Palyama in three games to book his place against Boonsak Ponsana, the 3rd seed.

The seed total in the women’s singles was halved on day 2, with Pi Hongyan crashing out to Elizabeth Cann in a tame two game defeat. Liu Xin continues her excellent run of results with another impressive victory, this time over Juliane Schenk, the 5th seed. Salakjit Ponsana is another player in a rich vein of form, defeating the 4th seeded Yao Jie in a two game victory. Tine Baun has been impressed also, with a two game victory over Jeanine Cicognini.

Four seeds remain in the men’s doubles, with the top seeds Boe and Mogensen taken to three games by Goh and Teo of Malaysia. The 5th seeds Conrad-Pedersen and Rasmussen as well as the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan were also taken to three games as many of the seeds still remaining in the draw have been taken the distance. Only the 6th seeded Gan and Tan of Malaysia have progressed safely, with back to back two game victories.

The women’s doubles lost 5 of it’s 8 seeds today, with only the top 3 seeds remaining in the draw. The 6th seeded French pair of Choinet and Rasadi lost out to Lee and Obanana of the USA in three games to end the local interest in the women’s doubles. The top seeds Nedelcheva and Russkikh are safely into the last 8 with a two game win over Fontaine and Palermo of France.

Only one seed crashed out of the mixed doubles, 5th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen lost out in three games to the pairing of Setiawan and Russkikh, who are both seeded in their respective level doubles events. They take on another Danish pair tomorrow as they take on last weeks winners, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, the 3rd seeds.

Day 2 Results

Gade Feeling Fit Again

The seeded players were all in fine form today, with only the 3rd seeded Chandra and Gunawan losing out in the men’s doubles to unseeded Adcock and Ellis of England. Peter Gade’s back injury was the big talking point of the day as to whether he would be able to play and defeat Carl Baxter.

Before Gade’s game, several seeds had already booked their place in the last 16. Rajiv Ouseph was first through with a comfortable victory over Kasper Ipsen, he was followed late in the morning by Joachim Persson, who came back from a game down to defeat Eric Pang. Gade’s return in the first of the evening matches was a stunning performance from the top seed, winning 21-11, 21-6 to book his place safely into round 2. He was joined later that hour by Jan O Jorgensen, who came through against Przemyslaw Wacha in three games. Viktor Axelsen however fell at the first hurdle this week, defeated handsomely by Du Pengyu 21-11, 21-11.

The women’s singles provided little shocks either, with all 8 seeds progressing safely. All except one, Pi Hongyan was forced into a third game by Tai Tzu Ying before coming through and progressing into round 2. The 3rd seed plays the Commonwealth bronze medals Elizabeth Cann in her second round match. Last week’s finalist Liu Xin also progressed into round 2 and will be a tough test for the 5th seeded Juliane Schenk in the second round.

The only seed to fall was the 3rd seeded Chandra and Gunawan, the only other seed to be in any danger in the opening round was the 5th seeded Conrad-Pedersen and Rasmussen who were taking to three games by their Malaysian opponents.  The mixed doubles was a similar affair, with the top seeded Gunawan and Marissa being taken to three games by the Russian pairing of Durkin and Vislova. Every other seed in the mixed doubles progressed to the last 16 without any of the other 7 seeds dropping more than 26 points on route to Thursday’s second round.

Day 1 Results

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Gade Defeats Lin Dan

Lin Dan suffers his second defeat in his second tournament back as Peter Gade finally defeats his archrival.

Mens Singles:

Three of the four players left in the event are Chinese; the only Chinese loss today came from the 2nd seed and current world champion Lin Dan who lost out to Peter Gade. The 5th seed continued his outstanding form that seen him reach the All England Semi Final last week. Gade came through his match 21-17, 21-16 to book his place in the semi final.

Unseeded Du Pengyu is an excellent form as he continues into the semi finals, defeated Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the quarter final 24-22, 21-17. Chen Jin is also through with a two game victory of Tien Minh Nguyen, the 3rd seed winning 21-16, 21-11. Chen Long is the 3rd Chinese player left in the competition, the 8th seed defeating Kazushi Yamada in two games 21-16, 21-11.

Women’s Singles

Wang Shixian is through to the semi final after defeating Wang Yihan’s conqueror in the quarterfinal, Yip Pui Yin. The 6th seed coming through 21-8, 20-22, 21-12 to book a semi final match against Ella Diehl of Russia. The unseeded Russian defeated current world champion and 4th seed Lu Lan of China in the quarterfinals to book her place against Wang Shixian, winning 22-20, 21-15.

Unseeded Korean Bae Youn Joo is also through to the semi final after being 3rd seed Pi Hongyan in the quarterfinals, winning 21-12, 24-22. She will play the 2nd seed and on-form Jiang Yanjiao of China, she defeated 8th seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany 21-7, 21-18 to book her place against Bae Youn Joo in the semi final.

Mens Doubles:

Koo and Tan progress to the semi finals with a excellent two game victory over Kim and Shin of Korea, winning 21-17, 21-14. They will play the 4th seed Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark after they defeated the 6th seed Guo and Xu 21-12, 14-21, 21-17.

The second semi final is an unseeded affair, with Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan beating Chen and Lin of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 29-27 to progress into the last 4. Paaske and Rasmussen’s excellent couple of weeks ended surprisingly with a three game defeat to Ko and Yoo of Korea, who defeated the 2nd seeds Lee and Jung in the second round.

Women’s Doubles:

3rd of the last 4 seeds in the draw defeated their higher seeded opponents to reach this stage, with 5th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna beating top seeded Chin and Wong of Malaysia in three games. Ha and Lee beat 4th seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh in the quarterfinals to book their place against Maeda and Suetsuna.

Chen and Chien, the 3rd seed are the only one of the top 4 seeds to win, defeating Du and Pan, the 6th seeds from China. China does have one pair in the last 4, with 7th seeded Tian and Yu beating Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan in their quarterfinal.

Mixed Doubles:

Unseeded pair Shin and Yoo of Korea are into the semi finals after a three game victory over Chen and Chen of Chinese Taipei, they will play the 3rd seed and current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl in the semi final after the Danish duo defeated Zhang and Tian of China in their quarterfinal, winning 22-20, 21-19.

The other semi final will not go ahead, after Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk pulled out of the event after their three game victory over Yoo and Kim of Korea. This means that Lee and Lee’s victory over Tao and Zhang in the quarterfinal is their last match before Sunday’s final.

Wilson Swiss Super Series 2010 draws

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Gade to Face Lin Dan

Limited success last week does not guarantee success this week in Basel, Switzerland as several seeds and some unseeded threats have crashed out on day 2.

Mens Singles:

Last week’s beaten finalist will not make it a repeat performance this week as Du Pengyu defeated the Japanese player 21-12, 21-18 to book his place in the last 8. He will play Hu Yun of Hong Kong in the quarterfinal after he defeated Dicky Palyama in three games to progress through. Tien Minh Nguyen has put his early exit last week behind to book his place in the last 8 with a two-game victory over Carl Baxter of England.

Nguyen’s opponent in the last 8 is the 3rd seed, Chen Jin. The Chinese player defeated Joachim Persson in two games to progress into tomorrow’s quarterfinals. Chen Long has also put his early defeat in last week’s All England to the back of his mind as he progressed to the quarterfinals to play against Kazushi Yamada, who defeated the 4th seed Taufik Hidayat in two games to play in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.

The last of the quarterfinals is the match of the day for tomorrow, as 2nd seed Lin Dan takes over 5th seed, Peter Gade. The Chinese 2nd seed has been in excellent form in the opening two rounds with comfortable two game victories and the same can be said for Gade, who defeated Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 21-16 to progress into the last 8.

Women’s Singles

Wang Yihan suffered a surprise 21-17, 24-22 loss in the second round to Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong who will now go on to play Wang Shixian, the 6th seed from China for a place in Saturday’s semi final.

2nd seed Jiang Yanjiao has been the story of the opening two rounds, with her stunning 21-7, 21-3 win in round 1 over Susan Egelstaff of Scotland and her 21-16, 21-5 victory over Chen Hsiao Huan of Chinese Taipei making a real threat in the competition, she will play 8th seeded Juliane Schenk of Germany in the last 8 after the German defeated Bae Seung Hee of Korea to progress.

3rd seeded Pi Hongyan is also through after defeated her second Japanese opponent in two days, today Ai Goto was defeated 21-19, 21-18. Unseeded Bae Joun Joo is the French 3rd seed opponent for tomorrow after winning the all-Korean clash against Kim Moon Hi 22-20, 21-17.

World Champion Lu Lan is through the last 8 with a 21-15, 21-13 win over Eriko Hirose of Japan. She will play unseeded Russian Ella Diehl in the quarterfinal after Diehl defeated Switzerland’s Jeannine Cicognini 21-19, 21-17 to book her place in the last 8.

Mens Doubles:

Paaske and Rasmussen continue their superb run of form over the past few weeks as they reached the quarterfinals with a two game victory over Fuchs and Kindervater. Top seeded Koo and Tan are also through to the last 8 after defeating Bonde and Mollyhus 21-15, 21-11. The top seeds will play unseeded Korean duo of Kim and Shin for a place in the last 4.

Women’s Doubles:

The final 8 partnerships in the women’s doubles are the 8 seeds, almost unheard of at this level. Top seeds Chin and Wong will play 5th seeds Maeda and Suetsuna for a place in the last 4 against the winners of Ha and Lee of Korea, seeded 8 and Nedelcheva and Russkikh, the 4th seeds.

Chen and Chien, the Chinese Taipei 3rd seeds will play Chinese 6th seeds Du and Pan for a place in the last 4 against the winners of the 7thseeds Tian and Yu against Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan, the 2nd seeds and Korean Super Series runners-up.

Mixed Doubles:

It is another shock early defeat for Zheng Bo and Ma Jin in the mixed doubles, losing out to unseeded Chen and Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-14, 21-16. They will play another unseeded pair in the quarterfinal, Shin and Yoo of Korean who defeated another Korean couple, the 8th seeded Ko and Ha to progress into the last 8.

World Champions and 3rd seeds, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are also through after a stunning 21-4, 21-8 victory of Dutch qualifiers Khodabux and Barning. They will play the unseeded Chinese pair of Zhang and Tian, Zhang winning the mixed doubles last week with Zhao Yunlei.

7th seeds Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk of Poland are also through and will play the 2nd of 3 Korean pairs left in the draw, Yoo and Kim. The final match tomorrow pits the 5th seeded Chinese pair of Tao and Zhang against the 2nd seeded Korean duo Lee and Lee, the 3rd Korean partnership left in the draw.

Swiss Super Series 2010 Draws

The match we were robbed of at last month’s World Championships is now set. Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan defeated their quarter-final opponents in order to book their places in what will surely be the showdown of the tournament. Lee Chong Wei had an easier time against Chinese youngster Du Pengyu, who upset fifth seed Joachim Persson, winning in two straight games 21-15, 21-19. Lin Dan had to fight for his place, but as he so often does he pulled it out in the end defeating Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 13-31, 21-19. On the other side of the draw Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana proved his worth with a big win over Denmark’s hero Peter Gade 21-16, 19-21, 21-18. Ponsana will play Chen Jin who also took three games to defeat his challenger Chen Long also of China.

The women’s singles is far from inspiring with an all Chinese semi-finals as Lu Lan upset Hong Kong’s top seeded Zhou Mi in two quick games 21-10, 21-17. The giant killing streak of qualifier Wang Xin was extended when she knocked out France’s Pi Hongyan in two easy games 21-11, 21-10.

Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah kept Malaysia’s hopes alive by fighting their way to a semi-final match up against Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen while the bottom half of the draw will feature China’s top pair Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun against Korea’s Cho Gun Woo and Yoo Yeon Seong. It will take a strong performance from their challengers to prevent a finals match between Choong/Lee and Cai/Fu. Unsurprisingly the women’s doubles and mixed doubles are both all China affairs as we go into the semi-finals stage. In the women’s doubles top seeds Cheng/Zhao will face fourth seeds Pan/Tian while third seeds Du/Yu play Gao/Wei. In the mixed doubles it will be Chen/Zhang against Tao/Wang and Xie/Zhang against He/Yu.

Li Ning China Masters Super Series 2009 Draws

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