It was a long day in Glasgow for players and spectators alike, as two rounds of the singles and level doubles were played over 12 and a half hours of play with all five top seeds making the last 8.
The biggest casualty in the men’s singles was the 2nd seeded Dymtro Zavadsky, who lost to Malaysia’s Tan Chun Seang in three games. There were also defeats for the 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama and 4th seeded Henri Hurskainen, with the Swede losing out to the 14th seeded Carl Baxter in the third round. There was little trouble for the top seeded Rajiv Ouseph, who won both matches today without the loss of a game to set up a quarter final against the highest seed left in the draw, the 5th seeded Vladimir Ivanov.
Top Two Into Last 8
Linda Zechiri survived a scare in her opening match of the day against Nanna Vainio but progressed after dropping the opening game and ensured her place in the last 8 with a win over Nicki Chan-Lam of England. The 2nd seeded Larisa Griga also survived a pair of scares in her two matches today also, needing three games to defeat Sabrina Jacquet and then Tanvi Lad in the last 16 to book her place in the quarters against Anu Nieminen, who defeated Ragna Ingolfsdottir to reach the last 8. 3rd seeded Anastacia Prokopenko’s event lasted just 50 minutes with an opening round defeat to Anita Raj Kaur of Malaysia, who then defeated Kim Buss of Germany to reach the last 8.
Scottish Hopes Rest In Doubles
One Scottish pair and an Anglo-Scottish pair are all that the hosts have to support on day 3, with Briggs and Cooper reaching the last 8 of the mixed doubles where they will take on English qualifiers Wolfenden and Smith for a place in the last 4. Pringle and Sankey will take on the 3rd seeds Lee and Obanana in the women’s doubles tomorrow, whilst the top seeded Agathangelou and Olver had little problems reaching the last 8. The top seeded Russian pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov survived a scare in one of the last matches of the day before progressing in three games against Lundqvist and Nordh of Sweden to reach the last 8.
The day began in Glasgow with the top seeded Rajiv Ouseph reaching the last 32 and the day finished with 2nd seeded Bosch and Ridder making it into the last 16 of the men’s doubles that was dominated by the seeds.
15 of the 16 seeds progressed in the men’s singles, only the 16th seeded Marcel Reuter crashed out to ensure there was no clean sweep of seeded winners today. The German was beaten by Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, who takes on Stilian Makarski of Bulgaria who defeated Nathan D’Cruz in the tightest match of the day, winning 29-27 in the third in one of the longest matches of the day. There were wins for Dymtro Zavadsky and Dicky Palyama in two games as well as Henri Hurskainen to ensure the top four seeds reached the last 32.
Kirsty Gilmour was the lone Scottish singles player to win today, defeating England’s Kate Robertshaw in three games to set up her second round match against Elizabeth Cann of England. Overall, the singles was a disappointed for the Scottish crowd with six defeats in the singles over the two events. All eight seeds in the men’s doubles progressed in convincing fashion, with the 4th seeded Koch and Zauner being the only pairing taken to three games by the Scottish pairing of Gilmour and Campbell before eventually progressing. Both the top two seeds were impressive in their one sided victories but will face tougher opposition in the second round tomorrow.
Day two of the Norwegian Open saw the start of all five events, with most of the seeded players progressing through to the second round, Chloe Magee who was seeded 6th in the Women’s Singles lost out to Karina Jorgensen in three games was the first of the seeded players to crash out.
The sixth seed in the Men’s Singles, Dmytro Zavadsky crashed out to Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg in two close games, then the 7th seed in the Women’s Singles, Michelle Chan lost out of Holland’s Patty Stolzenbach in three games, losing 21-15 in the third game.
The top seeds have progressed safety the Quarter Final stage, with Juliane Schenk progressing without dropping a game whilst Marc Zweibler was taken to three games in his second round match against Kristian Neilsen. He plays 7th seed Henri Hurskainen in Saturday’s Quarter Final.
Play begins tomorrow with top seeded Mixed Doubles pair Robin Middleton and Mariana Agathangelou playing unseeded Christian John Skovgaard and Maria Heisbol. The Men’s Singles begins at 11.40, with Zweibler against Hurskainen and Christian Lind Thomsen, seeded 3 playing Scott Evans, the 8th seed from Ireland.
Juliane Schenk plays Patty Stolzenbach at 11.40, as well as 3rd seeded Anu Nieminen plays Truoti Murgunde of India, seeded 8.
Heading into the semi-finals at the Bitburger Open and Denmark is looking strong with two semi-finalists in the mens singles. On the top Eric Pang from the Netherlands will be facing off against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus. Pang defeated India’s Anand Pawar in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-6 while Vittinghus had a much easier time against Raul Must winning in two easy games 21-9, 21-11.
On the bottom of the draw we have England’s Carl Baxter facing off against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen. Baxter defeated Ukrainian Dymtro Zavadsky in three thrilling games 16-21, 21-19, 21-17, and Jorgensen defeated Finland’s Ville Lang in two easy games 21-16, 21-10. The odds are stacked against Baxter in this one, but Jorgensen is still young so anything can happen.
Very few surprises in the women’s singles. At the semi-final stage only the fourth seeded Elizabeth Cann failed to live up to her billing, instead Yu Hirayama takes her place against Ella Diehl. On the other side of the draw we have Yao Jie against Germany’s hometown favourite Juliane Schenk.
For full results and live scoring from tomorrow’s matches visit the link below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws
We are heading into the quarter-finals of the Bitburger Open, and so far India has suffered the biggest upsets with both Chetan Anand and Arvind Bhat losing out. The top seeded Anand lost to his fellow teammate Anand Pawar in two quick games 21-16, 21-13, while Bhat lost to Dmytro Zavadsky from the Ukraine 21-18, 9-21, 21-17.
Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen is now the highest seeded player remaining in the draw, and with strong results recently this is his opportunity to show the badminton world that he is the next European to hold his ground against the Asians. If he can’t win back in Europe it will be hard for him to show his stuff against the Asians. Jorgensen plays the eighth seed Ville Lang next.
England’s Carl Baxter had the benefit of Petr Koukal falling unexpectedly to Germany’s Sven-Eric Kastens, giving the Englishman a somewhat easier, but still challenging match to book his place in the quarter-finals against Zavadsky.
For more results, and to see the full line up of matches visit the draw link below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws