The majority of the seeds have progressed safely through the opening two days of the Swiss Open with an excellent field present in Basel even with the loss of it’s Super Series tag for the 2011.
Jan O Jorgensen is the top seed this week and has safely progressed his opening two rounds without the loss of a game to Ville Lang and Christian Lind Thomsen to reach the last 16. His 3rd round opponent is Kazushi Yamada who is in excellent form since his victory over Taufik Hidayat last week in the All Englands. Also in this half of the draw is Park Sung Hwan who has been the pick of the players in his opening two rounds, with a pair of impressive victories for the 4th seed. Viktor Axelsen almost defeated the 16th seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to reach the 3rd round, only for Vittinghus to battle back in the 3rd game to win the all-Danish match up.
Joachim Persson had shown a return to form in recent months but the manner of his defeat to Lee Hyun Il is a worrying sign to the 11th seed as he crashed out tamely in the second round, losing 21-10, 21-9 in just 21 minutes. 2nd seed Simon Santoso has been nothing but impressive in reaching the last 16 with two victory with the loss of just 42 points to date. Spain’s Pablo Abian is the pick of the unseeded Europeans left in the draw with a pair of good victories taking him to the last 16 where he will play Muhammad Hashim, the 9th seeded Malaysian.
Saina Nehwal didn’t have to wait long to get another shot to defeat Eriko Hirose as the pair meet in the 3rd round this week, with both players coming through their opening matches in two games. Juliane Schenk is Newhal’s main rival in the other half of the draw and has a tough second round match against Bae Sueng Hee of Korea. Ella Diehl is the biggest casualty of the opening round, with the 5th seed losing to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 21-9, 21-19. There is another Spanish story this week, this time with the European junior champion Carolina Marin who has progressed through qualifying and has reached the second round with a two game win over Nicole Grether.
Boe and Mogensen have continued in the form that won them their first All England title to set up a second round match against Bosch and Ridder of Holland in the second round. The strength of the men’s doubles draw is very high, with Lee and Jung also playing this week and progressing to the second round with a three game win over Endo and Hayakawa of Japan. Ko and Yoo of Korea are the second seeds this week and are into the last 16 after winning their all-Korean first round match against Kim and Kim.
Top seeded Cheng and Chien are hoping that the lack of Chinese pairings in the women’s doubles will improve their chances of success in Basel this week and have started with a two game victory in their opening round to set up a 2nd round match against Japan’s Misaki and Takahashi. The 2nd seeds this week are Jauhari and Polii who take on England’s White and Wallwork in the second round. The European challengers this week will be the 5th seeded Rytter Juhl and Pedersen, who take on Wang and Wang of America after their opening round triumph.
Lee Yong Dae is partnered up with a new female this week as the Korean squad try to find their best partnerships ahead of the Olympic qualification for London, Ha Jung Eun is partnering Lee Yong Dae this week and the 8th seeds start has been impressive, winning 21-10, 21-8 in their opening round match to set up a second round match against Valiyaveetil and Gutta of India. Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei are the top seeds this week and take on the Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota in round 2 after both won their opening round matches in two games. The main rival from the bottom half comes in the form of the 2nd seeded Wallwork and Robertson of England who defeated Kazuno and Takahashi in their opening round match to progress into the last 16.
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The second SuperSeries Premier event of 2011 takes place this week in Birmingham as the All England Championships take centre stage this week. Lin Dan is looking to regain his title and take his second Super Series Premier title whilst defending champion Lee Chong Wei will be looking for revenge after his Korea Open defeat to Lin Dan.
Lee Chong Wei is the top seed this week and starts his campaign against Sho Sasaki of Japan before a potential second round match against the winner of Bao Chunlai and Sony Kuncoro, both players have been seeded in Super Series events in the past few years but such is the strength and depth of the draws in the Premier events, they meet in the first round this week. The 8th seed Boonsak Ponsana faces a tough test against Simon Santoso in his first round match and the winner will likely play Joachim Persson of Denmark for a place in the last 8. Continue reading »
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Day 1 in the German Open has seen the majority of the women’s singles seeds crash out at the first hurdle. Six of the eight seeds lost their opening round match to open the draw up for Juliane Schenk to claim a home victory in the event.
The men’s singles also lost some of it’s seeds on the opening day of action, the biggest casualty being the 5th seeded Hu Yun who was defeated by Stanislov Pukhov in two games. Carl Baxter, the 16th seed also fell in this quarter of the draw to Japanese qualifier Keigo Sonoda in a very one-sided game, with Sonoda winning 21-11, 21-9. The big names in the draw are all safely into round 2, Lin Dan and Chen Jin both progressed without the loss of a game whilst Boonsak Ponsana survived a three game scare against Mathieu Lo Ying Ping of France and there is still local interest with the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler, who defeated Vladimir Ivanov to progress into round 2.
The women’s singles draw has turned into a lottery in the bottom half of the draw, with all 4 seeds toppling in their opening round matches. 2nd seed Bae Youn Joo lost to Juan Gu of Singapore in three games, 3rd seeded Yip Pui Yin lost out to Germany’s own Olga Konon in two tight games, 6th seed Yao Jie lost to Bae Sueng Hee in a one-sided matchup and the 7th seeded Petya Nedelcheva lost to Japan’s Ai Goto in two games to open the bottom half of the draw to anyone. The top half also lost the 4th seeded Ella Diehl to Fu Mingtian in three games and also the 8th seeded Eriko Hirose to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in two games. Only Juliane Schenk and Liu Xin remain from the 8 seeds that begun the week and they are set to meet in the last 8 should both win their second round matches.
There were only two seeds crashing out of the men’s doubles today, however one impacted the local fans as the 6th seeded Kindervater and Schoettler lost to Kwon and Shin of Korea in a two game match. The 8th seeded English pair of Ellis and Adcock also crashed out to the Russia pair of Ivanov and Sozonov in three games. The top seeds progressed safely into the last 16, with Ko and Yoo and Lee and Jung both winning in two games.
The women’s doubles still has all 7 of the seeds that started the week safely into the last 16, with top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna progressing in two games with a win over Wengberg and Lennartsson. Unseeded Kim Ha Na and Kim Min Seo started their campaign with an excellent two game win over Bott and Schnaase.
The mixed doubles lost it’s top seed on the opening day as Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam were defeated in three games by Nikolaenko and Sorokina of Russia whilst the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba progressed into the second round for the first time in 2011 with a two game victory. The new Korean pair of Lee and Kim got off to the perfect start by defeating the 4th seeded Michels and Fuchs in a tight two game match to book their place in the last 16.
The 2011 championships have heralded few shocks to this date, with several of the top nations resting their top players until the knockout stages and rotating their squad players around to give them some valuable experience at this level.
Denmark comfortably won their group even without Peter Gade and Tine Baun stepping on court in their three wins, only Karina Jorgensen’s loss to Kristina Ludikova of the Czech Republic stopped the Dane’s winning all 15 of their matches in the group stage. The Czech secured second place in the group, winning the other two matches against Israel and Italy comfortably.
Germany won Group 2 without playing their two stars in Juliane Schenk and Marc Zwiebler in all the group matches but still progressed with a perfect record, wrapping up a 5-0 win over Latvia in under 100 minutes of play. Marc Zwiebler played Raul Must in the match over Estonia and came through in three games whilst Juliane Schenk had little trouble against Belgium’s Lianne Tan, winning the match up in two games. The gulf in class between the four nations was clear as every match in the group ended in a 5-0 or 4-1 victory.
England progressed as group winners but question marks loom over their women singles performances as they lost two of the three matches in the group stage. Those were the only two matches that England lost in their group and will have to addressed before the knockout stage. Ireland finished second in the group after defeating Austria 3-2 in their match in the early part of the group.
Russia qualified as group winners with ease, winning 14 of their 15 matches and dropping just a single game in their 14 victories. Russia have been experimenting with new partnerships in their doubles but the usual partnerships of Durkin/Nikolaenko and Vislova/Sorokina would be in place for quarter final match.
The Dutch made qualification for the last 8 as hard as possible in front of their home fans, after a 4-1 win over Iceland they almost failed to qualify and struggled to defeat Lithuania and Switzerland after trailing 2-1 in both matches. They will have to be at their very best tomorrow against Russia to progress any further with Switzerland being within one match of knocking them out at the group stages
France and Scotland went into the final match with equal records, winning 9 and losing 1 match. Both nations secured easy victories over Slovakia and Spain but faced their toughest match to date against one another. Scotland took a 2-1 lead after wins in the mixed doubles and with Susan Egelstaff’s win in the singles but the French rallied back to take the two doubles matchup and the match 3-2 to secure top spot in Group 6 and will play Germany in the last 8.
Bulgaria pulled out of the biggest shock of the event to date in topping group 7 ahead of the favourites in the group Ukraine. The two played in the final group match to determine top spot and it went down to the final rubber in the match with the score tied 2-2. the Bulgarian pairing of Nedelcheva and Popstoykova defeated Prus and Kobecva impressively in two games to set up a quarter final clash against England.
Poland progressed comfortably into the last 8 with three victories in their group featuring Belarus, Portugal and Croatia. They haven’t needed the services of top mens singles player Przemyslaw Wacha to date and have rarely been troubled in their group matches, their 3-2 win over Croatia was much more comfortable than first look suggests, they were 3-0 up in the match before losing the men’s doubles and retired their women’s doubles pairing. However, they will face their toughest test to date against the top seeded Danes in the last 8.
The recent decision from the Chinese to try out new partnerships has caused havoc throughout the three doubles events, leading to some of the top players in the world going into tournaments unseeded. Yu and Wang in the women’s doubles are used to being seeded in the top 3 of the event but fine themselves in the lottery of the unseeded players in who they match up with in the opening round.
The men’s singles does offer some sense of normality, with all of the 7 seeds progressing into the second round. Lin Dan safely disposed of Jan O Jorgensen in the opening round in two games, whilst 6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana narrowed scraped through against Chinese qualifier Wen Kai in three games. Lee Chong Wei and Chen Jin are still on route to meet in the last 8, with both coming through their first round matches in two games. Taufik Hidayat is also through to round 2 after an impressive win over Du Pengyu in his first match of the week.
The ladies singles was also a similar story, with all the seeds progressing except the 8th seed Ella Diehl who suffered her second opening round defeat in two weeks, this time losing out to Inthanon Ratchanok of Indonesia in three games. The fall of last year’s world champion Lu Lan has never been more evident than over the past two weeks, losing to Inthanon Ratchanok in China last week and this week a first round exit to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in two games, who will now take on top seed Wang Xin in the second round. Saina Nehwal returned to Super Series action with a comfortable two game win and will have a much harder test in Round 2 against Salakjit Ponsana.
Lee and Fang, seeded 4 crashed out to the 2005 world champions, Bach and Gunawan in their opening round matchup in two games but were not the only seed to crash out in the opening round. Another Chinese Taipei pair, Chen and Lin also lost in the first round. Chai and Guo of China defeating the 8th seeds in two games to book their place in the second round. There was little trouble for the top seeds in the men’s doubles, #1 seeds Koo and Tan progressed easily with a two game victory and the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan joined the top seeds in the second round with their own two game victory.
Only 6 seeds progressed in the women’s singles, with the 8th seeded Ha and Jung as well as 7th seeded Zhang and Zhang crashed out in the first round. The match of the day tomorrow will undoubtably be the second round match between Zhao and Cheng who take on the unseeded Chinese pair of Wang and Yu as this match could easily be a matchup in a final in 2011 should the two partnerships stick together into next year.
Half of the seeds in the mixed doubles lost in their opening round matchups, some due to new Chinese partnerships whilst others were disappointing performances from the higher ranked partnership. 4th seeded Robertson and Wallwork crashed out to Yoo and Kim of Korea in three games, 7th seeded Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon of Thailand lost out to the new Chinese pairing of Xu and Yu in a tight three game match. 3rd seeded Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol were defeated in impressive fashion by He and Ma of Chinese and the 2nd seeded Marissa and Gunawan lost to Malaysians Chan and Goh in three games. The top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba take on last weeks winning pair Jiaming and Tian in their second round match to test their title credentials tomorrow.
Many of the top ranked players that opted out of the Chinese Super Series have returned this week in Hong Kong. All except Peter Gade who has withdrawn again pre-event with a back problem that has forced him out of three of the last four Super Series.
Lee Chong Wei returns as the top seed in the men’s singles and takes on Christian Lind Thomsen in his opening round matchup. Taufik Hidayat is seeded 3 for the event but will be the main rival to the Malaysian, his campaign begins against last week’s semi finalist Du Pengyu. As if the strength of the men’s event needed more proof, Lin Dan’s opening round matchup will be one of the best matches of the week as he takes on Jan O Jorgensen, who was seeded 7th last week in China. Last week’s winner Chen Long is seeded 7th this week and takes on European Championship semi finalist and world #13, Marc Zwiebler.
Saina Newhal returns to Super Series action after her Commonwealth Games success in October and comes into the event as the 2nd seed to break up the Chinese monopoly of the top seeds in the women’s singles. There is no Wang Yihan this week, but the Chinese are well represented with top seed Wang Xin and last week’s finalists, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao. Ella Diehl will hope to put her first round defeat behind her this week, she is seeded 8th this week.
The men’s doubles has a full compliment of potential winners apart from Boe and Mogensen. However, the top seeds with Koo and Tan are still on a high from their Commonwealth Games success and take on a new Danish partnership of Rasmussen and Conrads-Petersen. Kido and Setiawan also start against a Danish pair, Kristiansen and Bonde. Last week’s winners, Lee and Jung take on the Chinese pair of Shen and Hong.
3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina were another pair who suffered an early loss last week in China, but are looking to put their surprise opening round defeat behind them and start against Thoungthongkam and Nurlita. Top seeds Chien and Cheng start with an opening round bye, before taking on the winner of Yung/Mei against Lee/Obanana. Last week’s winners Cheng and Zhao are the 2nd seeds and start with an opening round match against Chen and Yueng of Hong Kong.
Top seeds in the mixed doubles, Zieba and Mateusiak start against Fang and Wang of Chinese Taipei after their 2nd round loss last week to He and Ma of China. The Chinese pairing take on another seed early on in Hong Kong, taking on the 3rd seeded Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol of Thailand in the opening round. 2nd seeded Gunawan and Marissa take on the Malaysian pair of Chan and Goh in their opening round matchup.
The Chinese events are always predominantly made up of home players and most of the mainstays of the Super Series tour, but even so the Chinese success on Day 1 should not be underestimated. Only the retirement of Wang Xiaoli in her opening round Women’s Doubles with Yu Yang will be considered a disappointment on a day dominated by the home nation.
Wang Xin got the day off to the perfect start with a 2 game victory to progress into Round 2, the other seeds progressed without much resistance as Wang Shixian progressed from a potentially harder match against Yip Pui Yin. Wang Yihan and Jiang Yanjiao also reached the last 16 and by the end of play, China had no less than 9 players into the last 16 of the women’s singles. 2009 World Champion Lu Lan is one of the nine through after defeating the 8th seeded Ella Diehl in two games to further boosts China’s compliment in the second round.
The men’s singles can also boast a similar story, with 8 of the last 16 players being from the home nation. The noticeable names in the second round are all potential winners of this event, Bao Chunlai received a first round bye, current world champion Chen Jin progressed with ease and the highest seed in the draw Lin Dan defeated Zhou Wenlong in an all-Chinese first round encounter. 5th seeded Chen Long is also through to the last 16 as well as relative unknowns such as Sheng Zhang, Lu Yi and Bin Qiao but the 8th Chinese player left in the draw, Du Pengyu defeated the 4th seeded Boonsak Ponsana to reach the second round.
Robert Blair’s trek from Glasgow has been a successful one as he and partner Flandy Limpele reached the second round today but face the big Chinese threat in the draw in round 2, Cai and Fu. The 5th seeded Chinese pair had little trouble being the 2005 world champions Bach and Gunawan in their opening round match. 4th seeded Lee and Jung also made a successful start to their campaign with a two game victory whilst the top seeded Boe and Mogensen received the only opening round bye. Commonwealth Games champions and 2nd seeded Koo and Tan are also safely into the second round with a two game opening round victory.
Yu and Ying were the big winners in the women’s doubles as they toppled the 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina in their opening round encounter and boosts the number of Chinese pairs in the bottom half of the draw to 5 out of a possible 8. With the top two receiving byes, the Russian 3rd seeds were the highest seed playing today. Ma and Zhong have made a successful start to their campaign by take on the Macau pairing of Zhang and Zhang, seeded 7th in the event.
Ma Jin’s success also spread to the mixed doubles, as her and partner He Hanbin set up a second round match with the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba with both winning in two games in their opening round matches. Yu Yang didn’t let her women’s doubles disappointment stop her reaching the second round of the mixed, as she and partner Xu Chen take on Jiaming Tao and Tian Qing in the second round tomorrow to guarantee one Chinese pair into the last 8.
In spite of a strong presence in the semi finals Japan only succeeded in pulling through with two pairs into the finals, however both pairs are in the womens doubles so the title is assured for Japan. Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna easily defeated their Russian opponents Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova 21-11, 21-9 while their compatriots Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito benefited from a withdrawal during the third game against yet another Japanese pair, second seeds Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa.
The mixed doubles features our only all European final with England’s Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork through after a win against Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam in three games 21-16, 18-21, 21-16. The English pair now plays Denmark’s top pair Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl who knocked out Indonesia’s Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa in two straight 21-19, 21-11.
Both the mens doubles and singles feature Denmark vs Indonesia line ups. First off in the mens doubles Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will play Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. Both pairs had relatively straight forward wins, and both had Japanese opponents with the Danish pairing winning 21-11, 21-16 over Yoshiteru Hirobe and Kenta Kazuno, and the Indonesian pair defeated Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa. Boe and Mogensen defeated Kido and Setiawan in last year’s edition of the Denmark Open, and the hometown crowd is no doubt hoping for a repeat.
The other Denmark vs Indonesia line up features young rising star Jan Jorgensen against the tricky veteran Taufik Hidayat. Jorgensen easily disposed of Hu Yun 21-12, 21-17 while Hidayat struggled against China’s Du Pengyu and was pushed to three games 21-15, 17-21, 21-17. This is an important match for the Dane who has yet to win a Super Series title, and a win here would certainly give some added confidence after a tough last few months.
Finally the womens singles final will feature an all Chinese line up with top seeded Wang Yihan facing off against unseeded qualifier Liu Xin. Liu ended another surprise semi-finalist’s run when she defeated Salakajit Ponsana 21-19, 21-18 while Wang had a decidedly easier time against her Bulgarian opponent Petya Nedelcheva winning 21-8, 21-10.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2010 Draws and Results
While still not heavily favoured the Japanese contingent has proven formidable this week in Odense with five pairings left heading into the semi-finals stage. However, in spite of their strong numbers remaining in the doubles, their premier player, Kenichi Tago, fell to the second seed Taufik Hidayat in two close games 21-19, 21-19. Hidayat will now face the unseeded Du Pengyu of China who easily disposed of India’s Kashyap Parupalli.
With the withdrawal of Peter Gade from competition the top half of the draw is up for grabs and Jan Jorgensen has continued to show his ability to perform on home soil with a win over last year’s finalist Marc Zwiebler in two games 21-16, 21-19. Jorgensen will now play Hu Yun who defeated Poland’s Przemyslaw Wacha.
In the womens doubles Japan looks almost assured the title with 3 of the 4 remaining pairs. The only barrier to Japanese success remaining are Russians Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova who will be looking to upset top seeds Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna. The Russian pair had to go through Thailand’s Kunchala Voravichitchaikul and Duanganong Aroonkesorn while the Japanese disappointed the hometown crowd by defeating Lena Frier Kristiansen and Marie Ropke. The other half of the draw features Japanese shuttlers exclusively.
The top seeded men’s doubles pairing of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen succeeded in continuing their campaign with a victory over Mak Hee Chun and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia in two straight 21-16, 21-12. The Danish pair now face Japan’s Yoshiteru Hirobe and Kenta Kazuno.
The womens singles features a couple of Cinderella stories with Salakajit Ponsana’s previous win over Tine Baun, and now another win over Ai Goto to put her into the semi-finals against Liu Xin. Liu has been another surprise as she has upset Eriko Hirose and Ella Diehl en-route to her semi-final placement.
England has not a particularly strong showing in Odense this week, however Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork succeeded against the Polish opponents Nadiezda Zieba and Robert Mateusiak in three close games 21-14 17-21 22-20. The English pair will now face Saralee Thoungthongkam and Sudket Prapakamol.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2010 Draws and Results
Peter Gade’s withdrawal put added pressure onto Tine Baun for success in the singles disciplines this week in Odense. She went into her second round against Salakjit Ponsana as a massive favourite but her opponent pulled out a surprise two game victory to end Denmark’s hopes in the women’s singles.
There is however, interest in the last 8 of the men’s singles. Viktor Axelsen’s first foray into the Super Series ended at the second round at the hands of the 4th seeded Jan O Jorgensen in two games and Joachim Persson also lost in Round 2, losing to the 2nd seeded Taufik Hidayat in two games. Hidayat takes on Kenichi Tago in the quarter finals whilst Jan O Jorgensen takes on the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler in the last 8.
Even without a full compliment of players, China still has 3 entries in the last 8 of the women’s singles. Wang Yihan progressed safely in two games whilst Li Xuerui defeated the 6th seeded Juliane Schenk in two tight games to book her last 8 place against Wang Yihan. Qualifier Liu Xin defeated another Chinese qualifier, Zhu Lin in three games to book her place in the quarter final against 8th seeded Ella Diehl. Salakjit Ponsana takes on Ai Goto in the last 8, who also defeated a seed to reach this point, beating Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in two games.
Denmark’s interest in the men’s doubles is done to just 1, the top seeded Boe and Mogensen survived a day of Danish disappoint in the doubles with the most notable defeat being the loss of the 6th seeded Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen to German qualifiers, Fuchs and Roth in two games. Larsen and Skovgaard lost out to Mak and Tan of Malaysia, who now take on the top seeded Mogensen and Boe in the last 8. The 2nd seeded pair of Kido and Setiawan are also safely into the last 8 with a two game win over English qualifiers Adcock and Ellis.
One Danish pair remain the women’s doubles, as Ropke and Kristiansen defeated the 8th seeded German pair of Overzier and Marinello in three games to set up a last 8 match against the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan. The 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa won their all-Japanese matchup to book their place in the last 8 and 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh progressed safely into the quarter finals after surviving their first round scare.
All 8 of the seeded pairings in the mixed doubles have progressed to the quarter finals, with only the 2nd seeded Gunawan and Marissa and 5th seeded Fischer and Pedersen being taken to three games in their second round matches. Top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba take on the 6th seeded Robertson and Wallwork tomorrow whilst the 2nd seeded Indonesians Marissa and Gunawan take on the 7th seeded Fuchs and Overzier in tomorrow’s quarter finals.