The Chinese domination in recent years of this event would make picking a winner a straight fight between Wang Xin, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao. If the World Championships have taught us anything in recent years, it’s to expect the unexpected.

There is European resistance this year, with Tine Baun and Juliane Schenk hoping to defeat the Chinese seeds in the top half whilst in the bottom half of the draw, Saina Nehwal carries the hope of an entire nation once more into a major competition.

The Favourites:

Wang Shixian

Seeded – 1

2010 Result – Semi Finals

2nd Round Opponent – Zechiri/Rochdy

Likely Threats – Jiang Yanjiao (SF)

Her rise from unknown to world #1 in just over 2 and a half years has been not short of breathtaking but coming into this championships, her form is far from exceptional with losses to Lu Lan, Cheng Shao Chieh and most notably Tine Baun in her three previous events, her All-England triumph on her previous visit to British soil is almost a distant memory.

In the frightening competitiveness of the Chinese players, some would go as far as to say she’s not the best player in China, let alone in the world. The 21-year old has poor records against her Chinese teammates and her likely semi final opponent, Jiang Yanjiao has won 4 of the 6 meetings to date.

Wang Yihan

Seeded – 2

2010 Result – Round 2

2nd Round Opponent – Gu/Posana

Likely Threats – Wang Xin (SF)

Wang Yihan was heralded as the future of the Chinese game just 2 years ago and whilst 2010 was a stumbling block in that claim, her 2011 campaign has reasserted her at the top of the women’s singles game.

She enters the tournament as Asian Games champion and the winner of the most recent Super Series Premier event in Indonesia. The 23-year old is the biggest threat to Wang Shixian, as both look to claim their first world title.

The Contenders

Wang Xin

Seeded – 3

2010 Result – Runner-Up

2nd Round Opponent – Gavnholt/Prokopenko

Likely Threats – Saina Nehwal (QF) Wang Yihan (SF)

Wang Xin comes into the event as the elder stateswoman of the Chinese squad at just 25 but is considered the third best singles player in her country. 9 months ago she was world #1 but the emergence of Wang Shixian and return to form of Wang Yihan makes Wang Xin’s chances reaching the final for the second year final remote.

Her route to the last 8 is favourable, before her likely matchup against Saina Nehwal who defeated her in the Sudirman Cup in May. The 21-15, 21-11 victory is a distinct warning to Wang Xin that she must be at her best to reach the later stages of this event.

Jiang Yanjiao

Seeded – 4

2010 Result – DNP

2nd Round Opponent – Fu/Griga

Likely Threats – Tine Baun (QF) Wang Shixian (SF)

Jiang Yanjiao has been the world scene since 2006 but this is her first world championship at the age of 24. She comes into the tournament at the expense of Lin Xiu and Li Xuerui, but her rise to this point has been staggering. She was outside the top 80 in October of last year, but is now the world #4.

Her Asian Games victory over Liu Xin was one of the main reasons she has reached this world championships, she is undoubtedly the outside bet from the four Chinese players but her 4-2 head to head against the top seeded Wang Shixian is the stand out statistic, she has earned her place at the world championships.

Tine Baun

Seeded – 5

2010 Result – Semi Final

2nd Round Opponent – Chan/Cicognini

Likely Threats – Jiang Yanjiao (QF) Wang Shixian (SF)

It is almost the yearly tradition that Tine Baun comes into this event with the hopes of Europe on her shoulders to steal the women’s singles title away from China. Not since Camilla Martin in 1999 has a non-Chinese player won the world title.

Baun’s form coming into the event couldn’t be poorer, a stunning loss in the US Open 2 weeks ago to world #43 Kaori Imabeppu has question marks over her chances of winning the title this year and breaking the Chinese stranglehold on this event.

Saina Nehwal

Seeded – 6

2010 – Quarter Final

2nd Round Opponent – Magee/Firdasari

Likely Threats – Wang Xin (QF) Wang Yihan (SF)

India holds it’s breath that the Commonwealth Games champion can claim the world title. Her opening few rounds are favourable before the inevitable match against Wang Xin in the last 8.

Nehwal’s preparations ahead of this event are almost exactly the same as the build up to her Commonwealth Games triumph, with 6 weeks out from competitive play, she chose not to play in the US or Canada feeling that her defeat in the final of the Indonesian Open had her playing to the top of her ability.

The Outsiders

Eriko Hirose

Seeded – 15

2010 Result – Quarter Final

1st Round Opponent – Yao/Marin

Likely Threats – Cheng Shao Chieh (Last 16) Wang Shixian (QF)

Hirose ended the chances of Wang Yihan in 2010 in the 3rd round last year and had a chance to potentially take out the top seed in 2011 also in the quarter final. Her recent form has been poor but her run like Kazushi Yamada’s in the men’s singles makes her a dangerous opponent this year.

Carolina Marin

Unseeded

2010 Result – DNP

1st Round Opponent – Yao Jie (Netherlands)

Likely Threats – Eriko Hirose (Last 32) Cheng Shao Chieh (Last 16)

The 18-year old Spaniard is one of the future stars of the European game, already winning her national championship and gets the opportunity that many hoped that Viktor Axelsen would get in the men’s singles, the chance to take on the current crop of stars and test her game at the very highest level. She will be one to watch this week and in the future, even if her run at the title ends in Round 1.

Pi Hongyan

Unseeded

2010 Result – Quarter Final

1st Round Opponent – Sarah Walker (England)

Likely Threats – Bae Youn Joo (Last 32)  Wang Yihan (QF)

Forgotten about? Probably. Taken seriously? Absolutely. Her steady decline from a top 10 player to world #23 means she is far from the force she was 12 months ago in her run to the last 8 but her start against the English wild card Sarah Walker will ease her into the event before taking on Bae Youn Joo, who have both won a match in their 2 encounters.

Round 1 takes place on Monday, August 8 with the seeded players playing their first matches in Round 2 on Tuesday, August 9.

Women’s Singles Draw:

Whilst Japan have interest in all five events, China’s involvement this week had ended at the quarter final stage.

Taufik Crashes Out

The big news for Europe is that there is another player capable of defeating the world’s elite in Marc Zwiebler. After his run to the semi final at the All-England, big things were expected and his two game victory over the top seeded Taufik Hidayat only confirms his credentials at the highest level. Tien Minh Nguyen is Zwiebler’s opponent in the semi final, after the 3rd seed defeated Bao Chunlai in two games to reach the last 4.

Lower Seeds Surprise

Few expected the defeat of both Lu Lan and Li Xuerui at the quarter final stage, but that is exactly what took place as both Japanese players reached the last 4. Lu Lan lost out to Tai Tzu Ying by the narrowest of margins, with the Chinese Taipei player winning the deciding game 22-20 to set up a semi final against Eriko Hirose. The Japanese 5th seeded defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in two tight games to reach the last 4. Sayaka Sato’s upset over Cheng Shao Chieh hung on a knife edge as both players had match points, before the 8th seeded Sato won the match on her 5th match point to progress 27-25 in the decider.

Japanese and Korean Interest In Doubles

With 2 pairs in the men’s and mixed doubles, as well as 1 in the women’s doubles for the Japanese, they narrowly have the most pairings remaining in the doubles disciplines. Korea are also well represented, mostly down to Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun who are in 3 of the 5 Korean matches in the doubles tomorrow. Lee and Ko take on their third Japanese pairing in the men’s doubles in the semi finals, with the 6th seeded Kawamae and Sato standing in their way to the final. The second Japanese pairing in the men’s doubles is the 2nd seeded Hashimoto and Hirata, who take on the American pair of Bach and Gunawan who received a walkover to the last 4.

Korea have interest in both the women’s doubles semi finals, with Ha and Kim taking on the Japanese 2nd seeds Maeda and Suetsuna whilst the 8th seeded Jung and Kim take on the top seeded Cheng and Chien of Chinese Taipei. Lee and Ha combine in the mixed doubles to take on another Japanese pairing, this time the 6th seeded Ikeda and Shiota. The other semi final sees the unseeded Japanese pair of Sato and Matsuo take on the 5th seeded pairing of Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei.

The big Japanese contingent that travelled to the US Open have impressed and have defeated several seeds on route to the quarter final stages whilst some of the biggest names in Japanese badminton struggled on day 3.

Top Seeds Safely Into Last 8

There was little trouble for the top seeds in their 3rd round matches, with top seeded Taufik Hidayat booking his quarter final place against Marc Zwiebler of Germany, seeded 6th this week. The other quarter final in the top half of the draw sees the 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen take on the 5th seeded Bao Chunlai, with all four players progressing without the loss of a game in their 3rd round matches. Boonsak Ponsana’s reward for defeating Takuma Ueda is another Japanese opponent in the 7th seeded Sho Sasaki.

Four Nations Remain

The women’s singles has a symmetry at the quarter final stage, with two competitors from four nations remaining. Two from China, Japan, Thailand and Chinese Taipei with one player from each nation in either half of the draw. Eriko Hirose and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk fight it out at the last 8 stage to see who is the last seed remaining in the top half of the draw, whilst all four seeds remain in the bottom half, with 2nd seeded Cheng Shao Chieh coming through in three games against Ayane Kurihana to set up her quarter final against Sayaka Sato of Japan.

Aussie Delight in Men’s Doubles

The big shock of the day was the defeat of Cheng and Fang in the men’s doubles to Australia pair of Smith and Warfe in just two games to book their place in the last 8. The remaining 7 seeds progressed into the last 8 and the pick of tomorrow’s match sees Lee and Ko take on the Japanese pair of Endo and Hayakawa, whilst the American pairing of Bach and Gunawan take on the German 3rd seeds in Kindervater and Schoettler.

Fujii and Kakiiwa Out

The biggest casualty in the women’s doubles was the loss of the 3rd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa to China’s pairing of Ying and Yu in two games, but there is still two Japanese pairs through to the last 8 with Suetsuna and Maeda progressing in two games as well as Matsuo and Naito having better luck against their Chinese opponents, defeating them in three games to reach the last 8 to take on the 5th seeded Ha and Kim of Korea.

Matuso and Sato Stun Robertson and Wallwork

Japan’s excellent day in the doubles was completed with Matsuo and Sato’s two game victory over the 4th seeded Robertson and Wallwork. Lee and Ha continued their run in the event with a two game victory and take on the Chinese pairing of Qiu and Yixin who defeated England’s Olver and Ellis to compound a poor day for the English.

Day 3 Results:

Tine Baun Helps Denmark Into Semis

It was well past midnight before the fourth nation was confirmed for the semi finals of the Sudirman Cup, as Indonesia and Japan’s quarter final went all the way to the 5th and final rubber.

Chandra and Ahsan took the opening doubles match for the Indonesians before the likely Japanese comeback took place in the singles event. Eriko Hirose leveled the quarter final at 1-1 with a three game victory before Kenichi Tago put Japan into a 2-1 lead with a comfortable two game victory over Simon Santoso in two games as Indonesia toiled without the threat of Taufik Hidayat in the men’s singles.

Japan went on the brink of victory, only for Indonesia to level the tie at 2-2 with a tight 2 game victory from Polii and Jauhari over Naito and Matsuo to send the match into a deciding rubber. The mixed doubles would determine who would progress and it was the Indonesian pair of Tang and Bernadeth that struck first against Ikeda and Shiota, winning the opening game 21-19. The Japanese faught back in the second, but the Indonesian’s had two chances to win the match in the second game, only to squander them and allow the match to be levelled at 1-1 as the Japanese pair took the second game 25-23. The Indonesian’s response in the 3rd game was nothing but positive, refusing to let the Japanese pair close the gap as the match time ticked well past the 60 minute mark before clinching the match 21-14 in the deciding game in a stunning 83-minute match to book Indonesia’s place in the last 4, with the entire tie taking more than four and a half hours to complete.

The other quarter final played today was a much more straightforward encounter, as Denmark took on Chinese Taipei for a chance to play Indonesia in the last 4. The Danes started the strongest, with a win from Pedersen and Fischer Neilsen in two games to set Denmark on their way. Peter Gade doubled the lead, after losing the opening game to Hsueh Hsuan Yi but eventually came through in three games in a match that took exactly one hour.

The world #1 pairing of Boe and Mogensen had the chance to secure a 3-0 victory for Denmark but they were defeated by the world #6 pairing of Fang and Lee in an exceptionally tight three game match, with the Chinese Taipei pair taking the match 22-20, 21-23, 21-18 in 70 minutes to send the tie to the fourth match. Tine Baun was given the chance to close out the match like Boe and Mogensen, but after losing the opening game to Tai Tzu Ying expectation of a deciding match begun to creep into the Danish squad. Tine Baun responded to level the match at one game all before completing Denmark’s progression into the semi finals with a 13-21, 21-16, 21-14 victory to book a semi final clash against Indonesia.

Friday’s results:

Chong Wei's Win Not Enough For Malaysia

12 have been cut to just 8 as the group stages have been completed in the top tier of this years Sudirman Cup.

Group A was home to the host nation China and they failed to disappoint, winning both games against Japan (5-0) and Germany (4-1)to secure top spot in the group. Japan’s 4-1 win over Germany secured second place in the group but both of Germany’s victories came by the way of Juliane Schenk in the women’s singles, defeating Eriko Hirose and Wang Shixian in her matches.

Group B was over for Russia on Monday night with defeats to Malaysia and Indonesia that set up a winner take all match on Wednesday night to see who would top the group. Malaysia took an early 2-1 lead with victories in the men’s doubles through Koo and Tan before going to the brink of victory with Lee Chong Wei’s win in the singles. However Indonesia faught back to take the womens and mixed doubles and snatch a 3-2 victory to top Group B.

Chinese Taipei topped Group C by the narrowest of margins, winning their matches against both India and Thailand 3-2. India finished second in the group even with Saina Nehwal’s defeat in the Thailand match, a match that India claimed victory by 3 matches to 2 to book their place in the last 8.

Group D seen Korea top the group with a comfortable 4-1 win over England before defeating Denmark in the final match of the group in the final rubber of the match as Ha and Kim beat Ropke and Kruse to give Korea a 3-2 victory and top spot, leaving Denmark to settle for second place in the group.

Tomorrow sees the opening two quarter final matches, with Korea taking on Malaysia and the mouthwatering prospect of Koo and Tan taking on Lee and Jung in the men’s doubles. Neither men’s singles player for Korea has won a match this week and that looks all the more like to remain the same with Lee Chong Wei in their path. Malaysia’s main concern is in the mixed doubles, where they have failed to record a victory in their group and the Korean’s claiming two victories in this event.

The other quarter final sees China take on India in what is expected to be a one-sided matchup. Saina Newhal could claim an unlikely point in the women’s singles but events like the women’s doubles and men’s singles are expected to be landslide victories for the Chinese.

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Bae Youn Joo Falls to Saina Nehwal

Korean shuttlers won 7 of the 9 semi-final matches they were featured in today with only Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen and India’s Saina Nehwal denying their respective opponents.  With Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen’s win over Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun they prevented Korea from having a finalist in all finals.  The defeated the Korean pair in three very close games 15-21, 21-17, 22-20 and now play Britain’s Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.  The British pair defeated Indonesia’s Tantowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir 21-12, 22-20.

Saina Nehwal fought long and hard to prevent an all Korean final by defeating Bae Youn Joo in a 58 minute match.  Nehwal won in three games 21-19, 13-21, 21-14 and will have yet another Korean opponent Sung Ji Hyun who had a more straight forward win over Juliane Schenk of Germany.

The remaining events will feature all Korean match ups, a testament to their dominance in Basel this week.  In the women’s doubles Ha Jung Eun would avenge her mixed doubles loss with her partner Kim Min Jung by defeating Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-13, 21-19.  Next they will face their compatriots Jung Kyung Eun and and Kim Ha Na.

Lee Yong Dae may have been disappointed with his mixed doubles loss, however his mens doubles match went much better.  Lee and his partner Jung Jae Sung easily defeated Indonesia’s Gunawan and Chandra in two games 21-12, 21-15.  Their opponents will be Yoo Yeon Seong and Ko Sung Hyun who’s semi-final win was much more hard fought.  The Korean pair won in three long games 15-21, 26-24, 21-17.

While it was a surprise on paper few would be surprised to hear Lee Hyun Il defeated second seeded Simon Santoso.  In spite of his lower ranking the Korean shuttler has been quickly rising up the ranks again and showed he still has what it takes to take out top players with his 17-21, 21-10, 21-10 win over Santoso.  Lee will play his compatriot Park Sung Hwan in the finals after Park defeated a tough Wong Choong Han 24-22, 21-13.

*Special thanks to Popeyee for allowing us to use their Flickr images*

Swiss Open Grand Prix Results

Park Sung Hwan Through To Semi-Finals

Friday’s matches started with the second seeded Simon Santoso sneaking past Sho Sasaki in two close games 21-17, 21-18. Santoso now faces Lee Hyun Il in the semi-finals after Lee knocked out Pablo Abian in his quarter-final match 21-14, 21-12. This fate would escape the top seed Jan Jorgensen who fell to Wong Choong Han. Jorgensen seemed to struggle with the speed of shuttles throughout the match and could not find his depth as many shuttles fell long. Wong won in two straight games 21-11, 21-15 to book his place in the semi-finals against Park Sung Hwan. Park narrowly defeated his opponent AJay Jayaram 21-19, 21-19.

The womens singles event was yet another example of Korea’s strong showing in Basel. Sung Ji Hyun has made her way into the semi-finals and will now face Germany’s Juliane Schenk who ironically enough took out one of Korea’s other hopefuls Kim Moon Hi in two games 21-14, 21-17. On the far side of the draw yet another Korean is through to the semi-finals, Bae Youn Joo. Bae will now face India’s superstar Saina Nehwal who knocked out Petya Nedelcheva 22-20, 21-17.

Korea was omnipresent once again in the womens doubles with two pairs remaining at the semi-finals stage. Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung are set to play Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen who took out the top seeds Cheng and Chien 21-17, 21-19. On the bottom of the draw yet another Korean pair is still in play with Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun set to play Indonesia’s second seeded pairing of Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii who easily defeated another Korean pair, Jang Ye Na and Kim Min Seo, 21-9, 21-7.

While Dutch pair Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder may have pulled off a big upset by defeating top seeds Boe and Mogensen their winning ways would not continue as they lost a tough three game match against Chandra and Gunawan 16-21, 21-15, 21-17. The Indonesian pair now have a tough task on hand as they face Korea’s Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae. The bottom of the draw has another Korean pair as Ko Sung Hyun and Yoo Yeon Seong will be set to play Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei.

Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun laid a thrashing on the top seeds Chen and Cheng in the mixed doubles winning in two decisive games 21-9, 21-5. The Korean power pair will play Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in their semi-finals match. Britain’s only remaining players Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork made their way through to the semi-finals after beating Malaysia’s Chan and Goh 21-7, 18-21, 21-16. Wallwork and Robertson will play Indonesia’s Natsir and Ahmad in hopes of booking a place in the finals.

*Special thanks to Popeyee for allowing us to use their Flickr images*

Swiss Open 2011 Results

Pablo Abian Surprises Hafiz Hashim

Saina Newhal had the opportunity to avenge her defeat to Eriko Hirose from the All England today in Basel and it was an opportunity she took advantage of as several big names crashed out in the last 16 in the Swiss Open.

Jan O Jorgensen was one of the top seeds to progress today as he defeated Kazushi Yamada in three games to book her place in tomrorow’s quarter final against Wong Choong Hann, the 12th seed from Malaysia who defeated Dicky Palyama to progress. Park Sung Hwan wasthe first of two Korean successes as Lee Hyun Il defeated his counterpart from Korea, the 5th seeded Shon Wan Ho in a three game victory today. Pablo Abian also defeated the 9th seeded Muhammad Hafiz Hashim to book his place in the quarter final against Lee Hyun Il. 2nd seeded Simon Santoso is also into the quarter finals, where he takes on Sho Sasaki of Japan after both recorded two game victories today.

Juliane Schenk is the sole seed and European left in the top half of the women’s singles draw, with Yao Jie crashing out to Kim Moon Hi of Korea in three games and now takes on Schenk in the last 8. The bottom half of the draw still has three seeds, with Bae Youn Joo defeating Japan’s Sayaka Sato to reach the last 8 whilst the other quarter final sees the 6th seeded Petya Nedelcheva take on Saina Nehwal. Nedelcheva defeated Germany’s Karin Schnaase in two games whilst Saina Nehwal gained revenge for her defeated in the quarter finals last week to win this week in three games and reach the last 8 to take on the Bulgarian 6th seed.

The big shock of the day came with the All England champions and top seeds Boe and Mogensen crashed out to the Dutch pair of Bosch and Ridder in a three game match, with the Dutch’s reward being a quarter final match against the 7th seeded Chandra and Gunawan of Indonesia. Lee and Jung safely progressed into the last 8 where they take on the 8th seeded Germans Kindervater and Schoettler who defeated Malaysia’s Chan and Lim to set up their match with the 3rd seeded Koreans. The 2nd seeded Ko and Yoo had to battle through a tight three game match with Sato and Kawamae to reach the last 8 and a match against the 5th seeded Indonesian pair of Septano and Ahsan who also defeated a Japanese pair in their last 16 match in Hirobe and Kazuno.

Cheng and Chien struggled into the last 8 with a win over Misaki and Takahashi in three games and will take on the lone European pair left in the draw, the 5th seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl who defeated Wang and Wang of the USA to reach the last 8. Jauhari and Polii were taken to the brink of elimination before defeating White and Wallwork 24-22 in the deciding game of their match to reach the last 8, where they will take on the unseeded Korean pair of Jang and Kim who defeated the 8th seeded Rie and Wakita in three games.

Lee and Ha’s new partnership has been undefeated to date, with the 8th seeds winning both matches to date comfortably but face their toughest test against the top seeds Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei who came through a three game match against Ikeda and Shiota to reach the last 8. Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen defeated the German Open champions Blair and White in two games to reach the quarter finals and they are joined in the last 8 by another Danish pair, Pieler Kolding and Houmann who take on the 5th seeded pair of Ahsan and Natsir in their quarter final. 2nd seeded Wallwork and Robertson are also safely into the last 8 after a two game victory over Triyachart and Yao of Singapore.

*Special thanks to Popeyee for allowing us to use their Flickr images*

Thursday’s Results:

Lee Chong Wei Defeats Lin Dan For AE Title

Lee Chong Wei gained his revenge on Lin Dan on what claimed would be his “second to last” visit to the All England’s before he plans to retire but the big winners on finals day were the Chinese as they claimed three titles.

Lee Chong Wei didn’t drop a game all week on his route to defending his All England title but was given his biggest test by his long-term rival in Lin Dan however the top seeded Malaysian came through in two games to win the men’s singles by the scoreline of 21-17, 21-17 in 52 minutes.

There was a trio of Chinese success, starting with Wang Shixian in the women’s singles as she took her first All England title, defeating Eriko Hirose of Japan in a tight two game match which the top seeded Chinese player won 24-22, 21-18 in 55 minutes to claim her second Super Series title of 2011 and her first Premier triumph. Wang and Yu were at their awesome best in a stunning display in the women’s doubles final against the world #9 pair of Fujii and Kakiiwa, the 3rd seeded took the opening game 21-2 in just 9 minutes and completed their demolition with a 21-9 scoreline in the second to claim their first All England as a partnership. Wang Xiaoli’s previous partner Ma Jin also claimed the mixed doubles title with new partner Xu Chen over the 3rd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in another one-sided final that the Chinese pair won 21-13, 21-9.

There was some European success as the Danish top seeds of Boe and Mogensen claimed the men’s doubles title, 12 months after having four match points in last year’s final to win it. They defeated Malaysia’s Koo and Tan in a three game match, coming back from a being a game down to win 15-21, 21-18, 21-18 in 62 minutes to claim their first All England title.

All England Final Results

Peter Gade Falls To Chen Long

The first of the top seeds were defeated on quarter finals day in Birmingham as well as one of the crowd favourites in Peter Gade also losing out in his quarter final against the 5th seeded Chen Long.

Gade’s defeat meant that there would be no rematch with Lee Chong Wei in the semi finals this year, with the top seeded Malaysian defeating Boonsak Ponsana in a convincing fashion to book his place in the last 4 against Chen Long. Lin Dan is through in the bottom half of the draw as he beat Tien Minh Nguyen in his quarter final in a one-sided two game victory. The Chinese 3rd seed takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the second semi final tomorrow, Zwiebler defeated Japan’s Kazushi Yamada in a tight three game match that lasted just over an hour to ensure at least one European player on semi finals day in the men’s singles.

China is guaranteed at a place in Sunday’s final of the women’s singles, with top seeded Wang Shixian defeating 7th seeded Juliane Schenk in a testing three game match after the top seed lost the opening game. Her opponent in tomorrow’s semi final will be the 3rd seeded Wang Xin who won the all-Chinese clash against the 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao in two games to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. The other semi final has European interest in it with Petya Nedelcheva defeating Gu Juan of Singapore to reach the last 4, where she will take on Eriko Hirose of Japan who defeated 5th seeded Saina Newhal in two games to reach the semi final stage, winning 21-11, 22-20.

Boe and Mogensen continued their excellent run with a good two game win over Malaysia’s Abdul Latif and Hoon to set up a semi final against the unseeded Chinese pair of Guo and Chai, who defeated the 8th seeded Ahsan and Septano to claim their second victory over a seeded pair this week, previously defeating Lee and Jung. The other semi final is a rematch of last years world championships, with 6th seeded Cai and Yun taking on the 5th seeded Koo and Tan in their 11th meeting since their meeting in this event four years previously with the Chinese pair winning the last 5 of their meetings.

Cheng and Chien crashed out of the women’s doubles to the unseeded Danish pair of Roepke and Damkjaer Kruse in a two game defeat, the reward for defeating the top seeds is a semi final match against the 3rd seeded Wang and Yu of China who have failed to drop a game this week but the Danes have already defeated two seeded pairs to reach this stage. The other semi final sees Fujii and Kakiiwa take on their team-mates in an all-Japanese match as they play Matsuo and Naito, who defeated the Chinese pair of Tian and Zhao in three games to book their place in the last 4.

The top seeds in the mixed doubles are also out as Zhao and Zhang were defeated by the Chinese team mates Xu and Ma in a three game match up which the unseeded Xu and Ma saved three match points in the second game. Their opponents in the semi final are the unseeded German pair of Fuchs and Michels who defeated the 4th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba in a tight three game match to book their place in the last 4. Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam progressed into the last 4 even after losing their opening game against Jiaming and Tian 21-4, they went on to win the next two games to complete their unlikely victory and book their place against Russkikh and Setiawan in the semi finals after they defeated Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in three games in their quarter final match.

All England Badminton 2011 Results

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