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Taufik Hopes To Take Home Glory

This week’s Super Series gives some of the top seeds from last week a chance to redeem themselves but also allows some unlikely winners an opportunity to continue their excellent vein of form. Peter Gade has returned to Denmark to prepare for the World Championships but there is still an excellent turnout of the world’s top players. Lee Chong Wei will hope for a better week than in Singapore as the top seed looks to regain the form that took him to All-England success in March. Peter Gade may not be in the draw, but Taufik Hidayat is a more than acceptable replacement for the Dane as the 2nd seed this week. Last weeks beaten finalist Boonsak Ponsana is also in the draw, seeded 4th and last weeks winner Sony Kuncoro is the 7th seed this week. There is also some young hopefuls in the draw, such as 5th seeded Jan O Jorgensen and 8th seeded Kenichi Tago.

Saina Nehwal has a fantastic chance to repeat the success from last week as she is the top seed and Pi Hongyan, seeded 2 has withdrawn pre-tournament. Zhou Mi has been unable to consistently win at the Super Series level but the 3rd seed is a handful for any player on her day. Eriko Hirose will want to put her first round defeat last week behind her, the Japanese #1 is seeded 4 for the event.

Koo and Tan are the top seeds in the men’s doubles and hope to go a lot further than their second round defeat last week. 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan will want to go one better than their loss in the final on Sunday in Singapore. Bach and Gunawan of the USA are the 5th seeds this week and will look to build on a solid performance last week in Singapore.

The top two seeds in the mixed doubles are set for a rematch this week as Widianto and Natsir are seeded 1 and Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are the 2nd seeds this week. Lee Hyo Jung continues with her new partner Kim Min Jung and they are seeded 5 for the event. The 6th seeded Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork will want to put their shock first round defeat from last week behind them with a solid performance this week.

Wednesday’s Order Of Play

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Wang Leads China to Uber Final

The women took centre stage on Thursday, with the two semi finals taking place on day 5 of the championships.

Korea vs. Japan

The key to Japan’s success was in their singles matches, which they have been exceptionally strong in this week with only Eriko Hirose’s defeat against Juliane Schenk in the group stage stopping a perfect record to date. Bae Sueng Hee had come through two long matches but fitness was never a factor as the Korean #1 give her nation an early lead with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Eriko Hirose. Lee and Kim doubled Korea’s lead with a 21-19, 21-10 win over Suetsuna and Maeda, making Japan had to win the next three to make the final. Ai Goto halved the deficit with a 21-10, 22-20 win over Bae Youn Joo but the second Korean doubles pair of Lee and Ha were too strong for Fujii and Kakiiwa, with the Korean’s winning 21-14, 21-18 and taking the match overall by 3 matches to 1.

China vs. Indonesia

Saina Nehwal proved yesterday that Wang Yihan could be beaten, at least in one game but the Chinese #1 proved why she is the best player in the world at the moment with a 21-7, 21-12 victory over Maria Febe Kusumatuti in the opening singles of their Uber Cup semi final. The unbeaten Ma and Wang doubled the Chinese lead with a 21-17, 21-13 over the also previously unbeaten duo of Polii and Maheswari to put China within one game of the Uber Cup Final. Wang Xin completed the task with a 21-17, 21-15 win over Adriyantii Firdasari in just over half an hour and completed the 3-0 rout to book China’s place in Saturday’s final.

Day 5 Results

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Lee Leads Malaysia Against Denmark

Europe had four opportunities to make it into the semi final stage today, but failed with every chance against a superior Asian opponent.

Thomas Cup:

China defeated Korea for the second time in two days, this time in the quarterfinals by a scoreline of 3-0. Lin Dan started with a two-game victory over Park Sung Hwan, Cai and Fu doubled the advantage before Chen Jin completed the win with a two-game defeat of Shon Wan Ho to see China progress into Friday’s semi final. Malaysia will play China in the first semi final after coming through against Denmark at the third time of asking, Lee Chong Wei defeated Peter Gade in the opening singles, then Koo and Tan defeated Mogensen and Boe to take a 2-0 lead in the rubber. Jorgensen took the second singles and Paaske and Rasmussen won the second doubles to level the rubber at 2-2 before Joachim Persson was crushed in a one-sided singles by Hashim Mohammed Hafiz 21-12, 21-10 and Malaysia took the rubber 3-2.

Germany took on Japan in the 3rd quarterfinal, with Zwiebler and Tago playing an 74-minute opening singles which Tago took after dropping the opening game, winning 15-21, 21-18, 21-18. Fuchs and Hopp then took the first of the doubles games in a similar fashion, after dropping the first game then winning the next two to take the win. Taking the 61-minute match 16-21, 21-19, 24-22 and also saving two match points in the third game. That would be the end of the German resistance, as Sho Sasaki defeated Dieter Domke in the second singles and Hayakawa and Kazuno won the second doubles, both in two games to clinch the rubber at 3-1. Japan will play Indonesia in the semi final after their 3-0 win over India in their quarterfinal. Taufik Hidayat made hard work of his singles match, being pushed into a 3-game 61 minute match by Kashyap Parupalli, Kido and Setiawan had little problem in their two-game victory to give Indonesia a 2-0 lead in the rubber and Simon Santoso completed the win with a 21-8, 21-10 victory over Arvind Bhatt.

Uber Cup:

Wang Yihan had to battle back from a game down in her match against Saina Nehwal before winning 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 to secure China’s first victory over India. Ma and Wang destroyed their Indian opponents in the doubles before Wang Xin completed the victory over India by 3 wins to 0. They will play an in-form Malaysian team who defeated the host nation Malaysia 3-0 in their quarterfinal match today. The Malaysians have only lost one game out of the 27 they have played over this week.

Japan’s women took on Denmark in the 3rd of the 4 matches today, they started well with Eriko Hirose’s win over Camilla Sorensen 21-17, 21-11 but the Danes levelled the rubber with a two game victory from Rytter Juhl and Pedersen. Ai Goto restored Japan’s lead with a two game victory over Karina Jorgensen before Fujii and Kakiiwa completed the victory over the Danes with a three-game win over Frier Kristiansen and Ropke, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-19.

The final match was between Korea and Russia, with the Koreans taking the opening two games in three tight games, Bae Seung Hee defeated Ella Diehl in 67 minutes and Lee and Kim beat Sorokina and Vislova in 58 minutes. The Russian’s faught back with Tatjana Bibik’s three-game, 56 minute win over Sung Ji Hyun and the new partnership of Polikarpova and Russkikh fell to the 2nd Korean doubles pairing over Ha and Jung and the Korean’s progressed to the last 4 with a 3-1 victory.

Europe had four opportunities to make it into the semi final stage today, but failed with every chance against a superior Asian opponent.

Thomas Cup:

China defeated Korea for the second time in two days, this time in the quarterfinals by a scoreline of 3-0. Lin Dan started with a two-game victory over Park Sung Hwan, Cai and Fu doubled the advantage before Chen Jin completed the win with a two-game defeat of Shon Wan Ho to see China progress into Friday’s semi final. Malaysia will play China in the first semi final after coming through against Denmark at the third time of asking, Lee Chong Wei defeated Peter Gade in the opening singles, then Koo and Tan defeated Mogensen and Boe to take a 2-0 lead in the rubber. Jorgensen took the second singles and Paaske and Rasmussen won the second doubles to level the rubber at 2-2 before Joachim Persson was crushed in a one-sided singles by Hashim Mohammed Hafiz 21-12, 21-10 and Malaysia took the rubber 3-2.

Germany took on Japan in the 3rd quarterfinal, with Zwiebler and Tago playing an 74-minute opening singles which Tago took after dropping the opening game, winning 15-21, 21-18, 21-18. Fuchs and Hopp then took the first of the doubles games in a similar fashion, after dropping the first game then winning the next two to take the win. Taking the 61-minute match 16-21, 21-19, 24-22 and also saving two match points in the third game. That would be the end of the German resistance, as Sho Sasaki defeated Dieter Domke in the second singles and Hayakawa and Kazuno won the second doubles, both in two games to clinch the rubber at 3-1. Japan will play Indonesia in the semi final after their 3-0 win over India in their quarterfinal. Taufik Hidayat made hard work of his singles match, being pushed into a 3-game 61 minute match by Kashyap Parupalli, Kido and Setiawan had little problem in their two-game victory to give Indonesia a 2-0 lead in the rubber and Simon Santoso completed the win with a 21-8, 21-10 victory over Arvind Bhatt.

Uber Cup:

Wang Yihan had to battle back from a game down in her match against Saina Nehwal before winning 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 to secure China’s first victory over India. Ma and Wang destroyed their Indian opponents in the doubles before Wang Xin completed the victory over India by 3 wins to 0. They will play an in-form Malaysian team who defeated the host nation Malaysia 3-0 in their quarterfinal match today. The Malaysians have only lost one game out of the 27 they have played over this week.

Japan’s women took on Denmark in the 3rd of the 4 matches today, they started well with Eriko Hirose’s win over Camilla Sorensen 21-17, 21-11 but the Danes levelled the rubber with a two game victory from Rytter Juhl and Pedersen. Ai Goto restored Japan’s lead with a two game victory over Karina Jorgensen before Fujii and Kakiiwa completed the victory over the Danes with a three-game win over Frier Kristiansen and Ropke, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-19.

The final match was between Korea and Russia, with the Koreans taking the opening two games in three tight games, Bae Seung Hee defeated Ella Diehl in 67 minutes and Lee and Kim beat Sorokina and Vislova in 58 minutes. The Russian’s faught back with Tatjana Bibik’s three-game, 56 minute win over Sung Ji Hyun and the new partnership of Polikarpova and Russkikh fell to the 2nd Korean doubles pairing over Ha and Jung and the Korean’s progressed to the last 4 with a 3-1 victory.

Day 4 Results

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Nigeria No Show on Day 1

Day One was meant to see the host nation in action as well as seven other matches, but Nigeria’s failure to turn up on time in Kuala Lumpur forced them into a forfeit of their opening game over the host nation Malaysia.

Thomas Cup:

Pre-Tournament favourites China defeated Peru in the opening match of Group A with a convincing 5-0 win, with Lin Dan impressing with a 21-4, 21-6 victory over Antonio De Vinatea in 20 minutes. Chen Jin and Chen Long also won their singles easily to give China a 3-0 lead in the match. Two simple wins for the doubles pairings completed the 5-0 win.

Denmark also completed an impressive 5-0 victory over Poland in the first of the all-European ties in Group C, with Peter Gade winning the opening match over Przemyslaw Wacha 21-9, 21-9 to lay down a marker for the match that the other Danes responded to. Boe and Mogensen defeated Cwalina and Logosz in the second match, followed by wins for Jorgensen, Paaske and Rasmussen and finally Joachim Persson to defeat the Poles by 5-0, all in two games.

Indonesia took on Australia in Group D, with Taufik Hidiyat leading the charge against Jeff Tho. 26 minutes was all Hidayat needed to give Indonesia a 1-0 lead, winning 21-12, 21-12. There was little resistance from the Australians in the other four matches, except for Smith and Warfe’s brave second game performance that they had 3 game points against Kido and Setiawan, only to lost out to the Indonesians 24-22.

Uber Cup:

China opened up their Uber Cup campaign with a 5-0 demolition of the USA in their opening group game. Wang Yihan started the rout with a stunning 21-2, 21-9 victory over Rena Wang in 21 minutes, before Ma and Wang won the opening doubles match 21-7, 21-12. China conceded just 37 points in the final three matches of the rubber, with Wang Xin, Wang Shixian and the pairing of Pan and Tian completing an impressive first victory for the Uber Cup favourites.

Indonesia’s men secured a 5-0 victory over Australia; the women matched the task with a 5-0 win over Australia’s women. All five matches won in two games, with little resistance from the Australians, only Australia’s doubles partnerships were able to secure double digit scores in both of their two games.

Japan against Germany had the makings of a tight match, the opening match seen Eriko Hirose take on Juliane Schenk. The Germans took an early 1-0 lead in the match with Schenk’s 21-15, 21-12 victory, the lead however was short lived as Fujii and Kakiiwa levelled the rubber at 1-1 with a two game victory. Ai Goto defeated Karin Schnaase to give the Japanese a 2-1 advantage. The first doubles match was the only 3-game match of the day as Suetsuna and Maeda took on Schenk and Overzier. The Japanese duo coming through in 3 games, 21-17, 18-21, 21-11 to give Japan an unassailable 3-1 lead. Yu Hirayama completed the comeback with a 21-16, 21-3 victory over Fabienne Deprez to give Japan a 4-1 victory.

Korea played South Africa in one of the evening games, with a 5-0 win expected by the majority. Sung Ji Hyun started with a 21-9, 21-9 victory and the Korean’s never looked back, taking the next 4 matches without the loss of a game. Only Stacey Doubell was able to take double digits in any of the ten games that the South Africans played, losing the second game in her match against Bae Youn Joo 21-10.

Thomas and Uber Cup Day 1 Results

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Asian Championships Draws

Asia’s top players are in Delhi this week to crown a new Asian champion and with most of the Chinese players opting out, the draws are wide open.

Mens Singles:

World number 1 Lee Chong Wei has opted out of the event as he did in Switzerland last month after his All-England success, leaving the top seeding to go to Indonesia’s Taufik Hidayat. The Indonesian plays a qualifier in his opening round match. The second seed is one of the few Chinese players in the draw, but he is one of the favourites for the title. Lin Dan will look to put a poor start to 2010 behind him and claim his first title of the year; he plays Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon in the opening round. The main challenger will be 6th seed Kenichi Tago, who will try to regain the form that took him to the All-England Final last month; he begins his campaign against Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia.

Women’s Singles

Top seed Saina Nehwal will represent India as she looks to take Asian gold in her home nation; she begins her campaign again Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand. Her main challenge will come from Mi Zhou of Hong Kong, the second seed starts her campaign with a match against Maria Kristin Yulianti of Indonesia. There are also 3 Japanese seeds that could potentially win the title, Eriko Hirose (seeded 3), Ai Goto (seeded 6) and Sayaka Sato (seeded 8th) who could all be a threat to Nehwal’s chances of Asian gold.

Men’s Doubles:

With no Cai and Fu or Lee and Jung this week, the top seeding goes to Chinese Taipei pairing of Chen and Lin. They start their campaign against Liu and Qiu of China. Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan are the second seeds and play against local pairing of Dewalkar and Vishnu in the first round; they are one of 3 Japanese seeds in the men’s doubles. There arelocal expectations in the 3rd seeded Kumar and Thomas of India who play a pair from Bangladesh in the opening round.

Women’s Doubles:

The Japanese have yet another 3 seeds in the women’s doubles, including the top two seeds for the event. Number 1 seeds Fujii and Kakiiwa begin their campaign against Eom and Jang of Korea, with the second seeded Maeda and Suetsuna playing a qualifier in round 1. Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei will hope to overcome their higher seeded opponents, with the 3rd seeds beginning their campaign against Choi and Park of Korea in their opening round match.

Asian Badminton Championships 2010 Draws

It seemed as though the story of the tournament was the progress of Danish youngster Jan O Jorgensen, but Germany’s Marc Zwiebler is the real dark horse to look out for. Unseeded in this event, and with not a single easy opponent for the entire tournament, he has shown that he is capable of competing with the world’s best. Today he had to play Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the tournament’s second seed and he was magnificent. With no expectations on him Zwiebler has continued to play better with each passing match. After more than an hour Zwiebler defeated Kuncoro in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-15.

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Unable to keep his standard from last night, Jan O Jorgensen lost to Simon Santoso from Indonesia in two straight games 21-13, 21-13. Disappointed by his loss, Jorgensen can’t be too disappointed with himself as this has shown the level at which he is capable of playing, but as he told the press he needs to be more consistent and prevent playing as poorly as he did today. Santoso will now face Marc Zwiebler in the only final not to feature a Danish player.

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Wang Yihan will be the only top seed left on the finals day tomorrow, and her opponent is the second seeded Tine Rasmussen. Wang had a close match with Japan’s Eriko Hirose in the semi-finals, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-11 in an hour and four minutes. In spite of her top billing the pressure is surely on Rasmussen tomorrow as she aims to impress her home crowd.

Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen had a scare in their semi-final match, down a match point in the third game the fought back to win the match when Mateusiak hit a smash in the net. The final score was 21-18, 19-21, 23-21 and took an hour and twelve minutes. In the final they will face off against England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg who played well to defeat China’s Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen 21-18, 21-17.

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Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen have reason to be proud today after defeating the top seeded pairing of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. Boe and Mogensen commented that they had to bring their game to a new level in order to win their match today, and it appears that they did just that. In the final they will face Malaysia’s top pairing of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong after they defeated China’s Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming in two straight games

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While Thomas Laybourn’s injury kept Kamill Rytter Juhl out of the mixed doubles, it hasn’t stopped her from showing she has strong prospects in the women’s doubles as well. With partner Lena Frier Kristiansen she has made it to the finals after defeating Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Nato in three very close games 19-21, 21-18, 21-19. They will have to face China’s sixth seeded Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen. The Chinese women have always been known to dominate in the women’s doubles events so in spite of their sixth seeding the Danes will have to play very well in order to win tomorrow.

Full results and draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws

Jan O JorgensenThe day shifted back and forth between events but started with women’s singles and Japan got themselves off to a good start sending both Ai Goto and Eriko Hirose through to the quarter-finals. Goto struggled slightly with her Ukrainian opponent Larisa Griga, but pulled out the win with a scoreline of 21-17, 22-20.

A notable upset early in the day came in the mixed doubles when the Polish pair of Meteusiak/Kostiuczyk defeated Indonesia’s fifth seeded Gunawan/Marissa. The Polish pair were in control the entire match and never seemed in danger winning 21-15, 21-13. Shortly afterwards Simon Santoso made sure that another fifth seeded Indonesian wouldn’t suffer the same fate when he knocked out India’s Aravind Bhat.

Another great performance from Marc Zwiebler sent yet another Malaysian player packing. Zwiebler looked to be down and out in the third game of his match against Hafiz Hashim, trailing 14-17 he rallied back to take the third game and the match 16-21, 21-17, 21-18. Zwiebler will now face China’s Chen Long who struggled against Japan’s Kenichi Tago, but pull through in three games as well.

One of the best matches of the day had to be Koo/Tan vs Dasuki/Sukmawan. The Malaysians Koo and Tan were the favourites, but they found themselves down a game and it really came to the wire in the end. After all was said and done they won the match 16-21, 21-19, 21-19 but not without putting on a great show for the crowd first. At one point Koo was on his back returning drives to his Indonesian opponents.

India had much to be proud of today as both their top singles players advanced. Chetan Anand had a close call against Sune Gavnholt winning 21-19, 15-21, 21-9 but Saina Nehwal had a somewhat easier match against Camilla Sorensen winning in two straight 21-15, 21-14. Unfortunately for Anand Pawar he had to retire 5-2 down in the first game against Peter Gade. It isn’t clear exactly what happened, but Pawar walked off court holding his lower back. Finally RMV Gurusaidutt upset Joachim Persson in three games 17-21, 21-12, 21-19.

While Joachim Persson was off form today, the young up and comer Jan O Jorgensen had better luck in his match against Eric Pang. After a shaky start the young Dane came back to win for the third time in three weeks against Pang 9-21, 21-13, 21-11. Tomorrow we can look forward to a battle between the old guard and the new guard as Jorgensen is set to play defending champion Peter Gade.

For full results and to view the draws visit the link below:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws

The Semi Finals storylines were of two unseeded Chinese players, Bao Chunlai and Wang Xin and their impressive runs to the last four stage of the competition. Bao Chunlai was against 8th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in the first of today’s semi finals.

The Vietnamese player had breezed into the Semi Final stage without the loss of a game en route and had been on court well under two hours to reach this stage. Bao Chunlai had defeated Peter Gade in the previous round to set up this encounter, spending over 2 and half hours on court to reach the semi final stage.

The first game did little to convince anyone that Bao Chunlai was feeling tired, never letting Nguyen take a led in the opening game that was won 21-15 by the unseeded Chinese player. The second game was a much tighter affair, the pair swapping the lead on various occasions. With the game poised at 12-12, Bao Chunlai 3 points and then four points without reply to take a 20-15 lead. With the second time of asking, Bao Chunlai took the game 21-16 and booked his place in the final.

Wang Xin was next on court, playing Wang Lin seeded 2. The pair had played just last week in China with Wang Lin winning in three games. This was Wang Xin’s 6th match of the week, having come through two rounds of qualifying to just make the main draw. Wang Xin stormed to a 4-0 led in the first game before Wang Lin rallied over the coming points to make the score 13-13.

Wang Xin then won the next six points, taking the first game at the second time of asking 21-15. Both players knew they needed a good start in the second game, Wang Xin stormed to a 5-1 lead, only for the second seed to reel off five points in a row to make it 7-7. However, Wang Xin never led her opponent into the lead in the second game, winning two points as soon as Wang Lin drew level once more. At 18-17, Wang Xin finished her opponent off with three points in a row to take the second game 21-17.

Both the other semi finals in the singles went to three sets. With Taufik Hidiyat beating fellow Indonesian Simon Santoso 13-21, 21-12, 21-18 in 62 minutes. Wang Yihan beat Japan’s Eriko Hirose 18-21, 21-12, 21-9 in 64 minutes.

Finals day with have some local interest, with Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna beating second seeded Ma and Kim over Korea to reach the ladies doubles final in the longest match of the day at 75 minutes.

Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan’s run ended today, beaten in three games by Dasuki and Sukmawan of Indonesia. They set up an all-Indonesian final with Kido and Setiawan in the men’s doubles. There is also some European interest in tomorrow’s finals. Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen are through to the final against unseeded Thai pairing Anugritaywon and Voravichitchaikul in tomorrow’s mixed doubles final.

Play resumes tomorrow at 12 noon.


Yonex Japan Open Super Series Draws

As we head into the semi-finals of the New Zealand Open Grand Prix, a few countries are well represented. In the men’s singles Hong Kong has two remaining players as Yan Kit Chan and Wing Ki Wong face off against Kazushi Yamada and Andre Tedjono respectively. The unseeded Wing Ki Wong did well to upset England’s number one ranked player Andrew Smith in a lopsided match winning 21-9, 21-16.

In the women’s singles it’s Japan going strong with 3 out of the 4 remaining competitors. Eriko Hirose upset the top seeded Yip Pui Yin 21-11, 21-15 to book her place in the semis against her teammate Sayaka Sato. Meanwhile on the bottom of the draw Indonesia’s Maria Febe Kusumastuti will be facing the second seeded Japanese shuttler Megumi Taruno in hopes of upsetting Japan’s domination in the event.

For more results view the draw:
New Zealand Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws

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