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.
For the first time in over a decade Canada is hosting a grand prix event worthy of the world’s top players. Today we arrived in Richmond, Canada (a suburb of Vancouver) to begin coverage of this groundbreaking event. Bobby Milroy, president of ClearOne Sports was on hand to tell us a little bit about the event.
With several World and Olympic Champions on deck the event promises to be a fantastic one. The qualifying rounds begin Tuesday July 13, and main round matches begin on Wednesday. The draws are available online now at the link below:
2008 Champion Tien Minh Nguyen defended his title successfully with a three set victory over fourth seed Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia. The 55-minute encounter started with the Vietnamese top seed sail to a one game lead with a 21-7 win in the opener.
The Malaysian rallied to take the second game 21-19, setting up a tense third set. It was Nguyen who took the final game, with a 21-14 victory to retain his Vietnam GP title. In the other finals, Flandy Limpele and partner Cheng Wen Hsing took the mixed doubles title, defeating top seeded Malaysia couple Goh and Chan in two games.
Top seeded Agustine and Wahyuni take the women’s double title after defeating second seeded Thai pair Munkit and Amitrapai in two games. Fransisca Ratnasari, seeded fifth takes the Women’s singles title after winning Tai Tzu Ying in a three set, 62-minute encounter.
The last match was the men’s doubles, 7th seeded Hadiyanto and Riyadi defeated Malaysian pair Hoon and Ong in two tight games to win the title.
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009
Tien Minh Nguyen night match with Arnold Setiadi brought in the local crowds who were expectant of a supreme performance from their local hero. The top seed duely delivered with a 21-9, 21-12 victory in just twenty minutes. Fauzi Adnan of Indonesia waits in Round 2.
Of the sixteen seeds in the men’s singles, all but two progressed. Sixth seed Pei Wee Chung of Malaysia was defeated Hoang Hai Nguyen 21-11, 21-12 in just under half an hour. The Nguyen name owned the limelight of the TV Court. 14th seed Suppanyu Avihingsanon also crashed out in Round 1, to Yogendran Krishnan of Malaysia in two sets, 21-12 and 21-11.
Flandy Limpele opened proceedings on the TV Court with a comfortable 21-15, 21-14 victory in the Mixed Doubles. In total just four seeds crashed out on the opening round of competition, tomorrow brings the prospect of two matches in a day for the singles players.
Tien Minh Nguyen is the first singles match on court for Thursday, scheduled for a 10am local start. Another match potentially at 7pm would be his third in under 24 hours. Second seed Tedjono of Indonesia sailed through his opening match 21-11, 21-10 in exactly 20 minutes. He plays his second round match at 12.30pm and another match potentially at 7.30pm.
It is set to be the survival of the fittest this week in Vietnam, play resumes at 9am on Thursday local time.
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws