For those eager to see who plays who during this week’s Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009, here are the draws:
Definitely some interesting match ups, ripe with potential upsets in my opinion. The most notable are:
-Simon Santoso vs Jan O Jorgensen
-Bao Chunlai vs Park Sung Hwan
-Dicky Palyama vs Rajiv Ouseph
-Sony Dwi Kuncoro vs Qualifier #3 (this will most likely be Gong Weijie, unless his default from last week is an issue)
-Eric Pang vs Boonsak Ponsana
-Taufik Hidayat vs Andrew Smith
Okay, so I know I just listed off pretty much half of the men’s singles draw, but that just goes to show how much depth the mens singles draw has. I honestly believe that these could all go either way. Obviously there are some strong favourites in there, like Taufik for example, but I really do think that Andrew Smith is just on the verge of breaking through to the next level.
Unfortunately, as per usual I don’t have much to say about the other events, but I promise you that I am working on finding some people to help me write about and comment on the other events, I swear! If you think that could be something you could help me with please check out our jobs page.
This has to be the upset of the day, Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen defeated Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han in straight games 21-13, 21-15. He didn’t just win, he won decisively, and in spite of Wong Choong Han slowly fading into the twilight of his career, this is a big win for Jorgensen. What makes this especially exciting for Jorgensen is that he now plays Joachim Persson, a player that many view as the next great Danish hope, but perhaps Jorgensen can lay claim to that title tomorrow? Elsewhere in the draw Germany’s Marc Zwiebler had a very big win as well over Boonsak Ponsana winning 22-20 in the third, and Ville Lang defeated Dicky Palyama in three games as well. These were certainly the surprises of the day.
Peter Gade has continued his strong super series performances with a clear win over Simon Santoso 21-14, 21-13, while my pick Taufik Hidayat struggled against Hsieh Yu Hsin, but managed to win in three.
Tomorrow should have some very intriguing matches, particularly amongst the the Chinese players who are all playing each other! Yes that’s right, Gong Weijie plays his juniors nemesis Chen Jin, while Lin Dan plays his juniors nemesis Bao Chunlai. These are some ridiculous matches to have in the second round, well at least the Lin Dan vs Bao Chunlai match is. I will go with the favourites in both of these matches, Lin Dan and Chen Jin will win. To top things off though, they are all in the same half, which means there will NOT be an all China final, I like that.
I’m nervous about my Taufik pick, but I’m thinking it’s just a bit of jitters, he’ll pull things back together and perhaps it’s even good for him to have an early round challenge to keep him sharp, just so long as his fitness can handle it.
The qualifying period of the All England Open is over, and boy are Gong Weijie’s legs tired! After making the finals in last week’s German Open, Gong Weijie had to go through qualifying at this week’s All Englands and he had back to back three gamers. He is however into the main draw, and he will be playing India’s Arvind Bhat.
Even this qualifying is a demonstration of the depth in the men’s singles, almost all of the matches went to three games. Now that the main round has started we should see some more exciting matches, very exciting! Here are the draws:
Yonex All England Open 2009 Draws
I know you’re going to find it hard to believe that I didn’t write that last post after already seeing the results, but I promise you it was my actual prediction. Bao Chunlai defeated the young up and comer Gong Weijie 21-18, 21-14 just as I predicted! I’m waiting for my call from Star Sports now, I’m ready to replace Gillian Clark anytime now.
In other news China won all the finals except the mens doubles which was won by a Korean pair. Looking forward to the All Englands next week, should be exciting!
German Open 2009 Draws
China has a heads up match in the finals of the mens singles tomorrow when Bao Chunlai plays Gong Weijie. Bao defeated the Dutchman Eric Pang 21-14, 19-21, 21-15 while his teammate Gong Weijie defeated his other teammate Chen Long 21-19, 21-19. If I’m not mistaken this is likely Gong Weijie’s best result of his career so far (with the exception of perhaps the finals of the world juniors).
Can’t say I’m surprised that this is the final, but I am impressed that Eric Pang brought Bao to three. This once against affirms my belief that the mens singles is getting much deeper and much closer between the top 50 or so players. Previously only another top 20 player or even top 10 player would have had a shot against another top 10 player, but now things are different. Even us Canadians have a shot at taking out one of the top ten players, doing it 5 or 6 matches in a row is another thing.
I’ll be very surprised if Gong takes the final tomorrow, I don’t think Bao fancies the idea of heading back to the B team anymore than Mr T would. My bets are on Bao Chunlai to take the final, perhaps it could be a three gamer, but unlikely. Prediction is 21-18, 21-14 for Bao.
German Open 2009 Draws
Not to boast or anything, but I knew that Gong Weijie was going to beat Chetan Anand. This kid is good, and were it not for Chen Long’s stellar performance against Wong Choong Han, I would say he’s a shoe in for the finals. I do however still think he will beat Chen Long, but like I said in my last post, I haven’t seen Chen Long play so I can’t really say for sure.
The only quarter-final that did not go to three games was Eric Pang’s match against Korea’s Hong Ji Hoon. Pang won 21-8, 21-14 and now faces Bao Chunlai in the semi-finals. Bao defeated England’s top ranked player in the world Andrew Smith in three games 21-11, 14-21, 21-7. Smith is a strong player, but he hasn’t quite cracked that next level where he’s beating top 10 players yet, but once he gets that first win it will certainly give him that confidence.
Bao Chunlai def Andrew Smith 21-11, 14-21, 21-7
Eric Pang def Hong Ji Hoon 21-8, 21-14
Chen Long def Wong Choong Han 9-21, 21-19, 21-16
Gong Weijie def Chetan Anand 19-21, 21-19, 21-12
The quarter finals lineup for the 2009 German Open is set. There are no surprises really in my mind, everyone who should still be in, is still in. Here is the line up:
Bao Chunlai vs Andrew Smith
Hong Ji Hoon vs Eric Pang
Chen Long vs Wong Choong Han
Gong Weijie vs Chetan Anand
I have never seen Hong Ji Hoon, or Chen Long play, so I can’t comment on them, but I’d actually be surprised if either of them won their matches. The one upset that I will predict here is that Gong Weijie will defeat Chetan Anand. Gong Weijie is a very good player, and only that Chen Jin is SOOO good, has he not had more opportunity to play in the big events. I’d be willing to say that he will start getting more chances now that Chen Hong is gone, and China needs to start preparing for Bao and Lin Dan to go eventually.
Anyway, here are the draws:
German Open 2009 Draws
After a great performance at the recent China Open Super Series, Lin Dan is still looking strong as he heads into the semi-finals against Taufik Hidayat. It has been a long time since these two have played against each other in a big tournament, and at this stage of the event. Unfortunately for Lee Chong Wei fans the world number 1 did not play this tournament, and I’m not sure why, perhaps an injury, or an injured ego after losing to Lin Dan a couple weeks ago.
Surprisingly Peter Gade lost early on to the young Chinese player Gong Weijie who was then crushed by Chen Jin. Chen Jin will be playing Boonsak Ponsana in his semi-final. Another disappointment for the Danes was the early loss of Joachim Persson to India’s Arvind Bhat.
(I know I may have posted this video before, but I wanted to have something featuring Taufik and Lin Dan)
If you were following my updates to last week’s New Zealand Open you’ll recall my complaint about the limited number of top players that could actually contend for the title, well this week in China we do not have that problem. With the exception of Joachim Persson and Park Sung Hwan I would say that every single one of the seeds at this event have the potential to win. Now, both of these guys have the potential to have a breakthrough, but a win at this level would be just that.
I’m excited to see a Peter Gade vs Lin Dan showdown in the finals, but they’ll both have to make it there and the competition is fierce. At these events you have few freebies, although Lin Dan was sending a message in his first match winning 21-2, 21-11. That should make it clear to all of the other contenders that Lin Dan is not as rusty as we might expect. Let’s see how he does against promising young upstart Gong Weijie (I played this guy when he was like 15 or 14 years old, he demolished me when I was 19 years old).
Lin Dan vs Taufik Hidayat at the 2007 French Open (just felt like posting a Lin Dan video)