Day 2 in Malaysia and the first major surprises in the tournament were in the mens singles, with the perennial top-10 ranked players losing out in their second round matches.
6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana was the first to suffer a surprise defeat to Alamyah Yunus in a three game encounter lasting 72 minutes and just over an hour later, current world champion and 4th seeded Chen Jin lost his own second round in a 73-minute matchup with world number 27, Simon Santoso who claimed his first victory over the 4th seed in his sixth match against the Chinese player.
The rest of the seeds remaining had little problem in reaching the last 8, with Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei on a crash course in Saturday’s semi final if the pair can defeated their opponents tomorrow. Lee Chong Wei takes on Tien Minh Nguyen with both players reaching the last 8 without the loss of a game to date whilst Lin Dan takes on his Chinese team mate Chen Long in his quarter final, with the questions finally being answered of how close Chen Long is to beating the Olympic champion after the withdrawal of Lin Dan in China last month allowed Chen Long a free pass into the last 4. There were also wins for Taufik Hidayat and Kenichi Tago today and their reward is a matchup against one another for a place in the last 4.
All 4 of the women’s singles quarter final have a Chinese interest, such is the strength and depth of the Chinese squad. Top seeded Wang Xin was pushed to three games of Mew Choo Wong in her second round match and will be tested again with the 5th seeded Juliane Schenk being her opponent in tomorrow’s match. 2nd seeded Wang Shixian and 3rd seeded Wang Yihan have had little problem in reaching the last 8, with neither player dropping a game on route to this stage whilst the 4th of the quarter finals is an all-Chinese matchup between Jiang Yanjiao and Liu Xin, both have survived a three game match to reach the last 8 but this will be their biggest test to date with Liu Xin being one of the breakthrough players of the last few months for China, reaching 23 in the world rankings.
The men’s doubles is losing it’s compliment of seeded players on a daily basis, today saw the end of the 4th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata’s title challenge as well as the 7th seeded Bach and Gunawan losing out to Rasmussen and Conrad-Petersen of Denmark. Ko and Yoo begun their campaign with a straight forward two game victory and will take on Chai and Guo in their last 8 match up, whilst the two Indonesian seeds are also safely into the last 8. Chandra and Gunawan are through to face the Danish pair of Rasmussen and Conrad-Petersen whilst the 6th seeded Ahsan and Septano are through to take on the Korean pair of Cho and Kwon in their quarter final match.
The women’s doubles is another event laden with Chinese interest, with all four quarter final matches having Chinese players in it. Du and Pan, seeded 5 will take on the top seeded Cheng and Chien in the first of the quarter finals, with both coming through three game matches in the second round to book their place in the last 8. 8th seeded Tian and Zhao take on the unseeded Singapore pair of Sari and Yao with both duos in fine form without the loss of a game to date. Ma and Cheng take on Ha and Kim of Korea, another match with both pairs coming into the match in excellent form. The most intriguing of the 4 matches is the match between Wang and Yu, seeded 6 against the 2nd second Nedelcheva and Russkikh with the most dominant performances this week coming from their two pairs who have progressed with the loss of 70 points in 8 games to this point.
With six of the eight seeds remaining, the possibility of a winner coming from one of those six is high especially with the remaining two unseeded duos playing each other in the quarter final. Thai pairing of Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon take on the Scottish/English partnership of Robert Blair and Gabby White after both came through their difficult second round matches without the loss of a game between the two matches. The highest remaining seeds are the Korean pair of Ko and Ha who take on the 7th seeded pairing of He and Ma, a rematch of their second round match in Hong Kong last month that the Koreans won convincingly in two games.
The first event of the 2011 SuperSeries has a field truly worthy of an elite event, with the Korean Open Premier Series event next week some of the top players are looking to play their way into some form ahead of the first Premier Series event whilst others are hoping to get their years off to the right start.
Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan both navigated their first round matches in two games to the delight of the fans and tournament organisers alike, with the two scheduled for a semi final encounter to renew their rivalry. Chen Jin had to battle against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in a three-game, 80 minute encounter which the 4th seed eventually won but there was a Chinese casualty on day one as the 7th seeded Bao Chunlai lost out to Kenichi Tago in a tight two game match.
The Chinese stranglehold on the women’s singles has never been so clear with 5 of the 8 seeds coming from China. All five progressed without trouble in two games, with Liu Xin making the tally of Chinese players 6 in the last 16 of the event. Juliane Schenk is the biggest challenge to the Chinese juggernaut, the 5th seed progressing in two games also. Liu Xin was responsible for the only loss of a seed in the opening round, defeating Bae Youn Joo in three games.
Koo and Tan’s 2011 has started in the worst possible way, a three game defeat to unseeded Hong and Shen of China. Chen and Lin of Chinese Taipei were the other seed to fall in the first round, losing to qualifiers Sapura and Triyachart which has opened up the top half of the mens doubles draw. There were routine wins for 5th seeded Chai and Guo, 4th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata as well the 3rd seeded Chandra and Gunawan to ensure plenty of seeds remained in the draw.
Just 5 months into their partnership and Wang and Yu have shot almost into the top 10 in the womens doubles ranking and their seeds in a SuperSeries event. They were at their dominant best in a two game win over Ng and Ng of Malaysia.2nd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh were equally as impressive in their opening round match and the two pairs would meet in the quarter final on Friday with another win apiece. Top seeded Chien and Cheng are also safely into the last 16 with a routine two game win over Matsuo and Naito of Japan.
Top seeded Thai pair of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam were defeated in their opening round match to the unseeded Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota in two tight games. Also losing out in the first round was the 8th seeded Ahmad and Natsir, who lost to Xu and Yu of China in a tame two game defeat. There was a win for newly nationalised Scottish player Robert Blair with partner Gabby White who now take on the Chinese pairing of Xu and Yu. The 2nd seeded Ko and Ha had little trouble in reaching the second round with a two game victory over Ong and Chong of Malaysia. He and Ma were also impressive in their two game opening round match, dropping just 13 points on route to the last 16.
Some of the top seeded players were give a real test in the early rounds, with most of the seeds defeating their opponents to bolster their credentials. Boonsak Ponsana was the biggest casualty in the men’s singles, losing to Park Sung Hwan in three games and the Korean set up a quarter final clash with Taufik Hidayat.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, Lee Chong Wei takes on the 2010 world champion Chen Jin in the first of tomorrow’s quarter finals with the winner taking on the winner of the second of the quarter final. 4th seeded Lin Dan takes on the 8th seed Tien Minh Nguyen in the second quarter final. Chen Long is the only other seed in the bottom half of the draw and takes on the Korean qualifier Lee Hyun Il.
The women’s singles has 6 of it’s 8 seeds remaining in the draw, with Inthanon Ratchanok continuing her excellent run of form to reach the last 8. Yip Pui Yin is the second unseeded player in the draw, defeating the 7th seed Bae Yong Joo in two games and her reward is a quarter final matchup against the 2nd seeded Saina Nehwal. The top 3 Chinese seeds are also safely into the quarter finals, with top seeded Wang Xin, 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao all progressing from the second round with two game victories.
The top seeded Koo and Tan crashed out to Indonesians Ahsan and Septano in three games to further open up the top half of the men’s doubles draw. Bach and Gunawan continue their excellent run and will meet another unseeded pair in the last 8 in the Chinese partnership of Chai and Guo. Cai and Fu will meet Lee and Jung for the second time in two weeks in the quarter final stage and the last of the quarter finals is an all-Indonesian affair between the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan and the 7th seeded Chandra and Gunawan.
Wang and Yu defeated the second seeded Chinese pair of Cheng and Zhao to book their place in the last 8, whilst the Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl further opened up the women’s doubles draw with their win over Jauhari and Polii, the 4th seeds from Indonesia. Top seeded Cheng and Chien and 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina put their early exits in China behind them to reach the last 8 this week.
Zieba and Mateusiak proved their credentials as top seeds with an excellent three game win over Tian and Jiaming and set up a quarter final clash against 6th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen of Denmark. Zhang and Zhao are one of only 4 seeds remaining in the draw and take on the Korean pair of Ko and Ha, who defeated another Chinese pair touted to do well this week in He and Ma.
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.
China had interest in nine of the ten matches on semi final day, and promptly won them all. There were no less than six All-Chinese semi finals to ensure Chinese participation on finals day, but the day was a victory for the underdogs and the future of Chinese Badminton.
Chen Long defeated current World Champion Chen Jin in an 84-minute classic to book his place in tomorrow’s final against the 8th seeded Bao Chunlai, who ended Du Pengyu’s run with a narrow two game victory that took just under an hour to conclude. Their last meeting was in the first Chinese Super Series in September, where Chen Long defeated Bao Chunlai to reach the final on the day, a repeat would secure Chen Long’s first Super Series title.
The top 2 seeds in the women’s singles both crashed out at the semi final stage, both upset by their lower seeded opponents as the 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao both secured their place in tomorrow’s final with tight two game victories. Jiang Yanjiao holds a 3-1 advantage over the World #5, with all four of their encounters being just two games.
The only non-Chinese interest comes from Lee and Jung, who won their all-Korean semi final against Ko and Yoo to book their place in the final where they will play the unseeded Chai and Zhang of China, who defeated the 3rd Korean pair left in the draw, 6th seeded Fang and Lee in a immensely tight match with the Chinese pair winning 26-24 in the third. Lee and Jung will hope for a repeat of their only other encounter in the Korean Super Series earlier this year where they defeated Chai and Zhang in two games at the semi final stage.
Ma and Zhong’s unlikely run has led them all the way to the final, defeating the 8th seeded Ha and Jung of Korea in three games to set up a match against the 2nd seeds also from China, Zhao and Cheng. The 2nd seeds defeated Pan and Tian, seeded 5 in one of the six all-Chinese matchups on semi finals day.
Tian however, was already into the mixed doubles final before her women’s doubles defeat. She defeated Ma Jin and partner He Hanbin earlier in the day with her partner Jiaming Tao to book their place in the final. Zhao Yunlei and Zhang Nan are their opponents in the final, with the 5th seeds defeating Chan and Goh of Malaysia in their semi final encounter. Their only meeting was in Japan in September, where the seeded Tao and Tian were defeated by the unseeded Zhao and Zhang.
The third day had the prospect of being a day of dominance, but the day was marred by the withdrawal of the 7th seed Jan O Jorgensen and of the 2nd seeded Lin Dan in the men’s singles. Lin Dan was the favourite for the title, especially after Peter Gade pulled out before the start of the event. Du Pengyu and Chen Long were the recipients of byes into the semi final stage and were joined later in the day by the 3rd seeded Chen Jin and 8th seeded Bao Chunlai to complete the monopoly of places in the last 4 of the singles.
The monopoly continued in the women’s singles, as the top 4 seeds progressed into the semi finals. Wang Xin and Wang Yihan’s victories over Chinese players in their quarter final matchup ensured at least two Chinese in the last 4, but Wang Shixian’s two game victory of Bae Youn Joo and Jiang Yanjiao defeating Inthanon Ratchanok, who defeated Lu Lan in the second round.
Only the unseeded Chai and Zhang fly the flag for the home nation, as Cai and Fu were defeated by Lee and Jung in a tight three game, 67-minute matchup. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen also crashed out to the 6th seeded Fang and Lee and the 2nd seeded Koo and Tan were also beating by their lower seeded opponents, 7th seeded Ko and Yoo.
Ma and Zhong’s new partnership has been a revelation in the women’s doubles, with their biggest win to date over the top seeded Chien and Cheng in two games to progressed into the last 4. They will take on the 8th seeded Ha and Jung of Korea, the only pair in the last 4 not from China. 2nd seeded Zhao and Cheng progressed safely with a comfortable two game victory and will take on the 5th seeded Pan and Tian who won their quarter final in a tight three game match against Misaki and Takahashi of Japan.
Ma Jin’s success with new partners has also seen her reach the last 4 of the mixed doubles with He Hanbin, they defeated the 8th seeded Ko and Ha in a tight three game, 68-minute encounter to set up a semi final with Jiaming and Tian, which guarantees China a place in Sunday’s final. Zhang and Zhao have the chance to make it an all-Chinese final when they take on unseeded Malaysian pair of Chan and Goh in their semi final clash tomorrow.
The opening day was a success for Chinese badminton but the second day would test some of the relative unknowns of the Chinese system against some of the regulars on the Super Series circuit. It was a task that they held their own against, with some victories of merit to bolster China’s chance to win all five events on their soil for the second time in 2010.
The Chinese seeds in the men’s singles progressed safely into the quarter finals, guaranteeing at least 4 players in the last 8. However that was only the beginning of the Chinese domination, Li Yu qualified after defeating Lee Hyun Il in his second round match and Du Pengyu beat Hu Yun to take China’s tally to six. Sheng Zhang made it 7 after defeating the 6th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in three games, meaning that Jan O Jorgensen was the sole non-Chinese player left in the men’s singles draw. Jorgensen’s matches have both went to three games, including a tight match in his opening round against Chinese qualifier Wen Kai which had he lost, could have meant all 8 players would have been Chinese in the singles.
There is a similar story in the women’s singles, with 6 of the 8 players remaining being Chinese. Bae Youn Joo is the sole non-Chinese seed left in the draw, with unseeded Thai player Inthanon Ratchanok defeating Lu Lan to book her place in the last 8. There were wins for Wang Xin, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao and they are joined in the last 8 by Hui Zhou who defeated the 6th seeded Juliane Schenk in three games. Qualifier Xia Jingyun is the 8th player in the quarter finals, defeating Beiwin Zhang of Singapore in three games.
All of the 7 seeds that started the week in the men’s doubles are safely through to the last 8, with Chai and Zhang of China taking the 8th spot in the quarter finals left open by Kido and Setiawan’s withdrawal. The match of the day in the men’s doubles will undoubtably be the match between Cai and Fu playing Lee and Jung of Korea. However the other 3 matches will also all be of high quality as this event boasts the highest amount of seeds remaining in the draw.
Ma and Zhong’s run in the women’s doubles continues with a win over the 7th seeded Zhang and Zhang in their second round match, they take on the top seeded Chien and Cheng in their quarter final match. Zhao and Cheng, the 2nd seeds are also safely into the quarter finals and take on a Chinese pair in their next match as Ting and Xiong defeated their Chinese opponents of Dong and Ou to reach the last 8.
Mateusiak and Zieba also lost today to a new Chinese pairing, with Ma and He beating the 2nd seeds in two games to set up a quarter final match against the 8th seeded Ko and Ha of Korea. Zhang and Zhao, the 5th seeds are the only Chinese seed left in the draw but there is three unseeded pairs remaining in the draw, including Zhang and Zhao’s opponents in the quarter final, Yu and Kai who defeated Chinese qualifiers Shen and Pan to reach the last 8.
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.
The second Super Series event of the year for China begins this week, with the home support wanting another clean sweep of the medals in Shanghai. Those chances have received a massive boost with Peter Gade’s withdrawal from the event, meaning that the recently crowned Asian Games gold medalist Lin Dan will be the top seed at this week’s event (Seeded 2nd). He took the singles title in the first Chinese Super Series in September and starts his campaign this week against a qualifier. He will not be the only chance of success in the singles, with Chen Jin, Bao Chunlai and Chen Long all receiving seedings this week.
The women’s singles is a similar story, Wang Xin took the title in September and is seeded 1 for the event this week. However, there are 3 contenders from China who take up the remaining top 4 seeds with Wang Shixian, Jiang Yanjiao and the winner of the last two Super Series, Wang Yihan. There is also the forgotten woman of Chinese badminton, the 2009 World Champion Lu Lan is also in the draw this week and starts her campaign against the 8th seeded Ella Diehl of Russia.
The big draw for the home fans in the men’s doubles will undoubtably be the current world champions Cai and Fu, seeded 5th this week. The top seeds are the winners of the Denmark and France Super Series titles, Boe and Mogensen from Denmark. There is also the return of Lee Yong Dae to the Super Series after an injury layoff. Him and his partner Jung Jae Sung are the 4th seeds this week. Robert Blair’s involvement this week is the biggest surprise, after playing in the Scottish Open semi final on Saturday afternoon, he is expected to play this week with Flandy Limpele in the men’s doubles.
The 8 seeds from the women’s doubles don’t tell the whole story of this draw, with potential winners throughout the draw such as the winners in September, Wang and Yu being unseeded this week. Yu Yang has won 4 Super Series titles this year alone with two different partners and will be a contender this week also, even with their world ranking of just 51. Ma Jin is also in the draw with her partner Zhong Qianxin, who are currently ranked 89th in the world but are a much better partnership than that ranking suggests. The top seeds however are the looking for Super Series title number 1 of the year, Cheng and Chien of Chinese Taipei won the US Open in the summer but have no titles in the Super Series as yet.
The mixed doubles is a similar story to the women’s doubles, with proven Chinese doubles players experimenting with new partners and coming into the draw unseeded. The winners of the first Chinese Super Series event in September, Tian and Tao enter this week as an unseeded pair and could face a fascinating second round matchup against Yu Yang and Xu Chen due to the withdrawal of the 6th seeded Pedersen and Fischer Nielsen of Denmark. The top seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl have also pulled out, meaning that the Mateusiak/Zieba partnership are the highest seeded pair in the event, although they will have the massive task of defeating Ma Jin and He Hanbin in round 2 if the two pairs progress from their opening round matches.
The opening round play in Beijing was without it’s top two seeds in the men’s singles, with Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat withdrawing pre-event. There was plenty of interest for the locals though as Lin Dan returned to the place of his 2008 Olympic triumph to attempt to win his first title of 2010.
His opening match was against the very player who defeated him in the world championship quarter finals, Park Sung Hwan. There was to be no repeat as the 4th seeded took the match in two games. World Champion Chen Jin also progressed in two games, as did Bao Chunlai, Chen Long and two Chinese qualifiers. Wen Kai defeated Dicky Palyama to make it into the second round and Qiao Bin defeated another Chinese qualifier in Lu Yi to make it into the last 16. The last non-Chinese seed in the draw is Jan O Jorgensen after defeating Wong Wing Ki in two games, the 6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana crashed out to Ju Yun of Hong Kong in a extremely tight three game encounter, with the Hong Kong player winning 27-25 in the third game.
The women’s singles has 7 of it’s 8 seeds remaining, with world champion Wang Lin having to retire from her match whilst leading 14-8 in the third game. 2009 World Champion Lu Lan proved that she still has the ability for the very top of the women’s game with a 21-8, 21-7 win over Xing Aiying. There were also wins for Tine Baun and Pi Hongyan as the final two Europeans left in the draw, a draw dominated by the Chinese as they have four seeds in the last 16, as well as Lu Lan and Li Xuerui.
All 8 seeds in the men’s doubles successfully navigated their opening round matches, with only Lee and Jung being taken to a 3rd game by Hong and Shen of China. Double world champions Cai and Fu are also into round two with a 2 game victory, with a potential all-Chinese quarter final with Guo and Xu expected.
The top seeds in last months world championships, Ma and Wang have been surprisingly split up for this weeks event, with Wang and new partner Yu Yang who defeated Ma and Wang at the World Championships being seeded 5 for the event whilst Ma plays with Zhong Qianxin and is unseeded. However, the two could play in Friday’s quarter final with another win for both pairs. There were some surprises as 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh lost out to Bao and Lu of China in three tight games and the 4th seeded Shinta and Yao also lost out to their unseeded opponents in three games, with Hsieh and Wang progressing into the last 16.
Ma Jin also has a new partner in the mixed doubles, playing with He Hanbin who she and Bo Zheng beat in the world championship final last month. Bo Zheng is not present at this weeks tournament, but there is a massive Chinese interest in the mixed doubles with Wang Xiaoli making her first appearance in a Super Series mixed doubles with an impressive three game win over Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul of Thailand and could face another match against Ma Jin at the quarter final stage. The top seeded Widianto and Natsir progressed to the last 16 with a routine two game win over Chen and Xie of China.