Finals Day promised to be a classic, with Peter Gade looking to end his 10-month Super Series drought and Wang Yihan looking to improve on an already remarkable 2009. The 3rd seeded was first on court in the Women’s Singles final against 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao in an all-Chinese final.
Both games began as tight affairs, but Wang Yihan proved to be too strong for his Chinese compatriot, wining 21-13, 21-15. Winning her 4th Super Series title of the year. For others, it was their first Super Series title. Unseeded Polish pair Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kosyiuczyk shocked the 3rd seeded Widianto and Natsir to take the mixed doubles title in two games, 22-20, 21-16.
3rd game on court was the Men’s Singles final, Peter Gade against Lee Chong Wei. Each player shared the opening two games; with both dominating in the game that each won 21-13. The third game started as a close encounter until Lee Chong Wei won 8 of 10 points in the middle of the third set and Peter Gade never recovered, with Lee Chong Wei taking the third game 21-16.
Ma and Wang took the Women’s Doubles title, defeating Du and Yu and another all Chinese final. The 4th seeds winning 16-21, 21-19, 21-12 against the 3rd seeded opponents. For another 3rd seeded pair, it was a more successful finals day as Lee and Jung took the Men’s Doubles final, defeating Paaske and Rasmussen 13-21, 21-15, 21-8.
Hong Kong Super Series 2009 Finals Results
Semi Final Day promised to be action packed and full of potential shocks. The first of the semi finals in the Women’s Singles brought the first shock of the day as 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao defeated top seed Wang Lin in the first of the all-Chinese semi finals in the event.
Peter Gade reached the final of the Men’s Singles after a two set victory over Kenichi Tago in their semi final encounter, Gade winning 21-12, 21-13. Lee Chong Wei also secured his place in the final with a two game victory over Bao Chunlai in the other semi final, the top seed winning 21-17, 21-12.
This will be the second time the two players have played in a Super Series final this year, with Peter Gade taking the title in Korea over Lee Chong Wei in a fantastic three game match in the early part of the year.
Wang Yihan started impressively against unseeded Wang Xin in the other all-Chinese semi final of the Women’s Singles, taking the opening game 21-8. Her opponent faught back to win the second game 21-13 to set up a final game, it was a game that Wang Yihan never trailed in and took 21-17 to book her place in Sunday’s final.
The order of play for tomorrow starts with the Women’s Singles final, followed on by the mixed doubles final with unseeded Polish pair Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk taking on Widianto and Natsir of Indonesian, seeded 3.
Then comes the Men’s Singles Final, a chance for Peter Gade to win his first Super Series title of the year. Another all-Chinese affair comes on after the Men’s Singles, with Du and Yu playing Ma and Wang in the Women’s Doubles final. The final game of the day is the Men’s Doubles final between Koreans Lee and Jung, seeded 3 against Paaske and Rasmussen of Denmark, seeded 7th.
Play begins on Sunday at 1pm local time.
Quarterfinal day in Hong Kong begun with the mixed doubles matches, with 5th seeded He and Yu crashing out to 3rd seeded Widianto and Natsir. Lee Chong Wei saved a match point in the 3rd game against Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, with the top seed winning 24-22 in the final game.
Lee Chong Wei plays Bao Chunlai after he defeated Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in two games, 21-15, 21-15. Top seeded Wang Lin defeated Bae Seung Hee 21-18, 21-5, Jiang Yanjiao defeated fellow Chinese player Wang Shixian 21-18, 21-13 to set up a semi final clash with Wang Lin.
Top seeded Kido and Setiawan crashed out to 6th seeded Chandra and Gunawan in just 21 minutes, 21-11, 21-18. They play Lee and Jung after they beat English pair Clark and Robertson in 58 minutes, winning 17-21, 21-16, 21-16. 7th seeded Paaske and Rasmussen are through to the semi finals after beating Hendra and Hendri 21-16, 21-17. They play Lee and Choong who defeated Koo and Tan 21-12, 21-17.
3rd seeded Peter Gade convincingly defeated Simon Santoso in two games, 21-12, 21-8 to set up a semi final clash with Kenichi Tago of Japan. Tago beat Chan Yan Kit in three games, winning the third game 21-12. Wang Yihan beat world champion Lu Lan in two games, 21-17, 21-15. Unseeded Wang Xin continues her outstanding form, defeating Pi Hongyan 21-13, 21-18 to set up a semi final clash with Wang Yihan.
In spite of a strong effort from the youngster, Jan O Jorgensen was unable to repeat his performance against Danish veteran Peter Gade today. After a close win in the first game it looked as though it might happen, but Gade was too strong in the end for Jorgensen taking the match 21-23, 21-16, 21-14. Jorgensen is definitely a threat to the top position in Denmark, but for the time being he’ll have to wait.
Elsewhere in the men’s singles there is another potential changing of the guard as Simon Santoso crushed his veteran teammate Taufik Hidayat in two very short games 21-13, 21-6. Next up Santoso will have to face Gade in his quarter-final match tomorrow. The other notable upset today came from yet another young Indonesian when qualifier Dionysius Rumbaka just pummeled Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Yu Hsin 21-13, 21-9. Tomorrow he can look forward to playing China’s last remaining men’s singles player Bao Chunlai.
In spite of a close match for Wang Lin in the second round, the Chinese women are fairing much better than the Chinese men in Hong Kong. The top seed had to work for her quarter-final place against Zhang Beiwen from Singapore, winning 20-22, 21-16, 21-14. Wang is among five Chinese women remaining at the quarter-finals stage. The Chinese dominance was unfortunate for Europe as Pi Hongyan remains as the last standing representative after both Yao Jie and Tine Rasmussen were knocked out.
Tomorrow promises some excellent matches in Hong Kong so be sure to check back for more results from the Hong Kong Super Series 2009
The 11th Super Series event of the year goes back to Asia after a brief visit to Europe earlier in the month. Lin Dan returned to the French Super Series at his frightening best but has pulled out before the Men’s Singles. He was seeded 2 for the event.
Lee Chong Wei is top seed for the event. Peter Gade, Chen Jin and Taufik Hidayat make up the top 5 seeds. The Women’s Singles has four Chinese seeds, Wang Lin (Seeded 1), Wang Yihan (3), Jiang Yanjiao (6) and world champion Lu Lan (7). Tine Rasmussen (4) and Pi Hongyan (6) are the lone European seeds in the Women’s Singles.
Lee and Lee are top seeds in the Mixed Doubles, with Ma and Zheng seeded 2 for the event. World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are 4th seeds for the event.
The Men’s Singles event has been slightly devalued with Lin Dan’s withdrawal, however the potential rematch between Gade and Jorgensen could happen in the second round again after the draw could have met in the French Super Series also, Jorgensen plays Andrew Smith of England whilst Peter Gade will meet a qualifier in Round 1.
Chen Long and Park Sung Hwan is another fantastic opening round match to look out for. Qualification has begun, with the qualifiers to be completed the opening round of all three doubles events taking place on Tuesday, with play beginning at 8.30 local time.