Day 1 began with Bao Chunlai’s win over Taufik Hidayat in Group A, the Chinese player starting his campaign with a two game victory over Hidayat 21-18, 26-24. Lee Chong Wei and Hsieh Yu Hsin ended play on Court 1, with the Malaysian comfortably winning 21-11, 21-12 to finish day 1 tied with Bao Chunlai at the top of group A.
Group B’s opening match was the All-Danish match between Peter Gade and Jan Jorgensen; the pair had met twice in recent months with both players taking one match of the two. Gade was in dominant form and took the match in 36 minutes 21-12, 21-15. Park Sung Hwan took the other match in the group 28-26, 21-18 to put Boonsak Ponsana within one match of elimination.
Day 2 will eliminate one of Jan Jorgensen or Boonsak Ponsana, as the two play each other in the third match on Court 1. Bao Chunlai and Lee Chong Wei can almost guarantee progression tomorrow with wins in their matches. Whilst Peter Gade and Park Sung Hwan are fighting for top spot in Group B tomorrow in the match which is 4th on Court 2.
Group A in the Men’s Doubles began with a surprise two game defeat by favourites Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong to Mohd Tazari Mohd Fairuzizuan and Abdul Latif Mohd Zakry 21-15, 21-17. The other match in the group saw lone Chinese pairing of Xu Chen and Guo Zhendong beating Indonesian’s Rian Sukmawan
and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki 26-24, 22-20 to edge them closer to the last 4.
Group B began with Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe winning their opening match against Chandra and Setiawan 21-16, 21-18. Group B favourites Lee and Jung started their campaign with a two game victory over Clark and Robertson of England, winning 21-18, 21-13.
In the Women’s Singles, there were wins for Wong Mew Choo and Porntip Buranaparsertsuk in Group A and for Jie Yao and Juliane Schenk in Group B to put them one step closer to the knockout stages. Saina Newhal must win her next 2 matches to have any chance of qualifying for the last 4, she starts play off on Court 1 on Thursday.
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
Unfortunately for Andrew Smith my prediction regarding his semi-final result was shattered by Chen Jin today. Chen crushed Smith 21-10, 21-5! Ouch, that hurts, especially since he has done well against the Chinese before. Maybe next time.
As for the rest of the semi-finals, well Lee Chong Wei beat Taufik Hidayat again, but this time it was much closer with Lee sneaking it out in 3 games, 21-23, 21-12, 21-19. Surprisingly Lee’s opponent will be the rising star of Denmark, Jan O Jorgensen who defeated Sairul Ayob Amar 21-18, 21-16. On the bottom we’ll have Chen Jin playing Lin Dan who beat Hsieh Yu Hsin 21-16, 21-14.
Lee Chong Wei is a pretty safe bet, but Chen Jin could beat Lin Dan. My money is still on a Lee vs Lin rematch of last week.
Wilson Swiss Open Super Series 2009 Draws
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.