The dream of going one better for Adcock and Bankier inside Wembley Arena lasted a mere two days. For some players, it was the start of their campaign but for others the dream has already ended in London..
Session 1 – Adcock & Bankier Out
The home crowd hoped for a reversal from yesterday’s match, but instead it was the same story as their group opener. Adcock and Bankier claimed the opening game against Fuchs and Michels before losing in three games to render their final group match against Zhang and Zhao meaningless. For Li and Bruce, it was another brutal defeat in the women’s doubles – this time it was the Korean pair of Kim and Jung the inflicted their second defeat in Group A and ensured their elimination.
Sho Sasaki and Lee Hyun Il began their campaigns with identical victories – 21-12, 21-7 to book their places in the last 16. Ahmad and Natsir booked their place in the mixed doubles quarterfinals with a two game victory over Lee and Ha of Korea, who will need to win their next two matches to have any chance of progressing.
Session 2 – Jongjit & Issara Impressive
The Thai pairing of Jongjit and Issara came into the Olympics as the world number 19 pairing but have progressed in the last 8 of the men’s doubles with a victory over Ko and Yoo, their third victory against the Korean pair. Another pair safely into the last 8 is the Malaysian pair of Koo and Tan – whose victory over Bach and Gunawan eliminated the American pair.
Zhang and Zhao booked their place in the last 8 in the mixed doubles with a two game victory over Nikolaenko and Sorokina, whilst Laybourn and Rytter Juhl opened up their campaign in Group C of the mixed doubles with a victory over V and Gutta of India to end any chances of them qualifying for the last 8.
Saina Nehwal began her campaign in impressive fashion, defeating Sabrina Jaquet 21-9, 21-4 to join Lianne Tan at the top of Group E. Sayako Sato set up her winner-take-all match with Susan Egelstaff after the 12th seed defeated Maya Tvrdy in two tight games to join the Brit at the top of Group H
Session 3 – Boe & Mogensen Survive Scare
Wang and Yu made it two impressive victories in a row with their win over Vislova and Sorokina to top Group A. There were three more Chinese victories as Xu and Ma started their mixed doubles campaign with a win over Chan and Goh of Malaysia whilst her Spanish opponent Carolina Marin tested Li Xuerui before the 3rd seed eventually won in two games. Cai and Fu completed the Chinese success story with a two game victory over Kindervater and Scholettler but needed to save three game points in the first game.
Cai and Fu’s main rivals in the men’s doubles, Lee and Chung came through in two games against Sato and Kawamae of Japan. The lasting image of the match with being Naoki Kawamae’s smash in the first game that broke his racket with the force of the shot. Boe and Mogensen survived a real scare against the world number 18 pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov as they dropped the first game and were two points away from defeat. However, the Danes fought back to take the second game and were never in any danger in the third game and secured qualification into the last 8.
Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl resurrected their chances of reaching the last 8 of the women’s doubles with a three game battle over Poon and Tse of Hong Kong to set up a Tuesday morning clash with the world number 2 pairing of Tian and Zhao. Rajiv Ouseph was GB’s sole victory on the day he defeated Henri Hurkainen in three games in one of the last matches of the session. Ouseph takes on Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon for the top spot in Group M on Tuesday afternoon.
Two of the Dutch seeds in the doubles both crashed out earlier today as there were shocks throughout the draw in Karlskona.
Two Swedes Into Last 8
Henri Hurskainen and Mattias Wigardt are both into the last 8 to the delight of the home crowd but face their toughest tests of the week as they take on the top 2 seeds in the draw next. Hurskainen defeated Lukas Schmidt and Ivan Sozonov, who defeated their 5th seeded Pablo Abian in his second round clash but the Swede defeated the Russian in two games to set up his quarter final against Peter Gade. The top seed defeated Ville Lang in his second round clash and defeated the Ukrainian Valeriy Atrashchenkov in two games to reach the last 8.
Mattias Wigardt takes on Jan O Jorgensen after wins over Stilian Makarski and Vladimir Ivanov to reach the last 8. Jorgensen defeated Kari Gunnarsson and Eetu Heino in straight games to safely progress into the quarter finals. The other two quarter finals sees the 7th seeded Viktor Axelsen take on Dieter Domke, who ended the run of the 3rd seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus on route to the last 8. The only quarter final with two seeds involved is between the 4th seeded Marc Zwiebler and 6th seeded Rajiv Ouseph, with both players not losing a game on route to the last 8.
Two Seeds Gone In Women’s Singles
Pi Hongyan was the biggest casualty in the women’s singles, losing her opening match to Germany’s Karin Schnaase before losing out in the next round to Kristina Gavnholt. The unseeded Czech takes on the 7th seeded Linda Zechiri who progressed without the loss of a game. Tine Baun set up her quarter final against Carolina Marin with two solid performances against two past Scottish Open winners in Judith Meulendijks
and Elizabeth, whilst the 6th seeded Marin defeated Tatjana Bibik and Neslihan Yigit to reach the last 8 in impressive fashion.
Jie Yao has been clinical in reaching the last 8, defeating Ellinor Widh and Kirsty Gilmour with the loss of just 40 points to date. Her opponent in the quarter final, Petya Nedelcheva as dropped just 35 points as the 3rd seeded Bulgarian reached the last 8 with little resistance. The last quarter final sees Juliane Schenk take on Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet, who defeated the 8th seeded Agnese Allegrini in two games to set up her quarter final against Schenk.
Double Disappointment For The Dutch
8th seeded Bosch and Ridder crashed out to the French pairing of Quere and Ronan in the third round, with the French pair being rewarded with a quarter final against Bonde and Kristiansen of Denmark who defeated their team mates and 2nd seeds, Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen to reach the last 8. Boe and Mogensen are safely into the last 8, where they take on the Russian pair of Ivanov and Sozonov in their quarter final matchup.
Piek and Tabelling are one success story for the Dutch, reaching the last 8 after a third round win over Cooper and Gilmour of Scotland to set up a quarter final against the top seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl. However, there was disappointment for the 5th seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans as they lost out to Augustyn and Wojtkowska of Poland in two games, with the Polish pair taking on Damkjaer Cruse and Roepke in the their quarter final.
The mixed doubles got underway today, with all 8 seeds progressing into the quarter finals. The top seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen take on the 7th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba after two straight forward victories. The 2nd seeded Danes Laybourn and Rytter Juhl take on Fuchs and Michels of Germany in their quarter final, with both pairs progressing without the loss of a game. The third Danish pair, 8th seeds Pieler Colding and Houmann take on the 3rd seeded Russian pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina, with the 3rd seeds needing just a single victory to progress into the last 8 after the withdrawal of Careme and Fontaine.
The last of the quarter finals is an all-British clash between the 4th seeded Adcock and Bankier against the 6th seeded Robertson and Wallwork. Whilst no ranking points are on offer this week, it is still a massive match with the Olympics just 100 days away. They are separated by just 10 spots in the world rankings and both pairs have taken a match in their two encounters previously this year.
Play began on Monday evening in the Telenor Arena in Karlskrona with a single match with resulted in a win for Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg. The first full day of action seen just a sole seed crash out of the five events.
Dane Loom Large
The full compliment for the second round was completed today after Sahlberg’s win on Monday evening with four Danes in the draw. The top four seeds begin their campaigns tomorrow, with Peter Gade taking on Ville Lang whilst Jan O Jorgensen takes on Iceland’s Kari Gunnarsson. Hans Kristian Vittinghus is the 3rd seed this week and takes on Dieter Domke of Germany whilst Domke’s teammate, Marc Zwiebler takes on Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic after both Domke and Koukal defeated Scottish opponents in their opening round.
Viktor Axelsen completes the four, with the 7th seeded taking on Eric Pang who defeated France’s Brice Leverdez in one of the tightest games of the day, with the Dutchman taking the deciding game 23-21 after saving two match points.
The men’s doubles is a similar story with three Danish pairs into the last 16. Boe and Mogensen were relentless in their 21-5, 21-4 victory over Charalambidis and Orlis of Greece and take on the Polish pair of Moren and Szkudlarczyk in the 3rd round. The other two Danish pairs play against one another as Bonde and Kristiansen take on the 2nd seeded Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen with a likely match against the 8th seeded Bosch and Ridder awaiting in the quarter finals.
Last week’s Dutch Open runners up De Ruiter and Khodabux take on the 5th seeded Ivanov and Sozonov of Russia in one of the matches of the day whilst another Dutch pairing in the last 16, Arends and Jelle taking on Fuchs and Roth of Germany, seeded 7 this week.
White and Wallwork Out
The only seed to crash out to date is the 8th seeded Wallwork and White in the women’s doubles, defeated by Piek and Tabelling who came within 2 points of winning the Dutch Open last week. The Dutch pair take on the Scottish pair of Cooper and Gilmour in the second round after coming through against their Estonian opponents Margus and Talviste 21-10, 21-8. The top seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl progressed safely into round 2, as well as the second seeded Russian pair of Vislova and Sorokina who set up a second round clash with the Swedish pair of Ekberg and Hogstrom.
The eight seeds in the women’s singles start their campaign tomorrow, with Tine Baun starting with a potentially tricky encounter with Judith Meulendijks whilst the second seed Juliane Schenk also has a tough opener against Denmark’s Line Kjaersfeldt. Karin Schnaase takes on the 4th seeded Pi Hongyan in another exciting second round encounter, whilst the 3rd seeded Petya Nedelcheva faces a tough last 16 clash against Karina Jorgensen or Anastacia Prokopenko should she defeated Slovenia’s Spela Silvester in her opening match of the week.
The first two seeds claimed all five titles in Vantaa as several players looked to book their places at the 2012 Olympics.
Double Delight For GB
Rajiv Ouseph’s spot in London is all but secure after claiming the men’s singles title after a tight three game match with Henri Hurskainen, with no real challenge coming from the local hope Ville Lang who crashed out in the quarter finals in a tame performance against Rasmus Fladberg.
Adcock and Bankier have taken a massive step towards London, especially due to the pre-tournament withdrawal of their biggest rivals Robertson and Wallwork. They dropped a single game on route to the title, after being taken to three games in the final against Skaarup Rasmussen and Thygesen but claimed the title 22-24, 21-12, 21-13.
Second Seeds Strike
Michelle Li was on course for two titles, but fell at the final hurdle in the women’s singles against Jie Yao. The 2nd seed defeated the 3rd seeded Li in two games 22-20, 21-19 but the Canadian teamed up with Alex Bruce to defeat the Malaysian pair of Chow and Lee to claim one title this week.
The Russian pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov claimed the doubles titles, defeated fellow Russians Nikolaenko and Ukk in a one-sided final that seen the 2nd seeds lose just a single game the entire week to Ellis and Adcock in the semi final stage.
There was disappointment for the Dutch as they failed to convert two chances for a title but there was plenty of celebration for the English as they took both their chances to claim two of the three doubles titles.
Pi and Chan Take Singles
Yan Kit Chan took just 31 minutes to end the resistance of Eric Pang in the men’s singles final, taking the title in two games 21-17, 21-19. Pi Hongyan was just as efficient in her victory over Kristina Gavnholt, taking just 35 minutes to claim her 21-13, 21-17 victory and the women’s singles title without the loss of a game this week.
English Take Two
Ivanov and Sozonov took the men’s doubles title in their 27 minute demolition over De Ruiter and Khodabux, winning 21-16, 21-9 to claim their first title of 2012. Agathangelou and Olver claimed the women’s doubles over Lee and Obanana of the USA in two games, with the 2nd seeds claiming the title 21-15, 21-12 for England’s first title of the day. Robertson and Wallwork claimed England’s second title in the mixed doubles with a victory over Pieler Kolding and Houmann in two games, winning 21-17, 21-17 to boost their chances of reaching the Olympics.
Only England and Holland can claim two titles on finals day in Stockholm, whilst the remaining six places in finals day are taken up by 6 different nationalities.
Axelsen and Lang Toppled
Viktor Axelsen fell at the quarter final stage in two games to Ville Lang, but the 5th seed couldn’t continue his form in his semi final. His three game defeat to Eric Pang was the 8th seed second victory over another seeded player on the day, taking out the 2nd seeded Kashyap Parupalli earlier in the day. Yan Kit Chan progressed into the final after a pair of three game victories, first taking out Christian Lind Thomson before defeating Raul Must in the semi final.
Gavnholt Takes On Pi
The unseeded Czech Kristina Gavnholt has been the star of the event this week, taking out Ai Goto in the second round and then continuing her stunning form with a victory over Anastasia Prokopenko to reach the last 4. She ended any chance of an all-French final with her victory over Sashina Vignes Waran in the semi final to set up a final against Pi Hongyan. The 2nd seed has failed to drop a game on route to the final, with Germany’s Karin Schnaase being her toughest opponent to date but still winning comfortably 21-13, 21-12.
English Threat In Doubles
Unseeded Dutch pair of De Ruiter and Khodabux take on the 2nd seeded Russian pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov in the men’s doubles final. The Dutch pair defeated two Danish pairings to reach the final and have also dropped just a single game to date. The Russian have been equally as impressive, dropping a single game this week in their quarter final against the pairing of Magee and Elbjorn on route to the final.
The women’s doubles sees the 2nd seeded English pair of Agathangelou and Olver take on the American pairing of Lee and Obanana. The English pair have not dropped a game to date having spent just over 90 minutes on court. The American pairing ended the run of the 4th seeded Wallwork and White in the 2nd round before defeating another British pairing in the semi final, this time beating the Scottish pair of Cooper and Gilmour in two tight games.
The highly anticipated rematch between Wallwork and Robertson against Bankier and Adcock never materialised, with the 4th seeded Pieler Colding and Houmann ending the top seeds run at the semi final stage. Robertson and Wallwork however did reach the final, defeating their Danish opponents Sorensen and Kjaersfeldt in three games to book their place in tomorrow’s final.
It was a day of surprises in Glasgow, with two of the top seeds crashing out today but there were no surprises in the men’s singles with Rajiv Ouseph reaching the final with the loss of just one game.
Ouseph was clinical in his 21-17, 21-4 victory over Mathieu Lo Ping Ying of France to set up an all-English final against Carl Baxter who was impressive in his victories over Yuhan Tan and Christian Lind Thomsen, with both players being higher seeded than the 14th seeded Englishman. It will be their 3rd meeting but the first for over two years, with Ouseph claiming both victories in two games in their 2009 and 2006 meetings.
Judith Meulendijks claimed a famous win over Linda Zechiri in the women’s singles semi finals, with the Bulgarian top seed losing out in a three-game 58-minute match. The star of the week has been Line Kjaersfeldt, the world number 311 has been in stunning form this week to reach the final of the singles and the mixed doubles after a massive physical toll today. She defeated Larisa Griga, the 2nd seeded Ukrainian in her fourth match of the day after winning the previous three, but 11 games in just over 7 hours will be a massive drain physically ahead of her two finals tomorrow.
Kjaersfeldt and Sorensen take on the top seeded Poles of Szkudlarczyk and Wojtkowska in the mixed doubles final, with the Danish pair ending Scottish hopes in their semi final win over Briggs and Cooper of Scotland whilst the Danes ended any chance of an all-Danish final with their victory over Colberg and Poulsen. The women’s doubles final is between the 4th seeded Ng and Ng of Malaysia and the 2nd seeded Wengberg and Lennartsson of Sweden, with both pairs coming into the final without either losing a game to date this week. The men’s doubles final is between the top seeded Ivanov and Sozonov and last years winners, Ellis and Mills of England. Both pairs have needed three games to reach the final to set up a third encounter with the English pairing hoping to reverse the scoreline from their most recent matchup at the world championships in August where they lost in two games.
More seeds toppled as the 16 seeds that started the men’s singles has become just 5, with three unseeded players putting their names into the equation. Russia’s Ivan Sozonov defeated the last Danish seed in the draw, Christian Lind Thomsen in three games to leave Viktor Axelsen as the last Dane in the draw. His stunning 21-10, 21-7 win over the 15th seeded Pablo Abian is a real statement of intent for this week, he takes on 6th seeded Eric Pang in the last 8. Ajay Jayaram is the last of the unseeded trio, defeating 13th seeded Kestutis Navickas in two games to set up a match with Sozonov in the quarters.
The women’s singles boasts the same quota of seeds at the last 8 stage. Unseeded Chinese Taipei player Pai Hsiao Ma takes on the 3rd seeded Ai Goto in the quarters whilst the other two unseeded players face of in the 3rd of the quarter finals, as Iceland’s Ragna Ingolfsdottir takes on the newly nationalised Olga Konon of Germany, formerly of Poland. Yao Jie came through a tough test against Karina Jorgensen of Denmark to set up a match with Larisa Griga of Ukraine. The 4th quarter final sees Juliane Schenk take on Anastasia Prokopenko for a place in the last 4.
The men’s doubles got underway today and after two rounds there is a Japanese presence to the final 8, with 4 of the pairs being from Japan. All four pairs could make the last 4 as they all play in different quarter finals. Top seeded Hashimoto and Hirata take on Danes Elbjorn and Skovgaard in the first of tomorrow’s quarter finals.The 5th seeded Endo and Hayakawa take on the experience German pair of Kindervater and Schottler. The third of the seeded Japanese pairs, 3rd seeded Sato and Kawamae have the tough task of taking on the 8th seeded Russians, Durkin and Nikolaenko. The 4th Japanese pair, unseeded Hirobe and Kazuno take on the 2nd seeded Ellis and Mills of England.
The women’s doubles opening round was a brief affair, with all 8 of the matches being won in two games. All 4 of the seeded pairs are through to the last 8, with the top seeds Fujii and Kakiiaw and 3rd seeded Matuso and Naito giving the draw another Japanese vibe to it. The Japanese vibe continues in the mixed doubles, but it is without the top seeded Japanese pair, Hashimoto and Fujii losing out to the Dutch pairing of Bosch and Jonathans, leaving the Russian pair of Nikolaenko and Sorokina as the highest seeds in the top half of the draw, as the 4th seeds. The bottom half of the mixed draw is littered with Japanese pairings. Only the 7th seeded Russian pairing of Vislova and Durkin break into a Japanese monopoly, led by their quarter final opponents, Ikeda and Shiota who are seeded 2 for the event. The final match of the quarters is an all-Japanese affair between the 6th seeded Hayakawa and Matsuo and unseeded pair Hirobe and Matsutomo,
Denmark was expected to have little problems on the opening day, but few could have expected the one-sided nature of the 2 ties.
Men’s Team Event
Groups A – C
Denmark were expecting little resistance from Iceland, the favourites delivered with an excellent 5-0 win over the Icelanders. Peter Gade did not play in the match, but with Denmark having two matches on Thursday they will need as many fresh players after a hectic two days previously. Croatia lead Group A after playing two matches today and winning both against Iceland (3-2) and Hungary (5-0). Finland also defeated Hungary 5-0, with the Thursday night match with Denmark potentially determining the Group A winner.
England and Austria both managed 5-0 wins in Group B, Poland also won their match, but only 4-1 against Spain with Wacha being defeated by Pablo Abian. Austria then lost 3-2 to Spain, meaning every team but Lithuania have managed a win in Group B, a group that England tops with their 5-0 win. The Netherlands sit at the top of Group C with a 5-0 win over Greece, failing to drop a game in their victory. Ireland narrowly edged out Estonia 3-2, taking the final doubles match to ensure a win on the opening day.
Groups D – F
Germany started their campaign with a 5-0 win over Bulgaria, with only the second doubles pairing giving up a game to the Bulgarians. Czech Republic defeated Scotland 4-1, with Briggs and Bowman defeating the Kopriva brothers in the final rubber to avoid a 5-0 scoreline.
Sweden and Russia begin Group E with victories; Sweden defeated Slovakia 5-0 to top the group, with Russia winning only 4-1 with Ivan Sozonov retiring in the second game of his match to forfeit his match. France top Group F with a 5-0 win over Portugal, with Ukraine defeating Wales 3-2 after winning the final rubber of their match.
Women’s Team Event
Groups A – C
Denmark destroyed Greece 5-0, conceding just 66 points in 10 games. Tine Rasmussen giving the most points away out of the five rubbers, winning 21-10, 21-8 that was the smallest margin of victory. Czech Republic defeated Estonia 4-1 to take 2nd place in the group, with the top 2 to play tomorrow.
The Netherlands, without Jie Yao still managed a 5-0 victory over Latvia, then the Latvians then lost to Finland 4-1 later in the day. Belgium secured a 3-2 victory over Belarus, with their #1 and #3 singles players teaming up to win the final rubber in the doubles. Belarus bounced back to win their second match of the day, defeating Finland 3-2.
Russia and England both secured 5-0 wins in Group C, but Russia tops the group as they won all 5 matches in two games, whilst England’s final rubber match went to 3 games. The top two play tomorrow evening to settle top spot.
Group D – F
Germany defeated Iceland 5-0, without dropping a game in the process much like the Danish ladies. Sweden bounced back from losing the opening 2 rubbers to win the match 3-2 in a stunning turnaround and will play Germany tomorrow morning to determine who goes top of Group D.
France defeated Poland 4-1 to top Group E after the 4th placed Scotland from 2008 suffered a 3-2 to Ukraine, with the Ukrainians coming back from 2-1 down to win the match. Ukraine play France tomorrow. Bulgaria defeated Hungary 5-0 in an all Eastern European affair, with Wales defeating Slovakia 4-1 to take 2nd place in group F.