The landscape of the men’s singles has potentially changed overnight with the 17-year old Viktor Axelsen defeating the 5th seeded Taufik Hidayat that almost ensures his decline out of the world’s top 10 and rewards the Danish fans as well as the badminton world with a stunning quarter final match between Viktor Axelsen against Peter Gade, in Denmark.
Taufik and Lin Dan Out
The headlines will be stolen by Viktor Axelsen, who defeated the 5th seeded Hidayat in a pulsating three game match that the 17-year dominated in the last two games to reach his first Denmark Open quarter final and a dream matchup against Peter Gade. The duo practiced together earlier this week but few expected the two to meet in the last 8. Gade defeated Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in two games in the evening session to book his place in the quarter finals.
The bottom half of the draw has been decimated with all but one seed remaining. Wong Wing Ki caused his own stunning upset with his three game victory over the world champion Lin Dan and there was also disppointment for Du Pengyu as he lost out to Jan O Jorgensen in three games, taking the tally of Danes in the quarter final to 3.
Baun and Schenk Crash Out
European interest in the women’s singles has ended before the weekend, much to the disappointment of the home fans as Tine Baun lost in a tame two game defeat to Inthanon Ratchanok. Juliane Schenk was beaten bu Sung Ji Hyun in two games also as the Chinese threat to claim the title looms large with 5 players in the last 8.
Saina Nehwal was the only other main rival capable of causing an upset but she also crashed out early on day 2, losing to Tai Tzu Ying in two games also. The Chinese juggernaut continues on with straight forward wins for Wang Xin and Wang Shixian but top seeded Wang Yihan fought back from a game down to reach the last 8 where she will face compatriot Jiang Yanjiao.
Danish Hope In Doubles
Denmark still has interest in the three doubles events to ease the disappointment of an absence of players in the women’s singles. 3rd seeded Boe and Mogensen have regained some form and have been emphatic in their route to the last 8 with a pair of excellent wins to set up a quarter final against Cho and Kwon of Korea, who defeated Koo and Tan earlier in the week. The top two seeds in the men’s doubles have both reached the quarter finals, with Lee and Jung being taken to three games by the Danish pairing of Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen.
Kruse and Roepke fly the flag for Denmark in the women’s doubles alone after Pedersen and Rytter Juhl’s loss to their team-mates opponents in the quarter final, Japanese pair Misaki and Takahashi. The two Chinese pairs look to be a class apart this week, with both being highly impressive in the matches this week and never looking like losing a game to this point.
A double helping in the mixed doubles will also please the hometown fans, with Laybourn and Rytter Juhl turning back the clock to their 2009 world championship success to reach the last 8 this week. They take on one half of the 2010 world champions in Ma Jin, partnered by Xu Chen who defeated Kolding and Houmann in the second round today. Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen have lived up to their billing as the number 3 seeds with two excellent wins to date, their opponents in the quarter final will be the Indian pair of Valiyaveetil and Gutta who defeated the world silver medalists Adcock and Bankier in their second round game.
The old and new guard of Danish badminton had a dream start to the first round matches in Odense, taking out seeded partnerships and impressing on a day of positives for Danish and European badminton.
Gade, Axelsen and Jorgensen Progress
A trio of Danes have all reached the last 16 safely, with Peter Gade impressively defeated Wang Zhengming in a one-sided match to book a second round clash against Germany’s Marc Zwiebler. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus has very close to making it four from four in the opening round by narrowly lost to the 5th seeded Taufik Hidayat in three games. Viktor Axelsen claimed his third victory over Przemyslaw Wacha in the opening round today to set up a match against Hidayat in the second round.
Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan both came through their opening round matches without much resistance, whilst China claim four places in the last 16 with victories for Chen Long, Chen Jin and Du Pengyu, with the 8th seed taking on Jan O Jorgensen who won his opening round match in two games to set up the second round match.
Two Europeans Remain
The depth of European players in the women’s singles has been exposed this week, with just two making it through to the last 16 with a predominantly Asian feel to the draw. Tine Baun and Juliane Schenk hold the hope of Europe on their shoulders as both progressed into the second round with a pair of excellent victories. The Chinese juggernaut has six of the last 16, with an all-Chinese match in the second round set to decrease their quota to at least four.
Wang Yihan’s opening round match was as impressive as it was one-sided, her 21-13, 21-5 victory over the world number 10 Bae Youn Joo was a statement that the world number 1 is back to her best. There were wins Jiang Yanjiao, Li Xuerui, Liu Xin, Wang Xin and Wang Shixian to ensure a vast Chinese interest in the event going in the second round.
Seeds Topple In Doubles
If the singles events were business as usual for the world’s best, the doubles disciplines have been the complete opposite. The men’s doubles lost three seeds in the opening round with the biggest casualty being the Commonwealth champions and 5th seeded Koo and Tan, who were defeated by Cho and Kwon of Korea. There were victories for Cai and Fu as well as the second seeded Lee and Jung, who both claimed a berth in the second round with a routine two game victory.
There was Danish success in the women’s doubles, with Pedersen and Rytter Juhl defeating the 4th seeded Japanese pair of Maeda and Suetsuna in two tight games to reach the last 16. Kruse and Roepke ensured a second pair in the last 16 with a victory over Korea’s Eom and Jang. The Danes reward is another Korean pair in Jung and Kim who put out the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito in the opening round.
There were no such shocks for the top seeded Wang and Yu, who progressed in a straightforward two game victory over Poon and Tse and take on the Singapore pair of Sari and Yao in the last 16. Tian and Zhao were equally impressive in their opening round match and take on the Indonesian pair of Marissa and Melati in their second round match.
Kamilla Rytter Juhl was the star of the day for the locals as she defeated another seed in the mixed doubles with partner Thomas Laybourn as the 2009 world champions rolled back the years as they defeated Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in two games to reach the second round. Lee and Ha also produced a shock with a three game victory over the second seeded Ahmad and Natsir, who were the biggest casualties of the first day in Odense. The world champions Zhang and Zhao had no problem in reaching the second round with a two game victory over Triyachart and Yao of Singapore, whilst the world championship silver medalists Adcock and Bankier won their all-British first round match to reach the last 16.
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Semi Finals Session 2
The first post-World Championships Super Series in China was a perfect way for the host nation to bolster it’s place at the top of world badminton and to an extent they did, but one shock defeat leaves a bittersweet taste on a successful day for the host nation.
World Champion Lin Dan progressed safely into round 2 and was followed by Chen Jin, Zhou Wenlong, Chen Long, Du Pengyu and Wang Zhengming. Only Peter Gade and Kazushi Yamada were able to defeat Chinese opponents in the opening round as the European interest in the men’s singles shrunk to just two after the opening round. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Peter Gade are Europe’s sole hopes this week with early exits for Rajiv Ouseph, Jan O Jorgensen and Marc Zwiebler.
Wang Shixian needed the full distance to reach the second round against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, eventually coming through 30-29 in the final game in 71 minutes and saving eleven match points. There is a massive Chinese involvement in round 2 as expected, with Wang Yihan, Wang Xin, Jiang Yanjiao, Liu Xin and Yao Xue making up six of the sixteen remaining players. Tine Baun and Juliane Schenk will be Europe’s main hopes of an unlikely victory on Chinese soil.
The men’s doubles has but just 3 pairs from China, but the top seeded Cai and Fu will be the pair to watch. Hashimoto and Hirata defeated the 8th seeded Chandra and Gunawan to book their place in the last 16 but there were little surprises in the other matches in the opening round. The women’s doubles will be another event to watch for the all-conquering world champions Wang and Yu whilst Europe has it’s entire hope placed solely on Rytter Juhl and Pedersen’s shoulders for success.
The mixed doubles seen the biggest shock of the day as China’s 2nd seeds Jiaming and Ting to unseeded Indian pair Gutta and Valiyaveeti in three games. Their reward is a match against Lee and Ha of Korea, a pair that easily beat them in Switzerland earlier in the year. Last week’s winners Ko and Eom have the toughest task in round 2 as they take on the world champions and top seeded Zhang and Zhao for a place in the quarter final.
Denmark’s best chance of a title ended before play even started today, with Boe and Mogensen’s withdrawal and it went from bad to worse in the doubles for the Danes.
Peter Gade was one Danish highlight, with a two game victory against Tommy Sugiarto and he has been joined in the last 16 by another two Danes. Jan O Jorgensen defeated Kenichi Tago in two games to set up a second round match against Lin Dan, who also progressed comfortably into round 2. Viktor Axelsen reversed the result from last week’s Thailand Open and defeated Wong Choong Hann in two tight games to reach the second round, where he takes on the 7th seeded Bao Chunlai. Taufik Hidayat survived an early scare to reach the second round where he takes on Wang Zhengming of China, whilst world champion Chen Jin also survived a scare in the opening round before progressing to take on the 8th seed Park Sung Hwan.
The women’s singles continues to entertain in the early rounds, with Saina Nehwal against coming through against the 2009 world champion Lu Lan in three games to reach round 2. The second round sees an intriguing all-Chinese match between top seeded Wang Shixian and Wang Lin, the current world champion. The other two Chinese seeds progressed safely into the second round from their half of the draw, whilst Tine Baun is the main European threat in the draw and faces Sayaka Sato of Japan in her second round match.
The big shock in the mens doubles is the defeat of 3rd seeded Ko and Yoo to unseeded German pairing Kindervater and Schoettler in three games, further opening up the top half of the draw. There were more surprises as the 5th seeded Lee and Fang lost out to Indonesia’s Chandra and Gunawan, to leave the 7th seeded Chai and Guo as the lone seeds remaining in the top half of the draw. The bottom half was more straightforward for the seeds, with all 4 coming through their match in two games to reach the last 16.
The new Chinese pairing of Ma and Pan lasted just 76 minutes this week, before falling to the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna. All England semi finalists Ropke and Damkjaer Kruse progressed in the tightest of matches, winning 23-21 in the deciding game to reach the last 16 and a match with the Chinese pairing of Tian and Zhao. There are 4 Japanese pairs into the last 16, with one all-Japanese match set for the second round as 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa take on the unseeded Misaki and Takahashi for a place in the last 8.
Denmark’s strength in the mixed doubles discipline was dealt a huge blow with all three pairings crashing out in the opening round. 5th seeded and 2009 world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl lost out to Sato and Matsuo of Japan in two games, whilst the 3rd seeded Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen lost tamely to Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei 21-15, 21-15 and the third pairing of Pieler Colding and Houmann faired the best of the three, but still lost out to Japanese pairing of Ikeda and Shiota. Top seeded Zhao and Zhang survived a three game match to progress into the last 16 and are joined in the top half of the draw by two other Chinese pairs of Xu and Ma as well as He and Yu.
The second of three events in June takes the world’s best to Singapore, with only Lee Chong Wei missing from the men’s singles field. China have all of their big names here this week ahead of next week’s Premier Series event in Indonesia too.
Taufik Hidayat is the top seed this week with Lee Chong Wei’s absence and could face a real battle to progress this week with three Chinese players in his half of the draw. Wang Zhengming likely waits in the second round with Bao Chunlai and Chen Long looming should the Indonesian progress into the weekend. Viktor Axelsen gets a second shot at Wong Choong Hann inside of a week and world champion Chen Jin is unseeded this week and is also in the top half of the draw. Lin Dan is the 2nd seed this week and starts his campaign aganinst Shon Wan Ho before likely taking on the winner of Jan O Jorgensen and Kenichi Tago. Peter Gade starts his campaign this week against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia before likely quarter final match against Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand.
Saina Nehwal begins her campaign this week against Lu Lan, again. The 4th seeded Indian also has Tine Baun in her half of the draw, but the top seed is China’s Wang Shixian who could face Wang Lin in an all-Chinese 2nd round match. Wang Yihan and Wang Xin are the big threats from the bottom half of the draw, but there is unseeded threats in the way of Ai Goto, Eriko Hirose, Yao Jie and Pi Hongyan.
The big shock in the men’s doubles is the pre-event withdrawal of top seeded Danish pair Boe and Mogensen, with the pair in a poor run of form since their performance at the Sudirman Cup. The main beneficiaries are the 3rd seeded Ko and Yoo whose run in the top half of the draw has become all the more easier. The bottom half of the draw is headlined by Lee and Jung, seeded 2 and the 4th seeded Cai and Fu of China, who are set to meet at the semi final stages this week. The match to look out for tomorrow is the 6th seeded Kido and Setiawan taking on the unseeded Bach and Gunawan in the opening round.
With no Wang and Yu this week, the Japanese pair of Maeda and Suetsuna are top seeds this week. However they face a new Chinese partnership in Ma and Pan who are both accomplished players within the Chinese ranks and are playing their first event together. Tian and Zhao, last weeks winners in Thailand are also in the top half of the draw. The 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa have less competitive half of the draw, with only Jauhari and Polii, Ha and Kim and Vislova and Sorokina as main threats to the Japanese pair.
The top half of the mixed doubles is loaded with potential winners, from the top seeded Zhang and Zhao to 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir and countless unseeded pairings capable of putting a good run this week together. Hashimoto and Fujii, He and Yu, Xu and Ma, Lee and Ha, Widianto and Marissa as well as Nikolaenko and Sorokina are all in the top half of the draw. The bottom half as a distinct European feel to it, from the 3rd seeded Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen as well as the 5th seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl of Denmark. There are three British pairs in Robertson and Wallwork, Adcock and Bankier as well as German Open winners White and Blair but there is still a Chinese threat in the 6th seeded Jiaming and Tian.
Danish players provided the upsets of the day as four of the five events have turned into all-Danish finals, with 3 unseeded pairs reaching their respective finals.
Jan O Jorgensen continued his impressive run this week, with the top seed failing to drop a game the entire week on route to Sunday’s final. His opponent in the final is the 2nd seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who survived two scares on Friday to progress into the last 8 where he regained his form and won his two matches today in two games to come into the final in some good form.
The only non-Danish final is between the 7th seeded Agnese Allegrini and 3rd seeded Anastasia Prokopenko. The Italian 7th seeded defeated the top seeded Linda Zechiri in the quarter final and then defeated Chloe Magee in two games to reach the final. The 3rd seeded Russian defeated the 6th seeded Olga Konon in the quarter final before taking on Judith Meulendijks, who whilst the match was finely posed at 13-8 in the third game had to retire to allow the progression of Prokopenko to the final.
The three doubles events are all Danish affairs, with unseeded Elbjorn Larson and Skovgaard taking on another unseeded duo in Bonde and Kristiansen who have defeated the 2nd and 3rd seeds to reach the final. Rasmus Bonde also featuring in the mixed doubles final with partner Maria Heisbol, Bonde and Heisbol take on the 2nd seeded Pieler Kolding and Houmann in the mixed doubles final. Maria Heisbol is also in the women’s doubles final with partner Anna Skelbaek and the 3rd seeded pair take on the 4th seeds in Kruse and Ropke for the title tomorrow.
The host nation dominated the schedule with the field primarily made of Danish players but there was some foreign success on the second day in Denmark.
Top seeded Jan O Jorgensen is safely into the last 8 after two victories over Gabriel Ulldahl and Kieran Merrilees where he will play Petr Koukal, the 16th seed. The other match in the top half of the draw is the 15th seeded Viktor Axelsen against the 13th seeded Scott Evans, with both players defeated higher seeded players to reach the quarter finals. Axelsen defeated the 3rd seeded Kestutis Navickas whilst the Evans defeated the 5th seeded Ville Lang to reach the last 8. The bottom half is dominated by Danish players, with three of the four seeds coming from the host nation. 8th seeded Persson, 7th seeded Lind Thomsen and 2nd seeded Vittinghus are joined in the bottom half with the 4th seeded Eric Pang who came through his match against Rasmus Fladberg in a tight three game match, winning the deciding game 22-20.
Only two seeds have failed the last 8 of the women’s singles, with 4th seed Susan Egelstaff losing out in the opening round to Chloe Magee. 8th seeded Kristina Ludikova lost out to Finland’s Anu Nieminen in the second round, who takes on the 2nd seeded Judith Meulendijks in the quarter final.
The top two seeds are safely into the last 8 in the men’s doubles, with top seeded Constantin and Vincent of France and 2nd seeded De Ruiter and Khodabux are joined in the quarter finals by six Danish pairs in the men’s doubles. The women’s doubles has four Danish pairs in the last 8, with all 4 seeded pairs making the quarter finals headlined by the top seeded English pair of Agathangelou and Olver.
The mixed doubles is also dominated by Danes with 5 of the 8 pairs coming from Denmark, with 2nd seeded Pieler Kolding and Houmann not playing on route to the quarter finals but are the only seed in the bottom half of the draw. The other seed remaining in the draw is the 4th seeds Rasmussen and Skelbaek in the top half of the draw.
Korean shuttlers won 7 of the 9 semi-final matches they were featured in today with only Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen and India’s Saina Nehwal denying their respective opponents. With Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen’s win over Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun they prevented Korea from having a finalist in all finals. The defeated the Korean pair in three very close games 15-21, 21-17, 22-20 and now play Britain’s Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork. The British pair defeated Indonesia’s Tantowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir 21-12, 22-20.
Saina Nehwal fought long and hard to prevent an all Korean final by defeating Bae Youn Joo in a 58 minute match. Nehwal won in three games 21-19, 13-21, 21-14 and will have yet another Korean opponent Sung Ji Hyun who had a more straight forward win over Juliane Schenk of Germany.
The remaining events will feature all Korean match ups, a testament to their dominance in Basel this week. In the women’s doubles Ha Jung Eun would avenge her mixed doubles loss with her partner Kim Min Jung by defeating Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-13, 21-19. Next they will face their compatriots Jung Kyung Eun and and Kim Ha Na.
Lee Yong Dae may have been disappointed with his mixed doubles loss, however his mens doubles match went much better. Lee and his partner Jung Jae Sung easily defeated Indonesia’s Gunawan and Chandra in two games 21-12, 21-15. Their opponents will be Yoo Yeon Seong and Ko Sung Hyun who’s semi-final win was much more hard fought. The Korean pair won in three long games 15-21, 26-24, 21-17.
While it was a surprise on paper few would be surprised to hear Lee Hyun Il defeated second seeded Simon Santoso. In spite of his lower ranking the Korean shuttler has been quickly rising up the ranks again and showed he still has what it takes to take out top players with his 17-21, 21-10, 21-10 win over Santoso. Lee will play his compatriot Park Sung Hwan in the finals after Park defeated a tough Wong Choong Han 24-22, 21-13.
Swiss Open Grand Prix Results
Friday’s matches started with the second seeded Simon Santoso sneaking past Sho Sasaki in two close games 21-17, 21-18. Santoso now faces Lee Hyun Il in the semi-finals after Lee knocked out Pablo Abian in his quarter-final match 21-14, 21-12. This fate would escape the top seed Jan Jorgensen who fell to Wong Choong Han. Jorgensen seemed to struggle with the speed of shuttles throughout the match and could not find his depth as many shuttles fell long. Wong won in two straight games 21-11, 21-15 to book his place in the semi-finals against Park Sung Hwan. Park narrowly defeated his opponent AJay Jayaram 21-19, 21-19.
The womens singles event was yet another example of Korea’s strong showing in Basel. Sung Ji Hyun has made her way into the semi-finals and will now face Germany’s Juliane Schenk who ironically enough took out one of Korea’s other hopefuls Kim Moon Hi in two games 21-14, 21-17. On the far side of the draw yet another Korean is through to the semi-finals, Bae Youn Joo. Bae will now face India’s superstar Saina Nehwal who knocked out Petya Nedelcheva 22-20, 21-17.
Korea was omnipresent once again in the womens doubles with two pairs remaining at the semi-finals stage. Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung are set to play Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen who took out the top seeds Cheng and Chien 21-17, 21-19. On the bottom of the draw yet another Korean pair is still in play with Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun set to play Indonesia’s second seeded pairing of Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii who easily defeated another Korean pair, Jang Ye Na and Kim Min Seo, 21-9, 21-7.
While Dutch pair Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder may have pulled off a big upset by defeating top seeds Boe and Mogensen their winning ways would not continue as they lost a tough three game match against Chandra and Gunawan 16-21, 21-15, 21-17. The Indonesian pair now have a tough task on hand as they face Korea’s Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae. The bottom of the draw has another Korean pair as Ko Sung Hyun and Yoo Yeon Seong will be set to play Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei.
Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun laid a thrashing on the top seeds Chen and Cheng in the mixed doubles winning in two decisive games 21-9, 21-5. The Korean power pair will play Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in their semi-finals match. Britain’s only remaining players Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork made their way through to the semi-finals after beating Malaysia’s Chan and Goh 21-7, 18-21, 21-16. Wallwork and Robertson will play Indonesia’s Natsir and Ahmad in hopes of booking a place in the finals.
Swiss Open 2011 Results