It was a day of shocks in Singapore with the men’s singles draw losing three seeds in the opening round, most notably the top seeded Sho Sasaki losing to Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen.
Sasaki, Hidayat and Du Pengyu Out
Long before Sasaki’s loss to Axelsen, the 5th seeded Du Pengyu had crashed out to the on-form Sony Dwi Kuncoro in a one-sided match and was followed in the very next match on court by Wei Feng Chong defeating the 7th seeded Taufik Hidayat in a tighter two game loss then the previous match. The big shock was the victory of Viktor Axelsen over Sho Sasaki in three games, the 49-minute match saw Axelsen ease into a one game lead before letting the second game slip but claimed the victory in a 21-10, 15-21, 21-12 victory to set up a second round match against Anand Pawar of India.
Juliane Schenk is the highest seed in the women’s singles this week and started off with a two game victory over Salakjit Ponsana. The next two highest seeds players are the 3rd seeded Sung Ji Hyun whose two game victory set up a second round match against Fu Mingtian of Singapore. Cheng Shao Chieh is the highest seed in the top half of the draw and takes on Chen Jiayuan who defeated Jie Yao to book her place in the second round.
A Near Full Compliment Of Seeds Remain
Apart from the pre-event withdrawals, every seed has safely progressed except 1 is into the last 16. Ko and Yoo are the the highest seeds in the men’s doubles after Lee and Jung pulled out before the event and safely reached the last 16, defeating Smith and Warfe of Australia in two games. Their biggest threat from the top half of the draw will be the Indonesian pairing of Kido and Setiawan, the 4th seeds defeated the Austrian pairing of Koch and Zauner to reach the 2nd round.
All eight seeds are into the last 16 of the women’s doubles, with several pairs receiving opening round byes. Sari and Yao are the big local hope this week, but the 7th seeds needed three games to reach the last 16. The mixed doubles are without the top seeds and 5th seeds this week after both withdraw pre-event. The only doubles seed to fall is the 8th seeded Rijal and Susanto of Indonesia, who were defeated by Yoo and Jang of Korea.
Henri Hurskainen’s victory over Peter Gade could have been deemed a fluke result over an legend in his final year of competition, but in his last two matches he has defeated Peter Gade and the future of Danish badminton, Viktor Axelsen.
Hurskainen Takes On Zwiebler
There is always usually a standout performance from a pair or person playing in from of his home crowd. Adcock and Bankier’s performance at the 2011 Worlds was made possible in front of a partizan London auidence. Hurskainen’s last two performances have seen him play above and beyond his world ranking of 57 to claim two incredible victories just 3 months ahead of the Olympics. His three-game victory over Axelsen has seen him progress to his first European final, where he takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.
Zwiebler fell at the semi final stage in 2010, losing in three games to Peter Gade but his impressive two game victory over Jan O Jorgensen ensures that he reached the final without the loss of a game and that the European title wouldn’t be returning to Denmark for the first time since 1990.
Danish Presence In Four Finals
Whilst the clean sweep of golds is no longer an option, Denmark have secured at least one gold in the women’s doubles final. Tine Baun takes on Juliane Schenk in a rematch of their 2010 final in Manchester, with the top seeded Baun defeating Linda Zechiri to reach the final whilst the second seeded Schenk was impressive in her 21-13, 21-10 victory over Jie Yao to ensure the German like Zwiebler, reached the final without the loss of a game.
Boe and Mogensen will hope to go one better than 2010 as they take on Fuchs and Roth in the men’s doubles final. The top seeded defeated Adcock and Ellis to reach the final whilst their German opponents ended any chance of an all-Danish final with their victory over Bonde and Kristiansen in a three game, 62-minute semi final. Their previous and only meeting was over two years ago, with the Danes taking the match in three games.
Pedersen and Rytter Juhl take on their team mates Damkjaer Kruse and Roepke in the women’s doubles final, with the 3rd seeds ending the run of the 2010 winners Vislova and Sorokina in three games. The top seeds needed just two games and half the time to defeat Michels and Marinello of Germany to ensure their place in the final with the loss of just 96 points to date this week.
The mixed doubles final features the 2010 runners-up Mateusiak and Zieba taking on the Danish pair of Pielder Colding and Houmann. Both pairs needed three games to defeat their higher seeded opponents, with the 7th seeded Poles defeating the 4th seeded Adcock and Bankier whilst the 8th seeds defeated their team mates and 2010 winners Laybourn and Rytter Juhl who were seeded 2nd this week. Their only meeting came at the 2011 World Championships, which the Polish pair won in three games.
Peter Gade’s last run at the European Championships ends with a quarter final defeat to Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen as several Danish seeds crash out at the last 8.
Axelsen and Jorgensen Keep Danish Dream Alive
With Henri Hurskainen’s shock victory over Peter Gade, the hopes of a nation rested on Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen. The 7th seeded Axelsen set up his semi final against Hurskainen with a two game victory over Dieter Domke whilst Jan O Jorgensen ensure there wouldn’t be another upset with his own two game victory over Mattias Wigardt. Jorgensen takes on the 4th seeded Marc Zwiebler after the German defeated Rajiv Ouseph in the only quarter final to have a pair of seeds play one another.
Tine Baun is also into the semi finals to keep the hope of five Danish titles alive. The top seed defeated Carolina Marin in three games to set up her semi final with the 7th seeded Linda Zechiri, who defeated Kristina Gavnholt to end the unseeded players run in the event. Jie Yao ensured there wouldn’t be two Bulgarians in the last 4 with a three game victory over Petya Nedelcheva to set up a semi final against Germany’s Juliane Schenk. The second seed defeated Sabrina Jaquet in her quarter final to set up her semi final with the 5th seeded Jie Yao.
Danish Dominance In Doubles
Boe and Mogensen reached the last 4 over Ivanov and Sozonov in two games to set up a semi final against Adcock and Ellis of England, who defeated the 3rd seeded Kindervater and Schoettler in a tight three game match to ensure Chris Adcock’s excellent week continues. Fuchs and Roth ensured at least one German presence in the last 4 with a victory over the 4th seeded Cwalina and Logosz and set up a semi final against the unseeded Danish pair of Bonde and Kristiansen who defeated Quere and Ronan of France.
Pedersen and Rytter Juhl relentless run to the last 4 continued with a 21-8, 21-7 victory over the on-form Piek and Tabelling and set up a semi final against Michels and Marinello of Germany who ended the run of Sweden’s Lennartsson and Wengberg in a two game quarter final. The other semi final sees Damkjaer Cruse and Roepke taking on the 2nd seeded Vislova and Sorokina, with the Russian pairing needing three games to progress against the 6th seeded Agathangelou and Olver of England.
The big shock in the mixed doubles was the loss of the top seeded Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen, after they crashed out to the 7th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba in two games. The Polish pair take on Adcock and Bankier, who saved a match point in the third game to eventually come through their all-British clash with Robertson and Wallwork to reach the last 4. Laybourn and Rytter Juhl take on their team mates Pieler Kolding and Houmann to ensure a Danish finalist in the mixed doubles with the 8th seeded Danes defeating the 3rd seeded Nikolaenko and Sorokina in three games to advance to the last 4.
The home crowds were guaranteed at least one title, but Jie Yao doubled their tally on finals day.
The Malaysian pair of Heg and Teo defeated their second Dutch seed of the week, taking the men’s doubles title over the 3rd seeded De Ruiter and Khodabux in a three game, 52 minute matchup. There was also disappointment for the fans in the men’s singles final, as Anand Pawar withdrew before the start of play that meant Andre Kurniawan Tedjono claimed the title by walkover.
Mateusiak and Zieba claimed the mixed doubles title in their toughest match of the week, but still won in two games over the Russian pairing of Ashmarin and Panushkina with the top seeds winning 21-10, 21-19.
Jonathans and Van Dooremalen were taken the distance by their team mates Piek and Tabelling, with the top seeds eventually taking the title on the third attempt in the deciding game. The 65-minute match was the longest of the day with the top seeds winning 17-21, 21-19, 23-21.
Jie Yao ensured another title after ensuring a shock wasn’t on the cards against her Malaysian opponent Sonia Su Ya Cheah. After losing the opening game 21-19, the top seed allowed the unseeded Cheah just 21 points in the next two games to battle back to take the title 19-21, 21-9, 21-12.
Eric Pang was the biggest casualty today as the top seed in the men’s singles crashed out to India’s Anand Pawar.
Pawar Surges Into Final
After defeating Pang in his quarter final, Pawar then defeated the 3rd seeded Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne to book his place in the final against Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, who defeated the 4th seeded Dicky Palyama to ensure a double disappointment for the home fans.
Jie Yao is one of three potential Dutch winners on finals day, after victories over Simone Prutsch and Elizabeth Cann in her two matches today to ensure her place in the final against Sonia Su Ya Cheah of Malaysia. The unseeded player defeated the 4th seeded Schnaase in her quarter final and then beat Michelle Chan Ky, seeded 2 this week to reach the final.
One Doubles Title Assured
De Ruiter and Khodabux take on their own Malaysian opponent in the men’s doubles final, taking on Heg and Teo who are ranked 42 places below them in the world rankings. The Malaysian pair have already defeated the 2nd seeded Bosch and Ridder this week as well as the English pairing of Ellis and Langridge to reach the final.
One title is assured in the women’s doubles, with top seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans taking on the 3rd seeded Piek and Tabelling in an all-Dutch final. Only the top seeded pair have dropped a game this week in their semi final against Muskens and Peters to set up the first meeting between the pairs in international competition.
Mateusiak and Zieba are safely into the mixed doubles final and take on a Russian pair ranked almost 250 players lower than them in the world rankings. Ashmarin and Panushkina have dropped a single game on route to the final and survived a match point to ensure their place in the final. The top seeds Poles have been clinical in their route to the final, conceding double digits in just one of their six games to date.
The massive Dutch entry into their home event has seen countless players and pairs make the quarter final stage, including the top two seeds in both singles events.
Pang And Jie Yao The Big Hopes
Eric Pang survived a three-game match against Dieter Domke to book his place into the last 8 against Anand Pawar of India, who defeated Christian Lind Thomson in his second round match to reach the quarter finals. Dicky Palyama is the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw to make the prospect of an all-Dutch final a real possibility. Palyama takes on Raul Must of Estonia in his quarter final match.
7 of the 8 seeds remain in the women’s singles, with Patty Stolzenbach defeating the 5th seeded Anu Nieminen in the first round before losing out to Sonia Su Ya Cheah in the second round. Jie Yao carries the hope of a nation, with the top seed taking on the 8th seeded Simone Prutsch in her quarter final match. The 2nd seeded Michelle Chan Ky is also safely into the quarter finals, where she takes on the 6th seeded Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland.
Massive Dutch Influence In Doubles
De Ruiter and Khodabux are the biggest names left in the men’s doubles, the 3rd seeds take on Dierickx and Golinski of Belgium. Arends and Maas as well as Bosch and Ridder were Dutch seeds that crashed out in the second round but with two other unseeded Dutch pairs reaching the last 8 to ensure a major Dutch presence.
5 of the final 8 in the women’s doubles come from the home nation, led by the top seeds to Jonathans and Van Dooremalen who take on Muskens and Peters in an all-Dutch quarter final. The 3rd seeded Piek and Tabeling take on the Danish pair of Grebak and Helsbol in their quarter final with a victory guaranteeing at least one Dutch pair into the final.
Two Dutch pairs are into the last 8 of the mixed doubles, with Meijs and Van Der Valk taking on the top seeded Poles of Mateusiak and Zieba. The second Dutch pair of Middelburg and De Visch Eibergen taking on the 2nd seeded Swiss pairing of Dumartheray and Jaquet.
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.
The winners of the previous two European events progressed into the third round at the expense of two of the top four seeds. Ajay Jayaram defeated Manuel Batista of Italy in the opening round and then defeated the top seed Marc Zwiebler in two games also to progress into the last 16. Victor Axelsen, recent winner in Cyprus International is also through to the third round, defeating the 4th seed and fellow Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in three games to boost his credentials as Denmark’s third best player. Axelsen also received the news that will be in the qualifying for the Danish Super Series next week also. Dicky Palyama also surprisingly lost out to Shuhei Hayasaki in two games, leaving just Chetan Anand as one of the top 4 seeds remaining in the draw.
If the men’s singles was full of shocks, the women’s singles is the complete opposite. Every seed successfully progressed into the last 16, with the top two seeds Jie Yao and Juliane Schenk winning in two games. Ai Goto was a two game winner also, whilst 5th and 6th seeds Linda Zechiri and Larisa Griga had to come through tough three game encounters to book their place in the last 16.
The mixed doubles lost it 2nd seed, Atrashchenkov and Prus to Japanese pair of Hirobe and Matsutomo in two games. They join four other Japanese pairs in the last 16, including top seeds Hashimoto and Fujii and 3rd seeds Ikeda and Shiota. The Russian seeds are also still in the draw, with 4th seeded Nikolaenko and Sorokina and Durkin and Vislova both progressing without the loss of a game.
The last 16 was going to see some all-seeded counters, so the expectation was that some seeds would fall, but there was still some unlikely casualties on day 3.
Lee Chong Wei however was not one of them as he safely booked his place in the last 8 with a routine two game victory in 30 minutes. He plays the 15th seeded Wan Ho Shon of Korea in the last 8 after a tight three game victory over Hu Yun, the 8th seed from Hong Kong. There were victories for the 3rd seeded Sony Kuncoro and 4th seed Simon Santoso also, as well as the 5th seeded Boonsak Ponsana who sets up a quarter final match against Sony Kuncoro tomorrow. The qualifier Lee Hyun Il is also through to the last 8 after an impressive two game victory over 11th seeded Yan Kit Chan.
The highest seed in the women’s singles , Jie Yao crashed out to China’s Li Xuerui in two close games and sets up a quarter final match against Macau’s Wang Rong who defeated the talented Japanese player Sayaka Sato to book her place in the last 8. There was little problems with Eriko Hirose after surprisingly dropping the opening game against Chinese qualifer Suo Di, but fought back to take the next two games in impressive fashion. The quarter final to watch tomorrow is between Ai Goto of Japan, who fought through a tight three game encouter with Deng Xuan of China. She will play the 4th seeded Zhou Mi who is having her best run in a tournament for a number of months, she also battled through her second round match in three games.
Only two seeds remain in the men’s doubles, 3rd seeded Chandra and Gunawan defeated their Korean opponents Kim and Shin in three games to book their place in the quarter finals whilst the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan had little troubles in their two game victory over Chan and Lim of Malaysia. The two seeded partnerships cannot meet until the final. Whilst in the women’s doubles draw, 6 of the 8 remaining partnerships are seeded, with Ng and Ng over Malaysia defeating the 7th seeded Thai pairing of Amitrapai and Munkit in three games. Cheng and Cheng of Chinese Taipei are the other unseeded pair in the draw, defeating Chan and Chau in two games, who defeated the 4th seeds in their opening round match.
The mixed doubles is dominated by South East Asia, only two Korean partnerships break up the monopoly in the last 8. Top seeds Marissa and Gunawan faught back from a game down to progress to the last 8 and set up an all-Indonesian match against Rijal and Susanto. The first of the Korean couples through is the 4th seeded Ko and Ha who came through a tight three game match to book their place in tomorrow’s quarter final. The other Korean pair in the draw is qualifiers Kwon and Jang who have taken the place of their higher profile Korean players Lee and Lee slot in their quarter of the draw, they will take on the 6th seeded Ahmad and Natsir of Indonesia.
The doubles competitions began play this morning in Manchester, as well the 3rd round of the singles, with no more seeds falling in either event. The big news of the day for the local fans was Anthony Clark’s withdrawal from both doubles events.
Peter Gade is through to the last 8, but was forced to work for his win against Raul Must of Estonia. The Estonian shocked the top seed and took the second game to set up a 3rd game, but after 69 minutes the top seed progressed into tomorrow’s quarterfinals, winning 21-15, 19-21, 21-18. Gade will play Carl Baxter in the last 8, after the English 8th seed defeated Jan Vondra 21-16, 21-9 in his 3rd round match today.
There also wins for Rajiv Ouseph and Dicky Palyama, both players winning in three games to book their place in the last 8. England were hopeful of a 3rd player in the last 8 as Andrew Smith took on Marc Zweibler of Germany in the last 16, but after sharing the opening 10 points, Zweibler took the next 8 before Andrew Smith retired through injury trailing 13-5 in the first game.
The last unseeded player in the draw is Ireland’s Scott Evans, who plays Rajiv Ouseph in the last 8 tomorrow. The 4th quarterfinal is an all-Danish affair, with Joachim Persson (Seeded 6) playing Jan O Jorgensen (Seeded 2) for a place in Saturday’s semi final.
All 8 seeds have safely progressed into the last 8, with only 6th seed Ella Diehl dropping a game so far. Pi Hongyan continues to dominate her half of the draw, today defeating Camilla Sorensen of Denmark, 21-18, 21-5 to book her place against Petya Nedelcheva, who defeated England’s Elizabeth Cann 21-13, 21-13 to progress into tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
Juliane Schenk will play Judith Meulendijks tomorrow in the second quarterfinal, 3rd seeded Schenk defeated Switzerland’s Jeanine Cicognini 21-19, 21-9 whilst 7th seeded Meulendijks beat Iceland’s Ranga Ingolfsdottir 21-15, 21-10 to book her place in tomorrow’s quarter final.
The bottom half of the draw sees Ella Diehl, seeded 6th play Yao Jie of the Netherlands for a place in the last 4. The Dutch 4th seed beat Karin Schnaase of Germany 21-16, 21-7 to progress whist the 6th seeded Russian had to come from a game down to beat England’s Helen Davies 17-21, 21-16, 21-11.
Susan Egelstaff, seeded 8 is through to play Tine Rasmussen of Denmark, the 2nd seed in the last of the quarterfinals tomorrow. Both ladies have failed to drop a game getting to this stage of the competition, with Susan Egelstaff dropping 4 less points to this stage and been on court just 3 minutes less than her Danish opponent.
In the Men’s Doubles, all 3 of the seeded Danish pairs have safely made into the last 8. Only the pre-tournament withdrawal of the 3rd seeded Robertson and Clark means that there isn’t a full compliment of seeds in the last 8. However there is English interest still, with Peter Mills and Marcus Ellis through to the last 8 to play German pair Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater.
All 4 seeds in the Women’s Doubles are through, with neither of the four pairs losing a game on route to the last 8. The top seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh play Frier Kristiansen and Ropke of Denmark, who progressed to the last 8 with a 21-10, 21-1 win over their Greek opponents in Round 2. The 2nd seeded Russian duo of Vislova and Sorokina play the Scottish pair of Emma Mason and Imogen Bankier who failed to drop a game in both their matches today.
Only 4 seeds remain from the 8 that begun the mixed doubles, top seeds and current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl safely progressed through both matches today to reach the last 8 and are the only seed remaining in the top half of the draw after losing Middleton and Agathangelou (Seeded 6), Durkin and Vislova (Seeded 4) and Adcock and White (Seeded 7) in the opening round this morning. Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson are the last English pair left in the competition, the 3rd seeds play Sorokina and Nikolaenko of Russia for a place in the last 4.