The question marks over the 2008 Olympic champions Lee and Lee making the World Championships were still unanswered as little as 3 weeks ago as Lee Hyo Jung pulled out of Macau just as Lee Yong Dae returned from his own injury layoff, however they are here in Paris. The Chinese squad come here without a seed in the top 5 and will look for an exceptional performance from one of three seeded pairings.
The top seeds are Widianto and Natsir and after their first round bye, they will play another Indonesia pair of Kurniawan and Bernadet ranked 14th in the world but not seeded for the world championships. The 11th seeded Chen and Chou is the other seeds in the section and play against Germany’s Schottler and Marinello for a place in the second round, the other match in the section is between Australian pair Raj and Renuga Veeran and Yoo and Kim of Korea.
Zheng and Ma are the 8th seeds, even though they are provisionally ranked 35th in the world and have failed to live up to the hype surrounding them for the past few years, could this year be their year? They begin their campaign against Zavadsky and Diptan of Ukraine, ranked 91st in the world. Also in this section is the 14th seeds, Thailand’s Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam who begin their campaign against Croatia’s Durkinjak and Poznanovic, the world number 58. The other match in the section is between Wong and Chau of Hong Kong, the world number 62 against the world number 52 pairing of Sam and Chloe Magee.
Poland’s Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk are seeded 3 for the event and have a tough opening match in the second round against the world number 27 duo of Triyachart and Yao of Singapore. This section will clearly be one of the toughest to progress through as the 9th seeded Diju V and Jwala Gutta take on the world number 21 pairing of Adcock and White of England. The final match of the section sees Chan and Goh of Malaysia take on the Belgian pair of Gillis and Corvillain.
The 5th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen are another high seeding with a tough opening match, against the 23rd ranked Sorokina and Nikolaenko of Russia in their second round match. The 12th seeded Ko and Ha from Korea have an easier start than the other seeds in the section, taking on Jacquet and Dumartharay of Switzerland. The first of the French pairings are in this section also, Careme and Choinet take on the Japanese pairing of Hashimoto and Fujii, who are both seeded in their level doubles events and could be a pairing to watch this week.
Lee and Lee are seeded 7 for the event, even thought they have a world ranking of 5. Perhaps there are still concerns of Lee Yong Dae’s injury, but the 7th seeds take on Larsen and Schjoett-Kristiansen of Denmark, ranked 32nd in the world and will test the Korean’s credentials in their opening game. The 16th seeded Lee and Chien have a tough match to start out also, against Russia’s Durkin and Vislova, ranked 31 in the world. The final match in the section sees Wiratama and Tse of Hong Kong take on Vietnam’s Duc and Ham, ranked 112 in the world.
The 4th seeds are another Indonesia pair in Gunawan and Marissa who begin their campaign against James and Edwards of South Africa, ranked 97th in the world. The 10th seeds Jiaming and Yawen take on France’s Rasadi and Labar in one of the weaker sections of the draw, with the final match of the section between world number 25 Ng and Gao against Hirata and Miyuki of Japan, ranked 34 in the world being easily the most competitive match in the section.
The big Chinese hope is in the 6th seeded He and Yu, who are ranked below Jiamind and Yawen but received a higher seeding. He and Yu begin their campaign against the Spanish pair of Longo and Ojeda. The 13th seeded Anugrtiayawon and Voravichitchalkul from Thailand take on the German duo of Overzier and Kindervater, ranked 67th in the world. The final match of the section sees Misha and Svetlana Zilberman of Israel take on Zirnwald and Prustch of Austria.
The final section sees the 2nd seeded and current World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl take on the Polish pair of Szkudiarczyk and Wojtkowska in the second round after their first round byes. The other seed in the section is the 15th seeds, Wallwork and Robertson of England who begin their campaign with a first round match against Prus and Atrashchenkov of Ukraine. The final match in the section is between the Bulgarian pair of Makarski and Dimova and Dutch pairing of Khoabux and Barning in an excellent matchup between the world number 36 and 39 in the world.
The Chinese domination of the 2009 Women’s Doubles looks likely to attempt a double in 2010 with 4 of the top 7 seeds being Chinese, with a new world champion guaranteed also with the 2009 champions with Zhang and Zhao not taking part this year.
The top seeds are the young Chinese pairing of Ma and Jin, much is expected of them after making the semi finals last year and they start their campaign in Round 2 against the American pairing of Wang and Wang, ranked 43rd in the world. The 11th seeded Sari and Yao from Singapore also receive a bye into round 2, and they will play the winner of Cooper and Slee of Australia and Ideh and Maria of Nigeria who are both ranked outside the top 100 in the world.
The Korean pair of Ha and Kim are seeded 6 for the championships and begin their run to the final against the world number 72 Swiss pairing of Gruber and Jacquet in round 2. The 16th seed Gutta and Ponnappa start in round 1 against Barning and Muskens of Holland, before a likely matchup between the winners of the Edwards and Viljoen of South Africa and Ulitina and Voytsekh of the Ukraine.
Last years beaten finalists look to go one better as the 4th seeded Cheng and Zhao begin with a first round bye before taking on Chang and Chou of Chinese Taipei, the world number 96. They are joined in this section by 14th seeded Thai pairing of Arronkesorn and Voravichitchaikul who take on the Greek duo of Karkantzia and Ligomenou, ranked 147th in the world. The other match in the section sees two of Europe’s best pairings go at it for a place in round 2 as Overzier and Marinello of Germany take on Denmark’s Damkjaer and Schjoett-Kristiansen, with both pairings ranked inside the top 30 in the world.
The 5th seeded Japanese pairing of Miyuki and Suetsuna has a first round bye before taking on the Spanish pairing of Molina and Ojeda, ranked over 100 places lower in the world rankings. The 10th seeded Bulgarian/Russian partnership of Nedelcheva and Russkikh take on the French pairing of Choinet and Rasidi The final match in the section is between England’s young pairing of Wallwork and White take on Canada’s St. Jacques and Cloutier for a place in round 2.
8th seeded Koreans Hyun and Jung take on the Canadian pair of Gao and Ko, ranked 53rd in their opening match after a first round bye, they are joined in their section by one of the top pairings on the EBU Circuit in Sorokina and Vislova who are ranked 12th for the event. They take on Ukrainian pair Prus and Kobtseva in their opening round match and the final match sees another French pairing of Chanteur and Matias take on Czech duo Basova and Krizkova for a place in round 2.
One of the form pairs of the last month are seeded 3rd, Chinese Taipei pairing of Cheng and Chien are the duo to look out for after wins in the US and Chinese Taipei in the last month, they begin with a second round match against Hong Kong’s Chan and Chau. The other seed in the section are the 13th seeds Amitapal and Munkit of Thailand who take on Scotland’s Mason and Bankier who are both coming back from long-term injuries. The other match in the section is between Denmark’s Roepke and Kristiansen and Holland’s Van Dooremalen and Jonathans.
The 7th seeded Pan and Tian might receive a first round bye, but their second round opponent will be a match for any partnership this season, they take on Korea’s Lee and Lee for a place in Round 3. The 9th seeded Japanese pairing of Fujii and Kakiiwa are the other seeds in the section and take on Yeh and Yeh of the USA in their opening round match. Also in the section is the world number 25 pairing of Lennartson and Wengberg of Sweden, who take on Australian pair of Veeran and Tang for a place in the second round.
The 2nd seeds begin their campaign against local pairing Fontaine and Luttmann for a place in round 3 of the competition. The 3rd Japanese seeded pair of Matsuo and Naito are the 15th seed for the event and take on the Polish pair of Poczyowiak and Wojtkowska for a place in the second round. The final match in the section sees the Belgian #1 duo of Annys and Corvillain take on Finland’s Rautala and Virta for a place in the second round of this years World Championships.
Women’s Doubles Draw
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
Lin Dan’s first tournament since the Sudirman is over at the Quarter Final stage after losing to Chen Jin at the Quarter Final stage today. The duo shared the opening two games before a Lin Dan collapse allowed Chen Jin to take the third set easily 21-4.
On the TV Court, Blair and Bankier’s excellent tournament ended at the hands of Olympic Champions Lee and Lee of Korea. The 2nd seeds won in two games against the British duo in exactly 30 minutes, conceding just 30 points. (21-12, 21-18)
Zheng Bo and Ma Jin continued their excellent run in the last two tournaments with an excellent win over top seeded Indonesian pair of Widianto and Natsir to set up a Semi-Final clash with the Danish 4th seeds Laybourn and Rytter Juhl.
Japan’s Sayaka Soto had played four matches to reach the last eight stage, but the eighth seed proved too big a hurdle as Xie Xingfang disposed of the qualifier in two games. Wang Yihan suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Lu Lan at the quarterfinal stage, with the 7th seed Lu Lan winning the 3rd game 22-20 to set up a Semi-Final match against India’s Saina Nehwal.
Meanwhile, the match of the day pitted local hero Taufik Hidayat against 2nd seeded Peter Gade. A tight opening set was won by Taufik 21-19, but the Dane fought back to take the second game 21-8, winning 7 straight points to take the game. The third set was tight was but the Indonesian always had the lead but didn’t take his opportunity at the first or second attempt as Gade fought back to 20-20 in the final game. Taufik took the next two points and won the match at the third time of asking to setup an all Indonesian Semi Final against Sony Kwi Kuncoro.
Semi Final Matches (Seeding in Brackets):
Lee Chong Wei (1) v Chen Jin (6)
Taufik Hidayat (5) v Sony Kwi Kuncoro (4)
Xie Xingfang (8) v Wang Lin (3)
Lu Lan (7) v Saina Nehwal (6)
Kido/Setiawan (1) v Jung/Lee (6)
Koo/Tan (3) v Cai/Fu (5)
Chin/Wong (1) v Chien/Cheng (3)
Ha/Kim (4) v Cheng/Shao (2)
Lee/Lee (2) v Fischer Neilsen/Pederson (7)
Bo/Jin (5) v Laybourn/Rytter Juhl (4)
Semi-Final day in Singapore and the last of the seeded players in the Mens Singles falls, Chen Jin lost out to fellow Chinese player Bao Chunlai in two close sets (21-19, 12-18). In the other Semi-Final, Boonsak Ponsana beat Park Sung Hwan in the longest match of the day in three close sets (19-21, 21-18, 21-13).
Top seed Zhou Mi looks in ominous form as she disposed of 3rd seed Wang Lin in their semi-final encounter, She will play Xie Xingfang after their eighth seeded came back to win the last two games after dropping the first game against her unseeded Chinese compatriot Jiang Yanjiao.
In the Mens Doubles, Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson excellent week in Singapore continued after they defeated Chen Hung Ling and Lin Yu Yang and their semi-final encounter to book their player in the final in two sets (21-19, 21-19). They will face top seeded pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the final after the duo defeated fourth seeded Danish pairing Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen in less than 30 minutes (21-12, 21-16).
The Mixed Doubles has turned into an all-Chinese affair with sixth seeds Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen beating top seeded player Nova Widianto and Lillyana Natsir in two tight sets to book their place in the final. (22-20, 22-20). They will play Zheng Bo and Ma Jin in the final after their over Olympic Champions Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung in two sets. The fifth seeded Chinese pair have failed to drop a set all week.
MS Chunlai Bo (CHN) v Boonsak Ponsana (THA)
LS Zhou Mi (1) (TPE) v Xie Xingfang (8) (CHN)
MD Kido / Setiawan (1) (IND) v Clark / Robertson (ENG)
LD Tingting / Yawen (5) (CHN) v Polii / Maheswari (IND)
XD Ma / Bo (5) (CHN) v Yawen / Zhongbo (6) (CHN)