The majority of the top ranked players and pairs have progressed into the playoffs needing just two games to ensure qualification, however some groups are doing down to the wire tomorrow in the final matches of the group stage.
Lee Chong Wei, Peter Gade, Lin Dan All Through
Few expected any resistance in Group A as Sho Sasaki and Simon Santoso were outclassed by the eventual qualifiers from the group in Peter Gade and Lee Chong Wei. Both players secured two victories and will play tomorrow for top spot within the group and the likelihood of the loser meeting Lin Dan in the semi final stage. The Group B winner takes on Kenichi Tago to ensure top spot, whilst the Japanese player needs a victory to have any chance of progressing. The other match in Group B sees Chen Long take on Taufik Hidayat, with the Chinese player also looking for a victory to ensure his place whilst the Indonesian cannot qualify for the last 4.
Sung Ji Hyun Remains Unbeaten
After her stunning win over Wang Yihan, Sung Ji Hyun ensured her place at the top of Group A with a two game victory over Juliane Schenk but still needs a victory over Tine Baun to ensure qualification, whilst the Dane must defeat Sung to have any chance of qualifying whilst Wang Yihan needs only to beat Juliane Schenk to reach the last 4. Group B is already settled with only the top spot on offer as Wang Xin and Saina Nehwal play in the final group match.
All To Play For In Doubles
Group A of the men’s doubles offers the simplest of equations, win and progress into the playoffs. All four pairs have won one and lost one going into the final round of matches tomorrow, with Cai and Fu against Ko and Yoo likely to be the standout match of tomorrow’s play with at least one of these pairs not playing this weekend. Chai and Guo take on Hashimoto and Hirata for the other place in the last 4. Group B is a different story, with Boe and Mogensen progressing as well as Lee and Jung ahead of their match tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.
Wang and Yu are safely into the last 4, even with a defeat tomorrow their points and games difference is too strong and have secured the top spot in Group A. Ha and Kim have to become the first non-Chinese pair to defeat Wang and Yu to have any chance of progressing into the last 4. Tian and Zhao are not mathematically through, but would need to lose convincingly to the Japanese pair of Fujii and Kakiiwa for the world number 3 pairing to have any chance of progressing.
Zhao Yunlei faces a similar situation in the mixed doubles, needing only to avoid a big defeat to Ahmad and Natsir to advance to the playoff stages. Xu and Ma need a victory against the British pair of Blair and White to ensure their place in the last 4, with the world number 22 pairing already out of contention. Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen have already won Group B, whilst either of the three pairings in their group capable of taking second place in the group. The likely winner between Ikeda and Shiota against Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam will look like the favourite to take the second place spot in the group.
It was a day for the underdog in Odense this week, with three top seeds losing out on finals day to add some spice into the French Super Series starting this Tuesday.
Chinese claim singles titles
It was a repeat of the Japan Open final but few expected the same result, however Chen Long did exactly that. A stunning two game victory has stunned the world number 1 to a second defeat in 4 weeks over the 3rd seed. Another world number 1 suffered a surprise defeat as Wang Yihan lost to the 3rd seeded Wang Xin to heat up the race within the Chinese squad for the world number 1 spot.
Lee and Jung too strong for Cai and Fu
The battle between these two pairs has turned back in the Korean’s favour, after a victory in China last month they add a second victory in a row over the world champions Cai and Fu with a two game victory to take the overall head to head between the pairs to 9-8 in favour of the Korean pair. The women’s doubles final was won by the top seeded Wang and Yu whose blip in the semi finals was forgotten in a two game victory over their team mates Tian and Zhao who still remain the only pair to have inflicted a defeat on the Chinese world champions as their record for the year not including their China Open withdrawal goes to 44-1.
Danish Delight in Mixed
Joachim Fischer Neilsen and Christinna Pedersen did what Tine Baun and Peter Gade failed to do this week, deliver a title for their home fans. Their victory over Ma and Xu was the result of a fantastic week of play from the Danes, after defeating the world champions Zhang and Zhao yesterday in their semi final. Their two game victory makes them a real contender for next week’s French Open with the loss of just one game over the week’s play.
With a combined total of five hours and twenty eight minutes, today’s finals were a treat for the spectators. A tiring affair, but certainly everyone got their money’s worth. The day got started with the women’s doubles between China’s Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen against the home grown favourites Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Lena Frier Kristiansen. Clocking in at an hour and six minutes the Chinese pair took the title with a final scoreline of 22-20, 18-21, 21-12. Kamilla and Lena discuss the match below:
Following that match was another China vs Denmark match up featuring Wang Yihan and Tine Rasmussen, the first and second seeds respectively. Another marathon match, but this time it was a different story as Denmark managed to clinch their first title of the day as Rasmussen won this match 21-18, 19-21, 21-14 in an hour and four minutes. Rasmussen quoted her positive mental outlook as the key to her success on the day:
The day’s longest match of the day came next in the mixed doubles between Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen and England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg. After an hour and twenty two minutes the defending champions Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen were the victors once again with a score of 21-16, 25-27, 21-17. Fischer Nielsen credits their will and determination to win as the reason that they came through after this long match:
In spite of their stellar performance in the tournament, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will have to settle for second best today as Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were too strong for the Danes. Boe and Mogensen took the lead initially with a 20-22 win in the first game, but the Malaysian’s stormed back to take the second 21-14 and the third 21-17. The popular Koo had the following to say after their match:
The last match of the day was unfortunately the worst. After such a spectacular run this week Marc Zwiebler’s magic touch seemed to have run out, or perhaps the string of upsets was too much for his legs. Either way, today was Santoso’s day as the young Indonesian won in two quick games 21-14, 21-6 in thirty eight minutes. Regardless of the poor performance in the finals today Zwiebler played a fantastic tournament and will likely be enjoying some new found confidence against the world’s top players.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
After slipping in the world rankings, and entering this tournament unseeded, Bao Chunlai has had a return to grace by winning the Yonex Open Japan Super Series. While both Lin Dan and Chen Jin were absent this week, Bao was in charge to take the mens singles title for China. It was a good tournament for Bao, losing only one set which seemed something of an anomaly since it was to an unseeded qualifier from Korea. Bao’s opponent in the final Taufik Hidayat had much more of a struggle on his way to the final which may have contribute to Bao easily defeating him 21-15, 21-12.
Wang Xin may have made it through to her first ever Super Series final, but that was the end of it for the youngster who was thrashed by her teammate Wang Yihan in the final. Wang Yihan won the final in two quick games 21-8, 21-9. Nonetheless a great run for Wang Xin who had to upset Tine Rasmussen and Wang Lin on her way to the final.
Markus Kido and Hendra Setiawan were the saving grace for Indonesia today, winning 21-19, 24-22 in the finals of the mens doubles. However, regardless of the outcome of that match Indonesia would have been the winners as their opponents were also from Indonesia.
The women’s doubles final featured Satoko Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda the first Japanese finalists in the Japan Open in 19 years! Unfortunately they lost in a close two game match to the Chinese Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli 21-19, 21-18. This was the third of three titles for China today.
Finally in the mixed doubles were the only European representatives remaining on the finals day. Denmark’s Joachim Fisher Nielsen and Christina Pedersen played well to make it this far, and played well again in the final, but it wasn’t enough as they lost in three games to Thailand’s Songphan Anugritaywon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
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Yonex Japan Open Super Series Draws