The first round proper begun with the top seed men’s singles player Bao Chunlai in action, his opponent Sven-Eric Kastens posing little threat as the #1 seed progressed 21-9, 21-11 into round two. The majority of the seeds in the men’s singles had little trouble in progressing into the second round, Dicky Palyama who is seeded 6th was taken the full distance by Rei Sato of Japan, eventually the Dutch seed won 18-21, 21-11, 21-14. The bottom half of the men’s singles draw also had no shocks with the seeds, with Marc Zweibler progressing 22-20, 21-11 over Wei Feng Chong. Chen Long also safely marched into round 2 with his 21-7, 21-9 win over Dharma Gunawi.
The men’s doubles lost its top seed Choong and Lee of Malaysia in Round 1 at the hands of Liao and Wu of Chinese Tapiei, 21-18, 22-20. Another Malayian seed fell later in the day, with the 6th seeded Chan and Lim losing out to Japanese duo Endo and Hirobe in three games, 13-21, 21-18, 21-15. The second seeded Lin and Chen progressed in a tight two game encouter with the Danish pair Conrad-Petersen and Kolding, 21-16, 21-17.
The women’s singles suffered the biggest fallout regarding the seeds, 8th seeded Judith Meulendijks crashed out to Jeanine Cicognini in a three game encounter, 18-21, 21-15, 21-15 to the Swiss player. Petya Nedelcheva, the 5th seed was the next seed to fall. Trupti Murgurdi of India beating the Bulgarian seed 12-21, 21-8, 21-14 to progress into Round 2. It was a bad day for the Dutch ladies, as 4th seeded Yao Jie was the 3rd seed to lose out in the opening round, Tse Ying Suet defeating the 4th seed, 22-20, 21-13.
The women’s doubles seen the 3rd and 4th seeds progress into Round 2, where the top 2 Chinese seeds will play their opening match in the event. The 3rd seeded Cheng and Chien came through a 3-game match against Russkikh and Nedelcheva to book their place in the second round. The 4th seed Russian pair of Sorokina and Vislova had little problem in their opening match, defeating Heisbol and Skelbae of Denmarr 21-14, 21-19 to book their place in Round 2.
Round 2’s matches begin with the top seeded Bao Chunlai in action at 9am on Thursday.
Three Dutch players had an opportunity to secure success on finals day; the All-Dutch Women’s singles final would guarantee at least one Dutch winner. Play started with the Women’s Doubles with top seeded Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova playing unseeded German pairing Sandra Marinello and Birgit Overzier.
The top seeded Russian pair dominated through out the game, taking the match in two games 21-12, 21-17. The next match was the all-Dutch encounter between Jie Yao and Judith Meulendijks in the women’s singles final. The match failed to live up to the competitive hype surrounding it, with Jie Yao winning comfortably in two games, 21-11, 21-12.
The all-German encounter between Kristoff Hopp and Johannes Schoettler against Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater was third on court, with the lower seeded Hopp and Schoettler taking the opening set, 21-13. It was a tight opening start to the second set until 5-5 when Hopp and Schoettler won five points in a row to open up a lead, a lead they took full advantage off to win the second game and the match 21-13, 21-16.
Valerina Sorokina took title number two in the mixed doubles as her and partner Alexandr Nikolaenko defeated top seeded pair Durkin and Vislova in three games, taking the final game 21-12 in the longest match of the day. Eric Pang had opportunity to double the Dutch haul in the Men’s Singles final against Chetan Anand of India.
The opening game couldn’t have gone much worse for Pang, losing the game by 21 points to 12. The dream was slowly dying for Pang, and after 33 minutes, Chetan Anand completed his ambition at the start of the week by winning the final 21-12, 21-15.
The opportunity of two all-Dutch finals was on the cards on Saturday morning; by the start of the evening they had their first. Eric Pang played Rajiv Ouseph started the Dutch interest on Saturday, with the first men’s singles semi final. Hope were high when Pang took the opening game 23-21 after trailing most of the latter half of the game, but the higher seeded Ouseph levelled the match by taking the second game 21-12.
Pang was forced to respond, which he did in front of his home crowd. He never led Ouseph take the lead in the final game and comfortably won the third game 21-7 to book his place in Sunday’s final.
Next game on court was Judith Meulendijks, against unseeded German Carola Boot. The second seed defeated Carola Bott in two games to claim her place in the final, the 21-13, 21-16 score line secured the first women’s single finalist for the home fans. Jie Yao had the chance to give the Dutch fans their first all-Dutch final on Sunday if she defeated Olga Koron in her semi final.
A dominant display in the opening game give the Dutch fourth seed a one game lead with a 21-8 scoreline. Koron responded well in the opening part of Game 2 but Jie Yao’s class prevailed and she took the second game 21-17 to complete the all-Dutch women’s singles final.
Dicky Palyama had the opportunity to complete the clean sweep of Dutch success on Saturday, playing second seed Chetan Anand of India. Palyama started well in the opening game, but the Indian responded with several runs of 2 and 3 points and clinched the opening game 21-14. The second game failed to change the outlook of the match, with Chetan Anand winning seven points in a row at 2-1 to take a dominating lead that he never lost, winning the second game 21-6.
Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina will pair up in the women’s doubles final first on finals day before playing against one another in the mixed doubles final. Vislova and Sorokina playing unseeded German pair Sandra Marinello and Birgit Overzier. Vislova was partner Vitalij Durkin as top seeds against Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina.
The men’s doubles final is an all-German affair, with sixth seeded Krisoff Hopp and Johannes Schoettler playing fourth-seeded Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater.
Play begins at 12:30 local time on Sunday.
Semi Final Results
Local interest is still rife in the singles events as both events have two Dutch seeds remaining. Jie Yao and Judith Meulendijks progressed safely into the semi finals with two game wins. Jie Yao crushing Karin Schnaase 21-6, 21-7 in less than 30 minutes. Meulendijks had a tougher time defeating Jeanine Cicognini but won both games 21 points to 19.
Jie Yao will play the unseeded Pole, Olga Koron. Patty Stolzenbach failed to defeat the Pole in the quarterfinal stage who also disposed of top seed Petra Nedelcheva in Round 1. The other Semi Final sees Judith Meulendijks play unseeded German Carola Bott,, who has disposed of the 6th seed Linda Zechiri in the last 16 and 3rd seeded Larisa Griga in the quarter finals.
The chances of an all-Dutch final look good, but the last thing the Dutch seeds will want to do is take their opponents lightly.
Eric Pang delighted the local crowds with his two game victory over 4th seed Arvind Bhat 21-10, 21-19. Dicky Palyama also secured his place in the last 4 with a two game victory over Kasper Ipsen 21-16, 21-14.
The big news in the men’s singles was the defeat of top seed Wong Choon Hann at the hands of 5th seed Rajiv Ouseph, the three game encounter was the longest singles game of the day. Ouseph will play Eric Pang in the Semi Finals, with the winner to play the either Chetan Anand or Dicky Palyama.
Potentially two all-Dutch singles Final? Tune in tomorrow to find out.
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws
Day 3 of the Dutch Open pitted the seeds against one another in a place in the quarter finals, top seeded Wong Choon Haan and second seed Chetan Anand progressed safely into the last 8 with comfortable two game victories.
The local support came to see 3rd seeded Dicky Palyama against 15th seed Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine play for a place in the last 8. Palyama was rarely troubled in a one-sided affair that the Dutchman won 21-11, 21-15 in under half an hour.
6th seeded Eric Pang played 12th seeded Peter Mikkelsen for his place in the final 8. Mikkelsen took an early lead in the opening game only for Pang to rally back and take the opening set 21-13. The second set was a dominant display by the sixth seed that never allowed Mikkelsen to take the lead and eventually taking the second game 21-15 to book his place in the quarters.
In the quarterfinal stage, all but one seed, Kasper Ipsen has progressed to the last 8. Ipsen defeated 7th seed Marc Zweibler in Round 2 and has defeated two other Germans on route to the last 8 where he will play Dicky Palyama.
Eric Pang plays 4th seed Arvind Bhat of India after he defeated 11th seed Anup Sridhar in their last 16 encounter by the closest of margins, 23-21 in the third set. The other two matches see top seed Wong Choon Hann play 5th seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England, with second seed Chetan Anand playing 8th seed Kashyap Parupalli in an all-Indian affair.
The Ladies singles has three Dutch ladies in the last 8. 4th seed Jie Yao, 2nd seed Judith Meulendijks and unseeded Patty Stolzenbach. All three ladies have failed to drop a set on their way to the quarters.
Jie Yao plays Karin Schnaase of Germany in the Quarter Finals whilst Patty Stolzenback plays Olga Koron of Poland. Judith Meulendijks plays Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland for a place in the last 4.
All the todays results and tomorrows matches can be found here:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws
Tomorrow the qualifying rounds of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009 begin, and on Wednesday main round action begins. The top two seeds at the event are Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han and India’s Chetan Anand. Wong is likely a heavy favourite to take the title, but unlike some of the other top Asian players, he is far from unbeatable. Certainly players like Eric Pang or Dicky Palyama are interested in a big win like this, and need it if they want to break to another level. This is an interesting tournament in that it is one week before the Denmark Open Super Series, and very close in proximity, but there are relatively few big names here.
It is a similar story in the women’s singles, with no big names present to fight for the title. Petya Nedelcheva from Bulgaria is the top seed, and opposite her is Judith Meulendijks who is the hometown hopeful. Yao Jie is another strong contender for the title, also hailing from the Netherlands, but as of late she has not been performing to her highest levels that we saw in years past.
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Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws