Most of the world’s best are still recovering from the world championships, however the Vietnam Open managed to lure the national hero in Tien Minh Nguyen back to win the title he claimed in 2009.
Nguyen claimed the men’s singles title without the loss of a game in any of his 6 matches and defeated the second seeded Sho Sasaki whose route to the final was much more difficult than Nguyen but the Vietnamese number 1 was too strong and claimed the title 21-13, 21-17 in 40 minutes.
Unseeded Fu Mingtian claimed the women’s singles title with a three game victory over another unseeded player, Kaori Imabeppu who defeated her seeded team-mate Sayaka Sato in the second round on route to the final. The 67 minute match was eventually won by Singapore’s Fu Mingtian, winning 21-18, 16-21, 21-8.
Indonesia claimed both level doubles titles, with 5th seeded Pratama and Saputra taking the men’s doubles title with a three game victory over the unseeded Chrisnata and Triyachart of Singapore. Agustin and Maheswari were also seeded 5th this week and also defeated a Singapore pair in the final, defeating Sari and Yao who were seeded second this week in two tight games, taking 60 minutes to complete.
Russia claimed the mixed doubles title as Vislova and Durkin, seeded 3rd defeated the Korean pair of Chung and Yoo in the most one-sided of the finals, with the Russian pair winning 21-16, 21-13 in 35 minutes.
It seemed almost destined that the young up and comer Viktor Axelsen would storm his way to the title in Sweden, but another relatively unknown player from Indonesia named Indra Bagus Ade Chandra was too much for the young Dane. Similar to Axelsen, Chandra fought his way through the qualifying rounds to find his place in the finals. The Indonesia defeated Axelsen with a confident 21-15, 21-12 scoreline. We can likely expect to hear much more from both of these young players.
In the women’s singles it was Kaori Imabeppu of Japan taking the title over England’s Elizabeth Cann in a relatively quick 21-15, 21-10 win. After defeating China’s Rong Bo it appeared that Cann would have more to challenge Kaori with, but it appeared that perhaps fatigue got the best of her. The only game that Kaori dropped throughout the entire tournament was to the top seed Ella Diehl.
While they may have lost the women’s singles, England rebounded with a confident looking Robin Middleton and Chris Langridge in the men’s doubles event. The two managed to take the title without dropping a game, and with few close games at that. They defeated their Danish opponents Mikkel Elbjorn and Christian John Skovgaard 21-11, 21-18.
Both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles went to Danish pairs, and both finals were intensely fought. In the women’s doubles Helle Nielsen and Marie Ropke snuck past their Dutch opponents Lotte Jonathans and Pauline Van Dooremalen in three close games 17-21, 21-15, 21-18. Then in the mixed doubles Mads Pieler Kolding and Britta Andersen narrowly defeated their Ukrainian opponents Valery Atrashchenkov and Elena Prus 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.
The EBU tour goes on a bit of a break again now with Thomas and Uber Cup preliminaries happening around the world. Stay tuned for more BWF tour results from those events soon.