The draws for the 2010 World Championships were made in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, there were little doubts about the top seed in the men’s singles draw with Lee Chong Wei taking the #1 seed but there will be no rematch of the 2009 final in Paris on August 29.
Lee Chong Wei begins his campaign against Kevin Cordon, the world number 46 from Guatemala and could face a tricky second round match against world #22 Muhammad Hafiz Hashim in an all-Malaysian second round encounter. The other seed in Lee Chong Wei’s section is Jan O Jorgensen, seeded 11. The Dane has had a disappointing 2010 after bursting onto the world scene with victory over Peter Gade in Denmark and reaching the Chinese Super Series final in 2009. He begins his campaign against the Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner, ranked 86 in the world. His second round encounter will be a much tougher match with one of the best matches of the opening round with Eric Pang taking on Rajiv Ouseph for the chance to play Jorgensen or Lahnsteiner in Round 2.
Taufik Hidiyat received the 5th seed and with that, he plays Ola Fagbemi of Nigeria who is the lowest ranked player in the draw, ranked #122 in the world. His likely second round opponent is ranked almost 100 places higher in the world rankings, world #23 Yu Shin Hsieh of Chinese Taipei who takes on Portugal’s Pedro Martins in Round 1. The other seed is Kenichi Tago, one of the breakout stories of 2010 who is the #12 seed and faces the Czech national champion Petr Koukal, the world #48 in the opening round.
Lin Dan has barely played in 2010, but is still the Chinese #1 and seeded 3 for the Worlds and begins his campaign against Ali Shahhossieni of Iran, ranked 110 in the world before potentially playing the winner of the all-European match between Henrik Toth and Henri Hurskainen in the second round. The conspiracy theorists will claim that Lin Dan’s opening two matches could be the easiest run to the last 16 of any of the seeds, with only Hurskainen inside the top 50 in the world (ranked 50th). His first big test will be against Bao Chunlai, seeded 10 and the player who defeated him in the 2010 All England. The 10th seed begins against Yan Kit Chan who is current ranked 20th in the world in one of the hardest opening round match for any seed. If anything, the winner of this match will have an easier second round match, playing the winner of David Snider of Canada (ranked 89) and Scotland’s Alistair Casey (ranked 78).
Tien Minh Nguyen may not have won in Chinese Taipei to gain him more ranking points but is still seeded 7 and plays the world number 62 Ukrainian Valeriy Atrashchenkov in his opening round match. The winner of Raul Must and Dieter Domke is likely to play the Vietnamese player in round 2. Park Sung Hwan is the other seed in this section, the 13th seeded Korean takes on Derek Wong Zi Liang of Singapore, ranked 79 in the world with Park likely to play the winner of another all-European clash between Matthieu Lo Ying Ping and Vladimir Ivanov in the opening round.
The opening section from the bottom half of the draw is arguably the hardest one to come out of, with England’s Carl Baxter, ranked 27 in the world taking on Slovakia’s Michal Matejka for the chance to play the 9th seeded Boonsak Ponsana, should he defeat world number 52 Vladimir Malkov of Russia. The other seed is Simon Santoso, winner in Chinese Taipei and seeded 8. He takes on Poland’s Przemyslaw Wacha, ranked 37 in the world with the winner of that match taking on the winner of Scott Evans, ranked 45 in the world and Hsuan Yi Hsueh of Chinese Taipei, ranked 41 in the world.
The 14th seed Chetan Anand begins his campaign against Ashton Chen Ong Zhao, ranked 112th in the world in one of the bigger mismatches of the opening round and likely to play the winner of Dmytro Zavadsky and Stephan Wojcikiewicz, ranked 47 and 56 respectively. The other seed in the section is the 4th seeded Chen Jin who begins his campaign against Finland’s #1 and world #53 Ville Lang in his opening round. The other match and potentially Chen Jin’s second round opponent is between Kestutis Navickas of Lithuania, the world number 59 and Scotland’s #1 Kieran Merrilees, ranked 72 in the world.
Wong Choong Hann received the 16th seed and will take on France’s own Simon Maunoury in his opening round match in the French capital, but the world number 81 will need to play the match of his life to reach round 2. The other match to determine the winner of the Wong/Maunoury match is between Iran’s Kaveh Mehrabi, ranked 92nd in the world and Kazushi Yamada of Japan, ranked 30 in the world. Sony Kuncoro won in Macau two weeks ago and the 6th seed comes into the championships in excellent form and begins his campaign against Misha Zilberman of Israel, ranked 84th in the world in round 1. Another all-European clash is the last match in the section with world #25 Dicky Palyama of Holland taking on the 3rd Frenchman in the draw, US Open runner-up Brice Leverdez for a place in round 2.
The final section is the only one with two European seeds, with 15th seed Marc Zwiebler taking on the Czech Jan Vondra in his opening round match and a second all-European match guarantees at least one European in the last 16, with Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg taking on Pablo Abian of Spain. Peter Gade comes into the competition as the number 2 seed and starts his campaign against Brazilian Daniel Paiola, ranked 74 in the world. The big news from this section of the draw is world number 15 Yun Hu not receiving a seeding for the event despite Chen Long not being able to play as China’s #4 and world #10 and plays Shon Wan Ho of Korea, the world number 35 in his opening match and a likely second round match against Peter Gade, which would likely be the match of the second round.
7 of the seeds in the men’s singles have safely progressed into the last 16 whilst all 8 seeds in the women’s event are also through to tomorrow’s 3rd round.
Peter Gade is safely into round 2 after a comfortable 21-8, 21-17 win over Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees. He plays Estonia’s Raul Must in the last 16. Jan Jorgensen had to come from a game down against Petr Koukal, winning the match 19-21, 21-14, 21-18 to set up a 3rd round match against Belarus’ Yauheni Yakauchuk.
There was no problem for the 3rd seed Marc Zweibler against Raj Popat of Wales, winning 21-9, 21-8 to set up a match against England’s Andrew Smith for a place in the quarter final. There was more local success as Carl Baxter and Rajiv Ouseph also progressed to the last 16, 4th seeded Ouseph plays Finland’s Ville Lang whilst 8th seed Carl Baxter plays Jan Vondra of the Czech Republic.
The only seed to fall today was 7th seed Eric Pang, who lost to Ireland’s Scott Evans 21-10, 23-21. This was the first time Evans has beaten Pang, Evans now faces Kestutis Navickas.
Pi Hongyan started her campaign off with an excellent 21-5, 21-9 win to set up a Round 3 clash with Denmark’s Camilla Sorensen, who also won by the same scoreline in her 2nd round match. Petya Nedelcheva, seeded 5 saw off the challenge of Lianne Tan in ominous fashion, winning 21-8, 21-6. The 5th seed will play England’s Elizabeth Cann for a place in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
3rd seeded Juliane Schenk is also through, with a comfortable 21-10, 21-15 win over Speia Silvester of Slovenia. 7th seed Judith Meulendijks is also through, with a 21-8, 21-12 victory over Simone Prutsch of Austria. Russia’s Ella Diehl will play England’s Helen Davies in the last 16 after both recorded two game victories in their second round matches.
8th seed Susan Egelstaff of Scotland is still on course to meet Tine Rasmussen in the quarter final, the Scot winning her second round match 21-13, 21-13 to set up a 3rd round match against Telma Santos of Portugal. Rasmussen came through her second round match against Andrea Zvorc of Croatia easily, winning 21-10, 21-9 to set up a 3rd round match against Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri.
Few surprises within the mixed doubles draws, the only seeds to fall today were Russia’s Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova who lost out to Germany’s Ingo Kindervater and Birgit Overzier 21-18, 21-19, and Denmark’s Mikkel Delbo Larsen and Mie Schjøtt-Kristensen who fell to Russia’s Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina in three extremely close games 21-23, 21-18, 21-19. Also of note was the withdrawal of Anthony Clark and Heather Olver.
Europe’s finest are in Manchester this week for the European Championships, with Denmark and hosts England being well represented in the seeds this week.
Top seed and All England semi finalist Peter Gade will go for European title number 5 and continue the Danish dominance in the men’s singles. He starts with a first round bye before taking on Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees in the second round. The Scottish 20-year old has never won on the European tour but had an outstanding run in late 2008 and has the ability to defeat any player in Europe on his day.
Denmark’s new star is the 2nd seed, Jan O Jorgensen. The 22-year old starts with a first round bye before taking on Petr Koukal, the Czech national champion and winner of the 2009 Czech International will be an excellent test for Jorgensen in the opening round of his campaign.
England’s main contenders come in the way of 4th seed and 8th seed Rajiv Ouseph and Carl Baxter. Ouseph begins against Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner whilst Carl Baxter takes on Israeli Misha Zilberman, both matches are in the second round.
Denmark will look to break a 10-year wait for a women’s singles title, with Camilla Martin being the last Dane to win the title in 2000. However it is Pi Hongyan of France that is top seed for this year’s European Championships. The French woman begins her campaign against Akvile Stapusaityte of Lithuania in her opening round. The second seed is Denmark’s big hope to end a 10 year drought, Tine Rasmussen begins her campaign against Andrea Zvorc of Croatia on Wednesday night, with her last event seeing her regain her All England title, can she regain the women’s singles for Denmark?
All four of the seeds come from the European powerhouses, Denmark and England. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen and 2nd seeded Paaske and Rasmussen have a first round bye. The surprising news from the draw is that 3rd seeded Clark and Robertson have to play a first round whilst 4th seeded Kristiansen and Henriksen have a bye into Round 2.
Current World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are the top seeds in the mixed doubles and begin their campaign to claim their 2nd European Championship against Dimova and Makarski of Bulgaria. Polish 2nd seeds Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk hope to regain the form that won them the Hong Kong Super Series title in November last year, they start against Swiss pair Dumartheray and Jaquet. England’s big hope come in the 3rd seeds Robertson and Wallwork, they begin their campaign against Welsh duo Morgan and Sheppard.
The first round of the Austrian International began this afternoon, after a morning of qualification to determine the final players entered into the main draw. The mixed doubles was the first on court, and it didn’t take long to lose one of the seeds, Claes and Descamps of Belgium (seeded 4). The remaining 7 seeds safely progressed into round 2. The Belgians had reason to celebrate soon after, with Lianne Tan taking out the 6th seeded Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland in the opening round of the women’s singles. The other 7 seeds safely progressing into tomorrow’s second round.
The men’s singles was less than clear-cut, with two seeds falling in the opening round and several other seeds being taken the full distance. Anand Pawar survived a very tight match with Pavel Florian of the Czech Republic, winning the third game 26-24. For other seeds, their chances of progressing didn’t last until a 3rd game, with 4th seeded Christian Lind Thomsen crashing out to Petr Koukal of the Czech Republic 21-19, 21-11. At the same time, 7th seeded Dmytro Zavadsky crashed out to unseeded Scottish player Kieran Merrilees. The Scot winning 21-17, 15-21, 21-13 to progress into round 2.
The men’s doubles saw top seeded local pair of Koch and Zauner fall to unseeded Russian duo of Ashmarin and Ivanov. Tomorrow sees the compeititon topple in size, with an all-Russian affair in the women’s singles as Tatjana Bibik playing Anastasia Prokopenko who both won their singles in the European Team Final over Denmark.
Kieran Merrilees reward for beating 7th seeded Zavadsky is a match against Yuhan Tan of Belgium; as for Petr Koukal he plays Simon Maunoury of France.
Play started at 10am with top seed Marc Zweibler in action against qualifier Joshua Green, the German being in fantastic form in his 21-17, 21-13 win and will play against Scotland’s Craig Goddard. 6th seed Vladimir Malkov was also impressive in his win over Tomas Kopriva.
Local interest will continue into the second round, with Kieran Merrilees, Martin Campbell, Calum Menzies, Stephen McPhail and Gordon Thomson all winning their opening round games. Second seed Przemyslaw Wacha was last on court but was perhaps the most impressive in the opening round, winning 21-6, 21-14 against Rohan Midha.
The top seeds in the Women’s Singles will be in action tomorrow, with top seed Ella Diehl playing Perrine Lebuhanic and second seed Susan Egelstaff playing Belgian Stefanie Bertels. With local interest also coming in the way of Kirsty Gilmour, after a first round walkover.
Play begins tomorrow with top seeds Durkin and Vislova playing Scottish pair Keith Turnbull and Kirsten Geals, second seed Claes and Descamps have pulled out, leaving the bottom half of the draw wide open.
Day 1 seen only two seeds lost; will the dominance end on Friday? Play begins at 10am.
Scottish International Championships Draws
Susan Egelstaff begins the quest for her first Scottish Open this week with arguably her easiest draw to the later years in all the years she has been playing the event. The second seed will play the winner of Stefanie Bertels and Lubomira Stoymora in the second round after receiving a first round bye.
Top seed Ella Diehl plays the winner of Huwaina Razi and Perrine Lebuhanic, the news of Olga Konon withdrawing from the event is another boost to Egelstaff’s hopes, with the Pole recently reaching the French Super Series quarter final.
Marc Zweibler comes into the Men’s Singles as the top seed; his opening round match is against qualifier Joshua Green. Local interest will be with 9th seeded Kieran Merrilees for a chance of a Scottish victory, he plays Sam Phiillips in Round 1.
The Mixed Doubles draw has been opened up in the lower half of the draw with the withdrawal of 2nd seeds Claes and Descamps, allowing Scottish pair Paul Van Rietvelde and Emma Mason to progress into Round 1.
Play begins at 10am local time with Marc Zweibler starting play, with the first round of the Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles being completed on Day 1.
Thursday’s Order Of Play
Scottish International Championships 2009 Draws
Perhaps my emphasis on Ulsing success in this event after coming out of the qualifying is over played. Maybe I’m acting a little bit too surprised by this result, because the fact is it’s not that big of a surprise based on the caliber of his play. The Dane may have dropped far down the rankings, but his play is as strong as ever. Few on the tour would be surprised by the fact that he is now in the final in Bulgaria, but I can assure you that Magnus Sahlberg did not expect to lose 21-12, 21-8 in the semi-finals to Ulsing. Of course he benefited from the withdrawal of the event’s top seed, but nonetheless he would have been a contender all the same. Now he will face Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees who knocked out England’s Harry Wright 21-12, 22-20. While on paper Merrilees is the favourite, I’m sure he won’t be taking Ulsing lightly.
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Bulgarian International Championships 2009 Draws