Germany's Schenk Well Positioned

Day 1 in the German Open has seen the majority of the women’s singles seeds crash out at the first hurdle. Six of the eight seeds lost their opening round match to open the draw up for Juliane Schenk to claim a home victory in the event.

The men’s singles also lost some of it’s seeds on the opening day of action, the biggest casualty being the 5th seeded Hu Yun who was defeated by Stanislov Pukhov in two games. Carl Baxter, the 16th seed also fell in this quarter of the draw to Japanese qualifier Keigo Sonoda in a very one-sided game, with Sonoda winning 21-11, 21-9. The big names in the draw are all safely into round 2, Lin Dan and Chen Jin both progressed without the loss of a game whilst Boonsak Ponsana survived a three game scare against Mathieu Lo Ying Ping of France and there is still local interest with the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler, who defeated Vladimir Ivanov to progress into round 2.

The women’s singles draw has turned into a lottery in the bottom half of the draw, with all 4 seeds toppling in their opening round matches. 2nd seed Bae Youn Joo lost to Juan Gu of Singapore in three games, 3rd seeded Yip Pui Yin lost out to Germany’s own Olga Konon in two tight games, 6th seed Yao Jie lost to Bae Sueng Hee in a one-sided matchup and the 7th seeded Petya Nedelcheva lost to Japan’s Ai Goto in two games to open the bottom half of the draw to anyone. The top half also lost the 4th seeded Ella Diehl to Fu Mingtian in three games and also the 8th seeded Eriko Hirose to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in two games. Only Juliane Schenk and Liu Xin remain from the 8 seeds that begun the week and they are set to meet in the last 8 should both win their second round matches.

There were only two seeds crashing out of the men’s doubles today, however one impacted the local fans as the 6th seeded Kindervater and Schoettler lost to Kwon and Shin of Korea in a two game match. The 8th seeded English pair of Ellis and Adcock also crashed out to the Russia pair of Ivanov and Sozonov in three games. The top seeds progressed safely into the last 16, with Ko and Yoo and Lee and Jung both winning in two games.

The women’s doubles still has all 7 of the seeds that started the week safely into the last 16, with top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna progressing in two games with a win over Wengberg and Lennartsson. Unseeded Kim Ha Na and Kim Min Seo started their campaign with an excellent two game win over Bott and Schnaase.

The mixed doubles lost it’s top seed on the opening day as Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam were defeated in three games by Nikolaenko and Sorokina of Russia whilst the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba progressed into the second round for the first time in 2011 with a two game victory. The new Korean pair of Lee and Kim got off to the perfect start by defeating the 4th seeded Michels and Fuchs in a tight two game match to book their place in the last 16.

Day 1 Results

Lin Dan Graces Germany With His Presence

The best players in the world begin their first trip of Europe for 2011 with a three event tour starting this week in Germany as the world’s elite play themselves into form ahead of the All-England Championships in two weeks time.

There is no Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat or Lee Chong Wei this week but there is a Chinese presence in the men’s singles, punctuated with the top seed and Korean Open Premier Series winner Lin Dan. World Champion Chen Jin is also in the draw and is seeded to meet Lin Dan in the final. There is also home interest in the 6th seed Marc Zwiebler as well as a wrath of talent from Asia in the draw like 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana and 4th seeded Park Sung Hwan.

The “Big Four” of the womens singles are not present in the draw this week, opening up the opportunity for a home victory with top seeded Juliane Schenk. Bae Youn Joo and Yip Pui Yin are the main threats in the bottom half of the draw as well as a considerable Japanese presence in the draw who also played in the Austrian Open last week.

Lee Yong Dae is the main attraction of the mens doubles with partner Jung Jae Sung, with Korean team-mates Ko and Yoo being their main rivals this week. The draw is packed with excellent partners, the Commonwealth champions Koo and Tan are the 3rd seeds this week and there is German interest in the 6th seeded Kindervater and Schoettler, who should meet Lee and Jung in the quarter final stage.

The Japanese are well represented in the seeds for the women’s doubles, with the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna, 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa and 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito. The European threats in the draw come from the 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh and 4th seeded Vislova and Sorokina but one name to watch is Kim Ha Na of Korea and her partner Kim Min Seo who take on the German pair of Schnaase and Bott in their opening match.

Kim Ha Na is Lee Yong Dae’s new partner as he returns to the mixed doubles for the first time in recent memory, the new partnership has a tough opening against the 4th seeded German pairing of Fuchs and Michels. Top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam start with a tough opener themselves against the Russian duo of Nikolaenko and Sorokina. Mateusiak and Zieba are seeded 2 but will hope to jump start their campaign this week after a poor start to 2011.

German Open Grand Prix 2011 Draws

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