The top two seeds met in the final, with Peter Gade taking on Lee Chong Wei for the first Super Series title of 2010. This was the dream final for the event, but it didn’t live up to the billing. The defending champion Peter Gade lost his first final ever in Korea as Lee Chong Wei was in dominating form and took the match in two games, 21-12, 21-11 in 34 minutes. From the very start of the match the Dane looked uneasy and struggled to keep up with Lee’s pace. Upon entering the final Gade had played 90 minutes more badminton than Lee.
Local favourite Sung Ji Hyun faced Chinese 6th seed Wang Shixian in the women’s singles final. Sung defeated the top seed and the 7th seed to reach the final but was unable to beat another seed and win the title. She did however have 3 game points in the second game before losing the game and the match to Wang Shixian 21-10, 25-23.
The rematch of the 2009 World Championship final turned into another sensational match as Lee and Jung took on Cai and Fu in the final. Arguably the best two partnerships in the world played some fantastically long rallies with incredible defense to share the opening two games, just like in India in August at the World Championships. Lee Yong Dae was without a doubt the star of the match, dominating the front court in a manner reminiscent of Tony Gunawan. This time it was the Korean’s turn to win a tight third game and the match 21-11, 14-21, 21-18.
The top two seeds met in the women’s doubles final, with the on-form Cheng and Zhao not losing a single game on route to the final to justify their top seeding. Fujii and Kakiiwa had to come through two 3 game matches to reach the final, but where unable to compete at the high level of the Chinese top seeds as Cheng and Zhao won their fourth match in two games to claim the title 21-16, 21-15.
Could Tao and Zhang be the shock story of the week and defeat their third seeded pair to claim the Korean title? 3rd seeded He and Yu stood in their way. The two partnerships had only lost one game between them on route to the final (He and Yu) but Tao and Zhang’s run came to an end at the final hurdle, with the 3rd seeds winning 21-15, 21-16 to secure the title.
Boonsak Ponsana began the men’s singles play for the day against Korean Hong Ji Hoon, the eighth seed spent 45 minutes disposing of his tricky opponent but completed the task 21-18, 21-16. Lee Chong Wei and Chen Jin took to the court within 10 minutes of each other in the next men’s singles matches, both against tricky European opponents.
Lee Chong Wei played Marc Zweibler whilst Chen Jin played Dicky Palyama. Both seeded players came through their matches in two games, with Lee Chong Wei winning 21-18, 21-8 and Chen Jin winning 21-14, 21-17. Lee Chong Wei would play Boonsak Ponsana in the quarterfinals.
Tien Minh Nguyen survived an epic 82-minute test against Du Pengyu of China to progress to the quarter finals, his 25-23, 15-21, 21-19 win was the longest match of the day by far, he plays Chen Jin in the last 8 tomorrow.
The bottom half of the draw had China’s Bao Chunlai and Chen Long in action at the same time to book their places in the last 8. Kazushi Yamada proved little opposition to Chen Long, as the 7th seed from China won 21-17, 21-12. Bao Chunlai faced a stiffer test from England’s Carl Baxter, but the 4th seeded progressed in two games, 21-17, 21-18.
The final two seeds on court were Peter Gade and local favourite Park Sung Hwan. The 2nd seed Gade had Rajiv Ouseph of England, whilst Kuan Beng Hong would play the 5th seeded Korean. Both matches were completed in two games, with both seeds progressing to tomorrow’s quarterfinal stage. Gade winning 23-21, 22-20 against Ouseph and Park Sung Hwan won 21-15, 21-14 to set up a clash between the two tomorrow.
Seeds Remaining: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Sung Ji Hyun pulled off the shock of day 2 with her sensational win over top seed Tine Rasmussen in two games, the unseeded Korean winning 21-15, 21-16 to book her place in the last 8. She will play Yao Jie in the quarterfinal after the 7th seed from Netherlands won a tight three game match against Yu Hirayama 21-16, 20-22, 21-19, a match that lasted 65 minutes.
Zhou Mi is now the top seed remaining in the draw, after fighting back from losing the opening game to defeat Tai Tzu Ying 21-23, 21-16, 21-10. It was another unlikely Korean victory in the match featuring 5th seeded Wang Xin of China, with Bae Seung Hee winning 21-12, 21-14.
Two unseeded players were guaranteed to progress from the next two matches, with Chan Tsz Ka defeating Petya Nedelcheva 21-9, 13-21, 21-19. She will play Hi Kim Moon, the winner of the all-Korean match against Kang Hae Won 21-15, 21-17.
The final two matches featured 4th seeded Juliane Schenk and Wang Shixian, the 6th seed from China. Juliane Schenk looked to be coasting into the quarters after winning her opening game 21-4, only to sensationally collapse and lose the next two games against Yip Pui Yin to lose the match 4-21, 21-16, 21-18. Wang Shixian had little problem defeating Finland’s Any Nieminen 21-14, 21-10.
Seeds remaining: 2, 6 and 7.
Lee Yong Dae bounced back from his mixed doubles exit to progress into the quarter finals of the men’s doubles with partner Jung Jae Sung, defeating Jin and Kim in an all-Korean affair 21-13, 21-9. Petya Nedelcheva’s bad day continued, as she and Anastasia Russkikh, seeded 5th in the women’s doubles crashed out to Matsuo and Naito of Japan today.
Cai and Fu are at their ominous best, defeating Faust Henriksen and Kristiansen of Denmark, 21-10, 21-7 in just 23 minutes. 4th seeded Danish pair Paaske and Rasmussen were also defeated by Chai and Zhang to further compound a bad day in the Danish camp.
Play begins tomorrow at 3pm, with the 4 mixed doubles quarter finals.
The first round of the Korean Super Series provided it’s fair share of shocks, but the big news was the defeat of local superstars Lee and Lee in the mixed doubles to Zhang and Tao in two games, 21-13 and 21-16. They weren’t the only seed to crash out in the mixed doubles, with 5th seeded Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk losing in three games.
Lee Chong Wei breezed into round 2 with a clinical 21-4, 21-14 win over England’s Andrew Smith, Peter Gade is also into round 2 with a two game win over Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia 21-19, 21-17. There were wins for Chen Jin, Chen Long and Park Sung Hwan to delight the local crowd.
Tine Rasmussen is through to round 2 of the women’s singles, the Danish top seed defeated Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-14, 21-16 to secure her place in the last 16. Second seeded Zhou Mi survived losing the first game to defeat Wong Mew Choo to book her place in round 2. There were also wins for 4th seeded Juliane Schenk and 7th seeded Yai Jie to ensure some competitive European interest going into the later half of the week. Only 8th seeded Salakjit Ponsana failed to progress into round 2 of the seeds.
Lee Yong Dae will look to put today’s defeat behind him as himself and Jung Jae Sung are top seeds in the men’s doubles and an all-Korean clash in round 2 will be one of the highlights of tomorrow’s play for the local crowd.