After the first day’s results there have been few seeds slain, with the exception of France’s Brice Leverdez who lost to Indonesia’s Yoga Pratama and Lee Tsuen Seng who withdrew from the tournament. Surprising though was the loss of last week’s Australian Open Grand Prix winner Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka to Japan’s Kazushi Yamada 14-21, 21-16, 21-12.
Tomorrow might yield some interesting matches with R.M.V Gurusai Datt playing the top seed Yan Kit Chan, Koichi Saeki playing second seeded Andre Tedjono, and a few others worth keeping an eye out for.
The other events have yet to start at this point in time as a result of what seem to be some fairly small draws, so keep an eye out there as well, since we could see some other exciting matches.
I might not have paid him much attention initially, but Chen Long is proving he is worthy of our respect. He is now into the semi-finals of the India Open. His latest victim was Lee Tsuen Seng who he defeated 21-15, 21-8, a fairly convincing victory from the looks of the score. Next he will play Hafiz Hashim who knocked out Indonesia’s Andre Tedjono in three games 21-18, 14-21, 21-16.
On the bottom half of the draw we have an all Indonesia semi-final between Taufik Hidayat and Tommy Sugiarto. Sugiarto is the son of the famous Icuk Sugiarto. It is highly unlikely that he will be able to beat Taufik, but who knows, crazier things have happened. My money is on Taufik to win the tournament, but of course Taufik can be incredibly unpredictable so who knows.
India Open Badminton 2009 Draws
Lee Tsuen Seng must be a big fan of New Zealand by now. He won back in 2006, I’m not sure about 2007, and now he has won again in 2008 at the KLRC New Zealand Open. Lee defeated his teammate Sairul Ayob Amar 24-22, 21-17 to take th title. I’m not surprised, Lee is a strong player. He has struggled to do much beyond the top 20 in the world rankings, but he is capable of the occasional upset. Now what I’m really looking forward to is next week’s China Open Super Series!
video of Lee Tsuen Seng at the 2007 US Open for those of you who don’t know who he is
No upsets still at the KLRC New Zealand Open. First seed Sairul Ayob defeated hometown favourite John Moody 21-16, 21-15 which is a pretty impressive effort from Mr. Moody. I had hoped that the youngster Tommy Sugiarto might be able to pull of some upsets, but he was knocked out by Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsin Hsieh in three games 12-21, 21-16, 21-9. The big winner of this event is Scotland’s Alistair Casey who has had an especially easy draw to the semi finals after Roslin Hashim withdrew. He plays Malaysia’s Lee Tsuen Seng.