The All-Chinese semi finals in the Men’s Singles were averted, but not without a serious fight from the unseeded Chinese players. Lin Dan and Chen Jin secured their places in the last four whilst Taufik Hidiyat and Chen Long battled it out for a place in the last four. The fourth seeded Indonesian winning in two games, 22-20, 21-15.

Peter Gade against Bao Chunlai promised to be a classic, Gade taking the opening game 21-15 only for Bao Chunlai to respond, taking the second game 21-14. Just after the hour mark, Gade secured his place in the last four with a 21-13 win in the deciding game.

Wang Lin dropped the opening game to Saina Nehwal of India, but responded superbly to win the next two games and secure her place in the last four of the Women’s singles. The all-Chinese quarter final between Wang Yihan and Lu Lan was one of the shortest matches of the day, with the 3rd seed Wang Yihan beating world champion 21-17, 23-21. Pi Hongyan took a close opening game against Olga Konon in another of the quarterfinals, before demolishing her Polish opponent 21-9 in the second game.

China boasts interest in eight of the ten matches taking place tomorrow, two being all-Chinese affairs, with the Peter Gade – Taufik Hidayat match and the men’s doubles match between Boe and Mogensen against Koo and Tan being the other two matches on court tomorrow.

Only two non-seeded players remain in the five events, Yao Jie plays top seeded Wang Lin in the Women’s singles and the exciting Chinese pairing of Tao and Sun play top seeded Kido and Setiawan in the Men’s Doubles.

China has guaranteed themselves two places on Sunday, play starts 2pm local to see if they can increase that tally.

Friday’s Results:
Yonex French Super Series 2009 Draws

After a strong performance this week, upsetting both Peter Gade and then Chen Jin, Boonsak Ponsana was unable to go the distance. Lin Dan was just too strong for him, winning in two straight games 21-17, 21-17. By winning this match Lin Dan insured China all five titles this week, and who better to have done it.

The performance of the tournament likely came from Chinese youngster Wang Shixian who had to upset Wang Chen from Hong Kong, as well as several of her own teammates including Wang Yihan, Lu Lan, and Wang Lin on her way to winning her first ever Super Series title. Be sure to keep an eye out for her in the future.

Here were the final results for the week:

Men’s Singles: Lin Dan def Boonsak Ponsana 21-17, 21-17
Women’s Singles: Wang Shixian def Wang Lin 21-14, 14-21, 21-14
Men’s Doubles: Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen def Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng no match
Women’s Doubles: Du Jing/Yu Yang def Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei 21-15, 21-15
Mixed Doubles: Tao Jiaming/Wang Xiaoli def Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen 13-21, 21-19, 8-4 retired

Coming up next we have the Japan Open Super Series 2009, stay tuned for updates from that event.

The first Super Series after the World Championships takes us to the homeland of 4 gold medallists in India last month. Lin Dan has improved his ranking after his world title but is still ranked just 4th for the event that starts on September 15.

Lin Dan begins his campaign against Rajiv Ouseph of England, who was part of the English team that pulled out of the World Championships. Lee Chong Wei remains top seed; he faces Christian Lind Thomsen of Denmark in Round 1. World silver medalist Chen Jin starts his campaign against Hong Ji Hoon of Korea.

Bao Chunlai will hope to put his nightmare in the World Championships behind him as he plays Alistair Casey of Scotland in Round 1 in front of a home crowd. The qualifying for the event is a Chinese-only affair, with 10 players hoping to make one of the 4 spots available to make the main draw.

Notably absent from the draw this week is the young rising star from Denmark, Jan O Jorgensen, after his strong performance at the recent World Championships. No word on why Jorgensen is not competing in this event.

Zhou Mi retains her number 1 seeding for the women’s singles and will play Jang Soo Young of Korea in the first round. World Champion Lu Lan plays Zhu Lin in an all-Chinese match in the opening round.

The Mens Doubles will be an event to watch as Lee and Jung are ranked 1 for the event, with Cai and Fu on the other side of the draw ranked 2. Another spectacular match would almost be guaranteed in front of a partisan Chinese support.

The Mixed Doubles is almost an all-Chinese draw with the obvious exceptions of Lee and Lee who are seeded 1 for the event. Anastasia Russkikh also appears in the draw, partnering Gan Teik Chai of Malaysia.

The tournament begins on September 15.

Li Ning China Master Super Series 2009 Draws

Another year and another World Championships is over, new World Champions have been crowned whilst some continue their domination of the sport. It was a tournament full of surprises, from England’s withdrawal on the eve of the Championships to seeing Lin Dan seeded a mere fifth.

The Winners:

He might have been seeded fifth, but Lin Dan is still the best player in the world. He almost eased into the tournament with three simple wins in under 90 minutes, and then hit top form when it mattered against Peter Gade, Sony Dwi Kuncoro and Chen Jin to win his third straight World Championship.

Lu Lan came in as China’s 4th best player, but now she is World Champion. Beating four of the top ten seeds on her way to the world title without losing a set is a remarkable achievement for the 22-year old. She defeated Xie Xingfang and Wang Lin on her way to the world title to declare herself as the number one player in China and in the world.

Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng’s lack of tournament experience this year did little to hinder their progress at this years world championship, but had to come through the most remarkable match of the Championships in the final against Lee and Jung where they had a to save two Championship points at before taking the title at their sixth match point, winning 28-26 in the third game in a 75 minute epic.

Zhao and Zhang came in as China 4th best women’s doubles partnership but they showed the depth and quality of the nation by defeating two higher Chinese seeds on their way to their first World title. Their stunning win over Ha and Kim in the quarterfinal will live long in the memory.

The only non-Chinese winner and a first gold for Denmark since 2003 as Laybourn and Rytter Juhl take the mixed doubles title, beating the top three seeds on their way to the title. It is an event that the Chinese haven’t won since 2001 and a result that will boost the game as a whole in Europe that the Asian stranglehold can be broken.

The Surprises:

Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan rolled back the years at this years World Championship, unseeded and unfancied at the start of the week they went on a run that turned them from no-hopers to contenders for the title. Only a narrow defeat in the quarterfinal robbed them of another run at the world title.

Jan O Jorgensen’s run to the quarterfinals could be the first look into the future of Danish badminton and to continue the legacy of outstanding men’s singles players. The 21-year old gave Taufik Hidayat a real scare in the last 8 before narrowly losing out, but don’t count out another run by Jorgensen next year.

The Disappointments:

Paaske and Rasmussen’s shock round 2 defeat was one of the big disappointments of the opening three days of action. Their half of the draw opened up with the withdrawal of Kido and Setiawan but the 2005 World Championships fell at the first hurdle.

There was a lot of harsh criticism of Lee Chong Wei’s defeat to Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the quarterfinal stage on the live-blog that was onsite during the World Championships, but that is not my reason for putting him down as a disappointment. I think he was the only genuine contender to Lin Dan this year and we were almost robbed on their potential semi-final encounter, a victory over Lee Chong Wei would have made Lin Dan’s three-peat all the more impressive.

What next for the world’s best? Macau next week.

Finals Matches

After a week of hard work the finals are here and China looks primed for domination. With only one event out of their reach, China has 3 guaranteed golds and a chance at the fourth. Mens singles, womens singles, and womens doubles are all in the bag now for China, and Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng will certainly do their best to capture a fourth for the day, and their second for their careers.

BVM Coverage – World Badminton Championships Finlas

Just one day remains in this year World Championships, where no top seed will be playing on finals day. Only Lee and Lee remained as top seeds left in any of the draws but were defeated by Thomas Laybourn and Kamila Rytter Juhl of Denmark in three games.

They will play Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in the final after they defeated the second Danish couple in the semi finals, Joachim Fischer Neilsen and Christina Pedersen.

In the Mens Singles, Chen Jin was in superb form to beat Taufik Hidayat 21-16, 21-6 to reach the final, where he will play Lin Dan. The Chinese 5th seed came through his match against Sony Dwi Kuncoro in three games

Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong lost out in an agonizing three set affair, losing 22-20 in the decider against Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae. Jung and Lee will play Cai Yun and Fu Haifeng, the Chinese partnership came back from losing the opening set to win in three games.

Finals day provides three guaranteed gold medals for the Chinese, starting off with the all-Chinese Men’s Singles Final between Lin Dan and Chen Jin. Both players have only lost one game in their route to the final but Lin Dan goes in as the favourite.

The Mixed Doubles Final is the only match without a Chinese interest, as Denmark’s Laybourn and Rytter Juhl play Indonesia’s Widianto and Natsir. Laybourn and Rytter Dahl have defeated both the third and first seeds to reach the final.

The next two matches are dominated by China. Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting play against Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei in the Women’s Doubles Final, followed by Xie Xingfang against Lu Lan in the Women’s Singles Final.

The last match of the day pits Cai and Fu against Lee and Jung in the Men’s Doubles Finals. The breakdown of the seedings are:

Three 2nd Seeds
One 4th Seed
Three 5th Seeds
Two 7th Seeds
One 8th Seed

Play begins at 2pm local time.

Finals Schedule
Yonex Sunrise BWF World Badminton Championships Draws

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BVM Coverage – World Badminton Championships Semi-Finals

It seems impossible for anyone to win the Indonesia Super Series (Indonesia Open) if you aren’t Indonesian. In days past it was Ardy Wiranata, Taufik Hidayat, and most recently Sony Dwi Kuncoro. Now Taufik is back in the final once again, and this time against the best possible opponent, Lee Chong Wei. I say the best possible opponent because Malaysia and Indonesia have feuded over badminton for years so it seems fitting for these two players to meet in this final.

Lee Chong Wei had a somewhat closer match against Chen Jin winning 21-15, 22-20 while Taufik had a somewhat smoother victory over his fellow countryman Sony Dwi Kuncoro winning 21-17, 21-14. The last time these two met was back at the Swiss Super Series where Lee Chong Wei just snuck out the win, but this time he is going to have thousands of screaming Indonesians to overcome. The smart money is on Taufik for this final.

The women’s singles will also feature some excitement with Wang Lin meeting the young Indian Saina Nehwal. Saina won a nailbiter of a match against Lu Lan sneaking by 25-23, 21-19. Wang Lin made it through much more comfortably beating Xie Xingfang 21-19, 21-13. Saina Nehwal is quite the rising star, and it would be very exciting to see her crack through the Chinese women’s dominance.

All in all I’m quite excited to see the results from tomorrow, I only wish I could be there!

MS – Taufik Hidayat vs Lee Chong Wei
WS – Wang Lin vs Saina Nehwal
MD – Jung/Lee vs Cai/Fu
WD – Chin/Wong vs Cheng/Zhao
XD – Zheng/Ma defeated Lee/Lee

Djarum Indonesian Super Series 2009 Draws

The seeded players came out on top for the majority of the day on all five disciplines with only third seeded players out today. Imogen Bankier and Robert Blair took the first seeded scalp in the opening hours of the third day; they beat the 8th seeded couple of Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkum in 3 games to progress to the Quarter Finals on Friday.

Chan Yan Kit disposed of the 7th seed in the Men’s Singles in Joachim Persson in two games. Persson is the only seed to fall in the Mens Singles to date. Wins for Taufik Hidayat over last weeks runner-up Boonsak Ponsana and for Sony Dwi Kuncoro ensured some home players would be playing in the Quarter Finals.

In the Women’s Singles, third seeded Wang Lin safely progressed to the Quarters after her Indonesian opponent Adriyanti Fridasari retired at the end of the first match that the Chinese seed won 21-13. 8th seeded Xie Xingfang defeated Rachel Van Cutsen in two games to set up a potential Semi-Final clash with Wang Lin.

In the other half of the draw, 2nd seed Wang Yihan has spent less than a hour on court to progress to the Quarter Final where she will play fellow Chinese player and 7th seed Lu Lan. The battle of the Chinese compatriots in round was between Lu Lan and Zhu Lin was won by the 7th seeded in two matches. 4th Seed Wang Chen lost out to unseeded Korean Hye Youn Hwang in three games to take the seeds left in the ladies draw down to just 5.

Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark’s excellent run of form ended with a second round defeat to Indonesian pair Luluk Hidiyanto and Joko Riyadi in two games (24-22, 21-16). Only Zheng Bo and Ma Jin as well as Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen remain from last weeks winners.

Matches to watch tomorrow:

Mens Singles:

Peter Gade (DEN, Seeded 2) vs Taufik Hidayat (IND, Seeded 5)

Ladies Singles:

Wang Yihan (CHN, Seeded 2) vs. Lu Lan (CHN, Seeded 7)

Mixed Doubles:

Blair/Bankier (GBR) vs. Lee/Lee (KOR, Seeded 2)
Widianto/Natsir (IND, Seeded 1) vs. Bo/Jin (CHN, Seeded 5)

Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009 Draws

This is a fan report from one of our readers. Tommy Bun from Indonesia is currently attending the Djarum Indonesia Super Series.

The qualification rounds of the Indonesia Super Series are over, and the strongest players of the day have made their way through to the main draw where their opponents await them. However, in spite of home court advantage, no Indonesians made it through the qualifying rounds in the mens singles draw. Hayom Rumbaka, Yunus Alamsyah and Tommy Sugiarto all failed to book a place in the main draw.

In womens singles the young Singaporean Fu Ming Tian, who played very well at last week’s Sinapore Super Series by beating Lu Lan, didn’t perform quite as well as she struggled to beat her opponents in the qualifying round this week.

Controversy surrounded the mixed doubles match between Moh Tazari/Wong Pei Ty and Lee Sheng Mu/Chien Yu Chin. After splitting the first two sets the match headed in to extra points in the final set after some exciting badminton. As the Malaysian’s lead 23-22 Tazari hit a smash that appeared to be wide to the line judge, however the umpire overruled the call, and in spite of the Taiwanese pair’s protests, the call stood, and the match was over.

Stay tuned for results from the main draw
Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009 Draws

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