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We apologize for being a little late to do this as both these events have come and gone a while ago. In the future we plan to do this after every major event.
In this edition of the unnamed show we discuss Lee Chong Wei’s incredible performances at the first two Super Series events, Joachim Persson’s struggles to regain his form, and even a brief discussion of upcoming star Viktor Axelsen.
Lee Chong Wei was in dominant form, as he has been for most of 2010 with an impressive performance over Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen. Lee Chong Wei took an opening tight game 22-20, before demolishing Nguyen in the second game, taking the second game and the match 21-11. Peter Gade looked set for the final and a rematch with the top seed, taking in the opening game 21-11 against Thailand’s Boonsak Ponsana. However, the Thai player had other ideas and took the 2nd game 21-12 to tie the match at 1-1. He completed his disposal of the 4th seeded Gade with a final game score of 21-16 to Ponsana.
The top seed Wang Yihan looked set for the final after her opening game victory against unseeded Bae Youn Joo 21-17, but the Korean woman shocked the top seed by winning the next two games and completed an unlikely victory over the Chinese top seed, winning the match 17-21, 21-13, 21-19. There is one Chinese woman in the final though, Wang Xin defeated Japan’s Eriko Hirose in two games to set up a final against Bae, winning 21-13, 21-17.
The Men’s Doubles final will be between the top seeds from Malaysia Koo and Tan after their three game victory over Chai and Zhang of China, winning the match 21-19, 16-21, 21-15. They will play Guo and Xu of China, the 6th seeds after they defeated 4th seeded Chandra and Gunawan of Indonesia in three games, 13-21, 21-13, 21-13.
The Women’s Doubles final is an all-Chinese affair between the top two seeds. Ma and Jin, seeded 1 defeated the 3rd seeded Chin and Wong of Malaysia 20-22, 21-12, 21-17 to set up a clash with Du and Yu, the 2nd seeds. They defeated Jung and Yoo of Korea 21-11, 21-13 to set up the all-Chinese final.
In the Mixed Doubles, two unseeded seeds with glowing reputation face each other. The 2009 world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, who beat the 8th seeded Thai partnership of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in two games to book their place in the final, 21-18, 21-18. The other couple is the emerging partnership of 2010 to date, Tao and Zhang of China who defeated Chou and Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-7, 21-18 to set up a final against the Danish world champions.
Chen Jin was the first player to reach the last 8 with his win over Chan Yan Kit, followed closely by Tien Minh Nguyen after Bao Chunlai, seeded 8 retired in the third game, trailing 11-6, allowing the Vietnamese player a free pass into the quarterfinals.
There was also double success for Denmark as Jan O Jorgensen defeated Kazushi Yamada 21-11, 21-19 to reach the last 8, whilst Peter Gade received a free pass into the quarters after Hsieh Yu Hsing pulled out of their match before the pair took to the court.
Du Pengyu had Lee Chong Wei on the ropes early on after taking the opening game 23-21 over the top seed, but the Malaysian rallied back to take the next two matches to win the match 21-23, 21-17, 21-14. There was more Malaysian success with Chong Wei Feng also reaching the last 8 with a three game victory over Chetan Anand of India, 21-15, 19-21, 21-18.
The Chinese dominance is the main story from the competition so far, with four Chinese women in the last 8. Top seeded Wang Yihan defeated last week’s Korean Super Series winner Wang Shixian to book her place in the quarterfinals, 21-11, 21-13. The top seed will play another Chinese player in the last 8, with Jiang Yanjiao beating Yip Pui Yin in three games to set up an all-Chinese quarterfinal.
The next quarterfinal, is an all-Korean affair. Bae Youn Joo will play Sung Hi Hyun for a place in the last 4, with Joo defeating Salakjit Ponsana in two games, 21-16, 21-11. Sung beat Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo in three games, 12-21, 21-18, 21-17. Saina Nehwal takes on the third Chinese woman left in the draw, the unseeded Wang Xin after she defeated 3rd seeded Tine Rasmussen 13-21, 21-16, 21-19 to book her place against the 7th seeded Indian.
Eriko Hirose’s victory over 8th seeded Juliane Schenk means she will play the fourth Chinese woman left in the draw, the 2nd seeded Wang Lin for a place in the last 4.
Koo and Tan are through to the last 8 after their two game win over Sun and Tao of China, they will play the 7th seeded Clark and Robertson who beat Kim and Shin of Korea, 21-18, 21-18. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan are also through, defeating Mak and Tan of Malaysia to book their match against Chandra and Gunawan, the 4th seeds from Indonesia.
Ma and Jin are in frighteningly impressive form, as they defeated White and Wallwork 21-18, 21-2 to book a place in the last 8. They play the unseeded Korean pairing of Kim and Park. The 3rd seeds Chin and Wong are also in impressive form, winning 21-12, 21-8 over Hoo and Woon in an all-Malaysian round 2 match. Du and Yu, seeded 2 are also in fantastic form with their 21-3, 21-9 win to set up their quarterfinal match against Nedelcheva and Russkikh, the 6th seeds.
Lee and Lee’s chances for revenge over Tao and Zhang were dashed when the top seeded Korean’s pulled out before the match begun. Leaving only two seeds remaining, but the world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are still in the competition after a 24-22, 21-13 win over Shin and Yoo of Korea, they will play Robertson and Wallwork of England after beating their English counterparts Clark and Olver to reach the last 8.
Lee Chong Wei has safely progressed into Round 2 with a routine 21-14, 21-4 win over Rajiv Ouseph of England, however 3rd seeded Taufik Hidayat is out in Round 1 after losing out to in-form Jan O Jorgensen in three games. The Indonesian took the opening game comfortably 21-7, before losing the next two games, 21-17 and 21-19. Jorgensen posted the following on his Facebook Fan page:
Very good news tonight. Won in rubber set against Taufik Hidayat (INA) former world and olympic champion 7-21 21-19 21-17. First set was so tough and i didnt know what to do at all. – I fought my way back and stealed the second set. Im very satisfied with third set where i raised my game to a very high level. Next up i…s Kazushi Yamada (JPN) – I had beaten him twice last year. So hopefully i can progress tomorrow..
Peter Gade is also safely through to Thursday and into round 2, with a 21-12, 21-17 win over Hu Yun. There also wins for Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai also to maintain 4 of the eight seeds left in the competition. As well as the seeded players, there were some other excellent first round matches, Boonsak Ponsana defeated Chen Long in three games in a match that would have been a potential quarter final match last week in Korea, as both players were seeded for that event.
Andrew Smith won the all-English tie of the first round, beating Carl Baxter 21-16, 21-16 to book his place in round 2. Du Pengyu defeated last week’s 5th seed Park Sung Hwan in round 1 in two games, 21-16, 21-17, he plays Lee Chong Wei in Round 2. Tien Minh Nugyen’s 3 game win over Marc Zweibler sets up a round 2 encounter with Bao Chunlai.
Last weeks beaten finalist in Korea, Sung Ji Hyun was all set to qualify before being promoted to the main draw, where she defeated Linda Zechiri in two games to progress to round 2. However, 4th seeded Zhou Mi defeat to Bae Youn Joo is less then a shock than first expected as the 4th seed has struggled for form for a number of months now as her seeding has plummeted from the top spot in the recent months. The same cannot be said for the Chinese crop of players, with Wang Yihan, Wang Lin, Jiang Yanjiao, Wang Xin and last weeks winner Wang Shixian all progressing safely into round 2.
Other seeds like Juliane Schenk, Saina Nehwal and Tine Rasmussen are all into round 2 also with routine two game wins. Tomorrow sees top seeded Wang Yihan take on Korean Super Series winner Wang Shixian whilst Wang Xin takes on Tine Rasmussen in two of the top matches on court tomorrow.
Lee Yong Dae suffers another shock Round 1 defeat, this time in the men’s doubles as him and partner Jung Jae Sung fall to unseeded Hoon and Ong of Malaysia in round 1, losing the second game 21-4 in the process. Koo and Tan are safely into round 2, as well as Clark and Robertson, Chandra and Gunawan and Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan.
Ma and Wang were in dominant form in their opening round match in the women’s doubles, defeating Ng and Abdul of Malaysia 21-10, 21-4. Second seeded Du and Yu are also through, beating Matsuo and Niato of Japan 21-11, 21-11. 7th seeded and last weeks beaten finalists Fujii and Kakiiwa looked on course to lose their opening game in their match against Santoso and Marissa before the Indonesian couple retired 19-16 up in the first game.
Lee and Sung survived a second game blip to win their opening round match 21-18, 18-21, 21-13. They play the couple that put them out in the opening round last week Tao and Zhang of China. World Champions Rytter Juhl and Laybourn are into round 2 after bouncing back from a game down to win the match 20-22, 21-17, 21-17. Anthony Clark and Heather Olver’s first competitive match was a successful one, beating 7th seeded Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk 23-21, 12-21, 21-16 to set up an all-English match in round 2 against Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.
The draw for the second Super Series of 2010 has been made, with Lin Dan put in as the number 2 seed for the event but has pulled out of the competition before the start of play, Brice Leverdez takes his place in the main draw. Pullouts from the seeded players, leaves Peter Gade as the only seed left in the decimated bottom half of the draw in the Men’s Singles.
Simon Santoso (seeded 6) and Sony Dwi Kunncoro (seeded 7) have also pulled out of the bottom half of the draw. However, the bottom half of the draw is still laden with outstanding players and the match of the first round takes place in the quarter of the draw that Lin Dan was meant to play in, between Chen Long (seeded 7 last week) and Boonsak Ponsana (seeded 8 last week).
A potential Lee Chong Wei against Park Sung Hwan clash awaits in round 2 this week, the Korean was seeded 5 last week and reached the semi finals of his home tournament. Taufik Hidayat plays Jan O Jorgensen in another sensational opening round clash, with Jorgensen hoping to continue his outstanding form from 2009. With the winner of the match having a potential quarterfinal match with Bao Chunlai.
2009 World Champion Lu Lan has also pulled out of the Women’s Singles; the 6th seed is the only seeded player not taking part this week. If top seeded Wang Yihan wins her opening match then the possibility of playing the Korean Super Series winner could await her in Round 2 in Wang Shixian. Last week’s beaten finalist Sung Ji Hyun has taken Lu Lan’s place in the main draw and will play Bulgaria’s Linda Zechiri in Round 1.
In the Men’s Doubles, Lee and Jung are seeded 2 as they look for Super Series title number two of 2010. Cai and Fu are not present this week but Koo and Tan return to Super Series action as top seeds in the draw. 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan are also not playing this week, pulling out before day 1. Lee and Jung start on Wednesday night with Hoon and Ong of Malaysia whilst Koo and Tan will be on court at the same time against Dasuki and Sukmawan of Indonesia.
The Women’s Doubles is only missing the 5th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan, but a return to the Chinese dominance is expected with Ma and Jin taking the top seed and Du and Yu seeded 2 in the event. Last week’s beaten finalists Fujii and Kakiiwa are seeded 7th and local interest in the this competition will come from the 3rd seeded Chin and Wong.
In the Mixed Doubles, Lee and Lee retain the top seed after last week’s shock defeat in the opening round. Seeded 2 are Indonesia’s Widianto and Natsir whilst current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Dahl come into the tournament unseeded, further bolstering the reputation of quality partnerships in mixed doubles. Anthony Clark begins 2010 with a new partner in Heather Olver after Donna Kellogg’s retirement last year; they begin their 2010 season against 7th seeded Polish pairing Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk.
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