The first post-World Championships Super Series in China was a perfect way for the host nation to bolster it’s place at the top of world badminton and to an extent they did, but one shock defeat leaves a bittersweet taste on a successful day for the host nation.

World Champion Lin Dan progressed safely into round 2 and was followed by Chen Jin, Zhou Wenlong, Chen Long, Du Pengyu and Wang Zhengming. Only Peter Gade and Kazushi Yamada were able to defeat Chinese opponents in the opening round as the European interest in the men’s singles shrunk to just two after the opening round. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus and Peter Gade are Europe’s sole hopes this week with early exits for Rajiv Ouseph, Jan O Jorgensen and Marc Zwiebler.

Wang Shixian needed the full distance to reach the second round against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, eventually coming through 30-29 in the final game in 71 minutes and saving eleven match points. There is a massive Chinese involvement in round 2 as expected, with Wang Yihan, Wang Xin, Jiang Yanjiao, Liu Xin and Yao Xue making up six of the sixteen remaining players. Tine Baun and Juliane Schenk will be Europe’s main hopes of an unlikely victory on Chinese soil.

The men’s doubles has but just 3 pairs from China, but the top seeded Cai and Fu will be the pair to watch. Hashimoto and Hirata defeated the 8th seeded Chandra and Gunawan to book their place in the last 16 but there were little surprises in the other matches in the opening round. The women’s doubles will be another event to watch for the all-conquering world champions Wang and Yu whilst Europe has it’s entire hope placed solely on Rytter Juhl and Pedersen’s shoulders for success.

The mixed doubles seen the biggest shock of the day as China’s 2nd seeds Jiaming and Ting to unseeded Indian pair Gutta and Valiyaveeti in three games. Their reward is a match against Lee and Ha of Korea, a pair that easily beat them in Switzerland earlier in the year. Last week’s winners Ko and Eom have the toughest task in round 2 as they take on the world champions and top seeded Zhang and Zhao for a place in the quarter final.

1st Round Results

Can Zweibler Keep The Momentum?

With the pending retirement of Lee Chong Wei looming after the 2012 Olympics, the Malaysian world #1 has focused all of his efforts this year claiming one of the few titles to elude him in his career. His performances this year has propelled him to the undoubted favourite for the title, even with Lin Dan in the draw. The Chinese 2nd seed has also allegedly set his retirement after the 2012 Games in London, with both players not even reaching 30. China’s big hope has hand picked the events he has played since his Olympic triumph in Beijing three years ago.

There is the European threat, with Peter Gade who never considered a retirement before the age of 30 but still looking to claim his first world title. He is seeded 3rd this year to break up the Asian dominance in the top seeds this year. The next generation could break through this year with the likes of Chen Long, Kenichi Tago and Du Pengyu all receiving seeds this year.

There are some players to watch also from the 48 unseeded players, Kazushi Yamada reached the last 8 in Paris last year, Shon Wan Ho was a top 16 this year and Spain’s Pablo Abian is one of the most consistent players on the EBU Circuit.

The Favourites:

Lee Chong Wei

Seeded – 1

2010 Result – Quarter Finals

1st Round Opponent – Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand)

Likely Threats – Park Sung Hwan (Last 16) Chen Long (QF)

His performances in the past 8 months have put him at a level of invincibility that Lin Dan had going into the 2008 Olympics.  His opener against the world #32 Saensomboonsuk is s favourable start as Lee Chong Wei could have hoped for. He hold a 5-0 head to head advantage and has failed to drop a game in any of the five matches.

His 3rd round match if the seeds go according to plan is the world #9 Park Sung Hwan, who he holds an 11-1 head to head advantage against with that single victory for the Korean coming in 2004. Chen Long is a likely quarter final opponent,  but the Chinese player has only claimed a single win over the Malaysian in five matches and that was in 2009.

This event is ultimately Lee Chong Wei’s to lose.  With four Super Series victories in 2011 already to his name as well as winning two of their last three Super Series against Lin Dan.

Lin Dan

Seeded – 2

2010 Result – Quarter Finals

1st Round Opponent – Kestutis Navickas (Lithuania)

Likely Threats – Peter Gade (SF)

The 2009 world champion tamely crashed out last year and controversy had surrounded the Chinese player since.  Withdrawals before matches with Chinese players has been given as various injuries but losses to Sho Sasaki as well as Lee Chong Wei on numerous occasions have seen Lin Dan’s aura of invincibility disappear.

It will be his first meeting with Navickas on his opening round match, with a massive question mark looming over a potential quarterfinal match with Du Pengyu. Peter Gade should be his likely semi final opponent, who defeated him in the Swiss Open in 2010 but his overall record over the Dane is an impressive 14-3 in the Chinese players favour.

Lin Dan is capable of winning this event, if he turns up without the controversy that his plagued him for the past 12 months.

The Contenders

Peter Gade

Seeded – 3

2010 Result – Semi Finals

1st Round Opponent – Rajiv Ouseph (England)

Likely Threats – Simon Santoso (Last 16) Lin Dan (SF)

The 34-year old goes into the event knowing that he is capable of reaching the final of the world championships, a feat he accomplished ten years ago in Seville. His record against the top two seeds is poor, to say the least but his sole victory of Lee Chong Wei resulted in his last Super Series victory (Korean Open, 2009).

His opening match against England’s Rajiv Ouseph is a favourable one, with the Dane holding a 6-0 head to head advantage and the Englishman failing to claim a single game in any of the six defeats. His 3rd round match against Simon Santoso will be his first main test, with the Indonesian claiming a victory this year against Gade in Korea.

Chen Jin

Seeded – 6

2010 Result – Winner

1st Round Opponent – Raul Must (Estonia)

Likely Threats – Taufik Hidayat (QF) Lee Chong Wei (SF)

To say that Chen Jin was a surprise winner last year would be an understatement. It was so improbable that few could have believed that a Taufik Hidayat – Chen Jin final was possible. The two could potentially meet once again at the last 8 stage, with Chen Jin leading the head to head 3-1.

Raul Must is Chen Jin’s first opponent this week and their first meeting ever. Chen Jin’s recent form has been average, after inheriting the Singapore Open title with a Lin Dan withdrawal and three defeats to Sho Sasaki this year has seriously dented his credentials of retaining his world title.

Taufik Hidayat

Seeded – 4

2010 – Runner-Up

1st Round Opponent – Rodrigo Pacheco Carrillo (Peru)

Likely Threats – Chen Jin (QF) Lee Chong Wei (SF)

Taufik Hidayat took the decision to play the US Open and Canada Open in the build up to the World Championships and suffered a double dose of defeat from Marc Zwiebler, who defeated him in both tournaments.

His opening match against Peruvian Rodrigo Pacheco is one of the easiest matches the Indonesian could have faced and has already defeated the world #61 previously in the world championships, albeit eight years previously.

Hidayat has to prove he is capable of competing with the top 10 players once again and put the double disappointment of the US and Canada Open behind him.

The Outsiders

Marc Zweibler

Seeded – 14

2010 Result – 3rd Round

1st Round Opponent – Valeriy Atrashchenkov (Ukraine)

Likely Threats – Chen Long (Last 16) Lee Chong Wei (QF)

No player is coming into the event on a better run of form than the German, two victories in the US Open and Canada Open has put him well inside the top 20 in the world and with a very favourable opening two rounds before his biggest test against Chen Long.

Kazushi Yamada

Unseeded

2010 Result – Quarter Finals

1st Round Opponent – Daniel Paiola (Brazil)

Likely Threats – Du Pengyu (Last 32)

He appeared from almost nowhere in 2010 before losing out to Peter Gade in the quarterfinals, his run last year was a warning to all of the top players that the world championships is the premier event of the year and anyone can beat anyone on their day, can Yamada repeat the feat in 2011?

Sho Sasaki

Seeded – 11

2010 Result – Did Not Play

1st Round Opponent – Brice Leverdez (France)

Likely Threats – Du Pengyu (Last 16) Lin Dan (QF)

His impressive 2011 has made him into a player that nobody wants to face, Lin Dan, Chen Jin, Boonsak Ponsana , Park Sung Hwan and Tien Minh Nguyen have all lost to Sasaki in 2011. His second round match could be easier than his opener against Leverdez, who Sasaki was ranked lower than 12 month previously.

Kenichi Tago

Seeded – 15

2010 Result – 2nd Round

1st Round Opponent – Ajay Jayaram (India)

Likely Threats – Chen Jin (Last 16) Taufik Hidayat (QF)

His heroics in the 2010 All England proved he could play with the best in the world, his impressive wins over Zweibler and Santoso in the Sudirman was a reminder just a few months ago that he is a player not to be taken likely. His most recent match against his potential 3rd round opponent was a victory over Chen Jin in his run the 2010 All England final.

Play begins on August 8, with two days of first round matches.

Men’s Singles Draw:

Whilst Japan have interest in all five events, China’s involvement this week had ended at the quarter final stage.

Taufik Crashes Out

The big news for Europe is that there is another player capable of defeating the world’s elite in Marc Zwiebler. After his run to the semi final at the All-England, big things were expected and his two game victory over the top seeded Taufik Hidayat only confirms his credentials at the highest level. Tien Minh Nguyen is Zwiebler’s opponent in the semi final, after the 3rd seed defeated Bao Chunlai in two games to reach the last 4.

Lower Seeds Surprise

Few expected the defeat of both Lu Lan and Li Xuerui at the quarter final stage, but that is exactly what took place as both Japanese players reached the last 4. Lu Lan lost out to Tai Tzu Ying by the narrowest of margins, with the Chinese Taipei player winning the deciding game 22-20 to set up a semi final against Eriko Hirose. The Japanese 5th seeded defeated Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in two tight games to reach the last 4. Sayaka Sato’s upset over Cheng Shao Chieh hung on a knife edge as both players had match points, before the 8th seeded Sato won the match on her 5th match point to progress 27-25 in the decider.

Japanese and Korean Interest In Doubles

With 2 pairs in the men’s and mixed doubles, as well as 1 in the women’s doubles for the Japanese, they narrowly have the most pairings remaining in the doubles disciplines. Korea are also well represented, mostly down to Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun who are in 3 of the 5 Korean matches in the doubles tomorrow. Lee and Ko take on their third Japanese pairing in the men’s doubles in the semi finals, with the 6th seeded Kawamae and Sato standing in their way to the final. The second Japanese pairing in the men’s doubles is the 2nd seeded Hashimoto and Hirata, who take on the American pair of Bach and Gunawan who received a walkover to the last 4.

Korea have interest in both the women’s doubles semi finals, with Ha and Kim taking on the Japanese 2nd seeds Maeda and Suetsuna whilst the 8th seeded Jung and Kim take on the top seeded Cheng and Chien of Chinese Taipei. Lee and Ha combine in the mixed doubles to take on another Japanese pairing, this time the 6th seeded Ikeda and Shiota. The other semi final sees the unseeded Japanese pair of Sato and Matsuo take on the 5th seeded pairing of Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei.

The big Japanese contingent that travelled to the US Open have impressed and have defeated several seeds on route to the quarter final stages whilst some of the biggest names in Japanese badminton struggled on day 3.

Top Seeds Safely Into Last 8

There was little trouble for the top seeds in their 3rd round matches, with top seeded Taufik Hidayat booking his quarter final place against Marc Zwiebler of Germany, seeded 6th this week. The other quarter final in the top half of the draw sees the 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen take on the 5th seeded Bao Chunlai, with all four players progressing without the loss of a game in their 3rd round matches. Boonsak Ponsana’s reward for defeating Takuma Ueda is another Japanese opponent in the 7th seeded Sho Sasaki.

Four Nations Remain

The women’s singles has a symmetry at the quarter final stage, with two competitors from four nations remaining. Two from China, Japan, Thailand and Chinese Taipei with one player from each nation in either half of the draw. Eriko Hirose and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk fight it out at the last 8 stage to see who is the last seed remaining in the top half of the draw, whilst all four seeds remain in the bottom half, with 2nd seeded Cheng Shao Chieh coming through in three games against Ayane Kurihana to set up her quarter final against Sayaka Sato of Japan.

Aussie Delight in Men’s Doubles

The big shock of the day was the defeat of Cheng and Fang in the men’s doubles to Australia pair of Smith and Warfe in just two games to book their place in the last 8. The remaining 7 seeds progressed into the last 8 and the pick of tomorrow’s match sees Lee and Ko take on the Japanese pair of Endo and Hayakawa, whilst the American pairing of Bach and Gunawan take on the German 3rd seeds in Kindervater and Schoettler.

Fujii and Kakiiwa Out

The biggest casualty in the women’s doubles was the loss of the 3rd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa to China’s pairing of Ying and Yu in two games, but there is still two Japanese pairs through to the last 8 with Suetsuna and Maeda progressing in two games as well as Matsuo and Naito having better luck against their Chinese opponents, defeating them in three games to reach the last 8 to take on the 5th seeded Ha and Kim of Korea.

Matuso and Sato Stun Robertson and Wallwork

Japan’s excellent day in the doubles was completed with Matsuo and Sato’s two game victory over the 4th seeded Robertson and Wallwork. Lee and Ha continued their run in the event with a two game victory and take on the Chinese pairing of Qiu and Yixin who defeated England’s Olver and Ellis to compound a poor day for the English.

Day 3 Results:

Lee Chong Wei Hopes To Lift Curse

There was an expectancy of a Lin Dan – Lee Chong Wei final in the men’s singles before the start of play today and they did not disappoint as they set up a rematch of the Korean Open in tomorrow’s All England final.

Lin Dan defeated Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in a unexpected three game match, with Zwiebler’s excellent play taking the match into a deciding game. However, the 3rd seed and Olympic champion wasn’t too good in the third game and re-asserted his dominance to take the match 21-9, 16-21, 21-11 in 63 minutes. Lee Chong Wei reached the final in his two game victory over China’s Chen Long to continue his fantastic week in Birmingham.

Wang Shixian is through to her first All England final with a win over Wang Xin in the first of the women’s singles semi finals, taking the match in two tight games 21-19, 21-17. Eriko Hirose breaks up the Chinese dominance in this event with a win in her semi final over Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva in another tight two game match, winning 21-15, 22-20 to book her place in tomorrow’s final.

Another top seed through to tomorrow’s final is the Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen who defeated the young Chinese pair of Chai and Guo in two games, after a tight opening game which the Danes took 26-24 before comfortably winning the second game 21-12 to book their place in the final. Their opponents in the final will be the 5th seeded Koo and Tan who defeated Cai and Fu in their semi final in one of the quickest matches of the day at just 39 minutes with the Malaysian’s winning 21-11, 23-21 to book their place in the final.

Wang and Yu’s fantastic run in recent months continued with another finals appearance after defeating the Danish pair of Damkjaer Kruse and Roepke in a three game match with one side of the court clearly giving the pair on hitting with the drift an advantage. Wang and Yu took the opening game 21-10 before losing the second game 16-21 and then regained their advantage with the drift to take an early lead and held on to win 21-9 in the final game. Their opponents in the finals are Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan who defeated their team mates Naito and Matsuo in a tight two game, 50 minute match with Fujii and Kakiiwa winning 21-19, 21-17.

Ma and Xu won the match of the unseeded pairs in the mixed doubles against Fuchs and Michels in a 40 minute, two game match which the Chinese pair won 21-19, 21-17. They take on the 3rd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam who defeated the pairing of Russkikh and Setiawan in their own two game victory which they won 21-17, 21-15 to stop Russkikh’s run at the semi finals for the second time in five years.

All England Badminton 2011 Results

Peter Gade Falls To Chen Long

The first of the top seeds were defeated on quarter finals day in Birmingham as well as one of the crowd favourites in Peter Gade also losing out in his quarter final against the 5th seeded Chen Long.

Gade’s defeat meant that there would be no rematch with Lee Chong Wei in the semi finals this year, with the top seeded Malaysian defeating Boonsak Ponsana in a convincing fashion to book his place in the last 4 against Chen Long. Lin Dan is through in the bottom half of the draw as he beat Tien Minh Nguyen in his quarter final in a one-sided two game victory. The Chinese 3rd seed takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the second semi final tomorrow, Zwiebler defeated Japan’s Kazushi Yamada in a tight three game match that lasted just over an hour to ensure at least one European player on semi finals day in the men’s singles.

China is guaranteed at a place in Sunday’s final of the women’s singles, with top seeded Wang Shixian defeating 7th seeded Juliane Schenk in a testing three game match after the top seed lost the opening game. Her opponent in tomorrow’s semi final will be the 3rd seeded Wang Xin who won the all-Chinese clash against the 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao in two games to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. The other semi final has European interest in it with Petya Nedelcheva defeating Gu Juan of Singapore to reach the last 4, where she will take on Eriko Hirose of Japan who defeated 5th seeded Saina Newhal in two games to reach the semi final stage, winning 21-11, 22-20.

Boe and Mogensen continued their excellent run with a good two game win over Malaysia’s Abdul Latif and Hoon to set up a semi final against the unseeded Chinese pair of Guo and Chai, who defeated the 8th seeded Ahsan and Septano to claim their second victory over a seeded pair this week, previously defeating Lee and Jung. The other semi final is a rematch of last years world championships, with 6th seeded Cai and Yun taking on the 5th seeded Koo and Tan in their 11th meeting since their meeting in this event four years previously with the Chinese pair winning the last 5 of their meetings.

Cheng and Chien crashed out of the women’s doubles to the unseeded Danish pair of Roepke and Damkjaer Kruse in a two game defeat, the reward for defeating the top seeds is a semi final match against the 3rd seeded Wang and Yu of China who have failed to drop a game this week but the Danes have already defeated two seeded pairs to reach this stage. The other semi final sees Fujii and Kakiiwa take on their team-mates in an all-Japanese match as they play Matsuo and Naito, who defeated the Chinese pair of Tian and Zhao in three games to book their place in the last 4.

The top seeds in the mixed doubles are also out as Zhao and Zhang were defeated by the Chinese team mates Xu and Ma in a three game match up which the unseeded Xu and Ma saved three match points in the second game. Their opponents in the semi final are the unseeded German pair of Fuchs and Michels who defeated the 4th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba in a tight three game match to book their place in the last 4. Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam progressed into the last 4 even after losing their opening game against Jiaming and Tian 21-4, they went on to win the next two games to complete their unlikely victory and book their place against Russkikh and Setiawan in the semi finals after they defeated Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in three games in their quarter final match.

All England Badminton 2011 Results

Lee Chong Wei Frustrated With Match Scheduling

There was real hope for some British success after an excellent showing last week in Germany but that hope ended today with a trio of defeats ending any chance of British interest on quarter finals day tomorrow in the NIA in Birmingham.

The day begun with top seeded Lee Chong Wei beating Bao Chunlai in a superb performance from the defending champion to set up a quarter final against the 8th seeded Boonsak Ponsana who has also been impressive this week on route to this stage. After his match against Bao Chunlai the defending champion Lee Chong Wei refused interviews with media citing frustrations with the organizers for not giving him adequate warning prior to his match.  Peter Gade used all of his experience to defeat last year’s finalist Kenichi Tago, with an impressive 6 point run from 16-20 down to clinch the match in two games. Gade takes on Chen Long who received a walkover into the last 8 and will be well rested going into tomorrow’s quarter final.

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Taufik Falls Early to Kazushi Yamada

The first morning at the All England saw seeds tumble on a regular basis before the afternoon brought the best players in the world show to off their ability. However, play ended with the biggest shock of the day with the defeat of Taufik Hidayat.

World championship quarter finalist Kazushi Yamada crushed the 2nd seeded Hidayat in a one-sided 21-14, 21-10 victory that took just over 30 minutes and opened the bottom half of the draw for the likes of Lin Dan to capitalize on. The Chinese have a strong showing with six players in the last 16 and the biggest name of them all is safely into the second round as Lin Dan progressed to set up a second round match against Rumbaka of Indonesia. Last years beaten finalist Kenichi Tago takes on last years semi finalist in Peter Gade in the second round this year, both progressing without difficulty today.

Lee Chong Wei was in superb form to set up a tough second round match against the 4th of last years semi finalists in Bao Chunlai, with the Chinese player impressive in his 21-10, 21-6 win over Sony Kuncoro in his opening round match. The Danish presence in the draw is down to just the 4th seeded Gade, with Jan O Jorgensen and Joachim Persson both crashing out on the opening day. World champion Chen Jin survived a tough opening game against Rajiv Ouseph before cruising to a 2 game victory and a second round match against Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.

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Park Sung Hwan Among Seeds Through

The top seed in the men’s singles has progressed safely into the quarter finals after a double victory in his matches on the second day of the German Open. Also joining him in the last 8 is the current world champion Chen Jin, 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana and the 4th seeded Park Sung Hwan.

Marc Zwiebler’s surprise second round exit ended all hopes of a German winner in the men’s singles, his surprise two game loss to Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei has not been the only surprise in the last 8, Japanese qualifer Keigo Sonoda’s unlikely run has seen him through to a last 8 match with 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana, who defeated a pair of Japanese players to book his place in the last 8. Lin Dan has safely progressed into the last 8 without the loss of a game after wins over Scott Evans and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus today to reach the quarter finals.

The two remaining seeds in the women’s singles meet for a place in the last 4 as Juliane Schenk takes on Liu Xin after both comfortably won their second round matches in two games. Wong Mew Choo is the main threat on the bottom half of the draw and takes on Russia’s Anastasia Prokopenko for a place in the semi finals.

The top three seeds are all safely into the last 8 of the men’s doubles but the 4th seeds suffered a surprise defeat to the German pair of Fuchs and Roth who defeated Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan in a tight three game match with the Germans taking the match 22-20 in the third end. Alexandr Nikolaenko’s excellent week continued with a three game win over the 7th seeded pair of Gan and Tan with partner Vitalij Durkin to set up a quarter final match against the 3rd seeded Koo and Tan.

The women’s doubles has a distinct Asian feel to it, with 5 seeds remaining and a sole European partnership in the 4th seeded Russian pair of Vislova and Sorokina. The first quarter final is an all-Japanese match between Maeda and Suetsuna, seeded 1 and the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito who both come into the match without the loss of a game between them. Vislova and Sorokina take on the unseeded Ha and Kim of Korea who defeated the 8th seeded German pairing of Marinello and Michels in two games to reach the last 8.

There is still double British interest in the mixed doubles ahead of next weeks All-Englands, with 6th seeded Blair and White and 7th seeded Adcock and Bankier. Blair and White have progressed to the last 8 without the loss of a game and take on the on form pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina for a place in the last 4 whilst Adcock and Bankier take on the Korean pair of Lee and Kim in one of the matches of the day on quarter finals day. The top seeded pair left in the draw, Mateusiak and Zieba scraped through a three game match against the Japanese pair of Sato and Matsuo to book their place in the last 8.

Day 2 Results

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

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