Marc Zwiebler

Zwiebler Leads Germany to Semi-Finals

Men’s Event

With Denmark and Poland enjoying byes to the semi-finals, Germany, Russia, Ukraine and the Netherlands fought to become their opponents.

In the team tie between Germany and Russia the Germans drew first blood, and appeared to be positioned to run away with the tie, but things would not be that easy.  Denmark Super Series finalist Marc Zwiebler quickly disposed of his opponent Vladimir Malkov 21-9, 21-9, which was then followed by Marcel Reuter winning a squeaker over Vladimir Ivanov 22-20, 25-23.  Fabian Hammes was however unable to close out the tie losing badly to Stanislav Pukhov 21-14, 21-7.  The Russian’s first men’s doubles Durkin and Nikolaenko also did their jobs defeating Fuchs and Kindervarter 21-17, 21-15 to set up a fifth and final match.  Unfortunately for the Russians their comeback was for nothing as the German pair of Hopp and Schoettler pulled off the win over Dremin and Pukhov in three close games 16-21, 21-19, 21-15.  Germany will now face Denmark in the semi-finals.

The other quarter-final tie was not nearly as close however, with Ukraine defeating their Dutch opponents with relative comfort.  Dmytro Zavadsky defeated Rune Massing 21-12, 21-13, Valeriy Atrashchenkov defeated Lester Oey 21-12, 21-12, and the only close match was between Vladislav Druzchenko and Saber Afif with Druzchenko winning in three games 21-13, 19-21, 21-13 to seal the win 3-0.  Ukraine will now face Poland in their semi-finals.

Women’s Events

Once again the Danish team had an opportunity for rest as the were through with a bye to the semis alongside the Netherlands.  The Danes would face the winners of Germany and Bulgaria.  The Germans proved too strong for the Bulgarians winning in three straight matches.  Juliane Schenk led the way with her win over Petya Nedelcheva, followed by Karin Schnasse beating Linda Zetchiri, and finally Fabienne Deprez defeating Dimitria Popstoykova. The Germans will now face Denmark.

The next tie was between Russia and Scotland. The first women’s singles was between Ella Diehl and Susan Egelstaff who faced off against each other in the Scottish International in late 2009. In that meeting Egelstaff was the victor, but Diehl had her revenge winning easily 21-12, 21-12. Tatjana Bibik took the next point for Russia beating Linda Sloan 21-14, 21-9. Finally it was the Russian pairing of Vislova and Sorokina who would seal their team’s place in the semi-finals with a win over Bankier and Mason 21-11, 21-15. The Russians will now play the Netherlands.

Click here for full results from the European Team Championships 2010

As day one closed India has secured themselves six places in the last sixteen of the men’s singles event. Unfortunately for them they are mostly playing each other now. Second seed Chetan Anand is likely their best hope for this title. The top seed from Malaysia, Wong Choong Han had a scare against Valerly Atrashchenkov, narrowly winning 18-21, 21-9, 21-19. A surprise in the first round was the loss of Carl Baxter from England to Marcel Reuter from Belgium for the second time this season, surely the Englishman won’t be visiting Bruge anytime soon.

The talk of the day in the women’s singles was the loss of the top seeded Petya Nedelcheva to qualifier Olga Konon in two straight games 21-18, 21-17. In fact, Nedelcheva was the only seed to fall in the women’s singles today.

Tomorrow will feature some more exciting badminton, so be sure to check back for results from the second day of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009. Click below for full results:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

England’s top seeded Carl Baxter failed to make it past the second round of this week’s Belgian International, falling to local player Marcel Reuter. Reuter did well to upset Baxter, but was unable to continue his run as he lost the next round to his countryman Yuhan Tan in three very close games 17-21, 25-23, 21-18. Another highly seeded player to suffer was third seeded Brice Leverdez from France. Leverdez lost to Denmark’s Rune Ulsing who had to go through qualifying. A surprise on paper, however, in spite of Ulsing’s lower ranking it’s not a huge surprise as the young Dane is a strong player. Ulsing’s teammate Christian Lind Thomsen disposed of France’s fourth seeded Mathieu Lo Ying Ping in two quick sets 21-11, 21-15. Lind Thomsen now plays Belgiums Yuhan Tan, while Ulsing will play the second seeded Marc Zwiebler from Germany in the semi-finals.

For full results from the Yonex Belgian International Badminton Championships 2009 visit the draw below:
Yonex Belgian International 2009 Draws

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