Lee Chong Wei returned to action after a one day hiatus and spent just 25 minutes securing his place in the last 4 with a resounding 21-12, 21-9 victory over Hu Yun. With three Malaysian players left in the events and two being top seeded, Malaysian success in multiple events is a real possibility.
Lee Chong Wei’s opponent in the semi final will be Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen who ended hopes of an all-Malaysian semi final with his three game victory over Daren Liew. The second semi final sees Kenichi Tago facing Sony Dwi Kuncoro after the Indonesian defeating Tago’s countryman, Sho Sasaki. It will be their 4th meeting, with Kuncoro winning all of the previous three encounters, but their last meeting was almost 4 years ago.
The women’s singles has been a compilation of unlikely storylines. Only Saina Nehwal can be expected to be at this stage but was taken to a third game by Nozomi Okuhara before her retirement trailing 2-0 in the deciding game. Nehwal’s opponent in the semi final is Tai Tzu Ying, who registered her first victory over Tine Baun to reach the last 4. Bae Yeon Ju has defeated two seeds on her route to the last 4, beating Minatsu Mitani in her quarter final match to set up a semi final against Yao Xue of China. The world number 151 was a qualifier this week and there is 136 places in the world rankings between her and Bae in what will be their first meeting.
Lee and Ko continue their impressive run in 2013 viagra pharmacy with a two game victory over Hashimoto and Hirata and set up a semi final against Goh and Lim of Malaysia, who ended the run of the Korean qualifiers Lee and Kang. Ivanov and Sozonov crashed out at the hands of the Chinese pair of Chai and Liu in a tight third game that allowed the unseeded pair to progress to take on another unseeded pair in Ahsan and Setiawan. The Indonesian’s defeated the second seeded Endo and Hayakawa in two games to ensure at least one unseeded pair in Sunday’s final.
Bao and Tian defeated the top seeded pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl in two convincing games to book their place in the last 4. Two seeded pairs will meet in the bottom half of the draw, with Sari and Yao of Singapore taking on Matsutomo and Takahashi in their first ever meeting in the semi finals tomorrow.
A potential all-European final could be on the cards, but the top seeded Goh and Lim will have their own ambitions of reaching Sunday’s final. The Malaysian’s takes on the European champions, Mateusiak and Zieba in their third meeting with the momentum definitely with Goh and Lim who won their previous two meetings. Indonesian qualifiers Jordan and Marissa take on the second seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen, who won the all-Danish quarter final against Kristiansen and Houmann in two games. The gap in the world rankings is a remarkable 320 places but the Indonesian pair have defeated two seeds already just to reach the last 4.
Quarter Final Results:
Lee Chong Wei had a day off today as Boonsak Ponsana withdrew ahead of his match with the top seed and defending champion. There were two other big name withdrawals today, with Taufik Hidayat and the top seeded pair in the men’s doubles Koo and Tan pulled out ahead of their respective matches.
It is a rare cosmopolitan bunch in the last 8 of a men’s singles, with Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Indonesia and Denmark all having at least one interest in the event at this stage. Hong Kong’s Hu Yun takes on the world number one in the first quarter final with a potential all-Malaysian semi final waiting if Daren Liew can defeat the 6th seeded Jan O Jorgensen in the second of the quarter finals. The bottom half is headlined by Kenichi Tago, who takes on Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who defeated the Japanese player at the Super Series Finals last month. Sho Sasaki takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the last of the semi finals, with the Indonesian breaking into the top 5 in the world rankings and could go even higher with a good run in Malaysia.
Saina Newhal had little trouble in reaching the last eight to set up a quarter final against Nozomi Okuhara, with the Indian edging ever closer to the world number 1 in the women’s singles. Tine Baun is also through to the last 8 after defeating China’s Yu Sun and set up a quarter final against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. There is an all-Chinese quarter final but not from the usual players, with Xuan Deng taking on Yao Xue with both players ranked outside the top 100. Bae Yeon Ju won the all-Korean clash against Sung Ji Hyun to end the 4th seeds unbeaten start to 2013 Ativan and takes on Minatsu Mitani, who broke into the world’s top 10 in the latest world rankings.
Koo and Tan’s withdrawal in the men’s doubles has opened the door for Lee and Ko to potential make it two titles from two in 2013. The Korean pair takes on Hashimoto and Hirata, who they overtook in the world rankings this week and the winner will be the last seed left in the top half of the draw. Ivanov and Sozonov are the sole European pair left in the draw and they take on Chai and Liu who won the all-Chinese match against Qiu and Zhang to reach the last 8.
Ma and Tang were the biggest casualties in the women’s doubles, defeated by Gadre and Ponnappa in the second round. There were no such problems for the top seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl and 5th seeded Bao and Tian who meet in the quarterfinal. Four Asian pairings make up the bottom half of the draw, with 2nd seeded Matsutomo and Takahashi taking on the unseeded Ko and Yoo of Korea whilst the second Japanese pair of Kakiiwa and Fujii take on Sari and Yao.
Top seeded Chan and Goh set up an all-Malaysia quarter final against Tan and Lai after both pairs defeated European opposition to reach the last 8. European champions Mateusiak and Zieba take on Chrisnanta and Neo of Sinagpore in the second quarter final in the top half of the draw. An all-Danish quarter final between Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen who take on Kristiansen and Houmann in their first meeting competitively. Zhang and Tang are the sole Chinese pair left in the draw and take on Indonesia’s Jordan and Marissa, who defeated another Indonesian pair, the 3rd seed Rijal and Susanto.
Day 2 Results:
Destination two for the Super Series takes the players to Kuala Lumpur and to world number 1 Lee Chong Wei’s homeland as he looks to successfully defend his title from 2012. A distinct lack of Chinese seeds throughout the draw has opened the opportunity for some of the lesser-known players to reach the latter stages this week.
Lee Chong Wei opened his campaign in spectacular style, demolishing Viktor Axelsen 21-8, 21-10 to set a marker for the rest of draw that he is in excellent form this week after his victory in Seoul on Sunday. Second seeded Kenichi Tago similarly had little problems in progressing to the second round but losses for Wang Zhengming and Tien Minh Nguyen in the first round has opened the draw out further with the 3rd seeded Nguyen losing in three games to Taufik Hidayat who could be a potential semi finalist against Lee Chong Wei.
Ratchanok and Schenk’s withdrawal ensured an even weaker draw in the women’s singles without any of the top Chinese players present this week. Top seed Saina Nehwal will not complain as she progressed into the second safely after a comfortable two-game victory. Tine Baun needed three games to defeat P.V. Sindhu in her second to last Super Series and will take on Sun Yu of China in the second round. The match of the second round will be the all-Korean clash between Sung Ji Hyun and Bae Yeon Ju after both recorded victories in their opening round matches. The lower ranking Bae holds a 2-1 advantage but Sung took their most recent matchup in the Korea Open two years ago.
Top seeded Koo and Tan set up an all-Malaysia second round match against Goh and Lim with a potential Malaysian opponent waiting in the next round in Hoon and Tan, seeded 5th this week. Lee and Ko are a potential semi final opponent, with the 6th seeded Korean’s defeating Fuchs smokeaway electronic cigarette and Roth of Germany in two games to reach the last 16. The only two Chinese pairs in the draw will meet in the second round with Qiu and Zhang taking on Chai and Liu in their first meeting.
The only top seeded Europeans, Pedersen and Rytter Juhl progressed in three games to set up a rare all-European match in the second round against Goliszewski and Michels of Germany. The second seeded Matsutomo and Takahashi dropped just 14 points on route to a second round match against England’s Olver and Robertshaw who benefitted from a retirement in their opening round match. Giving blood in the cause of reaching the second round is not common within badminton, but Jillie Cooper managed to do just that playing with Kirsty Gilmour on route to a two game victory over Ho and Yap of Malaysia. They take on the Korean pairing of Ko and Yoo in their second round match, who defeated the 7th seeded Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia. Two Chinese pairs remain massive threats for the title with Ma and Tang winning in three games and Bao and Tian needing three games also to reach the second round.
Chan and Goh survived a massive scare in their opening round match, needing to save three match points to remain in the competition against the Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Aroonkesorn. Their opponents in the second round are even more fortunate to be in the last 16, Pieler Kolding and Rytter Juhl saved seven match points over the course of two games to win 19-21, 24-22, 24-22 and ensure their place in the second round. The second seeded Danish pair of Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen take on a new Chinese pairing feature one half of the Olympic gold pairing of Zhao Yunlei and partner Qiu Zihan, who needed three games to progress past qualifers Lee and Chau of Hong Kong.
Day 1 Results: