Chances of Ukrainian success lasted all the way to finals day, only for Dmytro Zavadsky to be denied by Brice Leverdez of France.
Zavadsky did take the first game 21-9 and hopes were high that he would continue in the form that seen him defeat Viktor Axelsen in the semi final, but the 2nd seeded Frenchman was simply too good in the next two games and took the match from a game down to win 9-21, 21-14, 21-14. The women’s singles final was an altogether different story, as top seeded Olga Konon defeated Susan Egelstaff in superb fashion in just 24 minutes, winning 21-9, 21-10.
The doubles seen Michael Fuchs gain revenge over Chayut Triyachart for his men’s doubles exit, as he partner Birgit Michels to the mixed doubles title but Singapore would take home a title as Lei Yao defeated Brigit Michels in the women’s doubles final, with the 2nd seeded Sari and Yao beating top seeded Michels and Marinello. Ivanov and Sozonov also defeated the top seeded pair, this time in the men’s doubles as the Russian 2nd seeds defeated Cwalina and Logosz of Poland to take the men’s doubles title.
Ukrainian hopes of local success lie with Dmytro Zavadsky who defeated the top seeded Victor Axelsen in the semi final after the Dane burned out after his impressive run to the last 4.
Axelsen claimed after the match that he had no power in his legs in his two game defeat to the 5th seeded Ukrainian, a victory that set up a final against the second seeded Brice Leverdez who ended Denmark’s chances in the singles with a two game victory over Christian Lind Thomsen.
Olga Konon lived up to her top seeding as she raced into the women’s singles final with a convincing two game victory over Elizabeth Cann in the semi final but there is British interest as Susan Egelstaff shocked two higher seeded players today to reach the final. Victories over the 2nd seeded Anastacia Prokopenko in the quarter final and Lariga Griga, the 3rd seed from Ukraine has put the Scot back in pole position to reach the Olympics ahead of her rival Cann.
The three doubles events are dominated by the top seeds, with both the level doubles final pitting the two top seeds against one another. Cwalina and Logosz take on Ivanov and Sozonov, as the world number 27 and 28 do battle for the title with the lower seeded Russians holding a 2-1 advantage in the head to head. Marinello and Michels needed just two match to reach the final against their Singapore opponents, the 2nd seeded Yao and Sari. This will be their first meeting and the winner win likely break into the top 16 in the world.
The mixed doubles sees Yao and Michels play each other again, this time Michels is partnered with Fuchs and are the top seeds in the event whilst Yao and Triyachart are unseeded this week, but have not dropped a game to date and Triyachart also put Fuchs out of the men’s doubles earlier in the week.
Viktor Axelsen’s rise in European badminton continues as he takes his first top seeding this week and has lived up to the hype and expectation that Danish and European hopes have placed on the teenager.
Two victories today propelled him into the last 8, with the second victory coming against Carl Baxter of England, who was ranked inside the top 30 as early as December last year. The anticipated all-Danish match between Persson and Axelsen failed to materialise with Vladimir Ivanov defeating Persson in the second round and will face Axelsen instead. 2nd seeded Brice Leverdez has faced little resistance in reaching the quarter finals also, defeating a pair of Russian’s to reach the last 8 and a match Ukraine’s Valeriy Atrashchenkov.
All seven seeds that started the women’s singles remain the draw and are joined by Camilla Sorensen of Denmark, who takes on Elizabeth Cann in the quarter finals. Top seeded Olga Konon progressed in straight games in both her matches today and takes on Chen Jiayuan, seeded 8 in the quarter finals. 2nd seeded Anastacia Prokopenko takes on the 5th seeded Susan Egelstaff in the quarter finals, with both players progressing without the loss of a game between them.
The doubles events still have the top seeds remaining in all three events, with Cwalina and Logosz safely won their opening game in the men’s doubles. Marinello and Michels haven’t had to play a game to reach the last 8 in a relatively weak draw in the women’s doubles but Brigit Michels was in action in the mixed doubles as she partnered Michael Fuchs as the top seeds progressed into the last 16 in three games.
The second tournament in Russia in the space of weeks seen several European stars attempting to play their way into form ahead of next months World Championships, only for almost all of them to come unstuck before the final.
South East Asian Battle In Final
Two seeds did make in through to the men’s singles final, with 4th seeded Hsu Jen Hao taking on Singapore’s Derek Wong Zi Liang, seeded 6th this week. Hsu defeated the top seeded Pole Przemyslaw Wacha in the semi final in two games and has failed to drop a set on route to the final whilst his opponent dropped two games earlier in the week, one against the 10th seeded Raul Must but has been flawless since his quarter final match. This will be their first match against one another, as the world #41 takes on the world #42.
Double Delight For Indonesia
The Indonesian’s have claimed at least two titles, in two all-Indonesian clashes in the women’s singles and men’s doubles. Maria Kristian Yulianti defeated the 8th seeded Ingolfdottir and top seeded Konon to reach the final against the 4th seeded Ratnasari, who has failed to drop a game in and has taken out two seeds in the 6th seeded Ludikova and 2nd seeded Egelstaff on route to the final.
The men’s doubles seeds the 5th seeded Kurniawan and Windarto take on the 7th seeded Sukmawan and Wijaya, with the loss of just one game between the two pairings. The 5th seeded Kurniawan and Windarto have spent just 89 minutes on court in reaching the final whilst their opponents in the final have taken 117 minutes.
Local Delight In Women’s Doubles
Russia will claim at least one title, as the 3rd seeded Bibik and Golovanova take on the unseeded Hlebko and Russkikh in the final. Bibik is known more for her singles play whilst the choice not to seed doubles specialist Russkikh has not stopped her reaching the final, defeating the top seeded Ukrainian pair in their opening round. Bibik suffered an early exit from the singles, which has allowed her to focus on the doubles, defeating the 2nd seeded pair of Prus and Kobceva of Ukraine in the semi finals.
France also have a chance at an unlikely title in the pairing of Careme and Fontaine, who defeated the 2nd and 3rd seeds in the quarters and semi to set up a final against the Singapore pairing of Chrisnanta and Neo Yu Yan, who have failed to meet a seed on route to the final, but have dropped just one game on en route.
What could have been a double success for Spain on home turf turned into the new generations time to shine, as Viktor Axelsen claimed the men’s singles title in a three game match against Pablo Abian in a 48 minute matchup.
The mixed doubles title was won by the top seeded Danish pair of Schjott-Kristiensen and Delbo Larsen who beat their Croatian opponents Durkinjak and Ponzanovic in a tight two game match, with the Danes winning 21-17, 21-19. The men’s doubles title was taken by the Polish pair of Cwalina and Logosz in a one-sided final over the 4th seeded Kasbauer and Zurwonne, with the Poles winning 21-14, 21-11.
The women’s doubles final was the only match to go the distance, with the top seeded Dutch pair of Van Dooremalen and Jonathans defeating Reid and Grether in three games, but the shock was on with the 2nd seeded Canadians taking the opening game over their Dutch counterparts, but the top seeds fought back to win the next two games and take the title 12-21, 21-18, 21-14.
The women’s singles final was the most one sided match of the day with 7th seeded Carolina Marin defeating 5th seeded Olga Konon in a 21-13, 21-14 victory that took just 20 minutes, topping off the week for Marin who failed to drop an game in the entire week.
The two teenager superstars of the singles game in Europe have again battled through an excellent field of competitors to reach a major final and for Carolina Marin it is especially significant with her playing in front of a home crowd.
Viktor Axelsen’s run to the final has been impressive, with four victories in straight games including an impressive 21-14, 21-19 victory over Przemyslaw Wacha in the semi final. His opponent in the final will have the crowd on his side as Spain’s 5th seeded Pablo Abian came through a 68 minute war with top seeded Tommy Sugiarto, taking the third game 22-20 to book his place in tomorrow’s final.
Carolina Marin’s route to the final is similar to Axelsen’s, four wins, no dropped games and into the final. She also takes on the 5th seed, Olga Konon of Germany who has been just as impressive in her route to the final. Konon has failed to drop a game also and has been equally if not more impressive than Marin in reaching tomorrow’s final.
The men’s doubles features the top seeded pairs from the halves of the draw, with 4th seeded Kasbauer and Zurwonne taking on the 2nd seeded Cwalina and Logosz. The German 4th seeds came through a tight semi final against Saeki and Taohara eventually winning 23-21, 23-21. The Polish 2nd seeds have had little trouble in reaching the final, winning all three matches in straight games.
The top two seeds in the women’s doubles face off in tomorrow’s final, with the 2nd seeded Reid and Grether progressing despite Grether’s retirement from the singles on Friday. They take on the top seeded Dutch pair of Van Dooremalen and Jonathans who have progressed without the loss of a game to the final, whilst the Canadian pair have lost just one game also on route to the final.
The mixed doubles finals sees the top seeded Danish pair of Delbo Jensen and Schjott-Kristiensen take on the unseeded Croatian pair of Durkinjak and Ponzanovic, after they dismissed the 2nd seeded Ng and Gao in their semi final, taking the third game 22-20 to reach the final. The Danish pair have been the polar opposites in their route to the final, winning all three matches double quick time to reach the final after being on court just 80 minutes.
With an excellent field present in Madrid this week, the first full day of action has provided some unlikely results in the singles events as well as some success for some of the future stars of the game.
Viktor Axelsen’s impressive win over 6th seeded Eric Pang was the talking point of the men’s singles draw, with the teenager defeating one of top European players in two games to book his place in the quarter finals. Top seeded Tommy Sugiarto was relentless in his 21-15, 21-3 win over Joachim Persson and sets up a quarter final against Spain’s own Pablo Abian in the last 8. Second seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus is also safely into the last 8 after a pair of two game victories and sets up a quarter final clash with Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Tao who defeated the 7th seeded Ville Lang in a convincing two game victory.
Susan Egelstaff, seeded 2 was the highest seed to start the week in the women’s singles and has had little trouble in reaching the last 8 and will take on the Sashina Vignes Waran, seeded 8th in the quarter final. There is also Spanish interest with Carolina Marin who is also through to the last 8 and takes on Ireland’s Chloe Magee in the quarter final after the retirement of Nicole Grether in the second round match. Olga Konon is the highest seed in the top half of the draw and has had little trouble on route to the last 8, where she will play Kristina Ludikova of the Czech Republic.
The three seeds that started the week in the men’s doubles are still in the draw at the last 8 stage, with 2nd seeded Cwalina and Logosz taking on the Spanish pair of Leal and Ojeda in tomorrow’s quarter final. 3rd seeded Bosch and Ridder take on the Austrian pair of Koch and Zauner who came through a tight three game match against Gilmour and Campbell of Scotland. The only seed in the top half of the draw is 4th seeded Kasbauer and Zurwonne who came through a three game match to set up a quarter final against the Japanese pairing of Saeki and Taohata.
The top seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans are safely into the last 8 and take on the Spanish pair of Jimenez and Rodriguez. There has been more good fortune for the Spanish with the pairing of Molina and Ojeda not having to play a match to reach the last 8, they take on the English pair of Langley and Smith who defeated the 3rd seeded Mexican pair of Gonzalez and Montero. The 2nd seeded Reid and Grether are into the last 8 but question marks over Grether’s injury in the singles could be a factor in their quarter final match against Diaz and Lee.
The top two seeds are safely through to the mixed doubles quarter finals and are also joined in the last 8 by the 4th seeded Magee’s of Ireland. There is an all-Spanish quarter final also, with Longo and Ojeda taking on Lorenzo and Marquez for a chance to take on the winner of the Durkinjak/Ponzanovic versus Ng and Gao matchup.
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No less than four finals will have Japanese interest, with one all-Japanese final guaranteeing at least one success for Japan. Ajay Jayaram booked his place in the men’s singles final with a two victory over the 14th seed, also from India, Anand Pawar. He will play the 5th seeded Sho Sasaki of Japan in the final, after ending the chances of local success with a two game victory over Eric Pang.
The chances of all 5 finals having Japanese interest ended when Ai Goto was defeated by top seed Yao Jie in two games to give the local crowd some home-grown interest in tomorrow’s final. Top seeded Yao takes on the 2nd seeded Juliane Schenk after defeating Olga Konon in three games to book her place in the final.
The men’s doubles will be an all-Japanese final, top seeded Hashimoto and Hirata defeated Kindervater and Schottler to book their place in the final. The unseeded pair of Hirobe and Kazuno defeated their 3rd seeded countrymen Sato and Kawamae in three games to set up tomorrow’s all-Japanese affair.
The top two seeds meet in the women’s doubles final, as Fujii and Kakiiwa ended the Swedish pair of Lennartsson and Wengberg’s excellent run this week with a two game victory for the top seeded Japanese pair. Second seeds Vislova and Sorokina averted another all-Japanese final with a two game victory over the 3rd seeds Matsuo and Naito to book their place in tomorrow’s final.
The mixed doubles final is another Russia – Japan affair, with the 3rd seeded Ikeda and Shiota defeating their 6th seeded countrymen of Hayakawa and Matsuo in an 81 minute thriller, after the 3rd seeds lost the opening game 30-29. They play the 4th seeded Sorokina and Nikolaenko in tomorrow’s final after they ended the run of local pairing of Bosch and Jonathans in two games to set up the second Russia v Japan final.
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Whilst Viktor Axelsen’s quest for title number 2 ended at the hands of Eric Pang, there was delight for India as they guaranteed themselves a place in the men’s singles final. Ajay Jayaram continued his excellent run whilst Anand Pawar defeated Ireland’s Scott Evans in just over an hour to book his place in the all-Indian semi final. Chetan Anand could not make it 3 Indians in the last 4, as he lost out to Sho Sasaki of Japan.
The big local hope is in the women’s singles, as Yao Jie made it through to the last 4 with a three-game victory over Ukraine’s Larisa Griga. She takes on Ai Goto of Japan, who defeated Pai Hsiao Ma in two games. The second semi final is an all-German affair with 2nd seed Juliane Schenk taking on Olga Konon after both came through comfortably in two games in their quarter finals.
The shock in the men’s doubles was the defeat of 6th seeded Endo and Hayakawa to unseeded German pairing of Schottler and Kindervater, losing 24-22 in the third game. The other seeded Japanese pairs had little trouble, with both the top seeded Hashimoto and Hirata as well as Sato and Kawamae making it through to set up a semi final clash against each other.
Wengberg and Lennartsson ended the 4th seeded Jonathans and Van Dooremalen’s dreams of a home victory to join the top 3 seeds in the semi finals of the women’s doubles. Both top seeds Fujii and Kakiiwa as well as 2nd seeded Vislova and Sorokina won in two games, with Matsuo and Naito coming through in three games to book their place in the last 4.
Japan will definitely have a finalist in the mixed doubles, with 3rd seeded Ikeda and Shiota defeating Vislova and Durkin in their quarter final and in the all-Japanese quarter final, the 6th seeded Hayakawa and Matsuo progressed through. The top half of the draw has local interest in Bosch and Jonathans, they take on the 4th seeded Nikolaenko and Sorokina of Russia in the semi final.
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The Chinese had arrived in force earlier in the week without a repeat of the mass pullout that pledged the Danish Super Series. The rematch between Jorgensen and Gade never happened after Tago’s win over Jorgensen in Round 1 yesterday, but Gade had little trouble disposing of Kenichi Tago, winning 21-18, 21-15.
It was a fantastic day for the Chinese, with every single player and partnership winning on Day 3 apart from one couple that played another Chinese couple in Round 2. Wang Yihan and Wang Lin breezing into the quarterfinals with comfortable wins in under 30 minutes each.
Lin Dan and Chen Jin are into the last 8 of the men’s singles, as well as Bao Chunlai and Chen Long. All four progressing to the quarterfinals in two straight games in their matches, with the possibility of four Chinese players in the semi finals of the men’s singles looming large.
Danish Super Series winner Tine Rasmussen is the first big name out of the women’s singles, beaten by Indonesian Adriyanti Firdasari in three games. She will play Yao Jie in the Quarter Finals on Friday.
Tomorrow provides a fantastic choice of games, from Lin Dan against Joachim Persson to Lu Lan to Wang Yihan, with Anastasia Russkikh playing with yet another partner in the Super Series and making it again to the Quarter Final stage.
Bao Chunlai against Peter Gade promises to be a fabulous match, Chen Long against Taufik Hidiyat as well as the unknown quantity of Olga Konon of Poland in the Women’s singles against local favourite Pi Hongyan in another of the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Play begins tomorrow at 4pm local time.
French Super Series 2009 Draws