The opportunity of two all-Dutch finals was on the cards on Saturday morning; by the start of the evening they had their first. Eric Pang played Rajiv Ouseph started the Dutch interest on Saturday, with the first men’s singles semi final. Hope were high when Pang took the opening game 23-21 after trailing most of the latter half of the game, but the higher seeded Ouseph levelled the match by taking the second game 21-12.
Pang was forced to respond, which he did in front of his home crowd. He never led Ouseph take the lead in the final game and comfortably won the third game 21-7 to book his place in Sunday’s final.
Next game on court was Judith Meulendijks, against unseeded German Carola Boot. The second seed defeated Carola Bott in two games to claim her place in the final, the 21-13, 21-16 score line secured the first women’s single finalist for the home fans. Jie Yao had the chance to give the Dutch fans their first all-Dutch final on Sunday if she defeated Olga Koron in her semi final.
A dominant display in the opening game give the Dutch fourth seed a one game lead with a 21-8 scoreline. Koron responded well in the opening part of Game 2 but Jie Yao’s class prevailed and she took the second game 21-17 to complete the all-Dutch women’s singles final.
Dicky Palyama had the opportunity to complete the clean sweep of Dutch success on Saturday, playing second seed Chetan Anand of India. Palyama started well in the opening game, but the Indian responded with several runs of 2 and 3 points and clinched the opening game 21-14. The second game failed to change the outlook of the match, with Chetan Anand winning seven points in a row at 2-1 to take a dominating lead that he never lost, winning the second game 21-6.
Nina Vislova and Valeria Sorokina will pair up in the women’s doubles final first on finals day before playing against one another in the mixed doubles final. Vislova and Sorokina playing unseeded German pair Sandra Marinello and Birgit Overzier. Vislova was partner Vitalij Durkin as top seeds against Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina.
The men’s doubles final is an all-German affair, with sixth seeded Krisoff Hopp and Johannes Schoettler playing fourth-seeded Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater.
Play begins at 12:30 local time on Sunday.
Semi Final Results
Local interest is still rife in the singles events as both events have two Dutch seeds remaining. Jie Yao and Judith Meulendijks progressed safely into the semi finals with two game wins. Jie Yao crushing Karin Schnaase 21-6, 21-7 in less than 30 minutes. Meulendijks had a tougher time defeating Jeanine Cicognini but won both games 21 points to 19.
Jie Yao will play the unseeded Pole, Olga Koron. Patty Stolzenbach failed to defeat the Pole in the quarterfinal stage who also disposed of top seed Petra Nedelcheva in Round 1. The other Semi Final sees Judith Meulendijks play unseeded German Carola Bott,, who has disposed of the 6th seed Linda Zechiri in the last 16 and 3rd seeded Larisa Griga in the quarter finals.
The chances of an all-Dutch final look good, but the last thing the Dutch seeds will want to do is take their opponents lightly.
Eric Pang delighted the local crowds with his two game victory over 4th seed Arvind Bhat 21-10, 21-19. Dicky Palyama also secured his place in the last 4 with a two game victory over Kasper Ipsen 21-16, 21-14.
The big news in the men’s singles was the defeat of top seed Wong Choon Hann at the hands of 5th seed Rajiv Ouseph, the three game encounter was the longest singles game of the day. Ouseph will play Eric Pang in the Semi Finals, with the winner to play the either Chetan Anand or Dicky Palyama.
Potentially two all-Dutch singles Final? Tune in tomorrow to find out.
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws