Lin Dan Graces Germany With His Presence

The best players in the world begin their first trip of Europe for 2011 with a three event tour starting this week in Germany as the world’s elite play themselves into form ahead of the All-England Championships in two weeks time.

There is no Peter Gade, Taufik Hidayat or Lee Chong Wei this week but there is a Chinese presence in the men’s singles, punctuated with the top seed and Korean Open Premier Series winner Lin Dan. World Champion Chen Jin is also in the draw and is seeded to meet Lin Dan in the final. There is also home interest in the 6th seed Marc Zwiebler as well as a wrath of talent from Asia in the draw like 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana and 4th seeded Park Sung Hwan.

The “Big Four” of the womens singles are not present in the draw this week, opening up the opportunity for a home victory with top seeded Juliane Schenk. Bae Youn Joo and Yip Pui Yin are the main threats in the bottom half of the draw as well as a considerable Japanese presence in the draw who also played in the Austrian Open last week.

Lee Yong Dae is the main attraction of the mens doubles with partner Jung Jae Sung, with Korean team-mates Ko and Yoo being their main rivals this week. The draw is packed with excellent partners, the Commonwealth champions Koo and Tan are the 3rd seeds this week and there is German interest in the 6th seeded Kindervater and Schoettler, who should meet Lee and Jung in the quarter final stage.

The Japanese are well represented in the seeds for the women’s doubles, with the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna, 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa and 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito. The European threats in the draw come from the 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh and 4th seeded Vislova and Sorokina but one name to watch is Kim Ha Na of Korea and her partner Kim Min Seo who take on the German pair of Schnaase and Bott in their opening match.

Kim Ha Na is Lee Yong Dae’s new partner as he returns to the mixed doubles for the first time in recent memory, the new partnership has a tough opening against the 4th seeded German pairing of Fuchs and Michels. Top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam start with a tough opener themselves against the Russian duo of Nikolaenko and Sorokina. Mateusiak and Zieba are seeded 2 but will hope to jump start their campaign this week after a poor start to 2011.

German Open Grand Prix 2011 Draws

Chen Jin Falls to Wang Zhengming

The massive Chinese presence saw some of the mainstream and formidable players humbled by the new generation of Chinese talent in Seoul in the second round. Whilst the day also seen several seeded players lose out to their unseeded opponents.

The top three seeds in the mens singles remain in the draw, with Lee Chong Wei bouncing back from his opening round match to defeat Park Sung Hwan in two games to set up a quarterfinal with Chinese qualifier Wang Zhengming, who defeated his team mate and current world champion Chen Jin in an impressive 21-11, 21-14 victory. Chen Long and Bao Chunlai also suffered losses in the second round, with 4th seeded Chen Long losing out to Kenichi Tago of Japan whilst 8th seeded Bao Chunlai was defeated by Du Pengyu in a 21-16, 21-13 win for the unseeded Chinese player.

The bottom half has two fantastic matchups, with Simon Santoso taking on the 3rd seeded Peter Gade, with both players in excellent form and have not dropped a game in reaching the last 8. The second match is one of the oldest rivalries of the current crop of players, with 6th seeded Lin Dan and 2nd seed Taufik Hidayat. Lin Dan has been throughly impressive in reaching the last 8, winning both of his matches comfortably whilst Taufik Hidayat narrowly won his second round match over Wong Wing Ki in three games to book his place in the last 8.

The probability of an all-Chinese final looms large in the womens singles, with several of the contenders crashing out on the second day. 4th seed Saina Nehwal suffering a surprise defeat to Sayaka Sato of Japan in their three-game match, 7th seeded Juliane Schenk also lost out to unseeeded Porntip Buranaprasertsuk in another three-game encounter and plays Sakaya Sato for a place in Saturday’s semi final. The other match in the bottom half of the draw seeds the two remaining seeds in this half play one another, 2nd seeded Wang Shixian plays 5th seeded Tine Baun with both players in excellent form on route to the last 8, neither player dropping a game on route to the quarter final.

The top half has three Chinese seeds and a sole Korean representative making up the four. Top seeded Wang Xin has dropped just 49 points on route to the last 8, where she takes on Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun who defeated the 8th seeded Bae Youn Joo in three games to book her place in the quarter finals. The final quarter final is an All-Chinese affair, with 3rd Wang Yihan takes on her second Chinese player this week, after defeating Lu Lan in the second round. Her opponent in the last 8 is the 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao who has like Wang Yihan, failed to drop a game on route to tomorrow’s quarter final.

The men’s doubles has three different nations all taking on their countrymen for a place in the last 4. The first is an all-Danish matchup between the top seeded Boe and Mogensen who take on the pairing of Conrad-Petersen and Rasmussen, who defeated the 5th seeded Cai and Fu in a three game match today. There is an all-Korean match up between Kim and Kim, who defeated the 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan. They take on the 6th seeds and last years winners Lee and Jung for a place in the last 4. The third and final match of this kind is an all-Malaysia encounter between Koo and Tan, seeded 2 and the unseeded pair of Ong and Tazari, who defeated the 8th seeded Chandra and Setiawan to reach the quarter finals.

The 4 Chinese seeds in the womens doubles loom large, with the potential of a Chinese monopoly on the semi final a distinct possibility. Top seeded Cheng and Chien take on the 7th seeded Cheng and Ma, with the Chinese pairing dropping just 49 points and spending just over an hour on court to this point. The unseeded pairing of Tse and Poon have the almighty task of taking on the on-form pairing of Wang and Yu, seeded 6th this week and in stunning form, winning three of their games to 3, 4 and 7 points and the fourth game to 12 points. The bottom half sees 8th seeded Tian and Zhao take on India’s Gutta and Ponnappa, who defeated the world #11 Fujii and Kakiiwa in the second round. The last of the quarter finals sees the 5th seeded Du and Pan take on Japan’s Suetsuna and Maeda, seeded 2nd and in excellent form in their opening two rounds.

The mixed doubles is without it’s two top seeds, losing the 2nd seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam to unseeded Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei. They take on 6th seeded Tian and Jiaming of China in their quarter final match. The other match in the bottom half seeds the 4th seeded Ko and Ha taking on the 7th seeded Pedersen and Fischer Neilsen, with the Danes being significantly more rested than their opponents who have struggled through two 3-game matches to reach this point. The top half of the draw is laden with Chinese potential winners, with Ma Jin taking on her ex-partner He Hanbin in the quarter final, as the 8th seeded Yu and He take on the unseeded Ma and Xu. The final quarter final sees the 2010 All-England winners Zhao and Zheng take on the Indonesian pair of Natsir and Ahmad.

Day 2 Results

Park Sneaks Past Ponsana

Some of the top seeded players were give a real test in the early rounds, with most of the seeds defeating their opponents to bolster their credentials. Boonsak Ponsana was the biggest casualty in the men’s singles, losing to Park Sung Hwan in three games and the Korean set up a quarter final clash with Taufik Hidayat.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, Lee Chong Wei takes on the 2010 world champion Chen Jin in the first of tomorrow’s quarter finals with the winner taking on the winner of the second of the quarter final. 4th seeded Lin Dan takes on the 8th seed Tien Minh Nguyen in the second quarter final. Chen Long is the only other seed in the bottom half of the draw and takes on the Korean qualifier Lee Hyun Il.

The women’s singles has 6 of it’s 8 seeds remaining in the draw, with Inthanon Ratchanok continuing her excellent run of form to reach the last 8. Yip Pui Yin is the second unseeded player in the draw, defeating the 7th seed Bae Yong Joo in two games and her reward is a quarter final matchup against the 2nd seeded Saina Nehwal. The top 3 Chinese seeds are also safely into the quarter finals, with top seeded Wang Xin, 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao all progressing from the second round with two game victories.

The top seeded Koo and Tan crashed out to Indonesians Ahsan and Septano in three games to further open up the top half of the men’s doubles draw. Bach and Gunawan continue their excellent run and will meet another unseeded pair in the last 8 in the Chinese partnership of Chai and Guo. Cai and Fu will meet Lee and Jung for the second time in two weeks in the quarter final stage and the last of the quarter finals is an all-Indonesian affair between the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan and the 7th seeded Chandra and Gunawan.

Wang and Yu defeated the second seeded Chinese pair of Cheng and Zhao to book their place in the last 8, whilst the Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl further opened up the women’s doubles draw with their win over Jauhari and Polii, the 4th seeds from Indonesia. Top seeded Cheng and Chien and 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina put their early exits in China behind them to reach the last 8 this week.

Zieba and Mateusiak proved their credentials as top seeds with an excellent three game win over Tian and Jiaming and set up a quarter final clash against 6th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen of Denmark. Zhang and Zhao are one of only 4 seeds remaining in the draw and take on the Korean pair of Ko and Ha, who defeated another Chinese pair touted to do well this week in He and Ma.

Hong Kong Super Series 2010 Draws

Lu Lan Upsets Wang Yihan

Since her 2009 win in the world championships, Lu Lan has almost fallen off the Badminton world, after her absence from the world championships this year and from her non-appearance at this years world championship to defend her title she has dropped to China’s number 6 player.

That all changed today as she defeated the top seed Wang Yihan in stunning fashion with a 21-15, 21-9 victory to set up a quarter final matchup with another unseeded Chinese player, Jiang Yanjiao. In an equally impressive performance, Jiang Yanjiao took out the 6th seeded Pi Hongyan in two games, winning 21-6, 21-11 to set up the all-Chinese quarter final.

There also wins for Wang Xin, Wang Shixian and Tine Baun to progress into the last 8. There is also two Japanese players in the last 8, Eriko Hirose takes on the 2nd seeded Wang Xin whilst qualifier Shizuka Uchida takes on the 3rd seed Wang Shixian.

Anticipation was rife that Kenichi Tago could beat the top seed in Japan this week, but Lee Chong Wei took his record over the Japanese player to 6-0 with an impressive 21-10, 21-10 win to book his place in the last 8. Bao Chunlai is the top seeds next opponent after defeating Kazushi Yamada in two games. There was a two game victory for Lin Dan over Hu Yun to set up a third meeting with Park Sung Hwan in the last 4 weeks. Peter Gade is also through to the quarter finals after a three game victory over Japanese qualifier Takuma Ueda, he plays Tien Minh Nguyen who stopped an all-Danish quarter final with his two game victory over Jan O Jorgensen.

The two seeds remaining the men’s doubles progressed safely into the last 8, with Koo and Tan defeating Chen and Lin in two games and Cai and Fu disposing of Pratama and Saputro. Both seeds take on a Korean pair in the last 8, with Koo and Tan taking on Kim and Shin whilst Cai and Fu take on Cho and Kwon for a place in the last 4.

The women’s doubles lost three local pairs today, most notably the 4th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa who were defeated in two games by Jang and Kim of Korea. The last remaining Japanese pair, Maeda and Suetsuna takes on the Macau pair of Zhang and Zhang for a place in the last 4. There were also wins for Cheng and Chien, the top seeds take on Kim and Lee of Korea in the last 4.

It has been a disappointing month for Widianto and Natsir, top seeds for the previous three events and failing to reach the final in any of them. Their most recent failure came today with a tame defeat to unseeded Chinese pair Zhang and Zhao. The new partnership of He and Ma came through a three game scare against Lee and Chien to book their place in the last 8, where they play Zhang and Zhao.

There were no shocks in the bottom half of the draw, with all four seeds progressing. Only Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen dropped a game against their Korean opponents Shin and Ha but they progressed to set up an all-Danish quarter final tomorrow.

Day 2 Results

Taufik Hidayat Upset By Sho Sasaki

Japan was well represented at their home Super Series, but only the mainstays on the tour have survived into Round 2. 7th seeded Eriko Hirose is the big hope in the women’s singles and is through to Round 2 with a two game win over Cheng Shao Chieh on the opening day.

Kenichi Tago faught back from a game down to ensure his place in the second round, his reward is a match with top seeded Lee Chong Wei who was impressive in his 21-5, 21-9 opening round victory. On the other side of this half of the draw, Lin Dan secured his place in the last 16 with a two game win and will play Hu Yun of Hong Kong is his second round match.

Sho Sasaki was the story of the day for the local crowd; defeating 4th seeded Taufik Hidayat in three tight games to secure his place in the last 16 against Park Sung Hwan. There were wins for Jan O Jorgensen and Tien Minh Nguyen also, but the unlikely story in the draw is Takuma Ueda. The Japanese qualifier defeated Eric Pang to set up a dream last 16 match up with 2nd seeded Peter Gade, who defated Wong Wing Ki in two games today.

Round 2 in the women’s draw is full of intrigue, as the draw has top seeded Wang Yihan likely to play three of her Chinese team-mates on route to the final. Tomorrow sees her play the 2009 World Champion Lu Lan, with the winner to play the winner of Pi Hongyan and Jiang Yanjiao. Wang Shixian is the likely opponent in the last 4 for any of those four ladies.

The bottom half is more simple, with Tine Baun, Wang Xin and Eriko Hirose all winning comfortably. The only casualty is 8th seeded Yao Jie who was defeated in two games by Sung Ji Hyun of Korea, who will now play Japan’s Sayaka Sato in the round of 16.

The men’s doubles has been decimated with a trio of big name upsets in the opening round. 6th seeded Fang and Lee crashed out in a three game loss to Kim and Shin of Korea before Lee and Jung, seeded 7 lost tamely into two games to their Thai opponents, Anugritayawon and Prapakamol. Then the third shock of the day came with 3rd seeded Boe and Mogensen crashing out in three games also to the unseeded Malaysian pair of Chan and Lim. The top half of the draw has just one seed remaining, the top seeded Koo and Tan who progressed safely in two games.

The 2nd seeds Kido and Setiawan pulled out pre-event, as well as 4th seeded Guo and Xu. Leaving just the 5th seeded Cai and Fu and the 8th seeded Chandra and Gunawan in the bottom half of the draw. Both pairs progressed safely to the second round with two game victories.

The expectancy of all the of the 7 seeds that started the week making the second round was not a bold expectation, only the 6th seeded Pan and Tian pulled out pre-event to stop the clean sweep of seeds into the second round. The two Japanese hopes in the draw have a potential clash in the semi final as 2nd seeded Maeda and Suetsuna and 4th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa both progressed into round 2. 5th seeded Wang and Yu are also a pair to watch, they are into the last 16 with a 21-11, 21-7 victory in round 1.

The mixed doubles almost has a full compliment of seeds remaining, with only the 4th seeds Thai pairing of Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul crashed out in the two games to the unseeded Korean pair of Yoo and Kim. There was little problems for the 2nd and 3rd seeded pairs, who came through their opening round matches against their Japanese opponents. 8th seeded Tao and Tian had to save a match point in their opening round match against Susanto and Rijal, coming through 25-23 in the third game.

Day 1 Results

Chen Jin - 1 of 8 Chinese Finalists

The possibility of a European winner in Paris ended today as the Chinese juggernaut was in a relentless mood as they stormed into eight of the ten finals places for tomorrow.

Peter Gade’s dream of making the world championship final was but a game away but Chen Jin stormed back in the next two games, allowing the Dane just 19 points from the last two games as it was the Chinese player who won their 71-minute encounter 19-21, 21-11, 21-8.

Chen Jin’s opponent in tomorrow’s final is the enigmatic Taufik Hidayat who has returned his former greatness with a stunning week, capped of today in booking his place in tomorrow’s final with a hard fought two game victory over Park Sung Hwan, who defeated Lin Dan yesterday. The 5th seed is the only non-Chinese player in either singles final tomorrow.

Many people earlier in the week predicted an all-Chinese final in the women’s singles, with Wang Yihan almost certain to feature but it is the 7th seed Wang Lin who is in tomorrow’s final from the top half of the draw after a stunning performance over the European champion Tine Baun in a 31-minute masterclass by the 7th seed. Winning 21-11, 21-8 to reach the final.

The other semi final was an all-Chinese match between Wang Xin and Wang Shixian that was a far more even encounter than the first semi final. It was the 3rd seeded Wang Xin who took the deciding game 21-16 to book her place in the all-Chinese final against Wang Lin, who eventually won the 57-minute encounter.

Top seeded Koo and Tan’s performances of late had been poor and had not reached a final since March. This week they have been deserving of the top seeding after a fantastic two game victory over the 4th seeded Guo and Xu of China, taking the match 21-14, 21-18 in 39 minutes to book their place in tomorrow’s final. They will play the 2009 world champions and 5th seeds Cai and Fu in the final after their two game victory over the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan, winning 21-16, 21-13 in just 36 minutes and without dropping a game on route to the final, winning all four of their matches in two games.

The women’s doubles pits the top two seeds against each other for the world championship as Du and Fu, the 2nd seeds defeated the 3rd seeded Chien and Cheng of Chinese Taipei in two games to book their place in tomorrow’s final, for Yu Yang it was her second game of the day. Ma and Wang are also through to tomorrow’s final but spent over an hour on court after Ma Jin had already played in the days opening mixed doubles game. The top seeds battled back from losing the opening game 21-10 to defeat their teammates and 4th seeded Cheng and Zhao to progress into tomorrow’s final.

The mixed doubles will have two of the women’s doubles finalists in it also, with Ma Jin teaming up with Zheng Bo after their three game victory over Ko and Ha of Korea put the 8th seeded pair into the final, with Ma Jin spending over two hours on court today for her to progress into two world championship finals. For Yu Yang, her and partner He Hanbin spent a mere 29 minutes disposing of the 16th seeded Chien and Lee of Chinese Taipei to book their place in tomorrow’s final. Chien Yu Chin was another player playing in two semi finals today and was defeated both times by Yu Yang.

Tomorrow’s order of play starts with the mixed doubles, with the two pairs playing for the first time, in the world championship final. The men’s singles between Chen Jin and Taufik Hidayat is on next, with Chen Jin holding a 2-1 record ove the Indonesia, who defeated the Chinese player in 2007.

The women’s singles final is perhaps the most difficult to predict, with both players in excellent form and holding a 1-1 record against each other, both matches taking place within a week of each other in September of 2009. The women’s doubles has the top two seeds in it but it is the lower seeded pair that have the advantage in the head to head, leading 4-1 with Ma and Jin’s sole victory coming in November last year.

The men’s doubles final with be the 9th meeting between the pairs since 2007, with Cai and Fu taking the last three victories, most notably at the Uber Cup finals in May this year and the Chinese pair have won five of the last six encounters against the Malaysians and lead the head to head 5-3

Day 6 Results

Lin Dan Isn't Smiling Now

Another two top seeds crashed out on a day of shocks in Paris as several big names crashed out on quarterfinals day.

The men’s singles suffered two major casualties, both on the top half of the draw as World #1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei was defeated by a re-energised Taufik Hidayat who continues his excellent run at this years event with a three-game, 61 minute victory over the Malaysian. Many expected a classic match against Lin Dan in the semi finals, only for Park Sung Hwan of Korea to end the Chinese 3rd seed run at the last 8. His 21-13, 21-13 win over Lin Dan sent shockwaves in the draw, piling pressure on Gade to seize the opportunity that the days play had offered him, a chance at the world championship.

Chen Jin awaited the winner of Gade’s match, securing his place in the last 4 with a three-game win over Hsueh Hsuan Yi of Chinese Taipei in 64 minutes. Peter Gade entered the arena as the clear fans favourite and delivered a masterful performance over Kazushi Yamada, winning in two games 21-19, 21-12 to set up a semi final clash with Chen Jin.

The second seed in the women’s draw crashed out as Saina Nehwal was comfortably beaten by the 6th seeded Wang Shixian of China, the two game 35 minute encounter was completely dominated by the Chinese player who rightfully deserved her place in the semi final in her first world championships. Her opponent in the semi finals is the 3rd seeded Wang Xin of China, who ended the hopes of a French world champion with her 21-13, 21-15 win over Pi Hongyan in 34 minutes.

The other semi final features Wang Lin of China, the 7th seed avenged the defeat of Wang Yihan today with a two game win over Eriko Hirose, winning 21-16, 21-17 to take on the last European in the draw, Tine Baun of Denmark. The 4th seed defeated the unseeded Cheng Shao Chieh in two games to set up her last 4 encounter with Wang Lin.

The top seeds in the men’s doubles are still in the competition, as Koo and Tan defeated last years finalists Lee and Jung in three games in a 72-minute encounter to set up a semi final against Guo and Xu who defeated Paaske and Rasmussen in two games to reach the last 4. The other semi final sees the second seeded Kido and Setiawan, who defeated the 6th seeded Fang and Lee take on the form duo of the competition and reigning champions, Cai and Fu of China. The 5th seeds defeated Mogensen and Boe in a clinical 41-minute, two game victory to set up a semi final against the 2nd seeds.

The top four seeds in the women’s doubles remain intact at the semi final stage, with top seeds Ma and Wang coming through their quarter final in three games over Ha and Kim of Korea to set up an all-Chinese semi final against 4th seeded Cheng and Zhao. The other semi final sees the 2nd seeded Du and Yu take on the 3rd seeded Cheng and Chien who have both reached the last 4 without the loss of a game this week.

The top seeds in the mixed doubles also fell today, with Widianto and Natsir losing to Zheng and Ma of China, the 8th seeds in two games. The 12th seeded Ko and Ha are also an unexpected pair to be still in the draw at this late stage, they defeated the 9th seeded India pairing of Diju and Gutta in two games in the first match on Court 2 today.

The other semi final is features another unlikely duo, the 16th seeded Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei who defeated the 10th seeded Jiaming and Yawen in three games in just under a hour to book their place in the last 4. They will play He and Yu of China after their two game victory over the current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl in 43 minutes.

Day 5 Results

Kuncoro Withdraws From Worlds

The day began with the news of Sony Kuncoro’s withdrawal from the men’s singles with a back injury, Misha Zilberman who was expected to play Kuncoro tomorrow has a bye into round 2. The questions going into today were of Lin Dan and if he had the hunger for a run at the title this year.

We didn’t have to wait long for an answer as the 3rd seed won his opening round match over Iran’s Ali Shahhosseini 21-4, 21-10 in 26 minutes to book his place in Wednesday’s second round where he will play Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen after a two game victory over Hungary’s Henrik Toth. Play begun at 10am with the World #1 Lee Chong Wei in his quest to all to his first All England triumph in March, he started his campaign against Kevin Cordon and promptly progressed into the second round, winning his match 21-7, 21-11.

Jan Jorgensen looks to have put his recent dip in form behind him with a two game victory over Austria’s Michael Lahensteiner to book a second round match with Rajiv Ouseph. The Englishman took on Eric Pang in one of the best matches of the opening round today, with Ouseph coming through 23-21 in the 3rd game to book his place against the 11th seeded Jorgensen. There was also a comfortable two game victory for Taufik Hidayat over Nigeria’s Ola Fagbemi and the 5th seed takes on Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Yu Hsin in Round 2 on Wednesday.

10th seeded Bao Chunlai is safely through into Round 2 after a 21-11, 21-17 win over Hong Kong’s Yan Kit Chan and will play Canada’s David Snider on Wednesday after his two game win over Scotland’s Alistair Casey. The 7th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen and 13th seeded Park Sung Hwan are also through to Wednesday’s second round after both won in two games.

In the Women’s singles, the top 8 seeds received byes so it was a day for the lower seeded players to impress. Yip Pui Yin was the first of the seeds to progress into Round 2, the 12th seed defeating France’s Perrine Lebuhanic in two games. However for the 11th seeded Yao Jie, the job was a lot harder as she was taken to a third game by Singapore’s Xing Aiying before coming through after a 50 minute encounter.

The 13th seed Ella Diehl defeated Jeanine Cicognini in two games, but the 15th seeded Petya Nedelcheva needed three games to defeat Judith Meulendijks in 55 minutes. There were also wins for the 10th seeded Eriko Hirose and for 14th seeded Bae Sueng Hee of Korea. Ai Goto is also one to watch this week, the Japanese woman is in an excellent run of form and defeated Alesia Zaitsava 21-9, 21-9 to prove her own credentials.

The biggest shock of the day came late on day 1 as Robertson and Clark took out the 10th seeded Bach and Gunawan in the men’s doubles, winning 21-9, 22-20. The 16th seeded Choong and Lee are also out, losing in three games to the German pairing of Hopp and Schottler. This means that the higher seedings in the section will not have to play a seed until the quarter final, which in these sections is Kido and Setiawan (Hopp/Schottler) and Cai/Fu (Robertson/Clark).

There were a few withdrawals in the event also, allowing the 9th seeded Chandra and Setiawan a bye into Round 2 as well as the 14th seeded Chai and Zhang. There were some seeds in action who progressed into the second round, 13th seeds Ko and Yoo are safely into the next round as well as the 11th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan.

The longest match of the day came in the women’s doubles as the unseeded Mason and Bankier of Scotland put out the 13th seeded pair Amitapai and Munkit of Thailand in three games. The 65-minute encounter was the only match to surpass the one-hour mark today. They take on the Dutch pairing of Jonathans and Van Dooremalen after they received a first round bye after Frier Kristiansen and Roepke’s withdrawal. There were impressive wins for the 12th seeded Sorokina and Vislova over Kobtseva and Prus of Ukraine, winning 21-16, 21-5.

The 4th seeded Cheng and Zhao have also received a second round bye after the withdrawal of Chang and Chou of Chinese Taipei today. The 16th seeded Gutta and Ponnappa of India received a first round bye after Barning and Muskens of Holland also pulled out today. The most impressive performance of the day came from the English pairing of White and Wallwork as they progressed into Round 2 with a stunning 21-3, 21-14 victory today.

The 11th seeded Chen and Chou ensured that Johannes Schottler would not put out a second seed on the day, defeating him and his partner Sandra Marinello 21-13, 21-14 to progress into Round 2. Gabrielle White was also looking to create more news as her and partner Chris Adcock took the 9th seeded Indian’s to a deciding game, only to lose out to V and Gutta 21-8 in the deciding game.

Day 2 will see the end of the opening round matches for the men’s singles and mixed doubles before the start of the top names in women’s singles take centre stage night 2 of the World Championships.

Day 1 Results

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BWF World Championships 2010

The draws for the 2010 World Championships were made in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, there were little doubts about the top seed in the men’s singles draw with Lee Chong Wei taking the #1 seed but there will be no rematch of the 2009 final in Paris on August 29.

Lee Chong Wei begins his campaign against Kevin Cordon, the world number 46 from Guatemala and could face a tricky second round match against world #22 Muhammad Hafiz Hashim in an all-Malaysian second round encounter. The other seed in Lee Chong Wei’s section is Jan O Jorgensen, seeded 11. The Dane has had a disappointing 2010 after bursting onto the world scene with victory over Peter Gade in Denmark and reaching the Chinese Super Series final in 2009. He begins his campaign against the Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner, ranked 86 in the world. His second round encounter will be a much tougher match with one of the best matches of the opening round with Eric Pang taking on Rajiv Ouseph for the chance to play Jorgensen or Lahnsteiner in Round 2.

Taufik Hidiyat received the 5th seed and with that, he plays Ola Fagbemi of Nigeria who is the lowest ranked player in the draw, ranked #122 in the world. His likely second round opponent is ranked almost 100 places higher in the world rankings, world #23 Yu Shin Hsieh of Chinese Taipei who takes on Portugal’s Pedro Martins in Round 1. The other seed is Kenichi Tago, one of the breakout stories of 2010 who is the #12 seed and faces the Czech national champion Petr Koukal, the world #48 in the opening round.

Lin Dan has barely played in 2010, but is still the Chinese #1 and seeded 3 for the Worlds and begins his campaign against Ali Shahhossieni of Iran, ranked 110 in the world before potentially playing the winner of the all-European match between Henrik Toth and Henri Hurskainen in the second round. The conspiracy theorists will claim that Lin Dan’s opening two matches could be the easiest run to the last 16 of any of the seeds, with only Hurskainen inside the top 50 in the world (ranked 50th). His first big test will be against Bao Chunlai, seeded 10 and the player who defeated him in the 2010 All England. The 10th seed begins against Yan Kit Chan who is current ranked 20th in the world in one of the hardest opening round match for any seed. If anything, the winner of this match will have an easier second round match, playing the winner of David Snider of Canada (ranked 89) and Scotland’s Alistair Casey (ranked 78).

Tien Minh Nguyen may not have won in Chinese Taipei to gain him more ranking points but is still seeded 7 and plays the world number 62 Ukrainian Valeriy Atrashchenkov in his opening round match. The winner of Raul Must and Dieter Domke is likely to play the Vietnamese player in round 2. Park Sung Hwan is the other seed in this section, the 13th seeded Korean takes on Derek Wong Zi Liang of Singapore, ranked 79 in the world with Park likely to play the winner of another all-European clash between Matthieu Lo Ying Ping and Vladimir Ivanov in the opening round.

The opening section from the bottom half of the draw is arguably the hardest one to come out of, with England’s Carl Baxter, ranked 27 in the world taking on Slovakia’s Michal Matejka for the chance to play the 9th seeded Boonsak Ponsana, should he defeat world number 52 Vladimir Malkov of Russia. The other seed is Simon Santoso, winner in Chinese Taipei and seeded 8. He takes on Poland’s Przemyslaw Wacha, ranked 37 in the world with the winner of that match taking on the winner of Scott Evans, ranked 45 in the world and Hsuan Yi Hsueh of Chinese Taipei, ranked 41 in the world.

The 14th seed Chetan Anand begins his campaign against Ashton Chen Ong Zhao, ranked 112th in the world in one of the bigger mismatches of the opening round and likely to play the winner of Dmytro Zavadsky and Stephan Wojcikiewicz, ranked 47 and 56 respectively. The other seed in the section is the 4th seeded Chen Jin who begins his campaign against Finland’s #1 and world #53 Ville Lang in his opening round. The other match and potentially Chen Jin’s second round opponent is between Kestutis Navickas of Lithuania, the world number 59 and Scotland’s #1 Kieran Merrilees, ranked 72 in the world.

Wong Choong Hann received the 16th seed and will take on France’s own Simon Maunoury in his opening round match in the French capital, but the world number 81 will need to play the match of his life to reach round 2. The other match to determine the winner of the Wong/Maunoury match is between Iran’s Kaveh Mehrabi, ranked 92nd in the world and Kazushi Yamada of Japan, ranked 30 in the world. Sony Kuncoro won in Macau two weeks ago and the 6th seed comes into the championships in excellent form and begins his campaign against Misha Zilberman of Israel, ranked 84th in the world in round 1. Another all-European clash is the last match in the section with world #25 Dicky Palyama of Holland taking on the 3rd Frenchman in the draw, US Open runner-up Brice Leverdez for a place in round 2.

The final section is the only one with two European seeds, with 15th seed Marc Zwiebler taking on the Czech Jan Vondra in his opening round match and a second all-European match guarantees at least one European in the last 16, with Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg taking on Pablo Abian of Spain. Peter Gade comes into the competition as the number 2 seed and starts his campaign against Brazilian Daniel Paiola, ranked 74 in the world. The big news from this section of the draw is world number 15 Yun Hu not receiving a seeding for the event despite Chen Long not being able to play as China’s #4 and world #10 and plays Shon Wan Ho of Korea, the world number 35 in his opening match and a likely second round match against Peter Gade, which would likely be the match of the second round.

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Lee Leads Malaysia Against Denmark

Europe had four opportunities to make it into the semi final stage today, but failed with every chance against a superior Asian opponent.

Thomas Cup:

China defeated Korea for the second time in two days, this time in the quarterfinals by a scoreline of 3-0. Lin Dan started with a two-game victory over Park Sung Hwan, Cai and Fu doubled the advantage before Chen Jin completed the win with a two-game defeat of Shon Wan Ho to see China progress into Friday’s semi final. Malaysia will play China in the first semi final after coming through against Denmark at the third time of asking, Lee Chong Wei defeated Peter Gade in the opening singles, then Koo and Tan defeated Mogensen and Boe to take a 2-0 lead in the rubber. Jorgensen took the second singles and Paaske and Rasmussen won the second doubles to level the rubber at 2-2 before Joachim Persson was crushed in a one-sided singles by Hashim Mohammed Hafiz 21-12, 21-10 and Malaysia took the rubber 3-2.

Germany took on Japan in the 3rd quarterfinal, with Zwiebler and Tago playing an 74-minute opening singles which Tago took after dropping the opening game, winning 15-21, 21-18, 21-18. Fuchs and Hopp then took the first of the doubles games in a similar fashion, after dropping the first game then winning the next two to take the win. Taking the 61-minute match 16-21, 21-19, 24-22 and also saving two match points in the third game. That would be the end of the German resistance, as Sho Sasaki defeated Dieter Domke in the second singles and Hayakawa and Kazuno won the second doubles, both in two games to clinch the rubber at 3-1. Japan will play Indonesia in the semi final after their 3-0 win over India in their quarterfinal. Taufik Hidayat made hard work of his singles match, being pushed into a 3-game 61 minute match by Kashyap Parupalli, Kido and Setiawan had little problem in their two-game victory to give Indonesia a 2-0 lead in the rubber and Simon Santoso completed the win with a 21-8, 21-10 victory over Arvind Bhatt.

Uber Cup:

Wang Yihan had to battle back from a game down in her match against Saina Nehwal before winning 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 to secure China’s first victory over India. Ma and Wang destroyed their Indian opponents in the doubles before Wang Xin completed the victory over India by 3 wins to 0. They will play an in-form Malaysian team who defeated the host nation Malaysia 3-0 in their quarterfinal match today. The Malaysians have only lost one game out of the 27 they have played over this week.

Japan’s women took on Denmark in the 3rd of the 4 matches today, they started well with Eriko Hirose’s win over Camilla Sorensen 21-17, 21-11 but the Danes levelled the rubber with a two game victory from Rytter Juhl and Pedersen. Ai Goto restored Japan’s lead with a two game victory over Karina Jorgensen before Fujii and Kakiiwa completed the victory over the Danes with a three-game win over Frier Kristiansen and Ropke, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-19.

The final match was between Korea and Russia, with the Koreans taking the opening two games in three tight games, Bae Seung Hee defeated Ella Diehl in 67 minutes and Lee and Kim beat Sorokina and Vislova in 58 minutes. The Russian’s faught back with Tatjana Bibik’s three-game, 56 minute win over Sung Ji Hyun and the new partnership of Polikarpova and Russkikh fell to the 2nd Korean doubles pairing over Ha and Jung and the Korean’s progressed to the last 4 with a 3-1 victory.

Europe had four opportunities to make it into the semi final stage today, but failed with every chance against a superior Asian opponent.

Thomas Cup:

China defeated Korea for the second time in two days, this time in the quarterfinals by a scoreline of 3-0. Lin Dan started with a two-game victory over Park Sung Hwan, Cai and Fu doubled the advantage before Chen Jin completed the win with a two-game defeat of Shon Wan Ho to see China progress into Friday’s semi final. Malaysia will play China in the first semi final after coming through against Denmark at the third time of asking, Lee Chong Wei defeated Peter Gade in the opening singles, then Koo and Tan defeated Mogensen and Boe to take a 2-0 lead in the rubber. Jorgensen took the second singles and Paaske and Rasmussen won the second doubles to level the rubber at 2-2 before Joachim Persson was crushed in a one-sided singles by Hashim Mohammed Hafiz 21-12, 21-10 and Malaysia took the rubber 3-2.

Germany took on Japan in the 3rd quarterfinal, with Zwiebler and Tago playing an 74-minute opening singles which Tago took after dropping the opening game, winning 15-21, 21-18, 21-18. Fuchs and Hopp then took the first of the doubles games in a similar fashion, after dropping the first game then winning the next two to take the win. Taking the 61-minute match 16-21, 21-19, 24-22 and also saving two match points in the third game. That would be the end of the German resistance, as Sho Sasaki defeated Dieter Domke in the second singles and Hayakawa and Kazuno won the second doubles, both in two games to clinch the rubber at 3-1. Japan will play Indonesia in the semi final after their 3-0 win over India in their quarterfinal. Taufik Hidayat made hard work of his singles match, being pushed into a 3-game 61 minute match by Kashyap Parupalli, Kido and Setiawan had little problem in their two-game victory to give Indonesia a 2-0 lead in the rubber and Simon Santoso completed the win with a 21-8, 21-10 victory over Arvind Bhatt.

Uber Cup:

Wang Yihan had to battle back from a game down in her match against Saina Nehwal before winning 14-21, 21-11, 21-18 to secure China’s first victory over India. Ma and Wang destroyed their Indian opponents in the doubles before Wang Xin completed the victory over India by 3 wins to 0. They will play an in-form Malaysian team who defeated the host nation Malaysia 3-0 in their quarterfinal match today. The Malaysians have only lost one game out of the 27 they have played over this week.

Japan’s women took on Denmark in the 3rd of the 4 matches today, they started well with Eriko Hirose’s win over Camilla Sorensen 21-17, 21-11 but the Danes levelled the rubber with a two game victory from Rytter Juhl and Pedersen. Ai Goto restored Japan’s lead with a two game victory over Karina Jorgensen before Fujii and Kakiiwa completed the victory over the Danes with a three-game win over Frier Kristiansen and Ropke, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-19.

The final match was between Korea and Russia, with the Koreans taking the opening two games in three tight games, Bae Seung Hee defeated Ella Diehl in 67 minutes and Lee and Kim beat Sorokina and Vislova in 58 minutes. The Russian’s faught back with Tatjana Bibik’s three-game, 56 minute win over Sung Ji Hyun and the new partnership of Polikarpova and Russkikh fell to the 2nd Korean doubles pairing over Ha and Jung and the Korean’s progressed to the last 4 with a 3-1 victory.

Day 4 Results

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