China topped Group A after a 4-1 win over Korea, Lin Dan started the rout with a two game victory over Park Sung Hwan and Cai and Fu doubled the lead with a win over Jung and Shin in the opening doubles encounter. The injury to Lee Yong Dae has been a massive blow to the Korean squad, but they had reason to celebrate as Yoo and Ko won the second doubles to ensure they did not suffer a 5-0 defeat.
Malaysia took to the court two days later than expected and looked to be in fine form with Lee Chong Wei’s 21-12, 21-13 win over Kenichi Tago and a win from Koo and Tan in the doubles giving them an early 2-0 lead. The Japanese however, won the second singles to pull the rubber back to 2-1 and then tied it up at 2-2 with Hayakawa and Kazuno’s two game victory. The final match was a winner-take-all for the top spot in Group B and it was Shoji Sato of Japan who defeated Hashim Mohammed Hafiz in a 62 minute encounter to seal a stunning come from behind 3-2 victory for the Japanese and top spot in Group B.
Denmark took top spot in Group C with a 4-1 victory over Germany, with Peter Gade defeating Marc Zwiebler in impressive fashion 21-12, 21-7 to start off the Danish rout. Jan O Jorgensen’s surprise defeat to Dieter Domke has left question marks over Denmark’s credentials to win the Thomas Cup, however the two game defeat has been the only losses in the game stage. India took on Australia for a place in the last 8 and the match was settled in just three matches as India swept the singles to book their place in the knockout stages, Glenn Warfe and Ross Smith took one match for the Australians as they fell 4-1 to India.
The random draw for the last 8 was made after the end of play, with China taking on Korea for the second time in two days. Malaysia’s defeat to Japan means they will play Denmark in the quarter finals, whilst Group B winners Japan take on Germany for a place in the last 4 and India take on Indonesia again in a Group D rematch.
China booked their place at the top of Group A with another 5-0 win, this time over hosts Malaysia without the loss of a game. Malaysia takes second place in the group after their 5-0 win over the USA. Indonesia defeated the European champions Denmark with an impressive 5-0 win with the loss of just one game. Pedersen and Rytter Juhl took their doubles to a third game against Polii and Mahweswari.
Japan’s women continued the excellent day for the nation with a 5-0 victory over Russia as the gulf between the Asian and European nations in the women’s game has been on show throughout the group stages. Japan top Group C, only losing one match in the two rubbers. Korea top Group D after losing the opening singles against India, but bounced back to win the next 4 matches to take the rubber 4-1.
India takes on China in the first of the quarter finals tomorrow, with a South East Asian clash in the 2nd quarter final as Indonesia takes on Malaysia. Group D winners Korea take on Russia and Group C winners Japan take on Denmark in the last of tomorrows knockout round.
Lee Chong Wei has safely progressed into Round 2 with a routine 21-14, 21-4 win over Rajiv Ouseph of England, however 3rd seeded Taufik Hidayat is out in Round 1 after losing out to in-form Jan O Jorgensen in three games. The Indonesian took the opening game comfortably 21-7, before losing the next two games, 21-17 and 21-19. Jorgensen posted the following on his Facebook Fan page:
Very good news tonight. Won in rubber set against Taufik Hidayat (INA) former world and olympic champion 7-21 21-19 21-17. First set was so tough and i didnt know what to do at all. – I fought my way back and stealed the second set. Im very satisfied with third set where i raised my game to a very high level. Next up i…s Kazushi Yamada (JPN) – I had beaten him twice last year. So hopefully i can progress tomorrow..
Peter Gade is also safely through to Thursday and into round 2, with a 21-12, 21-17 win over Hu Yun. There also wins for Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai also to maintain 4 of the eight seeds left in the competition. As well as the seeded players, there were some other excellent first round matches, Boonsak Ponsana defeated Chen Long in three games in a match that would have been a potential quarter final match last week in Korea, as both players were seeded for that event.
Andrew Smith won the all-English tie of the first round, beating Carl Baxter 21-16, 21-16 to book his place in round 2. Du Pengyu defeated last week’s 5th seed Park Sung Hwan in round 1 in two games, 21-16, 21-17, he plays Lee Chong Wei in Round 2. Tien Minh Nugyen’s 3 game win over Marc Zweibler sets up a round 2 encounter with Bao Chunlai.
Last weeks beaten finalist in Korea, Sung Ji Hyun was all set to qualify before being promoted to the main draw, where she defeated Linda Zechiri in two games to progress to round 2. However, 4th seeded Zhou Mi defeat to Bae Youn Joo is less then a shock than first expected as the 4th seed has struggled for form for a number of months now as her seeding has plummeted from the top spot in the recent months. The same cannot be said for the Chinese crop of players, with Wang Yihan, Wang Lin, Jiang Yanjiao, Wang Xin and last weeks winner Wang Shixian all progressing safely into round 2.
Other seeds like Juliane Schenk, Saina Nehwal and Tine Rasmussen are all into round 2 also with routine two game wins. Tomorrow sees top seeded Wang Yihan take on Korean Super Series winner Wang Shixian whilst Wang Xin takes on Tine Rasmussen in two of the top matches on court tomorrow.
Lee Yong Dae suffers another shock Round 1 defeat, this time in the men’s doubles as him and partner Jung Jae Sung fall to unseeded Hoon and Ong of Malaysia in round 1, losing the second game 21-4 in the process. Koo and Tan are safely into round 2, as well as Clark and Robertson, Chandra and Gunawan and Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan.
Ma and Wang were in dominant form in their opening round match in the women’s doubles, defeating Ng and Abdul of Malaysia 21-10, 21-4. Second seeded Du and Yu are also through, beating Matsuo and Niato of Japan 21-11, 21-11. 7th seeded and last weeks beaten finalists Fujii and Kakiiwa looked on course to lose their opening game in their match against Santoso and Marissa before the Indonesian couple retired 19-16 up in the first game.
Lee and Sung survived a second game blip to win their opening round match 21-18, 18-21, 21-13. They play the couple that put them out in the opening round last week Tao and Zhang of China. World Champions Rytter Juhl and Laybourn are into round 2 after bouncing back from a game down to win the match 20-22, 21-17, 21-17. Anthony Clark and Heather Olver’s first competitive match was a successful one, beating 7th seeded Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk 23-21, 12-21, 21-16 to set up an all-English match in round 2 against Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.
Boonsak Ponsana began the men’s singles play for the day against Korean Hong Ji Hoon, the eighth seed spent 45 minutes disposing of his tricky opponent but completed the task 21-18, 21-16. Lee Chong Wei and Chen Jin took to the court within 10 minutes of each other in the next men’s singles matches, both against tricky European opponents.
Lee Chong Wei played Marc Zweibler whilst Chen Jin played Dicky Palyama. Both seeded players came through their matches in two games, with Lee Chong Wei winning 21-18, 21-8 and Chen Jin winning 21-14, 21-17. Lee Chong Wei would play Boonsak Ponsana in the quarterfinals.
Tien Minh Nguyen survived an epic 82-minute test against Du Pengyu of China to progress to the quarter finals, his 25-23, 15-21, 21-19 win was the longest match of the day by far, he plays Chen Jin in the last 8 tomorrow.
The bottom half of the draw had China’s Bao Chunlai and Chen Long in action at the same time to book their places in the last 8. Kazushi Yamada proved little opposition to Chen Long, as the 7th seed from China won 21-17, 21-12. Bao Chunlai faced a stiffer test from England’s Carl Baxter, but the 4th seeded progressed in two games, 21-17, 21-18.
The final two seeds on court were Peter Gade and local favourite Park Sung Hwan. The 2nd seed Gade had Rajiv Ouseph of England, whilst Kuan Beng Hong would play the 5th seeded Korean. Both matches were completed in two games, with both seeds progressing to tomorrow’s quarterfinal stage. Gade winning 23-21, 22-20 against Ouseph and Park Sung Hwan won 21-15, 21-14 to set up a clash between the two tomorrow.
Seeds Remaining: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Sung Ji Hyun pulled off the shock of day 2 with her sensational win over top seed Tine Rasmussen in two games, the unseeded Korean winning 21-15, 21-16 to book her place in the last 8. She will play Yao Jie in the quarterfinal after the 7th seed from Netherlands won a tight three game match against Yu Hirayama 21-16, 20-22, 21-19, a match that lasted 65 minutes.
Zhou Mi is now the top seed remaining in the draw, after fighting back from losing the opening game to defeat Tai Tzu Ying 21-23, 21-16, 21-10. It was another unlikely Korean victory in the match featuring 5th seeded Wang Xin of China, with Bae Seung Hee winning 21-12, 21-14.
Two unseeded players were guaranteed to progress from the next two matches, with Chan Tsz Ka defeating Petya Nedelcheva 21-9, 13-21, 21-19. She will play Hi Kim Moon, the winner of the all-Korean match against Kang Hae Won 21-15, 21-17.
The final two matches featured 4th seeded Juliane Schenk and Wang Shixian, the 6th seed from China. Juliane Schenk looked to be coasting into the quarters after winning her opening game 21-4, only to sensationally collapse and lose the next two games against Yip Pui Yin to lose the match 4-21, 21-16, 21-18. Wang Shixian had little problem defeating Finland’s Any Nieminen 21-14, 21-10.
Seeds remaining: 2, 6 and 7.
Lee Yong Dae bounced back from his mixed doubles exit to progress into the quarter finals of the men’s doubles with partner Jung Jae Sung, defeating Jin and Kim in an all-Korean affair 21-13, 21-9. Petya Nedelcheva’s bad day continued, as she and Anastasia Russkikh, seeded 5th in the women’s doubles crashed out to Matsuo and Naito of Japan today.
Cai and Fu are at their ominous best, defeating Faust Henriksen and Kristiansen of Denmark, 21-10, 21-7 in just 23 minutes. 4th seeded Danish pair Paaske and Rasmussen were also defeated by Chai and Zhang to further compound a bad day in the Danish camp.
Play begins tomorrow at 3pm, with the 4 mixed doubles quarter finals.
The first round of the Korean Super Series provided it’s fair share of shocks, but the big news was the defeat of local superstars Lee and Lee in the mixed doubles to Zhang and Tao in two games, 21-13 and 21-16. They weren’t the only seed to crash out in the mixed doubles, with 5th seeded Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk losing in three games.
Lee Chong Wei breezed into round 2 with a clinical 21-4, 21-14 win over England’s Andrew Smith, Peter Gade is also into round 2 with a two game win over Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia 21-19, 21-17. There were wins for Chen Jin, Chen Long and Park Sung Hwan to delight the local crowd.
Tine Rasmussen is through to round 2 of the women’s singles, the Danish top seed defeated Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-14, 21-16 to secure her place in the last 16. Second seeded Zhou Mi survived losing the first game to defeat Wong Mew Choo to book her place in round 2. There were also wins for 4th seeded Juliane Schenk and 7th seeded Yai Jie to ensure some competitive European interest going into the later half of the week. Only 8th seeded Salakjit Ponsana failed to progress into round 2 of the seeds.
Lee Yong Dae will look to put today’s defeat behind him as himself and Jung Jae Sung are top seeds in the men’s doubles and an all-Korean clash in round 2 will be one of the highlights of tomorrow’s play for the local crowd.
Ten games is all that was needed to determine the 2009 Super Series Final Champions, with all five finals being settled in two games. Top seeded Neilsen and Pedersen clinched the mixed doubles title 21-14, 21-18 over Indian couple Gutta and Diju V.
The number 1 seeds coming good after their group stage defeat on Wednesday and narrowly winning their second match in three games. There was no such drama for in the Women’s Singles, with Wong Mew Choo in dominating form throughout the week and clinching the women’s title in two games over Juliane Schenk 21-15, 21-7.
Just as exceptional was the Korean pair of Lee and Jung as they dominated all five of their matches to take the Men’s Doubles title without dropping a game on route to the title, with the Danish pair unable to take revenge after their Friday group match ended with victory to the Koreans also.
The Women’s doubles was a similar story, with the Malaysian pair of Chin and Wong defeating Rytter Juhl and Kristiansen for the second time in the event to claim the title without dropping a game all week, with Chin and Wong winning the final 21-17, 21-14.
The final match gave Lee Chong Wei the same opportunity as both doubles pairings, the opportunity to win all 5 matches without dropping a game. This was the closest match of the five against Park Sung Hwan, but Lee Chong Wei was never in any threat of losing this match, winning 21-17, 21-17 to claim the men’s singles title.
Finals day tomorrow promises to be a classic, with four days and four matches building up to finals day.
Lee Chong Wei (Won 4, Lost 0) vs. Park Sung Hwan (Won 3, Lost 1)
Lee Chong Wei has been in outstanding form throughout the week’s play, winning all four of his matches in two games. His semi-final win over Peter Gade 21-17, 21-16 will make him the undoubted favourite for the title. Park Sung Hwan however is also in excellent form, beating Bao Chunlai in two games to set up Sunday’s final.
Wong Mew Choo (Won 4, Lost 0) vs. Juliane Schenk (Won 3, Lost 1)
Wong Mew Choo has been the surprise of this year’s championships; she has beaten the top seed and has gone on to record three outstanding two-game victories to secure her place in the final. Juliane Schenk defeated top seed Saina Newhal in the semi final to book her place in the final and has put her only group stage defeat behind her to set up tomorrow’s final.
Carsten Mogensen / Mathias Boe (Won 3, Lost 1) vs. Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae (Won 4, Lost 0)
Mogensen and Boe defeated the Group A winners to book their place in the final after a group stage to Lee and Jung in their final match, a rematch of Friday’s group stage is set for Sunday, with the unbeaten Lee and Jung looking to secure a second win over the Danish second seeds in just three days. The Korean pair will go in as favourites, as all of their four wins have come in two-game victories.
Chin Eei Hui / Wong Pei Tty (Won 4, Lost 0) vs. Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Lena Frier Kristiansen (Won 3, Lost 1)
The women’s final has a similar scenario to the men’s final. The Danish duo had to beat the Group B winners to book their place in the final after losing one group match, to their opponents in the final Chin and Wong. The Malaysian’s have failed to drop a game en-route to the final, including a 21-19, 21-15 win over the Danes on Thursday in the group stage.
Diju V / Jwala Gutta (Won 3, Lost 1) vs. Joachim Fischer Neilsen / Christinna Pedersen (Won 3, Lost 1)
The mixed doubles final is far from the final we expected, with both group winners losing out in the semi final stage. The Indian’s defeating the unbeaten Polish pair of Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk to reach the final, who beat Pedersen and Neilsen in the group stages. Clark and Kellogg won all three of their matches, including a win over the Indian’s, but lost to Neilsen and Pedersen in the semi final round. This is probably the most difficult final to predict with both couples in excellent form after their impressive semi final wins.
The group stages have been completed and eight have been whittled down four for the knockout stages.
Lee Chong Wei (Winner Group A) vs. Peter Gade (Runner-Up Group B)
Both were expected to win their group, but Gade’s loss to Park Sung Hwan forced him into a final match decider with Boonsak Ponsana to ensure qualification, which he won in a 3-game 66-minute thriller. Lee Chong Wei has had little trouble in his progression to the last 4, winning all three matches in just two games, winning 126 points and losing just 66 en route to the semi final stage.
Park Sung Hwan (Winner Group B) vs. Bao Chunlai (Runner-Up Group A)
The Korean won the group on a head-to-head against Gade and had his place secured in two matches, however his loss to Jan Jorgensen will give Bao Chunlai hope of a victory. The Chinese player had secured his place in two matches also, but an emphatic defeat to Lee Chong Wei will be difficult to bounce back from.
Wong Mew Choo (Winner Group A) vs. Jie Yao (Runner-Up Group B)
Wong Mew Choo surprised us all with her three-game win over Saina Newhal and has gone from strength to strength with two crushing victories to top Group A convincingly. Jie Yao had to win her final match to ensure her place in the last 4, a task that was done in two games. Her two-game defeat to Juliane Schenk does leave question marks on whether she will have enough to defeat Wong Mew Choo.
Juliane Schenk (Winner Group B) vs. Saina Nehwal (Runner-Up Group A)
Juliane Schenk comes into the semi-final on the back of a three-game loss to Salakjit Ponsana, not the best preparation for a match against the top seed of the event. Her previous two matches were routine two-game wins and will need to find that form again to beat Nehwal. The Indian top seed needed a victory in her final group match to ensure her qualification, two games and 33 minutes later and her place in the last 4 was booked.
Xu Chen / Guo Zhendong (Winner Group A) vs. Carsten Mogensen / Mathias Boe (Runner-Up Group B)
Jung Jae Sung / Lee Yong Dae (Winner Group B) vs. Mohd Fairuzisuan Mohd Tazari / Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif (Runner-Up Group A)
The Chinese pair has been the surprise of the Men’s doubles draw, winning their group without losing a match, their match against the second seeded Danish duo Mogensen and Boe will probably be their biggest test to date.
The Korean pair have been fantastic in their progression to the last 4, winning all three matches in two games. They will be on a high after their two-game win over second seeded Mogensen and Boe to secure top spot.
Day 2 was a day for yesterday’s losers to play themselves back into contention and for the winners on Day 1 to secure their place in the last 4. Group A in the men’s singles has been decided with one match to spare, as Bao Chunlai and Lee Chong Wei securing their second victory and will play each other tomorrow for the top spot in the group.
Group B still has three players in contention for just two spots; Park Sung Hwan has secured his place in the last 4 with wins over Jan Jorgensen and Peter Gade today in three games. Gade and Boonsak Ponsana play tomorrow for the final qualifying place in Group B.
Wong Mew Choo has secured her progression from Group A of the women’s singles with two wins from her opening two games. Saina Newhal and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk play tomorrow with the winner taking the second place in Group A and qualification to the last 4.
Group B is a tighter affair, with three players capable of qualifying. Juliane Schenk will progress if she wins one game over Salakjit Ponsana. Jie Yao is the third player in with a chance of qualifying and needs to secure a win if Ponsana wins or a Ponsana loss secures her place in the last 4.
Group A of the women’s doubles has one confirmed qualifier in Chin and Wong of Malaysia, Rytter Juhl and Kristiansen will play Reid and Grether tomorrow with the winner taking the second qualifying spot.
Group B has been settled with a round of matches still to be played, Cheng and Chien as well as Aroonkesorn and Voravichitchaikul have both progressed to the last 4 with two wins each and will play each other to determine top spot tomorrow.
Day 1 began with Bao Chunlai’s win over Taufik Hidayat in Group A, the Chinese player starting his campaign with a two game victory over Hidayat 21-18, 26-24. Lee Chong Wei and Hsieh Yu Hsin ended play on Court 1, with the Malaysian comfortably winning 21-11, 21-12 to finish day 1 tied with Bao Chunlai at the top of group A.
Group B’s opening match was the All-Danish match between Peter Gade and Jan Jorgensen; the pair had met twice in recent months with both players taking one match of the two. Gade was in dominant form and took the match in 36 minutes 21-12, 21-15. Park Sung Hwan took the other match in the group 28-26, 21-18 to put Boonsak Ponsana within one match of elimination.
Day 2 will eliminate one of Jan Jorgensen or Boonsak Ponsana, as the two play each other in the third match on Court 1. Bao Chunlai and Lee Chong Wei can almost guarantee progression tomorrow with wins in their matches. Whilst Peter Gade and Park Sung Hwan are fighting for top spot in Group B tomorrow in the match which is 4th on Court 2.
Group A in the Men’s Doubles began with a surprise two game defeat by favourites Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong to Mohd Tazari Mohd Fairuzizuan and Abdul Latif Mohd Zakry 21-15, 21-17. The other match in the group saw lone Chinese pairing of Xu Chen and Guo Zhendong beating Indonesian’s Rian Sukmawan
and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki 26-24, 22-20 to edge them closer to the last 4.
Group B began with Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe winning their opening match against Chandra and Setiawan 21-16, 21-18. Group B favourites Lee and Jung started their campaign with a two game victory over Clark and Robertson of England, winning 21-18, 21-13.
In the Women’s Singles, there were wins for Wong Mew Choo and Porntip Buranaparsertsuk in Group A and for Jie Yao and Juliane Schenk in Group B to put them one step closer to the knockout stages. Saina Newhal must win her next 2 matches to have any chance of qualifying for the last 4, she starts play off on Court 1 on Thursday.