Day 1 in the German Open has seen the majority of the women’s singles seeds crash out at the first hurdle. Six of the eight seeds lost their opening round match to open the draw up for Juliane Schenk to claim a home victory in the event.
The men’s singles also lost some of it’s seeds on the opening day of action, the biggest casualty being the 5th seeded Hu Yun who was defeated by Stanislov Pukhov in two games. Carl Baxter, the 16th seed also fell in this quarter of the draw to Japanese qualifier Keigo Sonoda in a very one-sided game, with Sonoda winning 21-11, 21-9. The big names in the draw are all safely into round 2, Lin Dan and Chen Jin both progressed without the loss of a game whilst Boonsak Ponsana survived a three game scare against Mathieu Lo Ying Ping of France and there is still local interest with the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler, who defeated Vladimir Ivanov to progress into round 2.
The women’s singles draw has turned into a lottery in the bottom half of the draw, with all 4 seeds toppling in their opening round matches. 2nd seed Bae Youn Joo lost to Juan Gu of Singapore in three games, 3rd seeded Yip Pui Yin lost out to Germany’s own Olga Konon in two tight games, 6th seed Yao Jie lost to Bae Sueng Hee in a one-sided matchup and the 7th seeded Petya Nedelcheva lost to Japan’s Ai Goto in two games to open the bottom half of the draw to anyone. The top half also lost the 4th seeded Ella Diehl to Fu Mingtian in three games and also the 8th seeded Eriko Hirose to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in two games. Only Juliane Schenk and Liu Xin remain from the 8 seeds that begun the week and they are set to meet in the last 8 should both win their second round matches.
There were only two seeds crashing out of the men’s doubles today, however one impacted the local fans as the 6th seeded Kindervater and Schoettler lost to Kwon and Shin of Korea in a two game match. The 8th seeded English pair of Ellis and Adcock also crashed out to the Russia pair of Ivanov and Sozonov in three games. The top seeds progressed safely into the last 16, with Ko and Yoo and Lee and Jung both winning in two games.
The women’s doubles still has all 7 of the seeds that started the week safely into the last 16, with top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna progressing in two games with a win over Wengberg and Lennartsson. Unseeded Kim Ha Na and Kim Min Seo started their campaign with an excellent two game win over Bott and Schnaase.
The mixed doubles lost it’s top seed on the opening day as Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam were defeated in three games by Nikolaenko and Sorokina of Russia whilst the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba progressed into the second round for the first time in 2011 with a two game victory. The new Korean pair of Lee and Kim got off to the perfect start by defeating the 4th seeded Michels and Fuchs in a tight two game match to book their place in the last 16.
The opening day of the Super Series Premier offered the opportunity for several of the world top players to stumble early, however all of them passed their opening round tests. The Chinese as expected faired well on the first full day of competition, with several of their new partnerships getting off to excellent starts in the doubles events.
The last 16 of the men’s singles is one befitting of this new Premier series of events, with even the second round match of Rajiv Ouseph and Simon Santoso being one of intrigue. Santoso defeated the 7th seeded Boonsak Ponsana, whose nightmare start to 2011 continues whilst Rajiv Ouseph defeated Hu Yun, ranked one place higher at #12 in the world in his opening round matchup. Lee Chong Wei survived a scare against Jan O Jorgensen, eventually progressing in three games to set up his second round match with Park Sung Hwan. Peter Gade’s opening Super Series match of 2011 was a excellent two game win over Indonesia’s Dionysuis Hayom Rumbaka, leaving him as the last Dane remaining in the draw. China however have 6 of the last 16 players in the singles, with all four of their seeded players progressing into round 2. The top half of the draw has 5 Chinese players in it, with Bao Chunlai taking on qualifier Wang Zhengming is what is unlikely to be the last all-Chinese match this week. Lin Dan is the sole representative in the bottom half of the draw and takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the second round.
All 8 of the seeded women are safely into the second round of the singles, with Tine Baun impressively beating China’s Li Xuerui in two games to book her place in the last 16. The four Chinese seeds are also joined in the last 16 by the 2009 world champion Lu Lan, who takes on 3rd seeded Wang Yihan in tomorrow’s second round. The Korean’s will have split allegiances in the second of the women’s singles matches as 8th seeded Bae Yoo Joun takes on Sung Ji Hyun in an all-Korean affair. Saina Nehwal had to battle all the way in her opening round match winning a tight three game match 22-20 in the final game.
Top seeded Boe and Mogensen survived a minor scare in their opening round match against Gan and Tan, needing eight attempts to win the opening game after leading 20-13 but eventually coming through in two games and take on the Japanese pairing of Kawamae and Sato. Cai and Fu progressed safely into round 2 and have set up one of the best matches in tomorrow’s order of play against the on-form Danish pair of Rasmussen and Conrad-Petersen who avenged their loss in last week’s final in Malaysia to Chinese pair Chai and Guo. 4th seeded Korean pair Ko and Yoo are also safely into the second round and take on the partnership of Blair and Limpele in the last 16.
The prospect of an all-Chinese final in the women’s doubles is all the more likely with the loss of two non-Chinese seeds on the opening day, with 4th seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh defeated by Indonesian’s Marissa and Melati. The 3rd seeds did no better, with Vislova and Sorokina defeated by last years runners-up in this event, Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan. The four Chinese seeds all progressed easily into the second round with the loss of just one game between them, the 5th seeded Pan and Du were taken to three games by the Chinese Taipei pair of Hsien and Wang. The top two seeds also progressed without difficulty, with Chien and Cheng defeating the Danish pair of Rytter Juhl and Pedersen in two games and take on the Korean qualifiers of Eom and Kim in the second round.
The 3rd seeds in the mixed doubles, Mateusiak and Zieba suffered a crushing two game defeat to the new partnership of Xu and Ma as this new partnership hopes to continue in the long line of Chinese domination in this event. A potential quarter final match with old partner He Hanbin is on the cards for Ma Jin if both progress through tomorrow’s games, with Ma and Xu taking on semi finalists last week, Blair and White whilst He and Yu take on Korean qualifiers Kim and Yoo. 2010 All-England winners Zhang and Zhao made it a double disappointment for Anastasia Russkikh today, defeating her and partner Hendra Setiawan in two games and the 5th seeds set up a second round match with Rijal and Susanto of Indonesia.
Danish badminton continues it’s winning ways, after a trio of success in Odense last week they secured the men’s doubles title in France this week as Boe and Mogensen lived up to their top seeding for the second week running.
Taufik Hidayat put last week’s defeat to Jan O Jorgensen behind him to defeat another Dane in the men’s singles final. He dispatched of Joachim Persson in two games but Persson has resurrected himself this week and reminded everyone that he is one of the top players in the world and one of the best 3 players in Denmark at the moment. Taufik Hidayat claims his second title of the year, after his success in Indonesia earlier in the year.
Wang Yihan also made it two wins in 2 weeks, defeating Li Xuerui for the second week running. This time it was a two game victory for the top seed who has staked her claim to regain the #1 spot in the women’s game after back-to-back victories in Europe this month.
Surprise finalists Kindervater and Schottler couldn’t win the final match in their unlikely run to the final, losing out to the Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen in two games however their victory over the second seeded Kido and Setiawan is a real boost for German badminton which is going through an excellent patch with the likes of Zwiebler and Schenk contending in the singles discipline.
There was double success for Thailand in the women’s and mixed doubles, as the 3rd seeded Aroonkesorn and Voravichitchaikul won the opening game against the top seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh, but the top seeds had to retire halfway through the second game to hand the 3rd seeded Thai pair the title. The 4th seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam defeated the 7th seeded German pair of Fuchs and Overzier in two games to double Thailand’s win total in France this week.
As surprising as it was to see Joachim Persson through to the semi-finals with numerous victories along the way, the biggest surprise thus far came today when he defeated Peter Gade for the first time ever to book his place in the finals. Persson has struggled with injuries over the last couple years, and questions have been raised as to his ability to keep up with the best on the tour, however those questions have been put to rest with a 21-14, 16-21, 21-17 victory over the top seeded Gade. Persson now plays Taufik Hidayat who had a more straight forward victory over Boonsak Ponsana 21-13, 21-14.
The womens semi finals featured two China vs Thailand match ups, and the results were in China’s favour. Top seed Wang Yihan came through in three games over Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-12, 19-21, 21-10. Her compatriot Li Xuerui will be Wang’s opponent after her two game victory over Salakajit Ponsana 22-20, 21-13, ending the Ponsana family’s hopes of a title in Paris.
Germany will be happy with two pairs in the finals, one in the mens doubles, and the other in the mixed doubles. First up was the surprising upset of second seeds Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan to Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler 13-21, 21-17, 22-20. The German pair will now play Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen who are appearing in their second consecutive super series final after defeating their compatriots Jonas Rasmussen and Mads Conrad-Petersen 21-23, 21-6, 21-16.
The next success for Germany came from Birgit Overzier and Michael Fuchs who won after Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl retired at 17-10 in the first game. The German pair now play Thailand’s Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam after they also benefited from a withdrawal against their compatriots Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh needed the longest match of the day to win their semi-final match against Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter-Juhl 18-21, 21-15, 21-16 in an hour and eleven minutes. They now face Thailand’s Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul who had a fairly straight forward victory over Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke winning 21-9, 21-15.
Perhaps the most interesting story of this French Super Series is the performance of Denmark’s Joachim Persson.
Persson has been pushed to the shadows in the last year or so as Jan Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen have shown some substantial potential, however this week in Paris Persson seems to be reminding us that he still has the ability to threaten at these events. The left hander defeated China’s Du Pengyu in three exquisite games 21-17, 12-21, 21-19 to book his quarter-final place against his compatriot Peter Gade who struggled more than expected against German Marc Zwiebler. Gade won in three games as well 15-21, 21-12, 21-8. On the other side of the draw neither Boonsak Ponsana or Taufik Hidayat struggled against their opponents, Ajay Jayaram or Rajiv Ouseph respectively, as both won in straight games.
The big upset on the womens singles side came at the expense of Tine Baun when the second seeded Dane fell to China’s Li Xuerui 21-16, 21-17. Li will now play Salakajit Ponsana who defeated China’s Liu Xin. England’s Elizabeth Cann failed to continue her surprising run when she lost to Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-18 who will now play Wang Yihan. Wang crushed her Russian opponent Ella Diehl 21-8, 21-8.
The mens doubles is looking like we will see a repeat of last week’s final. Boe and Mogensen made it one step closer to the final by defeating Flandy Limpele and Simon Mollyhus 21-16, 21-18. In the semi-finals they will face another Danish pair after Jonas Rasmussen and his new partner Mads Conrad-Petersen defeated England’s Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis 23-25, 22-20, 21-14. The most surprising semi-finalists are Germans Ingo Kindervatter and Johannes Schöttler who defeated their Malaysian opponents Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari Mohd and Ong Soon Hock in two close games 22-20, 21-18. They will face Indonesia’s Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan who narrowly defeated Malaysia’s Gan Teik Chai and Tan Bin Shen 14-21, 21-18, 21-17.
A couple of walkovers marred the womens doubles quarter-finals as Duanganong Aroonkesorn and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul from Thailand and Lena Frier Kristiansen and Maria Ropke from Denmark booked their places against one another without a shuttle being hit. On the other side of the draw we have yet another Danish pair through to the semi-finals after Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen defeated Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou 21-19, 21-11. The Danish pair will now play Petya Nedelcheva and Anastasia Russkikh.
Finally in the mixed doubles there were no easy matches for our semi-finalists. All the matches were closely contested, perhaps the most intense was Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl’s victory over Hendra Setiawan and Anastasia Russkikh. The Danes need three games and extra points to win 23-21, 15-21, 27-25 and next they’ll play surprise semi-finalists Michael Fuchs and Birgit Overzier who knocked out top seeds Hendra Gunawan and Vita Marissa 16-21, 21-9, 21-16. The other half of the draw features an all Thailand showdown between Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon and their opponents Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol.
Yesterday saw just one seed crash out, today was the complete opposite with seeds toppling on an hourly basis through the day. France’s interest in their home Super Series is overly before the weekend begins, whilst Peter Gade goes from strength to strength after his back injury.
Gade, the top seed in the singles has safely progressed into the quarter finals tomorrow after a two game win over Christian Lind Thomsen and will play the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler on the TV court on Friday evening. The other Dane in the draw is Joachim Persson, the 8th seeded also came through his all-Danish encounter in a tight two game match and will play China’s Du Pengyu. The unseeded Chinese player has already beaten two Danes on route to the last 8, defeating Viktor Axelsen in Round 1 and last week’s winner Jan O Jorgensen in the second round also. Ajay Jayaram has also reached the last 8, defeating the 7th seeded Dicky Palyama in three games to book his place against Boonsak Ponsana, the 3rd seed.
The seed total in the women’s singles was halved on day 2, with Pi Hongyan crashing out to Elizabeth Cann in a tame two game defeat. Liu Xin continues her excellent run of results with another impressive victory, this time over Juliane Schenk, the 5th seed. Salakjit Ponsana is another player in a rich vein of form, defeating the 4th seeded Yao Jie in a two game victory. Tine Baun has been impressed also, with a two game victory over Jeanine Cicognini.
Four seeds remain in the men’s doubles, with the top seeds Boe and Mogensen taken to three games by Goh and Teo of Malaysia. The 5th seeds Conrad-Pedersen and Rasmussen as well as the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan were also taken to three games as many of the seeds still remaining in the draw have been taken the distance. Only the 6th seeded Gan and Tan of Malaysia have progressed safely, with back to back two game victories.
The women’s doubles lost 5 of it’s 8 seeds today, with only the top 3 seeds remaining in the draw. The 6th seeded French pair of Choinet and Rasadi lost out to Lee and Obanana of the USA in three games to end the local interest in the women’s doubles. The top seeds Nedelcheva and Russkikh are safely into the last 8 with a two game win over Fontaine and Palermo of France.
Only one seed crashed out of the mixed doubles, 5th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen lost out in three games to the pairing of Setiawan and Russkikh, who are both seeded in their respective level doubles events. They take on another Danish pair tomorrow as they take on last weeks winners, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, the 3rd seeds.
The day begun with optimism that Peter Gade could take his 4th Denmark Open title, only for the top seed to pull out with a back injury that plagued his previous week of training. There are three Danes into the last 16, Joachim Persson produced an excellent two game win over Carl Baxter and the home crowd has it’s dream second round encounter as Jan O Jorgensen will take on Viktor Axelsen after both recorded first round wins. The match will take place tomorrow night at 7.10 local time as Axelsen hopes to defeat Jorgensen just as Jorgensen defeated Gade in last years event.
There were wins for the 2nd seed Taufik Hidayat over Danish qualifier Emil Vind as well as 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana, who edged out Kazushi Yamada in three games. Last weeks Dutch Open winner Sho Sasaki is through to the second round and faces an all-Japanese match against the 5th seeded Kenichi Tago.
The women’s singles has had it’s fair share of shocks today, top seeded Wang Yihan lost her opening game against Jeanine Cicognini before progressing in three games. 3rd seeded Pi Hongyan was not as fortunate as she crashed out to Petya Nedelcheva in two games whilst 6th seeded Juliane Schenk lost her opening game to Sayaka Sato before winning the next two to progress into the last 16.
Denmark has the guarantee of at least one pair in the men’s doubles quarter final, as Boe and Mogensen take on Bonde and Kristiansen after both pairs come through their opening round matches in two games. Japan are well represented in the draw, just like last week in the Dutch Open. 4th seeded Hashimoto and Hirata as well as 8th seeded Endo and Hayakawa progressed safely into the last 16 and are joined by qualifiers Hirobe and Kazuno after a three game victory.
Four of the last 16 couples in the women’s doubles are also Japanese with the host nation only managing three couples into the second round. All eight seeded pairs who had an opening round match safely progressed in two games apart from the 3rd seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh and 7th seeded Jonathans and Van Dooremalen who needed three games to progress into the second round.
Top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba survived their opening round scare against Setiawan and Russkikh, eventually progressing in three games. Both of Denmark’s seeded pairings are also safely into round 2, Fischer and Pedersen coming through a tight two game match whilst Laybourn and Rytter Juhl were taken to three games by the Russian pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina, who won the Dutch Open last week.