The English interest in the tournament is down to just three, whilst the Danish and German teams have plenty of interest in most of the events going into the weekend.
Top seed Peter Gade was in fine form after his 3 game scare against Raul Must yesterday, his opponent was the 8th seeded Carl Baxter of England for a place in the last 4. 35 minutes is all it took for Gade to win the match by the score of 21-14, 21-11. The top seed Dane will play Marc Zweibler of Germany in the semi final after the German 3rd seed beat 5th seeded Dicky Palyama in their quarterfinal match. After dropping the opening game, Zweibler battled back to take the match 19-21, 21-10, 21-16.
The other semi final is between the 2nd seeded Jan O Jorgensen, who defeated fellow Dane Joachim Persson in his quarterfinal 21-13, 21-17 to reach the last 4. He plays the 4th seeded Englishman Rajiv Ouseph after he defeated the final unseeded player in the draw, Ireland’s Scott Evans in three games 15-21, 23-21, 21-12, with Scott Evans having a match point at 21-20 in the second game.
Pi Hongyan continues to live up to her top seed with a three game victory over the 5th seeded Petya Nedelcheva, winning 21-15, 14-21, 21-12 to book her place in the semi final against Juliane Schenk of Germany, who beat the 7th seeded Judith Meulendijks in three games also, winning 21-16, 16-21, 21-15 to set up the first semi final.
The second semi final sees the 6th seeded Ella Diehl take on the 2nd seeded Tine Rasmussen. The Russian defeated 4th seeded Jie Yao in two games, 21-18, 21-17 to set up a match against the Danish 2nd seeded. She defeated Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff in two games also, 21-8, 21-16.
The Danish domination in the men’s doubles continues, with all 3 seeded pairs safely progressing to the last 4 without the loss of a game at the quarterfinal stage. They are joined the semi finals by the German pair of Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater, who defeated Peter Mills and Marcus Ellis of England in three games to progress to the last 4.
3 of the 4 seeds are still in the women’s doubles draw, with only the 3rd seeded French pair of Choinet and Rasadi falling to English pair Agathangelou and Olver in three games. The unseeded English ladies play top seeds Nedelcheva and Russkikh for a place in Sunday’s final. The other semi final is between Danes Damkjear Kruse and Schjott-Kristensen, seeded 4 and Vislova and Sorokina of Russia, seeded 2.
The top three seeds in the mixed doubles have been joined in the semi finals by Belgian duo Claes and Descamps, they defeated Kindervater and Overzier in three games to set up a match against top seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl of Denmark. The other semi final is between Poland’s Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk and England’s Robertson and Wallwork, with both pairs coming through their quarterfinal matches in two games.
The doubles competitions began play this morning in Manchester, as well the 3rd round of the singles, with no more seeds falling in either event. The big news of the day for the local fans was Anthony Clark’s withdrawal from both doubles events.
Peter Gade is through to the last 8, but was forced to work for his win against Raul Must of Estonia. The Estonian shocked the top seed and took the second game to set up a 3rd game, but after 69 minutes the top seed progressed into tomorrow’s quarterfinals, winning 21-15, 19-21, 21-18. Gade will play Carl Baxter in the last 8, after the English 8th seed defeated Jan Vondra 21-16, 21-9 in his 3rd round match today.
There also wins for Rajiv Ouseph and Dicky Palyama, both players winning in three games to book their place in the last 8. England were hopeful of a 3rd player in the last 8 as Andrew Smith took on Marc Zweibler of Germany in the last 16, but after sharing the opening 10 points, Zweibler took the next 8 before Andrew Smith retired through injury trailing 13-5 in the first game.
The last unseeded player in the draw is Ireland’s Scott Evans, who plays Rajiv Ouseph in the last 8 tomorrow. The 4th quarterfinal is an all-Danish affair, with Joachim Persson (Seeded 6) playing Jan O Jorgensen (Seeded 2) for a place in Saturday’s semi final.
All 8 seeds have safely progressed into the last 8, with only 6th seed Ella Diehl dropping a game so far. Pi Hongyan continues to dominate her half of the draw, today defeating Camilla Sorensen of Denmark, 21-18, 21-5 to book her place against Petya Nedelcheva, who defeated England’s Elizabeth Cann 21-13, 21-13 to progress into tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
Juliane Schenk will play Judith Meulendijks tomorrow in the second quarterfinal, 3rd seeded Schenk defeated Switzerland’s Jeanine Cicognini 21-19, 21-9 whilst 7th seeded Meulendijks beat Iceland’s Ranga Ingolfsdottir 21-15, 21-10 to book her place in tomorrow’s quarter final.
The bottom half of the draw sees Ella Diehl, seeded 6th play Yao Jie of the Netherlands for a place in the last 4. The Dutch 4th seed beat Karin Schnaase of Germany 21-16, 21-7 to progress whist the 6th seeded Russian had to come from a game down to beat England’s Helen Davies 17-21, 21-16, 21-11.
Susan Egelstaff, seeded 8 is through to play Tine Rasmussen of Denmark, the 2nd seed in the last of the quarterfinals tomorrow. Both ladies have failed to drop a game getting to this stage of the competition, with Susan Egelstaff dropping 4 less points to this stage and been on court just 3 minutes less than her Danish opponent.
In the Men’s Doubles, all 3 of the seeded Danish pairs have safely made into the last 8. Only the pre-tournament withdrawal of the 3rd seeded Robertson and Clark means that there isn’t a full compliment of seeds in the last 8. However there is English interest still, with Peter Mills and Marcus Ellis through to the last 8 to play German pair Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater.
All 4 seeds in the Women’s Doubles are through, with neither of the four pairs losing a game on route to the last 8. The top seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh play Frier Kristiansen and Ropke of Denmark, who progressed to the last 8 with a 21-10, 21-1 win over their Greek opponents in Round 2. The 2nd seeded Russian duo of Vislova and Sorokina play the Scottish pair of Emma Mason and Imogen Bankier who failed to drop a game in both their matches today.
Only 4 seeds remain from the 8 that begun the mixed doubles, top seeds and current world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl safely progressed through both matches today to reach the last 8 and are the only seed remaining in the top half of the draw after losing Middleton and Agathangelou (Seeded 6), Durkin and Vislova (Seeded 4) and Adcock and White (Seeded 7) in the opening round this morning. Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson are the last English pair left in the competition, the 3rd seeds play Sorokina and Nikolaenko of Russia for a place in the last 4.
7 of the seeds in the men’s singles have safely progressed into the last 16 whilst all 8 seeds in the women’s event are also through to tomorrow’s 3rd round.
Peter Gade is safely into round 2 after a comfortable 21-8, 21-17 win over Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees. He plays Estonia’s Raul Must in the last 16. Jan Jorgensen had to come from a game down against Petr Koukal, winning the match 19-21, 21-14, 21-18 to set up a 3rd round match against Belarus’ Yauheni Yakauchuk.
There was no problem for the 3rd seed Marc Zweibler against Raj Popat of Wales, winning 21-9, 21-8 to set up a match against England’s Andrew Smith for a place in the quarter final. There was more local success as Carl Baxter and Rajiv Ouseph also progressed to the last 16, 4th seeded Ouseph plays Finland’s Ville Lang whilst 8th seed Carl Baxter plays Jan Vondra of the Czech Republic.
The only seed to fall today was 7th seed Eric Pang, who lost to Ireland’s Scott Evans 21-10, 23-21. This was the first time Evans has beaten Pang, Evans now faces Kestutis Navickas.
Pi Hongyan started her campaign off with an excellent 21-5, 21-9 win to set up a Round 3 clash with Denmark’s Camilla Sorensen, who also won by the same scoreline in her 2nd round match. Petya Nedelcheva, seeded 5 saw off the challenge of Lianne Tan in ominous fashion, winning 21-8, 21-6. The 5th seed will play England’s Elizabeth Cann for a place in the quarterfinals tomorrow.
3rd seeded Juliane Schenk is also through, with a comfortable 21-10, 21-15 win over Speia Silvester of Slovenia. 7th seed Judith Meulendijks is also through, with a 21-8, 21-12 victory over Simone Prutsch of Austria. Russia’s Ella Diehl will play England’s Helen Davies in the last 16 after both recorded two game victories in their second round matches.
8th seed Susan Egelstaff of Scotland is still on course to meet Tine Rasmussen in the quarter final, the Scot winning her second round match 21-13, 21-13 to set up a 3rd round match against Telma Santos of Portugal. Rasmussen came through her second round match against Andrea Zvorc of Croatia easily, winning 21-10, 21-9 to set up a 3rd round match against Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri.
Few surprises within the mixed doubles draws, the only seeds to fall today were Russia’s Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova who lost out to Germany’s Ingo Kindervater and Birgit Overzier 21-18, 21-19, and Denmark’s Mikkel Delbo Larsen and Mie Schjøtt-Kristensen who fell to Russia’s Alexandr Nikolaenko and Valeria Sorokina in three extremely close games 21-23, 21-18, 21-19. Also of note was the withdrawal of Anthony Clark and Heather Olver.
Europe’s finest are in Manchester this week for the European Championships, with Denmark and hosts England being well represented in the seeds this week.
Top seed and All England semi finalist Peter Gade will go for European title number 5 and continue the Danish dominance in the men’s singles. He starts with a first round bye before taking on Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees in the second round. The Scottish 20-year old has never won on the European tour but had an outstanding run in late 2008 and has the ability to defeat any player in Europe on his day.
Denmark’s new star is the 2nd seed, Jan O Jorgensen. The 22-year old starts with a first round bye before taking on Petr Koukal, the Czech national champion and winner of the 2009 Czech International will be an excellent test for Jorgensen in the opening round of his campaign.
England’s main contenders come in the way of 4th seed and 8th seed Rajiv Ouseph and Carl Baxter. Ouseph begins against Austrian Michael Lahnsteiner whilst Carl Baxter takes on Israeli Misha Zilberman, both matches are in the second round.
Denmark will look to break a 10-year wait for a women’s singles title, with Camilla Martin being the last Dane to win the title in 2000. However it is Pi Hongyan of France that is top seed for this year’s European Championships. The French woman begins her campaign against Akvile Stapusaityte of Lithuania in her opening round. The second seed is Denmark’s big hope to end a 10 year drought, Tine Rasmussen begins her campaign against Andrea Zvorc of Croatia on Wednesday night, with her last event seeing her regain her All England title, can she regain the women’s singles for Denmark?
All four of the seeds come from the European powerhouses, Denmark and England. Top seeded Boe and Mogensen and 2nd seeded Paaske and Rasmussen have a first round bye. The surprising news from the draw is that 3rd seeded Clark and Robertson have to play a first round whilst 4th seeded Kristiansen and Henriksen have a bye into Round 2.
Current World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are the top seeds in the mixed doubles and begin their campaign to claim their 2nd European Championship against Dimova and Makarski of Bulgaria. Polish 2nd seeds Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk hope to regain the form that won them the Hong Kong Super Series title in November last year, they start against Swiss pair Dumartheray and Jaquet. England’s big hope come in the 3rd seeds Robertson and Wallwork, they begin their campaign against Welsh duo Morgan and Sheppard.
Day 1 and the unpredictability of the opening round has slashed the amount of seeds left in the draw, including a top seed falling at the opening hurdle. Several seeds have also came through in tight affairs to book their place in the second round.
The first seed to book his place in the second round was Taufik Hidayat with a three game victory over Hu Yun 17-21, 21-11, 21-12. He plays Andrew Smith in the second round after the local favourite beat Eric Pang 21-10, 21-11 in his opening round match.
Lee Chong Wei booked his second round place with a 21-15, 21-16 with over Chetan Anand of India to set up a fantastic second round match with Sony Dwi Kunncoro of Indonesia after he defeated Du Pengyu 21-19, 21-10. The first seed to fall happened soon after Lee Chong Wei’s win as Jan O Jorgensen suffered a first round defeat to Chen Long of China 21-16, 21-10. The Chinese player plays Shon Wan Ho in the second round after his win over Chan Yan Kit in three games.
Peter Gade’s campaign begun in the middle of day 1 with a match against Dicky Palyama, the 42-minute encounter provided a stern test for the Danish 5th seed but he progressed into round 2 with a 21-17, 21-17 win. He plays Indonesian Simon Santoso in the second round in another of the top matches on Thursday. There was wins for Joachim Persson and Kenichi Tago, with the Japanese player defeating 7th seed Tien Minh Nguyen 21-10, 21-17. Persson and Tago will meet in Round 2.
The three Chinese seeds in the bottom half all progressed with varying results, Chen Jin saving a match point to win the third game in his match 22-20 to set up a round 2 clash with Rajiv Ouseph of England. Bao Chunlai defeated Marc Zweibler 21-7, 21-7 to show his credentials for the title and will play Park Sung Hwan in round 2. However, the second seeded Lin Dan was the main attraction of Round 1 with his first match of 2010. He played Danish qualifier Christian Lind Thomsen in his opening round match and after trailing 4-1 in the opening game, never let his Danish opponent lead the remainder of the match, winning 21-16, 21-15 to progress into round 2.
Wang Yihan begun her defence against Ella Diehl of Russia and was duely tested, coming through 21-19, 21-19 to set up a round 2 match with Yu Hirayama of Japan. It was a mixed day for the Chinese ladies, with Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Xin progressing easily in two games. The 3rd seed Jiang Yanjiao winning 21-18, 21-9 and Wang Xin, the fifth seed winning 21-8, 21-10.
The major shock of round 1 is the 2nd seed Wang Lin crashing out to Eriko Hirose of Japan 10-21, 21-16, 21-18. Hirose will now play Tine Rasmussen in the second round after the Dane defeating Kim Moon Hi 21-19, 21-16. Wang Shixian also suffered a surprise defeat to Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia, losing out 21-13, 15-21, 21-16 who will now go on to play Jiang Yanjiao in the second round.
World champion Lu Lan safely progressed with a 21-6, 21-12 win over Yip Pui Yin and will play Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff in the second round, after she defeated Sayaka Sato 21-9, 21-19. Lu Lan is the now the highest seed left in the bottom half as the 4th seeded Pi Hongyan was beaten by Juliane Schenk 21-23, 21-12, 21-15. The other seed in the bottom half, Saina Nehwal won her match against Judith Meulendijks 21-18, 21-11 to set up a round 2 match with Bae Youn Joo, the Malaysian Super Series finalist.
Former world champions Paaske and Rasmussen claimed a stunning victory in their 21-13, 21-11 win over top seeds Koo and Tan in the opening round and will play Ko and Yoo of Korea in the second round tomorrow. 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan had to battle through a three-game encounter with Sato and Kawamae of Japan to progress into tomorrow’s second round, winning 21-15, 16-21, 21-18.
In the bottom half, Cai and Fu came through in three games over Ahsan and Septano of Indonesia to book their place in round 2 against Kim and Shin of Korea. Robert Blair was forced to retire with the same injury that forced him out of the German Open final, allowing a free pass for Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei who play the 4th seeds Boe and Mogensen in round 2 after the Danish pair defeated Hayakawa and Kazuno 21-14, 21-14.
The remaining seeds in the bottom half progressed safely, with Xu and Guo of China coming back from a game down to win their match and will play Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson of England in round 2. The 2nd seeds Lee and Jung are safely through after a 21-12, 21-11 win over Elbjorn and Skovgaard of Denmark.
7 of the 8 seeds are through to round 2, with Chin and Wong seeded 4th suffering a shock 22-20, 21-15 defeat to Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia. Du and Yu safely progressed 21-9, 21-16 and the top seeds will play Russia’s Sorokina and Vislova in round 2. Ma and Wang seeded 2, won their opening round match 21-16, 21-10 and will play Amitapai and Munkit of Thailand in the second round who defeated Mason and Bankier of Scotland in round 1.
Top seeds Zheng and Ma are safely into round 2 and face another Chinese pair in Zhang and Shao in tomorrow’s second round, with both Chinese pairs coming through in two games. Another Chinese pair, He and Yu are also safely through to round 2, with a 21-14, 21-10 win over Fang and Wang of Chinese Taipei. They are scheduled to play Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier in round 2 but that match may not go ahead depending on Blair’s leg injury.
The fourth Chinese pair in the top half are also through, 6th seeded Tao and Zhang defeated Russian pair Nikolaenko and Sorokina 21-10, 21-14 to book their place against Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiucyzk of Poland, the Hong Kong Super Series winners.
World champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are safely into round 2 and will play Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork in the second round. 3rd seeded and Olympic champions Lee and Lee came back from a game down to win their match against Liao and Chen of Chinese Taipei and face an all-Korean second round match against Yoo and Kim. Second seeded Natsir and Widianto also fought back from losing the first game to progress into round 2, winning 17-21, 21-13, 21-9 to set up a match with Careme and Choinet of France.
Since his superb performance last month in Denmark where the young Dane defeated his veteran counterpart Peter Gade, all eyes have been fixed on Jan O Jorgensen. Today he improved upon his performance by defeating world number one Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia. Jorgensen came out with guns blazing, winning the first game 21-6. Things looked bad though when Lee came back in the second game winning with a less impressive, but still confident 21-13 scoreline. However, the day was to be the Danes as he won the final game 21-17 to add yet another super star to his list of conquests. From here on out it only gets easier for the Dane, but these next rounds will still be a test for his mental strength as there are no easy rounds in the Super Series events.
With Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat withdrawn the draw looks somewhat lighter, nonetheless there are still some big names remaining. Lin Dan defeated his teammate Bao Chunlai rather comfortably in spite of a challenge in the second game 21-12, 21-19. Lin Dan will now play Chen Long in the second round. England’s Andrew Smith pushed eighth seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro, forcing a third game but eventually fell 23-21, 14-21, 21-16. A notable win for the day was Wong Choong Han who managed to break his recent slump by beating Hu Yun from Hong Kong 21-15, 21-16.
It was overwhelmingly a day for China today in the women’s singles, all nine of their players advanced to the second round, upsetting Pi Hongyan, Wang Chen, and Yao Jie along the way. Denmark’s Tine Rasmussen stands as the last remaining representative from outside of Asia.
The Danes have also been going strong in the men’s doubles with all three of their pairings winning their first rounds matches, but the next round will prove more challenging as Kasper Henriksen Faust and Anders Kristiansen will now face the top seeded Malaysians Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.
Play resumes tomorrow at 1:00pm when Wang Yihan faces Wong Mew Choo in the women’s singles.
China Super Series 2009 Draws
In spite of a strong effort from the youngster, Jan O Jorgensen was unable to repeat his performance against Danish veteran Peter Gade today. After a close win in the first game it looked as though it might happen, but Gade was too strong in the end for Jorgensen taking the match 21-23, 21-16, 21-14. Jorgensen is definitely a threat to the top position in Denmark, but for the time being he’ll have to wait.
Elsewhere in the men’s singles there is another potential changing of the guard as Simon Santoso crushed his veteran teammate Taufik Hidayat in two very short games 21-13, 21-6. Next up Santoso will have to face Gade in his quarter-final match tomorrow. The other notable upset today came from yet another young Indonesian when qualifier Dionysius Rumbaka just pummeled Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Yu Hsin 21-13, 21-9. Tomorrow he can look forward to playing China’s last remaining men’s singles player Bao Chunlai.
In spite of a close match for Wang Lin in the second round, the Chinese women are fairing much better than the Chinese men in Hong Kong. The top seed had to work for her quarter-final place against Zhang Beiwen from Singapore, winning 20-22, 21-16, 21-14. Wang is among five Chinese women remaining at the quarter-finals stage. The Chinese dominance was unfortunate for Europe as Pi Hongyan remains as the last standing representative after both Yao Jie and Tine Rasmussen were knocked out.
Tomorrow promises some excellent matches in Hong Kong so be sure to check back for more results from the Hong Kong Super Series 2009
Two places in tomorrow’s final were assured, they had six more chances to place more people into Sunday’s finals. It started poorly for the Chinese as both their mixed couples lose to Indonesian seeds in the opening matches, Widianto and Natsir defeated He and Yu in a 77-minute thriller.
Tao and Zhang lost out Gunawan and Marissa in two tight games, making it an all-Indonesian mixed doubles final. The Ladies’ Singles was a different matter, with Wang Yihan defeating Pi Hongyan in two games. Wang Lin defeated Yao Jie of Holland in the quickest match of the day, winning 22-20, 21-8.
Next up, the men’s singles had the top 4 seeds in the semi finals. Lin Dan played Chen Jin in two tight games, with the top seed coming out on victorious 21-19, 23-21. The second game was between Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat, a close game was expected but it was a relatively one-sided match, with fourth seeded Hidayat winning in two games, 22-20, 21-14.
The Women’s doubles had 3 Chinese couples in the last 4. Du and Yu’s retirement before play gave Cheng and Zhao a free pass into Sunday’s final. 5th seeded Ma and Wang crushed Maheswari and Polii in the opening game, winning 21-4 and finished the job in the second in a tighter game, 21-18.
The Men’s doubles had the top three seeds remaining in the draw, with 2nd seeded Koo and Tan beating Boe and Mogensen 21-18, 21-19 to reach the final. The other semi final featured top seeds Kido and Setiawan against Sun and Tao of China, with the top seeds prevailing in two tight games, 21-19, 21-17.
Tomorrow begins with the all-Indonesian mixed doubles final between Gunawan and Marissa against Widianto and Natsir. They are followed by two all-Chinese finals in Wang Lin against Wang Yihan in the ladies singles, then Ma and Wang against Cheng and Zhao in the ladies doubles.
The men’s singles final promises to be a classic as Lin Dan plays Taufik Hidayat and the final day finishes with Kido and Setiawan play Koo and Tan in the Men’s Doubles final.
Play begins tomorrow at 1pm local time.
Yonex French Super Series 2009 Draws