Scott Evans put an end to the Viktor Axelsen parade in a two game, 29 minute win over the young Dane to stop the junior world champion progressing to the last 4. Evans paired up with Sam Magee to pull of a shock two game win over the 3rd seeded Constantin and Vincent to reach the last 4 of the men’s doubles also.
Evans booked his place in tomorrow’s singles final with a three game win over the 2nd seeded Rune Ulsing, but couldn’t match his win in the doubles, losing to the top seeded Mills and Ellis in three tight games. His opponent in the singles final is India’s Ajay Jayaram who defeated the top seed Przemyslaw Wacha in the quarters, before beating Mathias Wigardt of Sweden in two games to reach Sunday’s final.
The women’s singles final sees unseeded Sashina Vignes take on Karina Jorgensen of Denmark. Vignes defeated two seeds to reach the final, beating 6th seed Elena Prus in two games before defeating the 3rd seeded Tatjana Bibik of Russia in three games to reach tomorrow’s final. Jorgensen beat English qualifier Sarah Walker in three games before disposing of the 8th seeded Patty Stolzenbach in two games.
The men’s doubles sees the top two seeds take on one another. Top seeded Mills and Ellis booked their place with a three game win over Evans and Magee whilst the 2nd seeds won two tightly fought matches, winning their quarter final against Bodskov and Staael of Denmark and then their semi final against Lundqvist and Bergstrom in two tight matches.
The women’s doubles final sees the 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek take on the 4th seeds Piek and Tabeling, who beat top seeded Choinet and Rasadi to make the final tomorrow. They will take on the on-form Danish pairing who have failed to drop a game on route to the final. The mixed doubles final is between two unseeded pairs, as Skelbaek and Rasmussen of Denmark take on Maas and Tabeling. Skelbaek and Tabeling’s second encounter tomorrow, playing each other in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles final.
The talk of qualifying was Viktor Axelsen’s progression into the main draw with three victories in two games on Thursday. He continued his outstanding form with a win over Tomas Kopriva, again in two games and then his fifth two game win over Valeriy Atrashchenkov to set up a quarter final match against the 4th seeded Scott Evans of Ireland.
Vladimir Malkov, the 7th seed was beaten by Atrashchenkov in Round 1 before his defeat to Axelsen. The 6th seeded Stephan Wojcikiewicz lost to Finland’s Eetu Heino, who then defeated Pavel Florian of the Czech Republic to set up a quarter final match with Rune Ulsing of Denmark.
Four seeds remain in the women’s singles draw, with top seeded Judith Meulendijks pulling out pre-event. 5th seed and local hope Kristina Ludikova was beaten in the second round in three games by Mariya Diptan to set up a quarter final match with Tatjana Bibik of Russia. 4th seeded Maja Tvrdy lose in the opening round to another Ukrainian, Mariya Ulitina who then lost to Belarus’ Alesia Zaitsava. The 2nd seeded Larisa Griga is also out, losing in the second round to English qualifier Sarah Walker.
The English final in the men’s doubles is still on, as the top two seeds both from England are safely into the last 8. Eliis and Mills winning in three games over Konoc and Zavadsky whilst Langridge and Middleton defeated Cwalina and Logosz in two games. The French 3rd seeds of Constantin and Vincent are also safely into the last 8, with a two game win over their French compatriots Labar and Quere.
The four seeds in the women’s doubles are all safely through to the last 8 without the loss of a game between the quartet. Whilst in the mixed doubles, only one seed from four remain, with Durkinjak and Pozananovic progressing into the last 8. Atrashchenkov’s poor day continued as he crashed out in the second round with partner Elena Prus, as the top seeds lost to Dutch duo of Arens and Piel.
After struggling to close out his previous three matches the top seeded Taufik Hidayat had an easier run today in his quarter-final match against Denmark’s Christian Lind Thomsen. The young Dane has had a good run to this point, but it was not enough as Hidayat closed out the match 21-13, 21-14. In spite of a relatively smoother scoreline this time the match still took 42 minutes to complete which is a testament to the Danes strong performance here this week. Tomorrow Hidayat faces Dieter Domke who ousted Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-14, 12-21, 21-16. The other side of the draw had France’s two remaining hopefuls facing off against one another, however the higher ranked Brice Leverdez triumphed over his teammate Simon Manoury in two straight games 21-12, 22-20. Leverdez now plays Denmark’s Rune Ulsing who had a marathon match against Japan’s Saeki Hiroyuki 17-21, 22-20, 21-19.
It was a good run for Canada’s Anna Rice in front of her hometown crowd, but it wasn’t to be as her fantastic run was ended by Korea’s Kim Moon Hi 9-21, 21-15, 21-10. Kim now plays Zhu Lin who has yet to drop a game thus far. The bottom half of the draw will now be an all European affair as Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands is scheduled to play against Juliane Schenk.
Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan are the lone pairing left in the men’s doubles not representing an Asian country. The Americans have yet to see a serious challenge so far, but tomorrow Singapore’s Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Chayut Triyachart will aim to change that after defeating Germany’s Ingo Kindervater and Johannes Schoettler 23-21, 21-13. Chinese Taipei’s second seeded Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu still remain and will face Kim Ki Jung and Shin Baek Cheol in their semi-final match.
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The top seed in the women’s singles, Pi Hongyan, was defeated today by China’s Zhu Lin. Not a huge surprise however as the Chinese shuttler has a world title under her belt. Local hopeful Anna Rice had another strong performance, this time defeating Japan’s Uchida Shizuka 20-22, 22-20, 21-11 to set up a quarter-final battle against 3rd seeded Korean Kim Moon Hi.
Taufik Hidayat struggled again today with yet another three game performance. France’s Mathieu Lo Ying Ping pushed the Indonesian far but he couldn’t take the match falling 13-21, 21-19, 21-16. Tomorrow Hidayat will play Denmark’s Christian Lind Thomsen who came through against England’s Carl Baxter in spite of being reprimanded for his overzealous celebrations. Thomsen won in three 11-21, 21-16, 21-15. There was also some controversy in the men’s round of sixteen when Brice Leverdez benefited from an error on the part of the referee. Leverdez had touched the game winning shot from his opponent Derek Ziliang Wong, however the referee did not hear the shuttle being contacted and called the shot out bringing the score level at 20 all instead of awarding the second game to Wong. Wong’s protest went unheard and shortly after Leverdez took the second game and the match 21-16, 22-20 to the disgust of the crowd. Tomorrow Leverdez will face his teammate Simon Manoury who is having the performance of his career after defeating 3rd seed Rajiv Ouseph earlier in the day.
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Perhaps my emphasis on Ulsing success in this event after coming out of the qualifying is over played. Maybe I’m acting a little bit too surprised by this result, because the fact is it’s not that big of a surprise based on the caliber of his play. The Dane may have dropped far down the rankings, but his play is as strong as ever. Few on the tour would be surprised by the fact that he is now in the final in Bulgaria, but I can assure you that Magnus Sahlberg did not expect to lose 21-12, 21-8 in the semi-finals to Ulsing. Of course he benefited from the withdrawal of the event’s top seed, but nonetheless he would have been a contender all the same. Now he will face Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees who knocked out England’s Harry Wright 21-12, 22-20. While on paper Merrilees is the favourite, I’m sure he won’t be taking Ulsing lightly.
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Bulgarian International Championships 2009 Draws
From the beginning of this year’s EBU circuit at the Belgian International, Denmark’s Rune Ulsing has had to fight his way through the qualifying rounds, and so far at each tournament he has disposed of numerous higher ranked players to show his true worth. This week his latest victim is Jan Vondra, the fifth seeded player hailing from Czech Republic, 21-10, 21-10. Next he will face Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen, the third seed at this event. Another qualifier causing a stir is Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg who knocked out the sixth seed Vladimir Malkov 21-14, 21-15, to book himself a place in the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Hometown favourite, and top seeded Petya Nedelcheva has proven her seed thus far after a close encounter with Tatiana Bibik winning in two games 21-19, 21-19. She now plays surprise quarter-finalist Shuang Li who snuck past Fontaine Chapman 21-13, 12-21, 23-21. Another hometown hopeful Linda Zechiri booked herself a place in the quarter-finals after defeating Denmark’s Anne Hald Jensen 21-15, 21-17.
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Bulgarian International Championships 2009 Draws
After day one of competition in Brno, Denmark appears to be in the best condition with numerous players remaining in every event. In the men’s singles Denmark’s Rune Ulsing appears to be performing well once again after a stellar performance in Belgium at the beginning of the month. After going through qualifications once again, Ulsing is in the quarter-finals and will be pitted against Ukrainian Dmytro Zavadsky. Suffering from a strained abdominal muscle, Canada’s third seeded Stephan Wojcikiewicz struggled to gain his form and lost in the first round to Soren Gravholt 21-14, 11-21, 21-13. Gravholt also had to fight his way through qualifying, and now finds himself in the quarter-finals against fifth seeded Jan Vondra of Czech Republic. Another notable match was Irishman Scott Evans’ win over Sweden’s Mathias Wigardt in three games 18-21, 21-15, 21-15.
In the women’s singles several seeds fell, in fact half of the seeds failed to make it through to the quarter-final round. India’s Neha Pandit lost to her teammate Gayatri Vartak who had to find her way through qualifying. Unfortunately Vartak’s euphoria was short lived as she lost the very next round to Denmark’s Camilla Overgaard in two close games 22-20, 21-19. Overgaard now plays another Indian, Trupti Murgunde, in the quarter-finals. Germany’s Carola Bott was another giant killer as she knocked out seventh seeded Mariya Diptan in the first round, and followed that up with a win over Norway’s Sara Kvaerno to book her quarter-final place.
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Yonex Czech International 2009 Draws