Whilst most of the Chinese squad have begun a likely 3-month camp ahead of the Olympics, the world number 1 is on home soil this week and has progressed into the quarter finals.
Lee Starts Off Strong
42 minutes was all the world number 1 needed to reach the last 8, with a 19 minute demolition of Michael Fowke in is opening round match and later in the afternoon needed just 23 minutes to defeat his Indian opponent and set up a quarter final against Chong Wei Feng in an all-Malaysian clash. The 2nd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen crashed out in his second match of the day, losing to Sony Dwi Kuncoro in two games. Kuncoro takes on Takuma Ueda of Japan, seeded 5th this week.
The 2nd seeded Minatsu Mitani crashed out of the women’s singles in her opening game to Singapore’s Xing Aiying and takes on Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the quarter finals. Okuhara was ranked inside the top 60 just a few months previously and is looking improve on her current ranking of 104. The top seeded Sindhu of India is safely into the last 8 where she takes on her own Japanese opponent in Kana Ito who was ranked outside the top 200 last summer herself. Whilst Sindhu’s rise from outside the top 100 to 26th in the world would see her ranking improve further with a win this week.
The hope of a title remaining in Chinese Taipei ended today, with the defeat of Pai Hsiao Ma in the women’s singles and the top seeded Cheng and Chien crashing out of the women’s doubles.
They weren’t the only top seed to crash out, with Tien Minh Nguyen’s defeat to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk in two games and the Thai’s reward is a match with 6th seeded Tommy Sugiarto in the final. Sugiarto won the all-Indonesian semi final against Sony Dwi Kuncoro in 69 minutes and will take on the 15th seed in their first matchup for the title tomorrow.
Sung Ji Hyun ended Pai Hsiao Mai’s run at the semi final stage with a convincing two game victory, many expected an all-Korean final but Thailand’s 3rd seeded Inthanon Ratchanok defeated the 2nd seeded Bae Youn Joo in the other semi final in two games to book her place in the final against Hyun as the world number 12 and 13 do battle for the title.
There is one all-Korean final in the men’s doubles, as Lee and Jung take on Ko and Yoo. The top two seeds have progressed without much resistance this week and have quashed rumours that Lee and Ko were set to team up ahead of the Olympic Games next year. Jauhari and Polii ended the run of the top seeded Chinese Taipei pair of Cheng and Chien in one of the shortest matches of the day to set up a final against the 2nd seeded Kim and Ha who defeated the unseeded pairing of Hoo and Woon of Malaysia.
Lee and Ha’s run in the mixed doubles ended at the hands of Ahmad and Natsir, the top seeded Indonesians. However, one unseeded Korean pair did reach the final as Ko and Eom defeated their third seed of the week, this time it was the 3rd seeded Kurinawan and Bernadeth in their semi final as they continued their exceptional run this week of not losing a game to date.
The Korean squad has a massive interest going into the semi finals on Saturday, with a potential four titles on offer for Korea this week.
The only title that the Korean’s can’t win is the men’s singles, with Tien Minh Nguyen progressing in three games over Shon Wan Ho to end Korean interest in the event. Tommy Sugiarto is Nguyen’s main rival this week and the 6th seed will take on his team mate Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the semi final after the unseeded Indonesian defeated Malaysia’s Muhammed Hafiz Hashim in three games in their quarter final.
Pai Hsiao Ma has been the revelation in the women’s singles, after her defeat of the top seeded Cheng she added another victory over a seeded player in her victory over Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong in three games to reach the semi finals. Sung Ji Hyun is the opponent for the Chinese Taipei woman, with Korea also having interest in the other semi final with the 2nd seeded Bae Youn Joo who takes on Inthanon Ratchnok, seeded 3 this week.
The doubles are dominated by Korea, with three pairs in the last 4 of the men’s doubles including Lee and Jung who are the top seeded as well as the 2nd seeded Ko and Yoo with neither pair losing a game to date this week. Chien and Cheng are sole Chinese Taipei interest in the doubles in the women’s doubles and take on the 3rd seeded Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia. The 2nd seeds of Ha and Kim take on the unseeded Malaysia pair of Hoo and Woon in the other semi final.
The mixed doubles features two unseeded Korean pairs, with Lee and Ha defeating two seeds this week already in their route to the semi final. After defeating the 8th seeded Widianto and Natsir, they went on to beat the 4th seeded Lee and Chien but face their toughest task in the semi final as they take on the top seeded Ahmad and Natsir. The other Korean pair of Ko and Eom have also been in excellent form as they also defeated two seeds to reach the semi final, after their victory over the 2nd seeded Chen and Cheng they beat the 6th seeded Rijal and Susanto in two games to reach the semi finals against Kurniawan ad Bernadeth, seeded 3rd this week.
Lee Yong Dae returned to action this week, but his tournament lasted a mere day as he crashed out of the men’s doubles to Endo and Hayakawa of Japan and had to withdraw from the mixed doubles after Lee Hyo Jung injured herself. She had retired earlier in the day from the women’s doubles, trailing 5-0 but lasted just 3 points in her opening mixed doubles match. With just 3 weeks before the World Championships, the chances of Lee Hyo Jung making Paris are a real doubt.
There were shocks in the women’s singles too, as 6th seeded Bae Seung Hee lost to local player Wang Rong and 8th seeded Salakjit Ponsana lost to Ai Goto in her opening round game. There were problems with the top 2 seeds also, as Jie Yao and Eriko Hirose had to battle through in three games to progress into the second round. 7th seed Bae Joun Joo is also out, leaving just three seeds left in the draw.
The men’s singles was into the second round, after a late finish on Tuesday with same games going on past midnight local time. Top seed Lee Chong Wei is through safely into the last 16, with a two game victory. 2nd seed Peter Gade withdrew pre-event and Lee Hyun Il has made the most of the opportunity, progressing to the last 16 in place of Gade, he plays Yan Kit Chan in the last 16. 3rd seed Sony Kuncoro is also through in two games as well is fellow Indonesian Simon Santoso.
The men’s doubles is without it’s top seed, with Boe and Mogensen withdrawing pre-event and there was shocks for the other seeded players in day 1, as 4th seeded Lee and Jung crashed out as well as 7th seeds Hashimoto and Harata. The 8th seeded Ling and Lang of Chinese Taipei also fell in Round 1. There was little problems for Kido and Setiawan, the 2nd seeds coming through their opening test in two games.
The women’s doubles has an almost full compliment of seeds going into round two, only the 4th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan lost in round 1. The other Japanese seeds, Maeda and Suetsuna lived up to their top seed billing to win their opening game comfortably. Of the seven seeds that progressed, six of them managed to win in just two games.
The big news in the mixed doubles was Lee Hyo Jung’s retirement in the opening round, every other seed came through their opening round match without the loss of a game. The 5th seeded Danish pair of Pedersen and Fischer Nielsen pulled out pre-event.
Day two had the remaining teams play their opening matches, as well as the arrival of Nigeria’s men’s team to the competition, albeit a day later than expected.
Korean booked their place in the last 8 with a 5-0 win over Peru, meaning that China also qualify from Group Ar after their 5-0 win yesterday over the South Americans. Tomorrow’s match sets up to be a winner-take-all between Korea and China to see who tops the group. Japan is also through to the last 8 after defeating Nigeria 5-0, who arrived for this group match unlike yesterdays forfeit over Malaysia. The Nigerian’s failed to win a single game in any of the 5 matches against a relentless Japanese side. Hosts Malaysia will play tomorrow against the Japanese to determine the group winner, as well as the anticipated rematch between Kenichi Tago and Lee Chong Wei.
Germany defeated Poland 5-0 to dump the Poles out of the tournament, setting up a Zwiebler – Gade rematch tomorrow in the final Group C match to find out the group winner. Dieter Domke also has to continue his excellent form to stand a chance against Jan O Jorgensen in the second singles match tomorrow. Indonesia easily disposed of India in the Group D encounter, winning the match 4-1 overall but the main news from the match is Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s retirement in his singles against Arvind Bhatt, with the Indonesian player suffering a back injury in the second game of his match. India and Australia will play in the final group match tomorrow, with the winner progressing into the final 8.
Malaysia’s women started their campaign with a comfortable 5-0 win over the USA, conceding just two games in their victory. Both China and Malaysia are through from Group A, but will play tomorrow in the final league match to determine the top spot in the group,
Group B seen Denmark take on Australia, with the European powerhouses expected to coast into the last 8 with a comfortable victory. It started well for them with Camilla Sorensen’s two game victory over Erica Pong, but the next hour was a disaster for the Danes, with Karina Jorgensen losing to Renuga Veeran 20-22, 13-21 and then Mette Poulsen’s stunning collapse to Chia Chi Huang 11-21, 5-21 gave Australia an unlikely 2-1 lead. Pedersen and Rytter Juhl were needed to win just to keep Denmark in the rubber, 28 minutes later, the score was level at 2-2 with a 21-12, 21-19 victory for the Danish pair. Kristiansen and Ropke played the final match for Denmark against Tan and Huang of Australia, it resulted in the longest match of the five, but the Danes came through in two games, winning 21-13, 21-16 to book their place in the last 8, eliminating Australia but leaves a big question mark over Denmark’s credentials in the competition.
Juliane Schenk continued her run of good form to give Germany another lead today, this time against Russia as Schenk defeated Ella Diehl 21-16, 21-13 to give Germany a 1-0 lead in the rubber. It was the only lead that the Germans would have, as Bibik and Prokopenko thrust Russia into a 2-1 lead with tight victories over Schnaase and Deprez of Germany. Sorokina and Vislova made it 3-1 with a two game victory over Overzier and Schenk and the new partnership of Diehl and Russkikh completed the rout with a two game victory to book Russia’s place in the last 8.
India’s women had a better day than their male counterparts, defeating South Africa 5-0 to book their place in the last 8. Saina Newhal was on court less than 20 minutes in her victory over Kerry-Lee Harrington, with the remaining four matches taking just 79 minutes to be completed. India take on Korea tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.
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
It seemed as though the story of the tournament was the progress of Danish youngster Jan O Jorgensen, but Germany’s Marc Zwiebler is the real dark horse to look out for. Unseeded in this event, and with not a single easy opponent for the entire tournament, he has shown that he is capable of competing with the world’s best. Today he had to play Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the tournament’s second seed and he was magnificent. With no expectations on him Zwiebler has continued to play better with each passing match. After more than an hour Zwiebler defeated Kuncoro in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-15.
Unable to keep his standard from last night, Jan O Jorgensen lost to Simon Santoso from Indonesia in two straight games 21-13, 21-13. Disappointed by his loss, Jorgensen can’t be too disappointed with himself as this has shown the level at which he is capable of playing, but as he told the press he needs to be more consistent and prevent playing as poorly as he did today. Santoso will now face Marc Zwiebler in the only final not to feature a Danish player.
Wang Yihan will be the only top seed left on the finals day tomorrow, and her opponent is the second seeded Tine Rasmussen. Wang had a close match with Japan’s Eriko Hirose in the semi-finals, winning 21-13, 19-21, 21-11 in an hour and four minutes. In spite of her top billing the pressure is surely on Rasmussen tomorrow as she aims to impress her home crowd.
Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen had a scare in their semi-final match, down a match point in the third game the fought back to win the match when Mateusiak hit a smash in the net. The final score was 21-18, 19-21, 23-21 and took an hour and twelve minutes. In the final they will face off against England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg who played well to defeat China’s Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen 21-18, 21-17.
Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen have reason to be proud today after defeating the top seeded pairing of Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan. Boe and Mogensen commented that they had to bring their game to a new level in order to win their match today, and it appears that they did just that. In the final they will face Malaysia’s top pairing of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong after they defeated China’s Sun Junjie and Tao Jiaming in two straight games
While Thomas Laybourn’s injury kept Kamill Rytter Juhl out of the mixed doubles, it hasn’t stopped her from showing she has strong prospects in the women’s doubles as well. With partner Lena Frier Kristiansen she has made it to the finals after defeating Japan’s Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Nato in three very close games 19-21, 21-18, 21-19. They will have to face China’s sixth seeded Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen. The Chinese women have always been known to dominate in the women’s doubles events so in spite of their sixth seeding the Danes will have to play very well in order to win tomorrow.
Full results and draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the highlight of tonight’s matches was the match between Jan O Jorgensen and the top seeded Peter Gade. Gade has been the top Dane for the last decade with little challenge to that place, but tonight Jorgensen showed us that he is serious about being the replacement. The young Dane got off to a slow start losing the first game 7-21, and at that point it certainly looked like we were about to see a bloodbath. However, much like last night’s match against Eric Pang where Jorgensen lost the first game 9-21, he managed to turn things around winning the second game 21-17. Through the whole match Gade looked very calm, while Jorgensen looked much more hyped up and even nervous at times. In the end Jorgensen won the match by charging the net and finding himself with all the expectations of a nation. The final score was 7-21, 21-17, 21-16, and now Jorgensen will face Simon Santoso of Indonesia. Overall it was a good night for the home crowd as the majority of their players had success, the only exceptions being in the men’s doubles where Paaske/Rasmussen and Henriksen/Kristiansen both lost their matches. Paaske/Rasmussen lost to an inspired looking Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong fairly quickly, 21-11, 21-16.
While Jorgensen is grabbing all of the attention, there is another Cinderella story in the making for German player Marc Zwiebler. Zwiebler certainly has not had the benefit of an easy draw as he had to knock out both of Malaysia’s single’s players, Wong Choong Han and Hafiz Hashim, en route to his quarter-final match against Chen Long. While his previous two matches were quite close this match was much more comfortable as he won 21-16, 21-13. Next up Zwiebler has Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the tournaments second seed.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
In one week the Denmark Open Super Series 2009 will begin, and I will be there to cover it in person for everyone in our community here on BVM. It should be very exciting, and we hope to bring you all sorts of cool videos, interviews, and something else very special if everything goes according to schedule.
The draws for the event are now available, and it appears that pretty much all of the big names are present with the exception of Lee Chong Wei and Taufik Hidayat. With the absence of the world’s top ranked player Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan will be the first seed and Peter Gade will be second seed. Gade has a challenging draw, meeting Hafiz Hashim second round, Bao Chunlai in the quarters and Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the semis. On the top half Lin Dan has a seemingly easier draw ahead of him, although the three time world champion seems capable of handling anything thrown at him. Lin Dan will face Simon Santoso in the quarter finals, and his teammate Chen Jin in the semi-finals.
China also has a strong contingent in the women’s singles with 4 players in the main draw, and another two likely to come through the qualifying rounds. While not threats to the title, Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether won’t be happy as the doubles team have been drawn to play each other in the first round of the singles. Elizabeth Cann on the other hand will be happy to see that Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo has pulled out of the tournament leaving Cann through to the second round where she will likely meet second seed Wang Yihan.
Stay tuned, when the tournament starts October 20th we will be there to bring you all the results.
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Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
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