The unseeded dream ended today, with all 5 unseeeded singles players or partnerships defeated on the biggest day of the World Championships this year. Both top seeds in the singles crashed out within an hour of each other on Court 2, Xie Xingfang defeating Zhou Mi in two games to book her place in the Semi Finals, with Sony Dwi Kuncoro beating Lee Chong Wei in two games.
The day started so well for the Danish, with both mixed doubles partnerships making the Semi Finals. However the dream of a Danish winner in either of the singles ended today with Tine Rasmussen, Jan O Jorgensen and Peter Gade all losing at the quarterfinal stage.
Local hopes were dashed also with defeats to Saina Nehwal and doubles partnership Gutta and Valiyaveetil today. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan also lost in 3 games today to 2nd seeded Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.
Day 6 promises to be a great day, starting on Court 1 with the Mens Singles semi-final between Taufik Hidayat and Chen Jin. Court 2 begins with Lee and Lee playing Laybourn and Rytter Juhl of Denmark, with Lee and Lee being the last of the top seeds still in any of the events.
Sony Dwi Kuncoro playing Lin Dan third on Court 1, followed by Xie Xingfang and Pi Hongyan. Court 2 has two all-Chinese matches with Du Jing and Yu Yang playing Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting in the ladies doubles semi-finals. Then Lu Lan plays Wang Lin in the second ladies singles semi finals.
Play begins at 2pm on Day 6;
The quarter finals are underway, and we are covering the ongoing results as they happen. The matches are only getting more intense so join in with the chat to let us know what you think is going to happen!
BVM Coverage – World Badminton Championships Quarter-Finals
Would Day 2 give us another shock? The answer would be yes. Kenichi Tago, the 2007 Scottish Open winner defeated 7th Seeded Joachim Persson in one of the longest games of the day, with Tago taking the deciding game 21-13.
There were routine wins for Widianto and Natsir in their opening round matches, as well as Bo Zheng and Ma Jin. Yu Yang and He Hanbin won in two games, with the second game taken to 22-20. 5th Seeded Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen had a scare after looking the first game, but showed their ttue ability to take the next two games and progress to round 2.
Chen Jin, seeded 2 began his campaign against Eric Pang. There was no repeat of a Dutch victory like Palyama had done earlier as the Chinese seed won in two games. Taufik Hidayat also started his challenge against Switzerland’s Christian Boesgier, the Indonesian 4th seed comfortably progressed in two games.
Day 3 begins with both top seeds in the singles events on court. Zhou Mi plays Michelle Chan Ky on Court 1, and Lee Chong Wei is playing Ola Fagbemi on Court 2. Taufik Hidayat’s game against Mathieu Lo Ying Ping is the second game on Court 2.
Peter Gade begins proceedings against Sho Sasaki on Court 3, followed later in the day with Saina Nehwal and Wang Lin on Court 3 to play their second round matches.
Court 4 begins with Sony Dwi Kuncoro, seeded 6 against Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland. Followed later in the day with Lu Lan, Chen Jin and Lin Dan in second round action.
On Court 6, Tien Minh Nguyen plays Frenchman Brice Leverdez to open play at 1pm local time. Followed by Boonsak Ponsana, seeded 16 and Wang Yihan starts her challenge in round 2 against Susan Egelstaff of Scotland.
The Mens and Ladies Doubles are in action also, with our first look at Cai and Fu of China, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia and Lee and Jung of Korea. The big news in the Mens Doubles is the withdrawal of top seeds Kido and Setiawan due to injury.
It seems impossible for anyone to win the Indonesia Super Series (Indonesia Open) if you aren’t Indonesian. In days past it was Ardy Wiranata, Taufik Hidayat, and most recently Sony Dwi Kuncoro. Now Taufik is back in the final once again, and this time against the best possible opponent, Lee Chong Wei. I say the best possible opponent because Malaysia and Indonesia have feuded over badminton for years so it seems fitting for these two players to meet in this final.
Lee Chong Wei had a somewhat closer match against Chen Jin winning 21-15, 22-20 while Taufik had a somewhat smoother victory over his fellow countryman Sony Dwi Kuncoro winning 21-17, 21-14. The last time these two met was back at the Swiss Super Series where Lee Chong Wei just snuck out the win, but this time he is going to have thousands of screaming Indonesians to overcome. The smart money is on Taufik for this final.
The women’s singles will also feature some excitement with Wang Lin meeting the young Indian Saina Nehwal. Saina won a nailbiter of a match against Lu Lan sneaking by 25-23, 21-19. Wang Lin made it through much more comfortably beating Xie Xingfang 21-19, 21-13. Saina Nehwal is quite the rising star, and it would be very exciting to see her crack through the Chinese women’s dominance.
All in all I’m quite excited to see the results from tomorrow, I only wish I could be there!
MS – Taufik Hidayat vs Lee Chong Wei
WS – Wang Lin vs Saina Nehwal
MD – Jung/Lee vs Cai/Fu
WD – Chin/Wong vs Cheng/Zhao
XD – Zheng/Ma defeated Lee/Lee
For those eager to see who plays who during this week’s Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009, here are the draws:
Definitely some interesting match ups, ripe with potential upsets in my opinion. The most notable are:
-Simon Santoso vs Jan O Jorgensen
-Bao Chunlai vs Park Sung Hwan
-Dicky Palyama vs Rajiv Ouseph
-Sony Dwi Kuncoro vs Qualifier #3 (this will most likely be Gong Weijie, unless his default from last week is an issue)
-Eric Pang vs Boonsak Ponsana
-Taufik Hidayat vs Andrew Smith
Okay, so I know I just listed off pretty much half of the men’s singles draw, but that just goes to show how much depth the mens singles draw has. I honestly believe that these could all go either way. Obviously there are some strong favourites in there, like Taufik for example, but I really do think that Andrew Smith is just on the verge of breaking through to the next level.
Unfortunately, as per usual I don’t have much to say about the other events, but I promise you that I am working on finding some people to help me write about and comment on the other events, I swear! If you think that could be something you could help me with please check out our jobs page.
Today’s Super Series update was written by our newest contributor to the site. Allow me to introduce you to Eddie Smith.
The top seeds in the men’s singles continue to fall on Day 4 with third seed Sony Kwi Kuncoro falling in two sets to Park Sung Hwan (21-19, 21-15). This is the Korean’s second win over a seed in this competition after defeating the eighth seed in the opening round. Jin Chen dropped his first game of the tournament against Dane Jan O Jorgenson but won the next two to ensure being the last seeded player left in at the Semi-Final stage.
Bao Chunlai defeated Tien Minh Nguyen, who defeated Lee Chong Wei to make the Quarter Finals. Nguyen couldn’t continue his excellent form throughout the tournament and lost in two sets to the Chinese player. Boonsak Ponsana’s fantastic form continues as he gave another excellent performance to defeat Anup Sridhur in two sets (21-11, 21-8).
The Semi Finals in the Men’s Singles have on form Bao Chunlai playing 2008 All-England Champion Jin Chen. Sung Hwan Park plays Boonsak Ponsana for a place in Sunday’s final.
In the ladies singles, Wang Yihan misses out on the opportunity to win her third successive Super Series title with a defeat to unseeded Jiang Yanijao. Zhou Mi has progressed the Semi-Final without dropping a game and looks in ominous form to make her first final since the Malaysian Super Series in January.
Wang Lin and Xie Xingfang complete the Semi-Final line-up, with top seed Zhou Mi playing third seed Wang Lin. Xie Xingfang plays Jiang Yanijao for a place in the Final.
It’s very difficult to not be persuaded by the strong performances of Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei last week while making predictions for this week’s Swiss Open. Of course they are the favourites to make the finals, but we need to account for fatigue, these players played much more badminton than the rest of the players.
I will however make one startling prediction for this event, even if only for the entertainment value. I predict that England’s Andrew Smith will make it to the semi-finals of this event by defeating Sony Dwi Kuncoro (possibly by default as Sony withdrew last week), Simon Santoso and most importantly beating either Chen Jin or Bao Chunlai in the quarter-finals. This is an absolutely audacious prediction that requires 3 upsets, but I think he is up for the challenge.
Otherwise, my prediction is a repeat of last week’s All England finals with Lin Dan defeating Lee Chong Wei in the finals of the Swiss Open.
This is what I’m looking forward to seeing the results from tomorrow, Gade vs Hidayat. I’m betting on Hidayat, my friend Stephan is betting on Gade. I would normally agree with Stephan, but this is the only title that Hidayat has not won yet, and I think he is going to really put his everything into this event. He had a close one today against England’s Andrew Smith, but don’t underestimate Smith, he is good.
None of the other matches have the same intrigue that this one does. Joachim Persson may be able to challenge Lin Dan, but it’s unlikely. Persson has yet to have another breakthrough since his really big win over Kuan Beng Hong, and Lin Dan is looking as fierce as ever. Chen Jin will beat Sho Sasaki hands down, and Lee Chong Wei will definitely beat Ville Lang who is only at the stage he is at because Sony Dwi Kuncoro dropped out. I would say that overall today was a fairly boring, routine day, and what we saw was an example that in spite of the depth, the top 8 or even the top 5 players, are a fair bit better than the rest (or at least way more consistent). Anyway, tomorrow should be more exciting than today!
Yonex All England Open Super Series 2009 Draws