Ten games is all that was needed to determine the 2009 Super Series Final Champions, with all five finals being settled in two games. Top seeded Neilsen and Pedersen clinched the mixed doubles title 21-14, 21-18 over Indian couple Gutta and Diju V.
The number 1 seeds coming good after their group stage defeat on Wednesday and narrowly winning their second match in three games. There was no such drama for in the Women’s Singles, with Wong Mew Choo in dominating form throughout the week and clinching the women’s title in two games over Juliane Schenk 21-15, 21-7.
Just as exceptional was the Korean pair of Lee and Jung as they dominated all five of their matches to take the Men’s Doubles title without dropping a game on route to the title, with the Danish pair unable to take revenge after their Friday group match ended with victory to the Koreans also.
The Women’s doubles was a similar story, with the Malaysian pair of Chin and Wong defeating Rytter Juhl and Kristiansen for the second time in the event to claim the title without dropping a game all week, with Chin and Wong winning the final 21-17, 21-14.
The final match gave Lee Chong Wei the same opportunity as both doubles pairings, the opportunity to win all 5 matches without dropping a game. This was the closest match of the five against Park Sung Hwan, but Lee Chong Wei was never in any threat of losing this match, winning 21-17, 21-17 to claim the men’s singles title.
Day 2 was a day for yesterday’s losers to play themselves back into contention and for the winners on Day 1 to secure their place in the last 4. Group A in the men’s singles has been decided with one match to spare, as Bao Chunlai and Lee Chong Wei securing their second victory and will play each other tomorrow for the top spot in the group.
Group B still has three players in contention for just two spots; Park Sung Hwan has secured his place in the last 4 with wins over Jan Jorgensen and Peter Gade today in three games. Gade and Boonsak Ponsana play tomorrow for the final qualifying place in Group B.
Wong Mew Choo has secured her progression from Group A of the women’s singles with two wins from her opening two games. Saina Newhal and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk play tomorrow with the winner taking the second place in Group A and qualification to the last 4.
Group B is a tighter affair, with three players capable of qualifying. Juliane Schenk will progress if she wins one game over Salakjit Ponsana. Jie Yao is the third player in with a chance of qualifying and needs to secure a win if Ponsana wins or a Ponsana loss secures her place in the last 4.
Group A of the women’s doubles has one confirmed qualifier in Chin and Wong of Malaysia, Rytter Juhl and Kristiansen will play Reid and Grether tomorrow with the winner taking the second qualifying spot.
Group B has been settled with a round of matches still to be played, Cheng and Chien as well as Aroonkesorn and Voravichitchaikul have both progressed to the last 4 with two wins each and will play each other to determine top spot tomorrow.
The best eight players in the world converge on Malaysia for the chance to the Super Series Finals champion for 2009, all except the Chinese contingent who have pulled out the majority of their squad. Only Bao Chunlai, Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen will represent China at this year’s event.
Group A of the Men’s Singles has the favourite Lee Chong Wei, Bao Chunlai, Taufik Hidayat and Hsieh Yu Hsin in it, whilst Group B has Peter Gade, Park Sung Hwan, Jan Jorgensen and Boonsak Ponsana in it.
Wednesday’s opening matches sees Gade take on Jorgensen, Ponsana against Park, Lee Chong Wei against Hsieh Yu Hsin and Bao Chunlai against Taufik Hidayat.
Saina Newhal is the favourite for the ladies title, with no Wang Yihan, Lu Lan, Mi Zhou or Tine Rasmussen taking part in the event. The Men’s Doubles is without world champions Cai and Fu but a strong field will provide an excellent competition. Koo and Tan are the favourites from Group A, with Lee and Jung the favourites from Group B.
Play begins on Wednesday 9am local time: