Peter Gade’s dream for a second All England title is still alive as the big threat in the bottom half crashes out. It has been a poor day for Chinese badminton as Lu Lan, Chen Jin and Cai and Fu have all crashed out today. Play was still going on well after 11pm tonight with so many three-game matches going down to the wire.
Peter Gade’s quest is still on, after coming through a 81-minute classic with Taufik Hidayat with the Dane coming through 20-22, 22-20, 22-20. Gade plays Lee Chong Wei after coming back from a game down against Shon Wan Ho of Korea to win the match 14-21, 21-14, 21-14.
The big news of the day is the shock defeat of Lin Dan to fellow countryman Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed coming through 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 to set up a semi final clash with unseeded Japanese player Kenichi Tago. Tago defeated the 3rd seed, Chen Jin in the quarterfinals 22-20, 19-21, 21-13 to book his place in his first All England semi final.
Tine Rasmussen showed flashes of her brilliance in her three-game victory over 6th seed and current world champion Lu Lan, winning the match 16-21, 23-21, 21-11 and had to save 3 match points at 17-20 down in the second game. Rasmussen will play the 7th seed Saina Nehwal in the semi finals after the Indian defeated Juliane Schenk 21-8, 21-14 in their quarterfinal match.
The second semi final is an all-Chinese affair with top seed and defending champion Wang Yihan playing Wang Xin. The top seed defeated 8th seed Zhou Mi 21-9, 11-21, 21-17 to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. Wang Xin defeated 3rd seed and fellow Chinese player Jiang Yanjiao 21-15, 21-14 to reach the semi final against top seed Wang Yihan.
Paaske and Rasmussen are through to the All England semi final after another fabulous victory over Gan and Tan of Malaysia, the Danish pair winning 21-18, 22-20. They will play the 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan after they defeated 8th seed Lee and Choong in their quarterfinal 21-17, 21-11 to book their place against the Danes in the semi final.
There was more Danish success with Boe and Mogensen defeating last years champions Cai and Fu in the quarterfinal, winning 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 in a 68-minute thriller. The second seeds Lee and Jung suffered a surprise defeat against 7th seeded Xu and Guo, the Chinese pair winning 21-18, 21-10 to book their place against the 4th seeds Boe and Mogensen.
The top seeded Du and Yu are through to the semi final without looking like dropping a game all week, they defeated the 6th seeded Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan 21-11, 21-9 to book their place against Pan and Tian in an all-Chinese semi final. The unseeded Chinese duo defeated Polii and Jauhari of Indonesia 25-23, 17-21, 21-17 to book their place against the top seeds. The other semi final is another all-Chinese encounter, with the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao defeating Lee and Ha of Korea 21-11, 21-19 to progress into the last 4. They will play Ma and Wang, the 2nd seeds in the semi final after they defeated Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei 21-12, 21-15.
Qualifiers Zhang and Zhao of China continue their improbable run with another win over a seeded couple, today defeating the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia 21-16, 21-18. The will play another Chinese pair in the semi final, the 4th seeded He and Yu after their 13-21, 21-18, 21-18 win over Tao and Zhang, the 6th seeds from China.
The English interest in the competition ended today with both pairs losing out to their seeded opponents, Clark and Olver losing out 21-19, 21-17 to Lee and Lee of Korea, the 3rd seeds whilst Robertson and Wallwork lost out to the 2nd seeds Widianto and Natsir 21-18, 21-19. The two seeded couples will meet in the semi finals for a place in Sunday’s final.
The second day was a stronger day for the seeds, however another top seed has fallen before the quarterfinal stage. Peter Gade continues on his quest for his second All England title as the top players in the world position themselves for a run at the title.
First on court again and safely into the quarterfinals was Lee Chong Wei with a fine victory over Sony Dwi Kunncoro 21-11, 21-17. He will play unseeded Korean Shon Wan Ho who defeated Chen Long in a three-game classic 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 after Chen Long disposed of 8th seeded Jorgensen in round 1 yesterday. The other quarterfinal in the top half is perhaps the match of the day tomorrow between 4th seed Taufik Hidayat and 5th seed Peter Gade. Hidayat safely through against Englishman Andrew Smith 21-18, 21-14 and Gade survived a first game scare to win 24-22, 21-18 over Simon Santoso.
The bottom half sees unseeded Kenichi Tago through to see Chen Jin in the first quarterfinal. Tago has progressed through two tough matches, playing Tien Ming Nguyen in round 1 and defeating Joachim Persson, last years 6th seed in three games, 22-24, 21-15, 21-8 to book his place against the 3rd seed from China. Chen Jin safely progressed after a tight opening game against another English player Rajiv Ouseph, winning in two games, 23-21, 21-8.
Lin Dan is also through to tomorrow’s quarterfinal where he will play Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed from China. Bao Chunlai’s phenomenal performance over Park Sung Hwan that seen him 13-0 in the opening game, before winning the match 21-5, 21-10. Lin Dan has failed to explode into life as yet but continues to progress in the tournament with another two-game victory over Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia.
Wang Yihan was the first of the seeds through to the last 8 of the tournament with a 21-16, 21-16 win over Yu Hirayama of Japan. She will play the 8th seeded Zhou Mi in the quarterfinals after the all-Hong Kong second round match between her and Wang Chen was won by the 8th seed, 21-13, 21-15. The second quarterfinal match in the top half is an all-Chinese affair with 3rd seeded Jiang Yanjiao coming through her second round match against Maria Febe Kusamastuti 21-9, 21-14 to set up a match against Wang Xin, the 5th seed. She defeated Ai Goto of Japan 21-12, 21-13 to book her place in tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
Saina Nehwal booked her place in the last 8 with a win over Bae Sueng Hee of Korea, 21-11, 22-20 and will play unseeded Juliane Schenk of Germany, who also defeated a Korean to reach the quarterfinal stage, beating Bae Youn Joo 21-14, 21-16 to set up a match against the 7th seeded Nehwal. The last of the 4 quarterfinal matches is the pick of the bunch, with Tine Rasmussen playing 6th seed Lu Lan of China. Rasmussen progressed easily past Eriko Hirose 21-12, 21-12 to book her place whilst Lu Lan had to fight for a tight three-game victory over Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff, winning in the end 25-23, 20-22, 21-17 to reach the last 8 of the competition.
Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen continue their fantastic run at this year’s competition with a 21-18, 21-19 victory over Ko and Yoo of Korea. They will play Tan and Gan of Malaysia in the last 8 after they defeated Chinese pairing of Chai and Zhang 21-8, 23-21. The two pairings are the only two non-seeded partnerships left in the men’s doubles draw. Kido and Setiawan also progressed, winning 21-16, 21-16 over qualifiers Endo and Hirobe of Japan and the 3rd seeds will play Lee and Choong of Malaysia in the last 8 after the 8th seeds fought back from a game down to win 17-21, 23-21, 21-11.
The third of the quarterfinals sees the 5th seeded Cai and Fu play the 4th seeded Boe and Mogensen for a place in the semi finals. Cai and Fu winning 21-11, 21-17 over their Korean opponents Kim and Shin whilst Boe and Mogensen came through a much tighter match, winning 22-20, 21-19 over Fan and Lee of Chinese Taipei. The second seeds Lee and Jung have been the class pairing in the competition to date, winning both matches to date in convincing fashion, today defeating Kumar and Thomas of India 21-12, 21-6 to book their place in the last 8 against Guo and Xu of China, the 7th seeds. The Chinese pair defeating local favourites Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark 21-14, 21-11 to book their place in the last 8.
There is a distinctly Asian feel to the event, with all 8 pairings coming from China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei or Indonesia. Top seeded Du and Yu are through to the quarter final after a 21-8, 21-12 win over Sorokina and Vislova of Russia and will play the Japanese 6th seeds Maeda and Suetsuna in the last 8. The Japanese pair defeating Wallwork and White over England 21-23, 21-9, 21-8 to set up an all-seeded match in the quarters.
Wang and Ma are also through to the last 8 with a stunning 21-4, 21-7 win over Amitapai and Munkit of Thailand, they will play Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei who beat the Bulgaria/Russian partnership of Anastasia Russkikh and Petya Nedelcheva 24-22, 21-9 to book their place in the last 8 of the event.
The top seeds Zheng Bo and Ma Jin were expected to contest for the title on Sunday, but were defeated by the Chinese qualifiers Zhang and Zhao 21-16, 21-17 to book their place in the last 8. They will play the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa after their 21-14, 21-16 victory over Fujii and Hashimoto. He and Yu’s match against Blair and Bankier did not go ahead with Robert Blair’s leg injury forcing him to retire from the event. The 4th seeds He and Yu will play another Chinese pair, the 6th seeded Tao and Zhang after a three-game match with Mateusiak and Kostiucyzk 20-22, 21-18, 21-12.
There is English interest in the quarterfinals, with Anthony Clark and Heather Olver through to the last 8 against a 21-18, 22-20 win over Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei. They will play the 3rd seeds, Lee and Lee of Korean after their victory in their all-Korean second round match against Yoo and Kim, winning 21-13, 21-17. The second English pair play in the last of the quarterfinals, with Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson defeating the 7th seeds, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-14, 16-21, 21-15. They will play the second seeds Widianto and Natsir after their 21-12, 21-8 win over Careme and Choinet of France
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.
The biggest tournament of 2010 to date has provided the best field of the year to date and the first appearance of Lin Dan of 2010. Lee Chong Wei is in ominous form after winning the opening two Super Series events of the year and Peter Gade has peaked himself for this tournament. It is the one that every player wants to win.
#1 Seed: Lee Chong Wei
Round 1 Opponent: Chetan Anand (India)
He is the form player of 2010, unbeaten in Super Series this year and is in the best form of his career coming into the All England Championships. The big question is over his ability to defeat the current champion Lin Dan and win this title for the first time in his career. He faces a challenging route to the final, with Jan O Jorgensen, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat in his half of the draw.
#2 Seed: Lin Dan
Round 1 Opponent: Qualifier
He fell off the badminton radar since his Chinese Super Series win in November and threaten a return in Malaysia only to pull out before the event. His potential route to the final is a Chinese wall of Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin but even as the #2 seed and not playing a competitive match for almost 4 months, he is still the massive favourite to win this title.
#5 Seed: Peter Gade
Round 1 Opponent: Dicky Palyama (Netherlands)
It was 11 long years ago from Gade’s only All England title and at 33, this could be his last chance to claim title #2. He has focused his entire year to date in winning this title and has claimed that he is at the peak of his form coming into the event. He is coming off a small role in Denmark’s Team Championship success in Poland last month and a runner-up spot in the Korean Super Series but his route to the final is perhaps the hardest in the draw, not to mention Dicky Palyama beat Gade at the All Englands a few years back.
#1 Seed: Wang Yihan
Round 1 Opponent: Ella Diehl (Russia)
The 2009 Champion has taken almost 6 weeks off since her surprise loss to Bae Youn Joo in the Malaysian Super Series and most likely redoubled her training to give herself the best chance to retain her All England crown. In a draw loaded with Chinese talent, she is still the one to beat here.
Every other Chinese lady in the draw.
Such is the depth of quality that the Chinese have in this discipline that any of the Chinese ladies in the main draw have a legitimate chance to win this title. Wang Xin, winner of the Malaysian Super Series is seeded 5. Wang Shixian, winner of the Korean Super Series is unseeded. Current world champion Lu Lan is seeded 6th for the event and there’s still Wang Lin and Jiang Yanjiao is seeded #3 also.
Unseeded: Tine Rasmussen
Round 1 Opponent: Kim Hi Moon (Korea)
The 2009 runner-up was out of action for 6 months with a heel injury and suffered a massive drop off in her ranking points to lose her seeding the 2010 All Englands. She is the big European hope for the title, but faces a mammoth task to reach the final with the 2nd seed Wang Lin waiting in Round 2 and potentially Lu Lan in the Quarter Finals.
#1 Seeds: Koo and Tan
Round 1 Opponents: Paaske and Rasmussen (Denmark)
The first round match is perhaps one of the matches of the opening round of any of the five disciplines but they are coming in to the event off the back of their Malaysian Super Series victory
#2 Seeds : Lee and Jung
Round 1 Opponents: Qualifier
The Korean Super Series champions come into the competition after a shock round 1 exit in Malaysia. The question of what pair appears at the All England will determine how far they go, will it be the pair that defeated Cai and Fu in Korean or the pair that suffered a shock round 1 defeat?
#5 Seeds: Cai and Fu
Round 1 Opponents: Ahsan and Septano (Indonesia)
The 2009 winners and current world champions haven’t played a match since their Korean Super Series final loss to Lee and Jung and are not in the draw for the Swiss Super Series next week so it seems like they are focussing all their effort into defending their All England title and with a rematch with Lee and Jung at the semi final stage in this weeks event.
#1 Seeds: Du and Yu
Round 1 Opponents: Matsutomo and Takahashi
The Malaysian Super Series winners play only their second event of 2010 after defeating Ma and Wang in their first event of this year. The draw has been favourable to them in that the other two seeded Chinese pairs are in the bottom half of the draw but a potential second round match with Vislova and Sorokina could test them early in the competition.
#2: Ma and Wang
Round 1 Opponents: Reid and Grether (Canada/Germany)
The top seeds in Malaysia will have to settle for the #2 seed this week, but are coming off a win in last weeks German Open against the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao, who they could face in the semi finals this week and then possible revenge for their Malaysian Super Series loss.
#1 Seed: Ma and Zheng
Round 1 Opponents: Ko and Ha
This is their first outing of 2010 after pulling out of the Malaysian Super Series, very much like Lin Dan did. However they do not have the domination of Lin Dan and there is several other Chinese partnerships capable of defeating them if they have another off-form day like in the 2009.
#3 Seed: Lee and Lee
Round 1 Opponents: Liao and Chen (Chinese Taipei)
The 2008 Olympic Champions have had a difficult 2010 to date, losing in the opening round of their home event in Korea and then having to pull out the next week in Malaysia. Lee Hyo Jung is solely playing mixed doubles in the event and has been for the entire year so this is her only chance to win this week.
Qualifying begins Tuesday at 12 noon
Round 1 begins Wednesday at 10am
Coming into the match, Denmark had dropped just one match of the 19 matches that they had played. They were the clear favourites against Russia, but knew this would be their hardest match of the competition. Tine Rasmussen was expected to defeat Ella Diehl to take the lead in the match, and delivered in stunning fashion with a 21-8, 21-14 victory to give Denmark a 1-0 lead.
If Rasmussen’s win was expected, then Tatjana Bibik’s win was just as unexpected. A stunning 21-12, 21-11 upset over Camilla Sorensen levelled the match at 1-1. Denmark were to be shocked further, with Anastasia Prokopenko’s 3-game victory over Karina Jorgensen 19-21, 21-16, 21-16 putting Russia on the brink of a stunning upset and the title of European Champions.
The Danish doubles had to save the match, with Lena Frier Kristiansen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl taking on Tatjana Bibik and Olga Golovanova. 25 minutes later, the match was poised for a one-match play-off for the European title. With a 21-14, 21-14 win for the Danes. Helle Neilsen and Marie Ropke were given the opportunity to win the final rubber for Denmark. Prokopenko and Sorokina stood in the their way, after a tight 21-17 victory for the Danish. Russia then had a chance to win the second game, at 17-20. The Danes played five sensational points to take the game 22-20 and win the European title for Denmark, by 3 matches to 2.
In the 3rd/4th playoff, Germany easily defeated the Netherlands 3-0. Wins for Schenk over Stolzenbach, for Overzier and Marinello and for Karin Schnaase allowed Germany to qualify for the Uber Cup as the 3rd placed European side.
Peter Gade made his second appearance in the competition, after not being needed until the semi final stage. Europe’s #1 would play Przemyslaw Wacha in the opening match of the men’s final against Poland. Gade edged a tight opening game 21-16, the second game was another tight affair but Gade went from trailing 9-7 to lead 13-9 with a six point run and never looked back, taking the second game 21-17 and put Denmark 1-0 in the match.
Boe and Mogensen would play the Polish heroes of the semi final, Cwalina and Logosz. The Poles took a 15-12 lead in the opening game, before capitulating and conceding 9 straight points to gift the game to Boe and Mogensen. The second game was a similar story, Boe and Mogensen led 10-8 before the Poles allowed another 9 point run and gifted the second game and Denmark a 2-0 lead in the match.
Jan O Jorgensen had the opportunity to clinch the European title, with a win over Hubert Pazcek. Jorgensen took the opening game after some scoring consecutive points on a number of occasions to stretch out a lead before winning the opening game, 21-14. The second game started a lot tighter, with Pazcek leading 11-10 at the interval. Jorgensen responded with a 7-point run to take a 17-11 lead, it was a lead he was never going to give up and clinched the match and Denmark’s all important third match, 21-14, 21-13.
In the 3rd/4th playoff for a place in the Thomas Cup, Germany won 3-1 over Ukraine. Zweibler opened the match with a win over Zavadsky 21-16, 27-25. Dieter Domke suffered a three-game defeat over Atrashchenkov to level the match up, before Marcel Reuter regained Germany’s advantage with a straightforward win over Konov. Hopp and Scholetter completed the victory with a come from behind victory over Druzchenko and Atrashchenkov.
The Denmark – Germany was a rematch of the 2008 semi final, with the 3-1 scoreline being repeated in the 2010 event. Tine Rasmussen started the match with a win over Juliane Schenk in the opening singles, 21-16, 21-13. The first doubles was expected to be another Danish win, but the pairing of Overzier and Marinello pulled out a 21-17, 24-22. Camila Sorensen put the Danish back in front with a win over Karin Schnaase in two games, meaning a win for the Neilsen and Ropke would win the match for Denmark.
Goleszewki and Schenk took a opening game lead, taking the first 21-18. The Danish responded by winning the second game 21-15 to take it into a final game. The Danes finished the job with a 21-13 final game victory to send them through to tomorrow’s final.
In the final also, are the Russians after a 3-0 win over the Netherlands. The Diehl/Bibik/Vislova/Sorokina coming good for the second day running with three wins in quick succession to clinch their place in the final. Diehl’s impressive 21-17, 21-7 victory started the rout, followed by Bibik’s 21-13, 21-6 win putting them on the brink of the final and then the Sorokina/Vislova partnership ending the match with a 21-12, 21-18 win to book Russia’s place in tomorrow’s final
As if Denmark couldn’t get any better, they unleashed Peter Gade for the first time in the semi final. His 21-6, 21-13 win over Marc Zweibler was a frightening warning that Denmark weren’t at full strength until now. Mogensen and Boe’s 21-17, 21-18 win had Denmark of the brink of the final having played just over an hour in the last 2 days. Jan O Jorgensen completed their stunning victory gainst Marcel Reuter 24-22, 21-17 to clinch a place in the final.
What the second semi final had was everything the first didn’t, four matches split in a 3 and a half hour clash that came down to a final rubber. Wacha gave Poland an early lead with a 3 game victory, only for the Ukrainians to take the next two singles matches and one step away from the final. Mateusiak and Wacha fought back from a game down in the first doubles to secure Poland’s second win and a final rubber, winner take all match to face Denmark in the final.
Adam Cwalina and Michal Logosz’s 19-minute demolition clinched Poland’s spot in tomorrow’s final, winning 21-6, 21-12.
Denmark was expected to have little problems on the opening day, but few could have expected the one-sided nature of the 2 ties.
Men’s Team Event
Groups A – C
Denmark were expecting little resistance from Iceland, the favourites delivered with an excellent 5-0 win over the Icelanders. Peter Gade did not play in the match, but with Denmark having two matches on Thursday they will need as many fresh players after a hectic two days previously. Croatia lead Group A after playing two matches today and winning both against Iceland (3-2) and Hungary (5-0). Finland also defeated Hungary 5-0, with the Thursday night match with Denmark potentially determining the Group A winner.
England and Austria both managed 5-0 wins in Group B, Poland also won their match, but only 4-1 against Spain with Wacha being defeated by Pablo Abian. Austria then lost 3-2 to Spain, meaning every team but Lithuania have managed a win in Group B, a group that England tops with their 5-0 win. The Netherlands sit at the top of Group C with a 5-0 win over Greece, failing to drop a game in their victory. Ireland narrowly edged out Estonia 3-2, taking the final doubles match to ensure a win on the opening day.
Groups D – F
Germany started their campaign with a 5-0 win over Bulgaria, with only the second doubles pairing giving up a game to the Bulgarians. Czech Republic defeated Scotland 4-1, with Briggs and Bowman defeating the Kopriva brothers in the final rubber to avoid a 5-0 scoreline.
Sweden and Russia begin Group E with victories; Sweden defeated Slovakia 5-0 to top the group, with Russia winning only 4-1 with Ivan Sozonov retiring in the second game of his match to forfeit his match. France top Group F with a 5-0 win over Portugal, with Ukraine defeating Wales 3-2 after winning the final rubber of their match.
Women’s Team Event
Groups A – C
Denmark destroyed Greece 5-0, conceding just 66 points in 10 games. Tine Rasmussen giving the most points away out of the five rubbers, winning 21-10, 21-8 that was the smallest margin of victory. Czech Republic defeated Estonia 4-1 to take 2nd place in the group, with the top 2 to play tomorrow.
The Netherlands, without Jie Yao still managed a 5-0 victory over Latvia, then the Latvians then lost to Finland 4-1 later in the day. Belgium secured a 3-2 victory over Belarus, with their #1 and #3 singles players teaming up to win the final rubber in the doubles. Belarus bounced back to win their second match of the day, defeating Finland 3-2.
Russia and England both secured 5-0 wins in Group C, but Russia tops the group as they won all 5 matches in two games, whilst England’s final rubber match went to 3 games. The top two play tomorrow evening to settle top spot.
Group D – F
Germany defeated Iceland 5-0, without dropping a game in the process much like the Danish ladies. Sweden bounced back from losing the opening 2 rubbers to win the match 3-2 in a stunning turnaround and will play Germany tomorrow morning to determine who goes top of Group D.
France defeated Poland 4-1 to top Group E after the 4th placed Scotland from 2008 suffered a 3-2 to Ukraine, with the Ukrainians coming back from 2-1 down to win the match. Ukraine play France tomorrow. Bulgaria defeated Hungary 5-0 in an all Eastern European affair, with Wales defeating Slovakia 4-1 to take 2nd place in group F.
The top male and female players in Europe will represent their nations in the European Team Championships this week in Warsaw, Poland. Denmark are looking to defend both the Men and Women’s titles this week, but will face stern opposition from the likes of Germany, England and Netherlands.
Men’s Team Championships
2008 Result – Winners
The winners from two years ago are again the favourites for the title in 2010, with the likes of Jan O Jorgensen, Joachim Persson and Peter Gade for the singles and in doubles, the 4th ranked partnership in the world, Mogensen and Boe. In their group awaits Iceland, Finland, Hungary and Croatia. With the group winner receiving a bye in the Quarter Final.
2008 Result – 3rd
Germany want to go one better than their 3-1 defeat in the semi final against Denmark in the 2008 Event. Marc Zweibler and Dieter Domke will have to live up to and play above their rankings of 16 and 73 for Germany to repeat their 2006 appearance in the final. A potential rematch against Denmark could await in the semi final this year.
2008 Result – 4th
Poland has been on the rise for the last few years, with recent Super Series success in the mixed doubles. Wacha (#31 Rank) and Logosz and Mateusiak (#35 Rank) will need to perform at their best after being paired in a group with 2008 runners-up England. Thursday at 6pm will ultimately determine the winners of Group B.
2008 Result – 2nd
Denmark’s biggest challenge will come from England, with Andrew Smith, Rajiv Ouseph and Carl Baxter being the strongest line-up for England’s singles could potentially shock the Danish. Experienced heads like Robert Blair, Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson will be invaluable with a new young squad of players like Adcock, Wright and Middleton. Their big test in the group will undoubtedly be Poland on Thursday.
Women’s Team Championships
2008 Result – Winners
Tine Rasmussen will be one of the stars on show in the Women’s Championship, the 10th ranked player in the world will led off Denmark in the singles. Europe’s top ranked women’s double pairing, Kristiansen and Rytter Juhl will be the partnership to beat in the championships also. Like the men, they also a potential bye to the semi final if they win Group A, with Greece, Estonia and Czech Republic.
2008 Result – 2nd
With Yao Jie and Judith Meulendijks out of the Championships, the Dutch are very much understrength in the singles. Patty Stolzenbach will need to regain the form that seen her reach the semi final of the Norwegian Open late last year for the Netherlands to have any chance to progress.
2008 Result – 3rd
Juliane Schenk will lead the German team in Group D in the singles, with Marinello and Overzier being the top ranked all-German couple, however Nicole Grether is seeded higher in the world but with a Canadian partner, so Germany’s 2nd doubles partnership could be just as strong as their first.
2008 Result – 4th
A surprise 4th placed finish it might have been, but a full-fit Scottish squad will arrive in Warsaw. Emma Mason is back after an 18-month lay off, as well as Imogen Bankier returning to competitive competition after a knee injury. Susan Egelstaff is in the form of her life after winning the 2009 Scottish Open. However they are placed in a tough group with France, Poland and Ukraine.
The competition begins on Tuesday, February 16.
Chen Jin was the first player to reach the last 8 with his win over Chan Yan Kit, followed closely by Tien Minh Nguyen after Bao Chunlai, seeded 8 retired in the third game, trailing 11-6, allowing the Vietnamese player a free pass into the quarterfinals.
There was also double success for Denmark as Jan O Jorgensen defeated Kazushi Yamada 21-11, 21-19 to reach the last 8, whilst Peter Gade received a free pass into the quarters after Hsieh Yu Hsing pulled out of their match before the pair took to the court.
Du Pengyu had Lee Chong Wei on the ropes early on after taking the opening game 23-21 over the top seed, but the Malaysian rallied back to take the next two matches to win the match 21-23, 21-17, 21-14. There was more Malaysian success with Chong Wei Feng also reaching the last 8 with a three game victory over Chetan Anand of India, 21-15, 19-21, 21-18.
The Chinese dominance is the main story from the competition so far, with four Chinese women in the last 8. Top seeded Wang Yihan defeated last week’s Korean Super Series winner Wang Shixian to book her place in the quarterfinals, 21-11, 21-13. The top seed will play another Chinese player in the last 8, with Jiang Yanjiao beating Yip Pui Yin in three games to set up an all-Chinese quarterfinal.
The next quarterfinal, is an all-Korean affair. Bae Youn Joo will play Sung Hi Hyun for a place in the last 4, with Joo defeating Salakjit Ponsana in two games, 21-16, 21-11. Sung beat Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo in three games, 12-21, 21-18, 21-17. Saina Nehwal takes on the third Chinese woman left in the draw, the unseeded Wang Xin after she defeated 3rd seeded Tine Rasmussen 13-21, 21-16, 21-19 to book her place against the 7th seeded Indian.
Eriko Hirose’s victory over 8th seeded Juliane Schenk means she will play the fourth Chinese woman left in the draw, the 2nd seeded Wang Lin for a place in the last 4.
Koo and Tan are through to the last 8 after their two game win over Sun and Tao of China, they will play the 7th seeded Clark and Robertson who beat Kim and Shin of Korea, 21-18, 21-18. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan are also through, defeating Mak and Tan of Malaysia to book their match against Chandra and Gunawan, the 4th seeds from Indonesia.
Ma and Jin are in frighteningly impressive form, as they defeated White and Wallwork 21-18, 21-2 to book a place in the last 8. They play the unseeded Korean pairing of Kim and Park. The 3rd seeds Chin and Wong are also in impressive form, winning 21-12, 21-8 over Hoo and Woon in an all-Malaysian round 2 match. Du and Yu, seeded 2 are also in fantastic form with their 21-3, 21-9 win to set up their quarterfinal match against Nedelcheva and Russkikh, the 6th seeds.
Lee and Lee’s chances for revenge over Tao and Zhang were dashed when the top seeded Korean’s pulled out before the match begun. Leaving only two seeds remaining, but the world champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are still in the competition after a 24-22, 21-13 win over Shin and Yoo of Korea, they will play Robertson and Wallwork of England after beating their English counterparts Clark and Olver to reach the last 8.
Lee Chong Wei has safely progressed into Round 2 with a routine 21-14, 21-4 win over Rajiv Ouseph of England, however 3rd seeded Taufik Hidayat is out in Round 1 after losing out to in-form Jan O Jorgensen in three games. The Indonesian took the opening game comfortably 21-7, before losing the next two games, 21-17 and 21-19. Jorgensen posted the following on his Facebook Fan page:
Very good news tonight. Won in rubber set against Taufik Hidayat (INA) former world and olympic champion 7-21 21-19 21-17. First set was so tough and i didnt know what to do at all. – I fought my way back and stealed the second set. Im very satisfied with third set where i raised my game to a very high level. Next up i…s Kazushi Yamada (JPN) – I had beaten him twice last year. So hopefully i can progress tomorrow..
Peter Gade is also safely through to Thursday and into round 2, with a 21-12, 21-17 win over Hu Yun. There also wins for Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai also to maintain 4 of the eight seeds left in the competition. As well as the seeded players, there were some other excellent first round matches, Boonsak Ponsana defeated Chen Long in three games in a match that would have been a potential quarter final match last week in Korea, as both players were seeded for that event.
Andrew Smith won the all-English tie of the first round, beating Carl Baxter 21-16, 21-16 to book his place in round 2. Du Pengyu defeated last week’s 5th seed Park Sung Hwan in round 1 in two games, 21-16, 21-17, he plays Lee Chong Wei in Round 2. Tien Minh Nugyen’s 3 game win over Marc Zweibler sets up a round 2 encounter with Bao Chunlai.
Last weeks beaten finalist in Korea, Sung Ji Hyun was all set to qualify before being promoted to the main draw, where she defeated Linda Zechiri in two games to progress to round 2. However, 4th seeded Zhou Mi defeat to Bae Youn Joo is less then a shock than first expected as the 4th seed has struggled for form for a number of months now as her seeding has plummeted from the top spot in the recent months. The same cannot be said for the Chinese crop of players, with Wang Yihan, Wang Lin, Jiang Yanjiao, Wang Xin and last weeks winner Wang Shixian all progressing safely into round 2.
Other seeds like Juliane Schenk, Saina Nehwal and Tine Rasmussen are all into round 2 also with routine two game wins. Tomorrow sees top seeded Wang Yihan take on Korean Super Series winner Wang Shixian whilst Wang Xin takes on Tine Rasmussen in two of the top matches on court tomorrow.
Lee Yong Dae suffers another shock Round 1 defeat, this time in the men’s doubles as him and partner Jung Jae Sung fall to unseeded Hoon and Ong of Malaysia in round 1, losing the second game 21-4 in the process. Koo and Tan are safely into round 2, as well as Clark and Robertson, Chandra and Gunawan and Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan.
Ma and Wang were in dominant form in their opening round match in the women’s doubles, defeating Ng and Abdul of Malaysia 21-10, 21-4. Second seeded Du and Yu are also through, beating Matsuo and Niato of Japan 21-11, 21-11. 7th seeded and last weeks beaten finalists Fujii and Kakiiwa looked on course to lose their opening game in their match against Santoso and Marissa before the Indonesian couple retired 19-16 up in the first game.
Lee and Sung survived a second game blip to win their opening round match 21-18, 18-21, 21-13. They play the couple that put them out in the opening round last week Tao and Zhang of China. World Champions Rytter Juhl and Laybourn are into round 2 after bouncing back from a game down to win the match 20-22, 21-17, 21-17. Anthony Clark and Heather Olver’s first competitive match was a successful one, beating 7th seeded Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk 23-21, 12-21, 21-16 to set up an all-English match in round 2 against Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.