Boonsak Ponsana began the men’s singles play for the day against Korean Hong Ji Hoon, the eighth seed spent 45 minutes disposing of his tricky opponent but completed the task 21-18, 21-16. Lee Chong Wei and Chen Jin took to the court within 10 minutes of each other in the next men’s singles matches, both against tricky European opponents.
Lee Chong Wei played Marc Zweibler whilst Chen Jin played Dicky Palyama. Both seeded players came through their matches in two games, with Lee Chong Wei winning 21-18, 21-8 and Chen Jin winning 21-14, 21-17. Lee Chong Wei would play Boonsak Ponsana in the quarterfinals.
Tien Minh Nguyen survived an epic 82-minute test against Du Pengyu of China to progress to the quarter finals, his 25-23, 15-21, 21-19 win was the longest match of the day by far, he plays Chen Jin in the last 8 tomorrow.
The bottom half of the draw had China’s Bao Chunlai and Chen Long in action at the same time to book their places in the last 8. Kazushi Yamada proved little opposition to Chen Long, as the 7th seed from China won 21-17, 21-12. Bao Chunlai faced a stiffer test from England’s Carl Baxter, but the 4th seeded progressed in two games, 21-17, 21-18.
The final two seeds on court were Peter Gade and local favourite Park Sung Hwan. The 2nd seed Gade had Rajiv Ouseph of England, whilst Kuan Beng Hong would play the 5th seeded Korean. Both matches were completed in two games, with both seeds progressing to tomorrow’s quarterfinal stage. Gade winning 23-21, 22-20 against Ouseph and Park Sung Hwan won 21-15, 21-14 to set up a clash between the two tomorrow.
Seeds Remaining: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Sung Ji Hyun pulled off the shock of day 2 with her sensational win over top seed Tine Rasmussen in two games, the unseeded Korean winning 21-15, 21-16 to book her place in the last 8. She will play Yao Jie in the quarterfinal after the 7th seed from Netherlands won a tight three game match against Yu Hirayama 21-16, 20-22, 21-19, a match that lasted 65 minutes.
Zhou Mi is now the top seed remaining in the draw, after fighting back from losing the opening game to defeat Tai Tzu Ying 21-23, 21-16, 21-10. It was another unlikely Korean victory in the match featuring 5th seeded Wang Xin of China, with Bae Seung Hee winning 21-12, 21-14.
Two unseeded players were guaranteed to progress from the next two matches, with Chan Tsz Ka defeating Petya Nedelcheva 21-9, 13-21, 21-19. She will play Hi Kim Moon, the winner of the all-Korean match against Kang Hae Won 21-15, 21-17.
The final two matches featured 4th seeded Juliane Schenk and Wang Shixian, the 6th seed from China. Juliane Schenk looked to be coasting into the quarters after winning her opening game 21-4, only to sensationally collapse and lose the next two games against Yip Pui Yin to lose the match 4-21, 21-16, 21-18. Wang Shixian had little problem defeating Finland’s Any Nieminen 21-14, 21-10.
Seeds remaining: 2, 6 and 7.
Lee Yong Dae bounced back from his mixed doubles exit to progress into the quarter finals of the men’s doubles with partner Jung Jae Sung, defeating Jin and Kim in an all-Korean affair 21-13, 21-9. Petya Nedelcheva’s bad day continued, as she and Anastasia Russkikh, seeded 5th in the women’s doubles crashed out to Matsuo and Naito of Japan today.
Cai and Fu are at their ominous best, defeating Faust Henriksen and Kristiansen of Denmark, 21-10, 21-7 in just 23 minutes. 4th seeded Danish pair Paaske and Rasmussen were also defeated by Chai and Zhang to further compound a bad day in the Danish camp.
Play begins tomorrow at 3pm, with the 4 mixed doubles quarter finals.
The first round of the Korean Super Series provided it’s fair share of shocks, but the big news was the defeat of local superstars Lee and Lee in the mixed doubles to Zhang and Tao in two games, 21-13 and 21-16. They weren’t the only seed to crash out in the mixed doubles, with 5th seeded Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk losing in three games.
Lee Chong Wei breezed into round 2 with a clinical 21-4, 21-14 win over England’s Andrew Smith, Peter Gade is also into round 2 with a two game win over Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia 21-19, 21-17. There were wins for Chen Jin, Chen Long and Park Sung Hwan to delight the local crowd.
Tine Rasmussen is through to round 2 of the women’s singles, the Danish top seed defeated Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-14, 21-16 to secure her place in the last 16. Second seeded Zhou Mi survived losing the first game to defeat Wong Mew Choo to book her place in round 2. There were also wins for 4th seeded Juliane Schenk and 7th seeded Yai Jie to ensure some competitive European interest going into the later half of the week. Only 8th seeded Salakjit Ponsana failed to progress into round 2 of the seeds.
Lee Yong Dae will look to put today’s defeat behind him as himself and Jung Jae Sung are top seeds in the men’s doubles and an all-Korean clash in round 2 will be one of the highlights of tomorrow’s play for the local crowd.
The first Super Series of 2010 begins later this month in Korea, with last years Men’s Singles Super Series Finals Champion, Lee Chong Wei taking the top seeding in the singles event. There is no Lin Dan at this year’s event, as well as another few Chinese stars that would have been favourites for their respective events.
Lee Chong Wei starts with first round match against Englishman Andrew Smith, with 2nd seed Peter Gade playing Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia. Tine Rasmussen is top seed in the Women’s Singles after a length lay off in 2009, but the absence of Wang Yihan is a real disappointment.
2009 World Champion Lu Lan is seeded 3 for the event, Mi Zhou is the second seed and will be the main rivals to Rasmussen. In the Men’s Doubles event, 2009 World Champs Cai and Fu are seeded fifth, while their opponents in the final of the World Championships, Lee and Jung have been seeded 1.
The two Danish pairs (Boe and Mogensen, seeded 2) and (Paaske and Rasmussen, seeded 4) will be the main contenders for the title also. 2005 World Champions Bach and Gunawan are also seeded 7th.
The first day of play is January 12, 2010.
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Korea Super Series 2010 Draws
Heading into the quarter-finals the Chinese team has secured all but one of the remaining eight places, and Malaysia’s Wong Mew Choo has managed to spoil the party by defeating the top seed Wang Yihan 21-18, 21-17. Perhaps equally surprising was the defeat of Denmark’s second seeded Tine Rasmussen at the hands of China’s Wang Xin 13-21, 21-12, 21-19 on the other side of the draw.
The men’s singles was far less dramatic with no seeded players falling, however Carl Baxter pushed Simon Santoso to the limit but failed to win the match. Santoso won in three games 14-21, 21-12, 21-18 to set up his quarter-final against Lin Dan. Lin Dan had another relatively smooth match, defeating yet another one of his teammates Chen Long 21-12, 21-15. The quarter-finals however should prove to be very exciting as there are a number of tough match ups. Of particular interest will be to see whether or not Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen is capable of going the distance, or if perhaps his big wins are restricted to the earlier rounds.
Chinese Taipei has reason to be happy with two pairings in the quarter-finals after Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu upset third seeds Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido in the second round. The match went the full distance with the Chinese Taipei pair winning 21-19, 11-21, 21-15. Unfortunately the two Chinese Taipei pairs must now face each other in the quarter-finals.
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China Super Series 2009
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
The final Super Series tournament of 2009 finishes off in China, with Lin Dan returning to tournament play after his French Super Series win. He begins his campaign against Bao Chunlai in the match of the opening round of the Men’s Singles.
Top seed Lee Chong Wei plays Jan Jorgensen in another fantastic opening round encounter; Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat have pulled out of the event making the prospect of a Lin Dan – Lee Chong Wei Final all the more possible.
Wang Yihan takes the top seed in the Women’s singles, with Tine Rasmussen seeded 2, with Mi Zhou seeded 4 opposed to her top seeding in the earlier part of 2009. The depth of the Women’s draw is so vast that World Champion Lu Lan is unseeded for the event.
China’s big hope in the Men’s Doubles will come from Cai and Fu, seeded 5 for the event and a potential World Championship final rematch set for the Quarter Final against Lee and Jung of Korea. Ma and Wang are the big hope in the Women’s Doubles, with the 4th seeds coming into the tournament in excellent form after their victory last week in Hong Kong.
Top seeded Lee and Jung are playing their first tournament together since August this week, Zheng Bo and Nathan Robertson meet again, both with different partners from their 2008 Olympic encounter in the first round. Zheng Bo and Ma Jin are the big rivals to Lee and Jung, but a potential 2nd round match against last week’s winners in Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk is a tricky matchup.
China Super Series 2009 Draws
In spite of a strong effort from the youngster, Jan O Jorgensen was unable to repeat his performance against Danish veteran Peter Gade today. After a close win in the first game it looked as though it might happen, but Gade was too strong in the end for Jorgensen taking the match 21-23, 21-16, 21-14. Jorgensen is definitely a threat to the top position in Denmark, but for the time being he’ll have to wait.
Elsewhere in the men’s singles there is another potential changing of the guard as Simon Santoso crushed his veteran teammate Taufik Hidayat in two very short games 21-13, 21-6. Next up Santoso will have to face Gade in his quarter-final match tomorrow. The other notable upset today came from yet another young Indonesian when qualifier Dionysius Rumbaka just pummeled Chinese Taipei’s Hsieh Yu Hsin 21-13, 21-9. Tomorrow he can look forward to playing China’s last remaining men’s singles player Bao Chunlai.
In spite of a close match for Wang Lin in the second round, the Chinese women are fairing much better than the Chinese men in Hong Kong. The top seed had to work for her quarter-final place against Zhang Beiwen from Singapore, winning 20-22, 21-16, 21-14. Wang is among five Chinese women remaining at the quarter-finals stage. The Chinese dominance was unfortunate for Europe as Pi Hongyan remains as the last standing representative after both Yao Jie and Tine Rasmussen were knocked out.
Tomorrow promises some excellent matches in Hong Kong so be sure to check back for more results from the Hong Kong Super Series 2009
The Chinese had arrived in force earlier in the week without a repeat of the mass pullout that pledged the Danish Super Series. The rematch between Jorgensen and Gade never happened after Tago’s win over Jorgensen in Round 1 yesterday, but Gade had little trouble disposing of Kenichi Tago, winning 21-18, 21-15.
It was a fantastic day for the Chinese, with every single player and partnership winning on Day 3 apart from one couple that played another Chinese couple in Round 2. Wang Yihan and Wang Lin breezing into the quarterfinals with comfortable wins in under 30 minutes each.
Lin Dan and Chen Jin are into the last 8 of the men’s singles, as well as Bao Chunlai and Chen Long. All four progressing to the quarterfinals in two straight games in their matches, with the possibility of four Chinese players in the semi finals of the men’s singles looming large.
Danish Super Series winner Tine Rasmussen is the first big name out of the women’s singles, beaten by Indonesian Adriyanti Firdasari in three games. She will play Yao Jie in the Quarter Finals on Friday.
Tomorrow provides a fantastic choice of games, from Lin Dan against Joachim Persson to Lu Lan to Wang Yihan, with Anastasia Russkikh playing with yet another partner in the Super Series and making it again to the Quarter Final stage.
Bao Chunlai against Peter Gade promises to be a fabulous match, Chen Long against Taufik Hidiyat as well as the unknown quantity of Olga Konon of Poland in the Women’s singles against local favourite Pi Hongyan in another of the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Play begins tomorrow at 4pm local time.
French Super Series 2009 Draws
The draws for the French Open Super Series have been released, and from the looks of things the only big name missing from the men’s singles is Lee Chong Wei. Now, of course that is a very big name, but certainly with Lin Dan in the mix we can expect some excellent badminton. Lin Dan will be seeded first, and on the opposite side of the draw we have Peter Gade as second seed. In the second round we will have a rematch between Gade and Jan O Jorgensen, and after losing to Jorgensen last week in Odense you can be sure that he will be ready for another fight. It will be much more difficult for Marc Zwiebler to replicate last week’s great run in Paris as he has to face Chen Jin in the first round, but with some new found confidence perhaps Chen Jin has something to be worried about.
With the Chinese team back in full force the womens singles is also jam packed tough competition. Wang Lin is back and is first seed, although Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi has withdrawn for unknown reasons. Denmark’s Tine Rasmussen is the fourth seed, and she will meet her first big test in the quarters against Jiang Yanjiao. Wang Yihan will be the third seed and she has to face the strong youngster Wang Xin in the first round.
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French Open Super Series 2009 Draws