With a combined total of five hours and twenty eight minutes, today’s finals were a treat for the spectators. A tiring affair, but certainly everyone got their money’s worth. The day got started with the women’s doubles between China’s Pan Pan and Zhang Yawen against the home grown favourites Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Lena Frier Kristiansen. Clocking in at an hour and six minutes the Chinese pair took the title with a final scoreline of 22-20, 18-21, 21-12. Kamilla and Lena discuss the match below:
Following that match was another China vs Denmark match up featuring Wang Yihan and Tine Rasmussen, the first and second seeds respectively. Another marathon match, but this time it was a different story as Denmark managed to clinch their first title of the day as Rasmussen won this match 21-18, 19-21, 21-14 in an hour and four minutes. Rasmussen quoted her positive mental outlook as the key to her success on the day:
The day’s longest match of the day came next in the mixed doubles between Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christina Pedersen and England’s Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg. After an hour and twenty two minutes the defending champions Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen were the victors once again with a score of 21-16, 25-27, 21-17. Fischer Nielsen credits their will and determination to win as the reason that they came through after this long match:
In spite of their stellar performance in the tournament, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen will have to settle for second best today as Malaysia’s Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong were too strong for the Danes. Boe and Mogensen took the lead initially with a 20-22 win in the first game, but the Malaysian’s stormed back to take the second 21-14 and the third 21-17. The popular Koo had the following to say after their match:
The last match of the day was unfortunately the worst. After such a spectacular run this week Marc Zwiebler’s magic touch seemed to have run out, or perhaps the string of upsets was too much for his legs. Either way, today was Santoso’s day as the young Indonesian won in two quick games 21-14, 21-6 in thirty eight minutes. Regardless of the poor performance in the finals today Zwiebler played a fantastic tournament and will likely be enjoying some new found confidence against the world’s top players.
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Denmark Open 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
After day one of the Denmark Open, the locals have to be happy with their players. The Danish team have several players and teams moving on to the next round. The highlight for the crowd appeared to be Peter Gade’s opening match against Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen. While the match was brief, you could tell by the crowd’s enthusiasm that they were excited to see the local hero play. Another great performance was rising star Jan O Jorgensen’s win over his compatriot Hans Kristian Vittinghus. The day wasn’t all good news for Denmark though as Lotte Bonde was rushed to hospital with a suspected knee injury.
One of the big surprises for the day came from Germany’s Marc Zwiebler who upset Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han in three games. This was the second disappointment in a row for Wong who lost at last week’s Dutch Open to Rajiv Ouseph in spite of his top seeding.
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On another note, we have to commend the Denmark Open’s website. They have done a great job producing these videos from almost every player after their match, as well as the live streaming.
For full results visit the official draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
While the Denmark Open was originally expecting 25 Chinese players the contingent has now been cut down to only 8. The reason cited on the official tournament website is that the recently concluded Chinese National Games placed a heavy demand on the Chinese team, and as a result they have sent a smaller contingent. This leaves a lot of room to breathe for the remaining players in the draws, most notably hometown favourites Peter Gade and Tine Rasmussen. Gade and Rasmussen are both the top seeds in the mens and womens singles.
For the full story on the Chinese team withdrawal visit the official Denmark Open website via the link below:
Chinese Team Withdraws Several Players
For the new updated tournament draws visit the link below:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws
After slipping in the world rankings, and entering this tournament unseeded, Bao Chunlai has had a return to grace by winning the Yonex Open Japan Super Series. While both Lin Dan and Chen Jin were absent this week, Bao was in charge to take the mens singles title for China. It was a good tournament for Bao, losing only one set which seemed something of an anomaly since it was to an unseeded qualifier from Korea. Bao’s opponent in the final Taufik Hidayat had much more of a struggle on his way to the final which may have contribute to Bao easily defeating him 21-15, 21-12.
Wang Xin may have made it through to her first ever Super Series final, but that was the end of it for the youngster who was thrashed by her teammate Wang Yihan in the final. Wang Yihan won the final in two quick games 21-8, 21-9. Nonetheless a great run for Wang Xin who had to upset Tine Rasmussen and Wang Lin on her way to the final.
Markus Kido and Hendra Setiawan were the saving grace for Indonesia today, winning 21-19, 24-22 in the finals of the mens doubles. However, regardless of the outcome of that match Indonesia would have been the winners as their opponents were also from Indonesia.
The women’s doubles final featured Satoko Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda the first Japanese finalists in the Japan Open in 19 years! Unfortunately they lost in a close two game match to the Chinese Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli 21-19, 21-18. This was the third of three titles for China today.
Finally in the mixed doubles were the only European representatives remaining on the finals day. Denmark’s Joachim Fisher Nielsen and Christina Pedersen played well to make it this far, and played well again in the final, but it wasn’t enough as they lost in three games to Thailand’s Songphan Anugritaywon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul.
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Yonex Japan Open Super Series Draws
Round 2 begun with almost half of the seeds already out, the remaining seeds progression would be easier should they come through their matches against unseeded opponents but just like round 1, shock results were set to open the draw up.
Zheng Bo and Ma Jin, second seeds in the mixed event were defeated in three sets by Marissa and Gunawan of Indonesia. With top seeds Lee and Lee pulling out before the event, the Chinese pair were the favourites to win the event. Widianto and Natsir are safely into round 3 with a ominous performance over Kamura and Yonemoto, winning 21-7, 21-8.
Simon Santoso against Lee Chong Wei was the big match of the day; it also provided us with one of the longest matches of the day at 67 minutes. Lee Chong Wei took the opening set 21-19, but after taking a 4-3 lead in the second game, never looked to be in the second game and Santoso took the game 21-15. Santoso continued his excellent form and took at 7-1 lead in the final game, the lead was as high at 16-7 before a Lee Chong Wei comeback took 11 of the next 12 points to take an 18-17 lead. Santoso, unfazed by this brought it back to 19-19 before serving out to take the final game, dumping the top seed out in the second round.
The rest of the seeds in the men’s singles progressed safely into round 3, leaving five out of the eight seeds remaining in the draw at the quarter final stage, with Peter Gade being the top seed remaining in the draw, he plays Bao Chunlai tomorrow.
The Women’s draw has been decimated by pullouts pre-event and the loss of top seed Zhou Mi in Round 1 and there was another casualty today, with third seed Tine Rasmussen losing out to qualifier Wang Xin of China in three sets. Wang Yihan is the last seed remaining in the top half of the draw, with the remaining two seeds, Wang Lin And Pi Hongyan playing for a place in the semi finals tomorrow.
The Bach/Gunawan run also continues, with a 21-14, 21-15 win over Hoshino and Kobayashi to set up a quarter final clash with Hashimoto and Hirata.
Play continues on Friday at 12 noon local time.
Yonex Open Japan Super Series 2009 Draws
As we enter the quarter-finals stage of the Li Ning China Masters Super Series China has a firm grip on almost every draw in this tournament. In the men’s singles China has 4 of the remaining players. Hardly surprising is the fact that Peter Gade is the only non Asian player left in the tournament except for France’s Pi Hongyan who first played for China. Gade will play Boonsak Ponsana, and if he’s successful there, Chen Jin. For the most part I’m sure that Gade is happy simply to be on the other side of the draw from Lin Dan. The world champion Lin Dan will play Park Sung Hwan in his quarter-final match.
A big surprise in the women’s singles was the upset of Denmark’s top player Tine Rasmussen to the Chinese qualifier Wang Xin in three close games 17-21, 21-16, 21-14. Wang Xin will now play Pi Hongyan as she enters her first ever Super Series quarter-final. Elsewhere in the draw Hong Kong’s Wang Chen had to retire after losing the first set and trailing 5-0 in the second game, no word on what happened.
The men’s doubles is missing a lot of the world’s top pairs, in fact there were 3 byes in the draw which indicates that there were not enough entries to fill the draw. A terrible thing to see, but certainly a great opportunity for some new teams to earn some very valuable experience and world ranking points as the Super Series are worth a great deal. The safe money at this stage is on a finals encounter between Malaysia’s Choong Tan Fook and Lee Wan Wah vs China’s Fu Haifeng and Cai Yun.
The women’s doubles features only two non Chinese pairs, but certainly the favourites Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei are unlikely to falter before facing the second seeds Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung. The mixed nationality pairing of Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether were unable to maintain their momentum as they fell to the second seeds in two quick games. Finally the mixed doubles is almost certainly a lock for China with 7 out of 8 remaining pairs.
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!
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The round of 16 pitted seed against seed, with yet more shocks along the way. 4th seeded Wang Yihan crashed out to 11th seeded Juliane Schenk in two games, who plays Pi Hongyan of France, seeded 8.
Court 1 was also the stage to see top seeded Wong Pei Tty and Chin Eei Hui crash out of the Women’s Doubles to Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna, seeded 11 from Japan.
All of the 10 games on Court 2 ended in two sets, with the big shock of the day being Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan ending Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen’s chances of world title success.
Jan O Jorgensen’s superb form continued as he disposed of 16th seed Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand to book his place in the quarterfinals against Taufik Hidayat.
Day 5 begins with doubles on all three courts, followed by on Court 1 is the all-European Women’s Singles match between Juilane Schenk and Pi Hongyan. Chen Jin plays Simon Santoso third on court. Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan play Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong for a place in the semi finals.
Court 2 starts with top seeds Lee and Lee play Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen, followed by Ma Jin and Zheng Bo playing Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl. The last four matches on Court 2 are the highlight of the day, with Zhou Mi playing Xie Xingfang for a place in the semi finals of the singles.
Lee Chong Wei plays Sony Dwi Kuncoro, with the winner playing the match of the day, Lin Dan against Peter Gade. Play ends on Court 2 with local hero Saina Nehwal playing Wang Lin.
Court 3 has Tine Rasmussen playing Lu Lan of China, followed on court by Jan O Jorgensen against Taufik Hidayat. Of the 40 remaining players in all the competitions, 35 are seeded.
Play begins at 2pm on all three courts.