An excellent field has been whittled down to just 8 in each of the events, with a few unseeded players making headway in the event as well as the welcome return of China’s Wang Lin after a knee operation sidelined her for over 6 months.
Top seed Boonsak Ponsana progressed through both his matches to reach the last 8 and a match against the 9th seeded Tommy Sugiarto from Indonesia. Sugiarto defeated the 5th seeded Kazushi Yamada in his 3rd round match to progress into the quarters. Unseeded Takuma Ueda is also into the last 8 after his victory over the 3rd seeded Hu Yun to set up his quarter final match against Wong Choong Hann, seeded 8. The pick of tomorrow’s quarter final matches sees the 2nd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen taking on the 6th seeded Sho Sasaki, with the Japanese player in excellent form this week as he has progressed into the last 8 without the loss of a game.
Chinese interest is available in both halves of the women’s singles draw, with top seeded Liu Xin taking on Sayaka Sato of Japan in the top match of the quarter finals. In the bottom half, Wang Lin has returned to action with a stunning 21-19, 21-9 win over the 2nd seeded Yip Pui Yin in her opening round match, before defeating Ayana Kurihana in two games to book her place in the quarter final against Adrianti Firdasari of Indonesia, who defeating Ai Goto in her opening round match earlier in the week.
The seeds are well represented in both doubles events, with a distinct Japanese feel to both events. Hashimoto and Hirata are the top seeds in the men’s doubles and have been nothing short of impressive in reaching the last 8. The pick of the matches in the men’s doubles sees the 3rd seeded Malaysians Gan and Tan take on the 5th seeded Endo and Hayakawa of Japan. The top seeds in the women’s doubles, Fujii and Kakiiwa are through to take on the dangerous Malaysia pair of Chin and Wong in their quarter final match. Matsuo and Naito are the seeded Japanese seeds in the last 8, with the 4th seeded pair taking on Choo and Veeran of Australia in their quarter final match up.
The top 7 seeds are all present in the quarter final of the mixed doubles, with the 8th seeded Lee and Lun of the USA defeated by Tan and Ng of Malaysia, who take on Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul in the quarter final. The other Thai pair in the draw is the top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam who take on the 6th seeded Indonesian pair of Widianto and Natsir in their quarter final match.
Four seeds remain in the Men’s singles, but second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono was a casualty in the quarterfinals after losing out in two games to Tommy Sugiarto 21-16, 21-18. Sugiarto plays Chong Wei Feng of Malaysia in the semi finals.
Tien Minh Nguyen was in quarterfinal action against seventh seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand. Both had come through tough third round games last night but it was Nguyen who came out on top in the quarterfinal match, defeating Vilailak 21-14, 21-8. He sets up a semi final meeting with 9th seeded Indonesian Andreas Adityawarman. The Indonesian took out the last unseeded player, Chu Han Chou 21-16, 21-12 in their quarterfinal match today.
Saturday’s semi final matches are dominated by Malaysia, with nine of the twenty remaining players and partnerships being from Malaysia. Vietnam has local interest in both the men’s and women’s draw and there is a Indonesian bulk to the draw also, with six Indonesian players or partnerships playing on Saturday.
Both men’s semi finals are expected third on their courts, with play beginning at 10am local time on Saturday.
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws
Tien Minh Nguyen survived a scare late this evening but still remains on course to retain his title after a three set victory over Daren Liew in a 70 minute epic, with Nguyen coming out on top 21-17 in the third set. The top seeds earlier match today was a routine two set victory over Fauzi Adnan in the morning.
Second seed Andre Kurniawan Tedjono also progressed to the last 8, surviving a scare in his round 3 encounter with Zi Liang Derek Wong, the Indonesian second seed eventually progressing 21-17 in the third set.
Seven of the eight players still in the draw are seeded in the top 10, only Chu Han Chou from Chinese Taipei remains in the draw that is unseeded.
Tomorrow begins the run towards the finals on Sunday; Tien Minh Nguyen plays 7th seed Pakkawat Vilailak of Thailand in the quarterfinals. 2nd seed Andre Kurinawan Tedjono plays fellow Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto for a place in Saturday’s semi final.
Play resumes on Friday at 9am local time
Yonex Sunrise Vietnam Open Grand Prix 2009 Draws
This is a fan report from one of our readers. Tommy Bun from Indonesia is currently attending the Djarum Indonesia Super Series.
The qualification rounds of the Indonesia Super Series are over, and the strongest players of the day have made their way through to the main draw where their opponents await them. However, in spite of home court advantage, no Indonesians made it through the qualifying rounds in the mens singles draw. Hayom Rumbaka, Yunus Alamsyah and Tommy Sugiarto all failed to book a place in the main draw.
In womens singles the young Singaporean Fu Ming Tian, who played very well at last week’s Sinapore Super Series by beating Lu Lan, didn’t perform quite as well as she struggled to beat her opponents in the qualifying round this week.
Controversy surrounded the mixed doubles match between Moh Tazari/Wong Pei Ty and Lee Sheng Mu/Chien Yu Chin. After splitting the first two sets the match headed in to extra points in the final set after some exciting badminton. As the Malaysian’s lead 23-22 Tazari hit a smash that appeared to be wide to the line judge, however the umpire overruled the call, and in spite of the Taiwanese pair’s protests, the call stood, and the match was over.
Stay tuned for results from the main draw
Djarum Indonesia Super Series 2009 Draws
I might not have paid him much attention initially, but Chen Long is proving he is worthy of our respect. He is now into the semi-finals of the India Open. His latest victim was Lee Tsuen Seng who he defeated 21-15, 21-8, a fairly convincing victory from the looks of the score. Next he will play Hafiz Hashim who knocked out Indonesia’s Andre Tedjono in three games 21-18, 14-21, 21-16.
On the bottom half of the draw we have an all Indonesia semi-final between Taufik Hidayat and Tommy Sugiarto. Sugiarto is the son of the famous Icuk Sugiarto. It is highly unlikely that he will be able to beat Taufik, but who knows, crazier things have happened. My money is on Taufik to win the tournament, but of course Taufik can be incredibly unpredictable so who knows.
India Open Badminton 2009 Draws
No upsets still at the KLRC New Zealand Open. First seed Sairul Ayob defeated hometown favourite John Moody 21-16, 21-15 which is a pretty impressive effort from Mr. Moody. I had hoped that the youngster Tommy Sugiarto might be able to pull of some upsets, but he was knocked out by Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsin Hsieh in three games 12-21, 21-16, 21-9. The big winner of this event is Scotland’s Alistair Casey who has had an especially easy draw to the semi finals after Roslin Hashim withdrew. He plays Malaysia’s Lee Tsuen Seng.