Lee Chong Wei Asserts His Dominance

A poor day for the Chinese yesterday was put right today with a trio of titles on finals day. Zhang and Zhao reversed their result from their first meeting with Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in the China Super Series, The 3/4 seeded Chinese pair won the match today 21-17, 21-12 to win China’s first title on the day.

Title number 2 was quick in arriving as Wang Shixian avenged the defeat of her team-mate Wang Yihan with a two game victory over Bae Youn Joo of Korea in the women’s singles final. The 40 minute encounter saw the Korean ahead for just 3 points in the entire match in a one-sided final.

Peter Gade and Lee Chong Wei met for the second time in three days but this time it was for much more than just topping the group.  The dominating win on Friday for Lee Chong Wei was a mere taster ahead of an even more impressive victory for the world number 1, winning 21-9 , 21-14 in 40 minutes. It was a match that Gade never lead at any point and only widened the gap from Lee Chong Wei and the rest of the field.

The women’s doubles final guaranteed a third Chinese victory as Wang and Yu took on Cheng and Zhao but the margin of victory was far from expected as Wang and Yu dominated the 29-minute encounter with the score of 21-7, 21-17. Wang and Yu look to be the partnership to watch in 2011, with four titles in their short partnership.

Europe claimed their only title in the mens doubles, as Boe and Mogensen defeated Lee and Jung in the final in a tight two game matchup that will serve as a massive boost to Danish badminton, the 21-17, 21-15 defeat will only re-intensify Lee and Jung’s efforts to win their home event at the end of the match at the first Premier Series event of the year.

Finals Results

Gade and Lee Through

A trio of withdrawals on the second day meant that some groups had just shrunk to just three, helping some qualify for the knockout stages whilst hindering others with only the top 2 progressing.

Group A in the Mens Singles has been settled with a round of games still to be played, with Lee Chong Wei and Peter Gade both winning in two games to set up a match on Friday to determine final group placings. Group B seen the withdrawal of Taufik Hidayat in his match with Chen Long with the Chinese player up in the second game as well as winning the opening game. Boonsak Ponsana’s win over Du Pengyu confirms his place in the last 4, with the top two also playing to determine the group winner.

The women’s singles is a similar story to the men’s singles, Wang Shixian has cruised into the last 4 with her opening two victories in her group with the loss of just 39 points, she is joined in the last 4 by Bae Youn Joo of Korea who defeated Yao Jie in two games to also progress to the semi finals. Group B still has a lot of life still in it, with Tine Baun winning her second match in the group whilst Yip Pui Yin lost out to the group winner Wang Yihan. Tine Baun has to defeat Wang Yihan to have any chance of qualifying for the last 4 whilst Yip Pui Yin needs only to beat Petya Nedelcheva to progress.

Cai and Fu top Group A in the men’s doubles after defeating top seeded Ko and Yoo in their second group and the Korean’s must bounce back tomorrow in a winner take all match against Chai and Zhang to determine who takes the second spot in Group A. Group B seen the withdrawal of Kido and Setiawan early in the first game of their match against Lee and Jung, meaning that the top two seeds from the group have safely progressed into the last 4. Boe and Mogensen take on Lee and Jung tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.

It has been a disappointing week for Petya Nedelcheva as her and partner Anastacia Russkikh are out of the women’s doubles as they bring up the rear in Group A with a second loss today. Cheng and Chien are safely into the last 4 as group winners whilst Maeda and Suetsuna take on Polii and Jauhari in a winner take all match for second place in the group. Wang and Yu have topped Group B and will be joined in the last 4 by Cheng and Zhao should they defeat Voravichitchaikul and Aroonkesorn in their final match in the group, otherwise Fujii and Kakiiwa can take second place with a win over Wang and Yu.

The mixed doubles lost it’s top seeds, Laybourn and Rytter Juhl before the start of play. Zhang and Zhao have to wait on the result of the only match tomorrow between Robertson and Wallwork against Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawan of Thailand. A win for the Thai pair ensures their place in the last 4 however if the English pair Robertson and Wallwork win it will go to the head-to-head matches between the pairs. Group B is a similar situation, with Ko and Ha needing to beat the group winners Marissa and Gunawan to progress, whilst Mateusiak and Zieba can still progress with a win over Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam and a Ko and Ha loss, providing they are ahead in the head-to-head standing after all the matches. A win for the Thai pair almost guarantees their place in the last 4.

Day 2 Results

Taufik Struggling On Day One

The first calendar event of 2011 is underway in Chinese Taipei, the best eight players in the Super Series of 2010 are in action for a chance to be named Super Series Finals Champion. It will also provide excellent competition before the first Premier Series event in Korea in just under 3 weeks time.

Group A in the Mens Singles provided an all-Danish encounter, as Peter Gade took on Jan O Jorgensen in what promised to be a fantastic start to 2011. It didn’t fail to deliver as both players shared the opening two games before Gade came out on top in the third game to take the opening match in the group in just over an hour. The other Group A match was much more one-sided as Lee Chong Wei defeated Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in two games to book his at the top of Group A after the opening matches.

Group B has a younger array of players, except for Taufik Hidayat who took one of the seeded players in his group, Boonsak Ponsana in the opening match. After splitting the opening two games, Hidayat tamely lost the deciding game to make qualification to the knockout stage increasingly difficult. The other match in the group was an all-Chinese match between Chen Long and Du Pengyu which also went to three games, with the seeded Long taking the match in the third.

In the Women’s Singles, top seeded Wang Yihan beat Petya Nedelcheva to book her place atop Group B but the other seed in the group, Tine Baun suffered a surprise defeat to Yip Pui Yin in two games to jeopardise her future in the event. Group A is topped by Wang Shixian after her two game win over Yao Jie and the other seed in the group, Bae Youn Joo defeated Salakjit Ponsana in three games to ensure her qualification to the last 4 is in her own hands.

The top seeds met in the opening match in the Mens Doubles in Group A, with Koo and Tan losing out to top seeded Ko and Yoo of Korea in two games. Cai and Fu won the other match in the group, defeating Chai and Zhang in in a tight three game match. The top two seeds in Group B both won their opening round matches, with Boe and Mogensen defeating Kido and Setiawan in two games whilst Lee and Jung defeated Lee and Fang, also in two games.

The Womens Doubles was always going to be a lottery with just four seeds and every partnership capable of being anyone on any given day, Group A seen the top seeded Cheng and Chien win in front of a home crowd against Polii and Jauhari in two games whilst the 3/4 seeded Nedelcheva and Russkikh lost to Japanese pairing of Maeda and Suetsuna in two games. Group B was a similar story, with both unseeded pairs defeating their seeded opponents to throw the group wide open. Wang and Yu defeated their Chinese team mates Cheng and Zhao in three games whilst Fujii and Kakiiwa defeated the Thai pair of Voravichitchaikul and Aroonkesorn in two games.

Voravichitchaikul bounced back from her defeat in the womens doubles to team up with Anugritayawan to defeat the 3/4 seeded Zhang and Zhao in their opening Group A match. The top seeds in the group Laybourn and Rytter Juhl came through a tight three game match against the English pairing of Wallwork and Robertson. Group B saw both seeded pair crash to defeats, with the 3/4 seeded Mateusiak and Zieba losing to Ko and Ha in two games, whilst the highest seed in the group Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol lost to the Indonesia pair of Marissa and Gunawan.

Day 1 Results

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