Bao Chunlai continues his domination with another impressive two game victory, this time over Tan Chun Seang of Malaysia, 21-13, 21-7 to book his place in tomorrow’s semi final. He will play Wong Choong Hann, the 3rd seed from Malaysia is his opponent in the semi final after defeating the 6th seed in Dicky Palyama in three games, 15-21, 21-13, 21-17. The German interest in the singles ended today, with 4th Marc Zweibler losing out to the 8th seeded Hashim Muhammad Hafiz in two games, 21-12, 21-16. Chen Long is his semi-final opponent after defeating Wong Wing Ki in two games, 21-18, 21-15.
Wang Lin is through to the semi final after defeating Jeanine Cicognini 21-12, 21-14. The Chinese top seed will play the final German left in the competition, the 3rd seed Juliane Schenk. The 3rd seed has failed to drop a game en route to the semi final and will play the Chinese top seed in Wang Lin. Wang Xin, the second seed is also through after a scare against Wong Mew Choo, the 6th seed from Malaysia. Wang Xin going through 21-13, 20-22, 21-13 and will play Chan Tsz Ka of Hong Kong in the semi final after she defeated Tse Ting Suet 22-20, 21-18.
In the doubles events, the Chinese pairs have dominated play. Tao and Zhang are through to the mixed doubles semi final; the fours seeds in the women’s doubles are through including the top two seeds from China. Blair and Bankier are making a return after Bankier’s injury last year, they have reached the semi final and will play Tao and Zhang of China in the last 4.
This weeks German Open is usually the warm-up event for the All-England Championships next week, with most of the top players taking the chance to play three events in Europe in three weeks. However, the contenders for next week’s All-Englands are taking another week to rest making Bao Chunlai the top seed in Germany.
The Chinese are well represented in the event, with the top two seeds in the Women’s Singles in Wang Xin and Wang Lin. Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli are the top seeds in the Women’s Doubles, Cheng Shu and Yunlei Zhao are seeded two.
Bao Chunlai begins his campaign against Sven-Eric Kastens from Germany; Chen Long also plays a local German player in Dharma Gunawi. The men’s draw is a huge 64-man field but Day 1 sees every first round match being played in all five events.
The Danes are well represented at the tournament, however the likes of Peter Gade, Tine Rasmussen, Jan O Jorgensen and the likely seeded pairings in the doubles have opted out of this weeks event. The English have sent almost a full-strength squad to the event, with the exception of Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson.
Marc Zweibler is one of the big local attractions this week, seeded 4 in the men’s singles and in with a chance of winning his national open. Juliane Schenk is another German in with a shot of winning, she is seeded 3 in the women’s singles but both Schenk and Zweibler will likely have to defeat one of the higher seeded Chinese players to have a chance.
Play begins in the first round at 9am local time on Wednesday:
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.
Semi Final Day promised to be action packed and full of potential shocks. The first of the semi finals in the Women’s Singles brought the first shock of the day as 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao defeated top seed Wang Lin in the first of the all-Chinese semi finals in the event.
Peter Gade reached the final of the Men’s Singles after a two set victory over Kenichi Tago in their semi final encounter, Gade winning 21-12, 21-13. Lee Chong Wei also secured his place in the final with a two game victory over Bao Chunlai in the other semi final, the top seed winning 21-17, 21-12.
This will be the second time the two players have played in a Super Series final this year, with Peter Gade taking the title in Korea over Lee Chong Wei in a fantastic three game match in the early part of the year.
Wang Yihan started impressively against unseeded Wang Xin in the other all-Chinese semi final of the Women’s Singles, taking the opening game 21-8. Her opponent faught back to win the second game 21-13 to set up a final game, it was a game that Wang Yihan never trailed in and took 21-17 to book her place in Sunday’s final.
The order of play for tomorrow starts with the Women’s Singles final, followed on by the mixed doubles final with unseeded Polish pair Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk taking on Widianto and Natsir of Indonesian, seeded 3.
Then comes the Men’s Singles Final, a chance for Peter Gade to win his first Super Series title of the year. Another all-Chinese affair comes on after the Men’s Singles, with Du and Yu playing Ma and Wang in the Women’s Doubles final. The final game of the day is the Men’s Doubles final between Koreans Lee and Jung, seeded 3 against Paaske and Rasmussen of Denmark, seeded 7th.
Play begins on Sunday at 1pm local time.
Quarterfinal day in Hong Kong begun with the mixed doubles matches, with 5th seeded He and Yu crashing out to 3rd seeded Widianto and Natsir. Lee Chong Wei saved a match point in the 3rd game against Muhammad Hafiz Hashim, with the top seed winning 24-22 in the final game.
Lee Chong Wei plays Bao Chunlai after he defeated Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in two games, 21-15, 21-15. Top seeded Wang Lin defeated Bae Seung Hee 21-18, 21-5, Jiang Yanjiao defeated fellow Chinese player Wang Shixian 21-18, 21-13 to set up a semi final clash with Wang Lin.
Top seeded Kido and Setiawan crashed out to 6th seeded Chandra and Gunawan in just 21 minutes, 21-11, 21-18. They play Lee and Jung after they beat English pair Clark and Robertson in 58 minutes, winning 17-21, 21-16, 21-16. 7th seeded Paaske and Rasmussen are through to the semi finals after beating Hendra and Hendri 21-16, 21-17. They play Lee and Choong who defeated Koo and Tan 21-12, 21-17.
3rd seeded Peter Gade convincingly defeated Simon Santoso in two games, 21-12, 21-8 to set up a semi final clash with Kenichi Tago of Japan. Tago beat Chan Yan Kit in three games, winning the third game 21-12. Wang Yihan beat world champion Lu Lan in two games, 21-17, 21-15. Unseeded Wang Xin continues her outstanding form, defeating Pi Hongyan 21-13, 21-18 to set up a semi final clash with Wang Yihan.
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 day begun with an awesome display by Ma and Wang in the opening round of the Women’s Doubles, winning 21-4, 21-3 in just 14 minutes. Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark defeated 5th seeded Malaysians Mohd and Abdul in two games, 21-17, 21-12, setting up a second round match with Wong and Wiratama of Hong Kong.
All four Chinese seeds in the Women’s singles progressed into Round 2, Wang Lin needing three games to beat Judith Meulendijks, only Saina Nehwal has been put out of the seeded players. The 8th seed losing out to Yao Jie of Holland in two games 21-16, 21-12.
The chance for Gade to claim revenge on Jorgensen is the big storyline of Thursday’s play, was Jorgensen’s win a one-off fluke or the changing of the guard in Danish Badminton? Both won their opening round matches in two games, Jorgensen beating Andrew Smith and Gade beating Derek Wong of Singapore.
Chen Jin’s retirement in the second game of his match with Hu Yun drops the seeds left in the Men’s Singles down to 5 after Boonsak Ponsana’s defeat to an unseeded Indonesian player and with Lin Dan’s withdrawal pre-tournament.
Lee Chong Wei defeated Ng Wei in two games; Taufik Hidayat beat Eric Pang in two games also, setting up a potential quarterfinal clash with Peter Gade or Jan Jorgensen.
Play resumes tomorrow at noon local time.
The 11th Super Series event of the year goes back to Asia after a brief visit to Europe earlier in the month. Lin Dan returned to the French Super Series at his frightening best but has pulled out before the Men’s Singles. He was seeded 2 for the event.
Lee Chong Wei is top seed for the event. Peter Gade, Chen Jin and Taufik Hidayat make up the top 5 seeds. The Women’s Singles has four Chinese seeds, Wang Lin (Seeded 1), Wang Yihan (3), Jiang Yanjiao (6) and world champion Lu Lan (7). Tine Rasmussen (4) and Pi Hongyan (6) are the lone European seeds in the Women’s Singles.
Lee and Lee are top seeds in the Mixed Doubles, with Ma and Zheng seeded 2 for the event. World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are 4th seeds for the event.
The Men’s Singles event has been slightly devalued with Lin Dan’s withdrawal, however the potential rematch between Gade and Jorgensen could happen in the second round again after the draw could have met in the French Super Series also, Jorgensen plays Andrew Smith of England whilst Peter Gade will meet a qualifier in Round 1.
Chen Long and Park Sung Hwan is another fantastic opening round match to look out for. Qualification has begun, with the qualifiers to be completed the opening round of all three doubles events taking place on Tuesday, with play beginning at 8.30 local time.
Every game had the possibility of being a classic; few expected the one-sidedness of four of the five finals on show. The mixed doubles final was over in a mere 21 minutes, as Widianto and Natsir coasted to a 21-7, 21-7 victory and never gave up the lead at any point in the match.
The all-Chinese encounter between Wang Yihan and Wang Lin was over in just 36 minutes, with Wang Yihan winning eleven points in a row in the middle of the first game, taking the opener 21-9. Wang Lin showed some resistance in the secong but the 3rd seed Wang Yihan took the second game 21-12 to secure Super Series title number 3 this year.
Ma and Wang played Zhao and Cheng in the ladies doubles final, but another one-side encounter was the order of the day. After a closely fought 21-13 opening game, Ma and Wang led throughout the second game and served out from 12-8 in the second game to win 21-8.
So far, the opponents in the three matches had put up just 56 points. Lin Dan against Taufik Hiyadat would surely be a close match? The opening game looked to be a tight match, but at 10-6 in the opening game, the top seed put a string of 11 points together to take the opener 21 points to 6.
Taufik did take a lead in the second game, at 1-0. Lin Dan then turned the screw on the Indonesian and never let him lead again, winning the second match 21-15. That took the total of 77 points in eight sets of Badminton for the defeated players.
The final match of the day pitted the two best men’s doubles partnerships in the world against each other, Second seeded Koo and Tan took the opening game 21 points to 15 but the top seeded pair responded with a dominant second game there they never lost the lead in a reverse of the opening game, 21-15 to Kido and Setiawan.
The final game was a carbon copy of the second game, with Koo and Tan never closing the three-point gap that the top seeds carved out early in the 3rd game. A late four-point charge secured their victory with a 21-14 scoreline in the final game.