Two places in tomorrow’s final were assured, they had six more chances to place more people into Sunday’s finals. It started poorly for the Chinese as both their mixed couples lose to Indonesian seeds in the opening matches, Widianto and Natsir defeated He and Yu in a 77-minute thriller.

Tao and Zhang lost out Gunawan and Marissa in two tight games, making it an all-Indonesian mixed doubles final. The Ladies’ Singles was a different matter, with Wang Yihan defeating Pi Hongyan in two games. Wang Lin defeated Yao Jie of Holland in the quickest match of the day, winning 22-20, 21-8.

Next up, the men’s singles had the top 4 seeds in the semi finals. Lin Dan played Chen Jin in two tight games, with the top seed coming out on victorious 21-19, 23-21. The second game was between Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat, a close game was expected but it was a relatively one-sided match, with fourth seeded Hidayat winning in two games, 22-20, 21-14.

The Women’s doubles had 3 Chinese couples in the last 4. Du and Yu’s retirement before play gave Cheng and Zhao a free pass into Sunday’s final. 5th seeded Ma and Wang crushed Maheswari and Polii in the opening game, winning 21-4 and finished the job in the second in a tighter game, 21-18.

The Men’s doubles had the top three seeds remaining in the draw, with 2nd seeded Koo and Tan beating Boe and Mogensen 21-18, 21-19 to reach the final. The other semi final featured top seeds Kido and Setiawan against Sun and Tao of China, with the top seeds prevailing in two tight games, 21-19, 21-17.

Tomorrow begins with the all-Indonesian mixed doubles final between Gunawan and Marissa against Widianto and Natsir. They are followed by two all-Chinese finals in Wang Lin against Wang Yihan in the ladies singles, then Ma and Wang against Cheng and Zhao in the ladies doubles.

The men’s singles final promises to be a classic as Lin Dan plays Taufik Hidayat and the final day finishes with Kido and Setiawan play Koo and Tan in the Men’s Doubles final.

Play begins tomorrow at 1pm local time.

Yonex French Super Series 2009 Draws

The All-Chinese semi finals in the Men’s Singles were averted, but not without a serious fight from the unseeded Chinese players. Lin Dan and Chen Jin secured their places in the last four whilst Taufik Hidiyat and Chen Long battled it out for a place in the last four. The fourth seeded Indonesian winning in two games, 22-20, 21-15.

Peter Gade against Bao Chunlai promised to be a classic, Gade taking the opening game 21-15 only for Bao Chunlai to respond, taking the second game 21-14. Just after the hour mark, Gade secured his place in the last four with a 21-13 win in the deciding game.

Wang Lin dropped the opening game to Saina Nehwal of India, but responded superbly to win the next two games and secure her place in the last four of the Women’s singles. The all-Chinese quarter final between Wang Yihan and Lu Lan was one of the shortest matches of the day, with the 3rd seed Wang Yihan beating world champion 21-17, 23-21. Pi Hongyan took a close opening game against Olga Konon in another of the quarterfinals, before demolishing her Polish opponent 21-9 in the second game.

China boasts interest in eight of the ten matches taking place tomorrow, two being all-Chinese affairs, with the Peter Gade – Taufik Hidayat match and the men’s doubles match between Boe and Mogensen against Koo and Tan being the other two matches on court tomorrow.

Only two non-seeded players remain in the five events, Yao Jie plays top seeded Wang Lin in the Women’s singles and the exciting Chinese pairing of Tao and Sun play top seeded Kido and Setiawan in the Men’s Doubles.

China has guaranteed themselves two places on Sunday, play starts 2pm local to see if they can increase that tally.

Friday’s Results:
Yonex French Super Series 2009 Draws

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 Semi Finals storylines were of two unseeded Chinese players, Bao Chunlai and Wang Xin and their impressive runs to the last four stage of the competition. Bao Chunlai was against 8th seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in the first of today’s semi finals.

The Vietnamese player had breezed into the Semi Final stage without the loss of a game en route and had been on court well under two hours to reach this stage. Bao Chunlai had defeated Peter Gade in the previous round to set up this encounter, spending over 2 and half hours on court to reach the semi final stage.

The first game did little to convince anyone that Bao Chunlai was feeling tired, never letting Nguyen take a led in the opening game that was won 21-15 by the unseeded Chinese player. The second game was a much tighter affair, the pair swapping the lead on various occasions. With the game poised at 12-12, Bao Chunlai 3 points and then four points without reply to take a 20-15 lead. With the second time of asking, Bao Chunlai took the game 21-16 and booked his place in the final.

Wang Xin was next on court, playing Wang Lin seeded 2. The pair had played just last week in China with Wang Lin winning in three games. This was Wang Xin’s 6th match of the week, having come through two rounds of qualifying to just make the main draw. Wang Xin stormed to a 4-0 led in the first game before Wang Lin rallied over the coming points to make the score 13-13.

Wang Xin then won the next six points, taking the first game at the second time of asking 21-15. Both players knew they needed a good start in the second game, Wang Xin stormed to a 5-1 lead, only for the second seed to reel off five points in a row to make it 7-7. However, Wang Xin never led her opponent into the lead in the second game, winning two points as soon as Wang Lin drew level once more. At 18-17, Wang Xin finished her opponent off with three points in a row to take the second game 21-17.

Both the other semi finals in the singles went to three sets. With Taufik Hidiyat beating fellow Indonesian Simon Santoso 13-21, 21-12, 21-18 in 62 minutes. Wang Yihan beat Japan’s Eriko Hirose 18-21, 21-12, 21-9 in 64 minutes.

Finals day with have some local interest, with Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna beating second seeded Ma and Kim over Korea to reach the ladies doubles final in the longest match of the day at 75 minutes.

Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan’s run ended today, beaten in three games by Dasuki and Sukmawan of Indonesia. They set up an all-Indonesian final with Kido and Setiawan in the men’s doubles. There is also some European interest in tomorrow’s finals. Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen are through to the final against unseeded Thai pairing Anugritaywon and Voravichitchaikul in tomorrow’s mixed doubles final.

Play resumes tomorrow at 12 noon.


Yonex Japan Open Super Series Draws

The highest seed remaining in the Mens draw at the quarter final stage was Peter Gade, looking for his first Super Series title since Korea earlier this year. The draw had opened up for him, Lee Chong Wei, out. Chen Jin, withdrawn. Lin Dan, not playing. He had sailed through to the quarterfinals in just over an hour.

Bao Chunlai waited in the Quarter Finals, an ex-World #2 and former Asian Champion, and still only 26. The first set of their encounter was all Bao Chunlai, the Chinese left-hander only surrendered the lead briefly in the middle of the first game before winning six points in a row to set him up for the first game.

The second set had a similar feeling, although Gade was taking the lead in the early part of the set, the Dane led at the mid-game interval 11-10. The pair exchanged points until Bao Chunlai took a 15-14 led, and then came the enslaught, Bao Chunlai reeled over another six points without reply and secured the second game 21-14. It was all over in less than 45 minutes.

The Mens draw has just two seeds remaining, Taufik Hidiyat in the top half of the draw, Tien Minh Nguyen in the bottom half. Hidiyat against Santoro is the first semi final, with a guaranteed Indonesian in the final. Nguyen plays Bao Chunlai in the other semi final.

The Women’s draw has also been littered with Chinese withdrawals, however they could still three players in the last 8. Qualifier Wang Xin is the least known of the three Chinese players left in the draw but her three set winner over Japan’s Mayu Sekiya. Wang Xin burst onto the scene in June, reaching the Malaysian Open Final.

She then took the Phillpine Grand Gold title, beating top seed and world #1 Zhou Mi in the final, she reached the Semi Finals of the China Masters Super Series event just last week, losing out to Wang Lin in three sets.

Tomorrow, she has a chance for revenge against Wang Lin as they play again in the semi finals. The other semi finals has some local interest, with Eriko Hirose playing 4th seeded Wang Yihan for a place in Sunday’s final.

The sub story of the championships has been Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan, since being forced to qualify in Indonesia in June, they rolled back the years at the World Championships. They have reached their first Super Series semi final after defeating Hashimoto and Hirata today in three games.

The draw is dominated by Indonesia at the Semi Final stage, of the 20 pairings/players remaining in the draw, 8 are from Indonesia, 5 from China, 2 from Japan and one from Korea, Thailland, Vietnam, Denmark and the USA.

Play resumes tomorrow at 12 noon on both courts.

Yonex Japan Open Super Series Draws

After a strong performance this week, upsetting both Peter Gade and then Chen Jin, Boonsak Ponsana was unable to go the distance. Lin Dan was just too strong for him, winning in two straight games 21-17, 21-17. By winning this match Lin Dan insured China all five titles this week, and who better to have done it.

The performance of the tournament likely came from Chinese youngster Wang Shixian who had to upset Wang Chen from Hong Kong, as well as several of her own teammates including Wang Yihan, Lu Lan, and Wang Lin on her way to winning her first ever Super Series title. Be sure to keep an eye out for her in the future.

Here were the final results for the week:

Men’s Singles: Lin Dan def Boonsak Ponsana 21-17, 21-17
Women’s Singles: Wang Shixian def Wang Lin 21-14, 14-21, 21-14
Men’s Doubles: Guo Zhendong/Xu Chen def Cai Yun/Fu Haifeng no match
Women’s Doubles: Du Jing/Yu Yang def Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei 21-15, 21-15
Mixed Doubles: Tao Jiaming/Wang Xiaoli def Xie Zhongbo/Zhang Yawen 13-21, 21-19, 8-4 retired

Coming up next we have the Japan Open Super Series 2009, stay tuned for updates from that event.

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BVM Coverage – World Badminton Championships Day 4

If ever there were a Chinese monopoly in one event, it would be the women’s singles. You have to go back to 1999 and Camilla Martin for a non-Chinese World or Olympic Champion in this event. This year looks no different, with four Chinese seeds in the top 7.

2007 World Championship Winners: Zhu Lin
2008 Olympic Champions: Zhang Ning

Top Seed:
Zhou Mi

Nationality: Hong Kong
Seeds: 1
Last Tournament: Philippine GP (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Michelle Chan Ky (NZL)

The former Chinese woman’s recent form has been up and down, from winning the Singapore Super Series to crashing out in Indonesian in round 1 just a week later. A quarterfinal defeat to Lin Zhu in the Asian Championships has done little to justify her top seeding.

Double world champion Xie Xingfang waits in the quarter final, anything less than her best will see the top seed out of the World Championships.

Other Seeds to Watch:

Wang Lin

Nationality: Chinese
Seeds: 2
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Yu Hirayama (JPN) or Maja Tvrdy (SLO

Wang Lin comes in as the highest seeded Chinese player, but without a title in 2009 there is not much for a case for her being a threat in this years World Championship. Defeats to Wang Yihan and Lin Zhu this year means that she is very beatable, as well as defeats by Mi Zhou in Singapore and Salna Nehwal in Indonesia leading up to the event.

A potential rematch of the Indonesian Super Series final waits in the Quarters against Nehwal.

Tine Rasmussen

Nationality: Danish
Seeds: 3
Last Tournament: All-Englands (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: NO MATCH

It is difficult on how to gauge Rasmussen’s chances at this year’s World Championships, a heel injury has put her out of action for almost 6 months and her first match will be the round of 16.

It could be good news for a recovering athlete to play no matches until the last 16, an extra day to get used to the environment. However, a lack of match practice could be her downfall with a likely meeting with Yip Pui Yin in the round of 16.

Wang Yihan

Nationality: Chinese
Seeds: 4
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Quarter Finals)
2nd Round Opponents: Susan Egelstaff (SCO) or Anu Nieminen (FIN)

At the start of the year, she rose to fame with her wins at the All-Englands and the Swiss Super Series. A semi-final loss to Xie Xingfang and another in Indonesia to Lu Lan have brought her back to earth with a bang. At just 21, ignorance of youth could be the best thing she could have on her side.

She is still very much a contender in this event; Pi Hongyan is likely to be her quarterfinal opponent.

The rest of the draw is laden with potential winners; with double world champion Xie Xingfang is seeded fifth for the event. Indonesian Open winner Salna Nehwal seeded 6th.

Yonex Sunrise World Championships 2009 Women’s Singles Draw

Taufik’s magical run this week brought him into the final against top seeded Lee Chong Wei, however the Malaysian was in no mood to let the fairytale have a dream ending. At 12-9 in the opening set, Lee Chong Wei took the next 9 points to win the opening set.

Taufik’s excellent start in the second set took him to a 7-1 led, which the top seed clawed back to make it 7-7. The second set was a much tighter affair, but at 16-14 Lee Chong Wei strung the next five points to take the second game at the title.

Ma Jin and Zheng Bo’s excellent form of the last few weeks continued with a superb win over Olympic Champions Lee and Lee of Korea. The three set encounter took just under the hour mark with the Singapore Super Series winners securing their second title in two weeks.

India’s Saina Nehwal outstanding run to the final gave her a chance at her first Super Series title with only 3rd seeded Wang Lin standing in her way. The signs looked didn’t look good for the 6th seed after Wang Lin won the first game 21-12. The 6th seed responded by winning the next game by 21 points to 18.

The Indian was not to be denied and was in devastating form from 7-7 in the third game, Nehwal took 14 of the next 16 points to take her first Super Series title.

Results

Mens Singles:

Lee Chong Wei bt. Taufik Hidayat
21-9, 21-14

Ladies Singles:

Saina Nehwal bt. Wang Lin
12-21, 21-18, 21-9

Mens Doubles:

Jung/Lee bt. Cai/Fu
21-15, 21-18

Ladies Doubles:

Chin/Wong bt. Cheng/Shao
21-16, 21-16

Mixed Doubles:

Bo/Jin bt. Lee/Lee
21-17, 8-21, 21-16

Djarum Indonesian Super Series 2009 Draws

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