Saina Takes Top Honours In Basel

Korea had the chance to take four of the five titles on finals day in Basle, with only Saina Nehwal standing in the way of a quadruple victory.

Park Sung Hwan defeated Lee Hyun Il in three games to seal the men’s singles title in the longest match of the day, a three-game 68 minute match that the 4th seeded Park fought back from losing the opening game 21-17 to win the title 17-21, 21-9, 21-17. 2nd seeded Ko and Yoo defeated their 3rd seeded team mates Lee and Jung in a tight men’s doubles final, with Ko and Yoo winning 21-17, 21-16. Korea’s third title came in the women’s doubles, with two unseeded Korean pairs Kim and Jung against Ha and Kim, with the latter pair taking the title in the shortest match of the day, winning 21-12, 21-13 in just 27 minutes.

Saina Newhal stopped Korea from winning a 4th title, as the 2nd seed defeated Sung Ji Hyun in the women’s singles final, winning 21-13, 21-14. The only European interest on finals day came in the mixed doubles with the 4th seeded Danes Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen taking on the 2nd seeded Robertson and Wallwork of England. The Danish pair took the opening game at the 4th time of asking, winning 23-21 and the second game was a mere formality with the English pair never taking a lead in the second game with Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen taking the second 21-14.

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Finals Results:

Bae Youn Joo Falls to Saina Nehwal

Korean shuttlers won 7 of the 9 semi-final matches they were featured in today with only Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen and India’s Saina Nehwal denying their respective opponents.  With Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen’s win over Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun they prevented Korea from having a finalist in all finals.  The defeated the Korean pair in three very close games 15-21, 21-17, 22-20 and now play Britain’s Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork.  The British pair defeated Indonesia’s Tantowi Ahmad and Lilyana Natsir 21-12, 22-20.

Saina Nehwal fought long and hard to prevent an all Korean final by defeating Bae Youn Joo in a 58 minute match.  Nehwal won in three games 21-19, 13-21, 21-14 and will have yet another Korean opponent Sung Ji Hyun who had a more straight forward win over Juliane Schenk of Germany.

The remaining events will feature all Korean match ups, a testament to their dominance in Basel this week.  In the women’s doubles Ha Jung Eun would avenge her mixed doubles loss with her partner Kim Min Jung by defeating Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-13, 21-19.  Next they will face their compatriots Jung Kyung Eun and and Kim Ha Na.

Lee Yong Dae may have been disappointed with his mixed doubles loss, however his mens doubles match went much better.  Lee and his partner Jung Jae Sung easily defeated Indonesia’s Gunawan and Chandra in two games 21-12, 21-15.  Their opponents will be Yoo Yeon Seong and Ko Sung Hyun who’s semi-final win was much more hard fought.  The Korean pair won in three long games 15-21, 26-24, 21-17.

While it was a surprise on paper few would be surprised to hear Lee Hyun Il defeated second seeded Simon Santoso.  In spite of his lower ranking the Korean shuttler has been quickly rising up the ranks again and showed he still has what it takes to take out top players with his 17-21, 21-10, 21-10 win over Santoso.  Lee will play his compatriot Park Sung Hwan in the finals after Park defeated a tough Wong Choong Han 24-22, 21-13.

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Swiss Open Grand Prix Results

Park Sung Hwan Through To Semi-Finals

Friday’s matches started with the second seeded Simon Santoso sneaking past Sho Sasaki in two close games 21-17, 21-18. Santoso now faces Lee Hyun Il in the semi-finals after Lee knocked out Pablo Abian in his quarter-final match 21-14, 21-12. This fate would escape the top seed Jan Jorgensen who fell to Wong Choong Han. Jorgensen seemed to struggle with the speed of shuttles throughout the match and could not find his depth as many shuttles fell long. Wong won in two straight games 21-11, 21-15 to book his place in the semi-finals against Park Sung Hwan. Park narrowly defeated his opponent AJay Jayaram 21-19, 21-19.

The womens singles event was yet another example of Korea’s strong showing in Basel. Sung Ji Hyun has made her way into the semi-finals and will now face Germany’s Juliane Schenk who ironically enough took out one of Korea’s other hopefuls Kim Moon Hi in two games 21-14, 21-17. On the far side of the draw yet another Korean is through to the semi-finals, Bae Youn Joo. Bae will now face India’s superstar Saina Nehwal who knocked out Petya Nedelcheva 22-20, 21-17.

Korea was omnipresent once again in the womens doubles with two pairs remaining at the semi-finals stage. Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung are set to play Denmark’s Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen who took out the top seeds Cheng and Chien 21-17, 21-19. On the bottom of the draw yet another Korean pair is still in play with Kim Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun set to play Indonesia’s second seeded pairing of Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii who easily defeated another Korean pair, Jang Ye Na and Kim Min Seo, 21-9, 21-7.

While Dutch pair Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder may have pulled off a big upset by defeating top seeds Boe and Mogensen their winning ways would not continue as they lost a tough three game match against Chandra and Gunawan 16-21, 21-15, 21-17. The Indonesian pair now have a tough task on hand as they face Korea’s Jung Jae Sung and Lee Yong Dae. The bottom of the draw has another Korean pair as Ko Sung Hyun and Yoo Yeon Seong will be set to play Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei.

Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun laid a thrashing on the top seeds Chen and Cheng in the mixed doubles winning in two decisive games 21-9, 21-5. The Korean power pair will play Denmark’s Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in their semi-finals match. Britain’s only remaining players Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork made their way through to the semi-finals after beating Malaysia’s Chan and Goh 21-7, 18-21, 21-16. Wallwork and Robertson will play Indonesia’s Natsir and Ahmad in hopes of booking a place in the finals.

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Swiss Open 2011 Results

Pablo Abian Surprises Hafiz Hashim

Saina Newhal had the opportunity to avenge her defeat to Eriko Hirose from the All England today in Basel and it was an opportunity she took advantage of as several big names crashed out in the last 16 in the Swiss Open.

Jan O Jorgensen was one of the top seeds to progress today as he defeated Kazushi Yamada in three games to book her place in tomrorow’s quarter final against Wong Choong Hann, the 12th seed from Malaysia who defeated Dicky Palyama to progress. Park Sung Hwan wasthe first of two Korean successes as Lee Hyun Il defeated his counterpart from Korea, the 5th seeded Shon Wan Ho in a three game victory today. Pablo Abian also defeated the 9th seeded Muhammad Hafiz Hashim to book his place in the quarter final against Lee Hyun Il. 2nd seeded Simon Santoso is also into the quarter finals, where he takes on Sho Sasaki of Japan after both recorded two game victories today.

Juliane Schenk is the sole seed and European left in the top half of the women’s singles draw, with Yao Jie crashing out to Kim Moon Hi of Korea in three games and now takes on Schenk in the last 8. The bottom half of the draw still has three seeds, with Bae Youn Joo defeating Japan’s Sayaka Sato to reach the last 8 whilst the other quarter final sees the 6th seeded Petya Nedelcheva take on Saina Nehwal. Nedelcheva defeated Germany’s Karin Schnaase in two games whilst Saina Nehwal gained revenge for her defeated in the quarter finals last week to win this week in three games and reach the last 8 to take on the Bulgarian 6th seed.

The big shock of the day came with the All England champions and top seeds Boe and Mogensen crashed out to the Dutch pair of Bosch and Ridder in a three game match, with the Dutch’s reward being a quarter final match against the 7th seeded Chandra and Gunawan of Indonesia. Lee and Jung safely progressed into the last 8 where they take on the 8th seeded Germans Kindervater and Schoettler who defeated Malaysia’s Chan and Lim to set up their match with the 3rd seeded Koreans. The 2nd seeded Ko and Yoo had to battle through a tight three game match with Sato and Kawamae to reach the last 8 and a match against the 5th seeded Indonesian pair of Septano and Ahsan who also defeated a Japanese pair in their last 16 match in Hirobe and Kazuno.

Cheng and Chien struggled into the last 8 with a win over Misaki and Takahashi in three games and will take on the lone European pair left in the draw, the 5th seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl who defeated Wang and Wang of the USA to reach the last 8. Jauhari and Polii were taken to the brink of elimination before defeating White and Wallwork 24-22 in the deciding game of their match to reach the last 8, where they will take on the unseeded Korean pair of Jang and Kim who defeated the 8th seeded Rie and Wakita in three games.

Lee and Ha’s new partnership has been undefeated to date, with the 8th seeds winning both matches to date comfortably but face their toughest test against the top seeds Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei who came through a three game match against Ikeda and Shiota to reach the last 8. Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen defeated the German Open champions Blair and White in two games to reach the quarter finals and they are joined in the last 8 by another Danish pair, Pieler Kolding and Houmann who take on the 5th seeded pair of Ahsan and Natsir in their quarter final. 2nd seeded Wallwork and Robertson are also safely into the last 8 after a two game victory over Triyachart and Yao of Singapore.

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Thursday’s Results:

Joachim Persson Out In Second Round

The majority of the seeds have progressed safely through the opening two days of the Swiss Open with an excellent field present in Basel even with the loss of it’s Super Series tag for the 2011.

Jan O Jorgensen is the top seed this week and has safely progressed his opening two rounds without the loss of a game to Ville Lang and Christian Lind Thomsen to reach the last 16. His 3rd round opponent is Kazushi Yamada who is in excellent form since his victory over Taufik Hidayat last week in the All Englands. Also in this half of the draw is Park Sung Hwan who has been the pick of the players in his opening two rounds, with a pair of impressive victories for the 4th seed. Viktor Axelsen almost defeated the 16th seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus to reach the 3rd round, only for Vittinghus to battle back in the 3rd game to win the all-Danish match up.

Joachim Persson had shown a return to form in recent months but the manner of his defeat to Lee Hyun Il is a worrying sign to the 11th seed as he crashed out tamely in the second round, losing 21-10, 21-9 in just 21 minutes. 2nd seed Simon Santoso has been nothing but impressive in reaching the last 16 with two victory with the loss of just 42 points to date. Spain’s Pablo Abian is the pick of the unseeded Europeans left in the draw with a pair of good victories taking him to the last 16 where he will play Muhammad Hashim, the 9th seeded Malaysian.

Saina Nehwal didn’t have to wait long to get another shot to defeat Eriko Hirose as the pair meet in the 3rd round this week, with both players coming through their opening matches in two games. Juliane Schenk is Newhal’s main rival in the other half of the draw and has a tough second round match against Bae Sueng Hee of Korea. Ella Diehl is the biggest casualty of the opening round, with the 5th seed losing to Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying 21-9, 21-19. There is another Spanish story this week, this time with the European junior champion Carolina Marin who has progressed through qualifying and has reached the second round with a two game win over Nicole Grether.

Boe and Mogensen have continued in the form that won them their first All England title to set up a second round match against Bosch and Ridder of Holland in the second round.  The strength of the men’s doubles draw is very high, with Lee and Jung also playing this week and progressing to the second round with a three game win over Endo and Hayakawa of Japan. Ko and Yoo of Korea are the second seeds this week and are into the last 16 after winning their all-Korean first round match against Kim and Kim.

Top seeded Cheng and Chien are hoping that the lack of Chinese pairings in the women’s doubles will improve their chances of success in Basel this week and have started with a two game victory in their opening round to set up a 2nd round match against Japan’s Misaki and Takahashi. The 2nd seeds this week are Jauhari and Polii who take on England’s White and Wallwork in the second round. The European challengers this week will be the 5th seeded Rytter Juhl and Pedersen, who take on Wang and Wang of America after their opening round triumph.

Lee Yong Dae is partnered up with a new female this week as the Korean squad try to find their best partnerships ahead of the Olympic qualification for London, Ha Jung Eun is partnering Lee Yong Dae this week and the 8th seeds start has been impressive, winning 21-10, 21-8 in their opening round match to set up a second round match against Valiyaveetil and Gutta of India. Chen and Cheng of Chinese Taipei are the top seeds this week and take on the Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota in round 2 after both won their opening round matches in two games. The main rival from the bottom half comes in the form of the 2nd seeded Wallwork and Robertson of England who defeated Kazuno and Takahashi in their opening round match to progress into the last 16.

Swiss Open Grand Prix

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