The Chinese cleaned up in the singles events, as well as taking the women’s doubles crown but the Koreans took the remaining two events.
Chen Jin claimed his first Super Series event of 2010 after a hard fought three game victory over 8th seeded and Chinese compatriot Chen Long. After losing the first game 21-12, the 3rd seed responded by winning the next two and taking China’s first men’s singles title of 2010. The event was a surprise, as Gade managed to beat Lin Dan for the first time in four years as the Chinese superstar failed to make the semi final of either of his first two events of 2010.
Jiang Yanjiao came into today’s final in a stunning vain of form, dropping just 73 points in four rounds to reach the final and was the massive favourite to overturn her Chinese team-mate and 6th seed Wang Shixian to take the title. The 6th seed however was in excellent form and stunned Jiang Yanjiao by inflicting a two game victory in just 40 minutes, with the 6th seed winning 21-15, 21-19 to take an unlikely victory.
The upsets didn’t stop in the women’s singles, as unseeded Ko and Yoo were a surprise finalist against top seeded Malaysia pair of Koo and Tan. The top seeds had failed to drop a game on route to the final whilst Ko and Yoo has battled past Lee and Jung, the 2nd seeds in an all Korean second round match and defeated last weeks winners Paaske and Rasmussen in the quarter final to knock a second seed on their way to the final. The unseeded Ko and Yoo stunned the Basel crowd as they defeated another seed, this time the top seeds 21-18, 21-16 to take the Swiss title.
This was the only all-seeded match in the three doubles events, as 7th Tian and Yu of China played Maeda and Suetsuna of Japan, the 5th seeds. Maeda and Suetsuna had defeated the top seeds of Chin and Wong in the quarter finals and then defeated Ha and Lee to reach the final, with the 7th seeds beat the 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa in the last 8 and then Chen and Chien in the semi finals to reach the final. The match promised to be of high quality as two on form partnerships played for the title, with Tian and Yu dominating the match from beginning to end to take the title 21-16, 21-13
The all-Korean final was between unseeded pairing of Shin and Yoo and 2nd seeded Lee and Lee. Shin and Yoo defeated the current world champions in the semi final to reach the final whilst Lee and Lee had the luxury of an extra rest day with the withdrawal of Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk from the semi final. The 2nd seeds looked in control for most of the first game, but they had to fight back from 16-9 down in the second to take the second game and to win the match 21-14, 21-18 in just over a half hour.
The fourth Super Series of the year will have a new winner in the men’s singles, with Lee Chong Wei pulling out after his All England success at the weekend. Tine Rasmussen has also pulled out after winning the women’s singles at the All Englands. For some players, it will be a chance to continue on from their excellent run from last week, Kenichi Tago was set to meet Lee Chong Wei in Round 2, but will have a much better chance to progress to a potential quarter final against Jan O Jorgensen.
Lin Dan is the top seed left in the draw and will hope to have a better run than at the All Englands last week, his first round match is against Polish #1 Przemyslaw Wacha and has a potential matchup with Peter Gade in the last 8. 3rd seed Chen Jin begins his campaign against Marc Zweibler of Germany and 4th seed Taufik Hidayat will start against a qualifier.
Top seed Wang Yihan will attempt to put her finals defeat to Tine Rasmussen behind her with a first round win over Jie Yao of the Netherlands. Susan Egelstaff will play the 2nd seeded Jiang Yanjiao in the first round, the Scottish #1 narrowly losing to 2009 world champion Lu Lan in Round 2 last week. Pi Hongyan is the big European hope, the 3rd seed plays Sayaka Sato of Japan in Round 1.
Top seeded Koo and Tan will want to put their first round defeat behind them also, but they play another Danish pair in the first round this week also in Kristiansen and Henriksen. The 2nd seeds Lee and Jung have Danish opponents also in Conrads-Petersen and Pieler Kolding, with a potential matchup against last week’s winners Paaske and Rasmussen in the quarter finals. The 8th seeded Paaske and Rasmussen play a qualifier in their first round match.
The Chinese are not well represented this week in the event, with top seeds being Chin and Wong of Malaysia. Korean Open runners-up Fujii and Kakiiwa are the second seeds and play the German/Canadian pair of Nicole Grether and Charmine Reid in round 1. The Chinese highest seed is the 6th seeded Du and Pan, they will play Jung and Kim of Korean in Round 1.
The top seeded Zheng and Ma will start against a qualifier in Round 1, with the big challenges coming from Ko and Ha, the 8th seeds from Korea who they could meet in the quarter final and their potential semi final opponents, the 3rd seeded Laybourn and Rytter Juhl of Denmark. The other side of the draw sees 2nd seeded Lee and Lee of Korea start against the English pair of Middleton and Agathangelou,