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Wang Lin Falls to Schenk

Heading into the finals tomorrow China has secured themselves finalists in all of the finals with the exception of the mixed doubles event.  Perhaps the strongest challenge to China’s dominance in the finals tomorrow is home town favourite Juliane Schenk who upset top seeded Wang Lin today in three close games 17-21, 21-15, 21-16.  The German proved that she is one of the few Europeans capable of challenging the Chinese in the women’s singles event, but she will have to do it again tomorrow against second seeded Wang Xin if she wants to take home the title.

In the mixed doubles it was England’s Robert Blair and Scotland’s Imogen Bankier that prevented China from having a pair in the finals when they defeated Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen in two games 21-17, 21-19.  While the British pair may not have been seeded, Blair has a history of winning some big matches, like appearance in the 2006 World Championships finals in the men’s doubles, so it’s best not to underestimate this pair tomorrow when they face Hong Kong’s Yohan Hadikusumo Wiramata and Tse Ying Suet.

As is so often the case, China has already secured themselves a top finish in both the women’s doubles and the men’s singles.  In the women’s doubles the top two seeded pairs are facing off after Cheng Shu and Zhao Yunlei sailed passed Russia’s Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova, and they will play Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli in the finals.

The men’s singles featured two Chinese players facing off against two Malaysians.  First it was Chen Long up against Hafiz Hashim.  Hafiz has been trying to regain his top form, and while this tournament was an improvement for the lanky Malaysian, Chen Long was the better player winning in two straight games 21-15, 21-19.  Next up it was Bao Chunlai against Wong Choong Han.  Similar to Hashim, Wong has had a fairly good run in Germany this week, but Bao was much stronger winning 21-18, 21-13.

Finally in the mens doubles we can look forward to up and coming Chinese pair Chai Biao and Zhang Nan taking to the courts against Chinese Taipei’s Chung Hun Lin and Lin Yu Lang.

German Open 2010 Semi-Final Results

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Jan O Jorgensen

Since his superb performance last month in Denmark where the young Dane defeated his veteran counterpart Peter Gade, all eyes have been fixed on Jan O Jorgensen. Today he improved upon his performance by defeating world number one Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia. Jorgensen came out with guns blazing, winning the first game 21-6. Things looked bad though when Lee came back in the second game winning with a less impressive, but still confident 21-13 scoreline. However, the day was to be the Danes as he won the final game 21-17 to add yet another super star to his list of conquests. From here on out it only gets easier for the Dane, but these next rounds will still be a test for his mental strength as there are no easy rounds in the Super Series events.

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With Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat withdrawn the draw looks somewhat lighter, nonetheless there are still some big names remaining. Lin Dan defeated his teammate Bao Chunlai rather comfortably in spite of a challenge in the second game 21-12, 21-19. Lin Dan will now play Chen Long in the second round. England’s Andrew Smith pushed eighth seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro, forcing a third game but eventually fell 23-21, 14-21, 21-16. A notable win for the day was Wong Choong Han who managed to break his recent slump by beating Hu Yun from Hong Kong 21-15, 21-16.

It was overwhelmingly a day for China today in the women’s singles, all nine of their players advanced to the second round, upsetting Pi Hongyan, Wang Chen, and Yao Jie along the way. Denmark’s Tine Rasmussen stands as the last remaining representative from outside of Asia.

The Danes have also been going strong in the men’s doubles with all three of their pairings winning their first rounds matches, but the next round will prove more challenging as Kasper Henriksen Faust and Anders Kristiansen will now face the top seeded Malaysians Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong.

Play resumes tomorrow at 1:00pm when Wang Yihan faces Wong Mew Choo in the women’s singles.
China Super Series 2009 Draws

There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the highlight of tonight’s matches was the match between Jan O Jorgensen and the top seeded Peter Gade. Gade has been the top Dane for the last decade with little challenge to that place, but tonight Jorgensen showed us that he is serious about being the replacement. The young Dane got off to a slow start losing the first game 7-21, and at that point it certainly looked like we were about to see a bloodbath. However, much like last night’s match against Eric Pang where Jorgensen lost the first game 9-21, he managed to turn things around winning the second game 21-17. Through the whole match Gade looked very calm, while Jorgensen looked much more hyped up and even nervous at times. In the end Jorgensen won the match by charging the net and finding himself with all the expectations of a nation. The final score was 7-21, 21-17, 21-16, and now Jorgensen will face Simon Santoso of Indonesia. Overall it was a good night for the home crowd as the majority of their players had success, the only exceptions being in the men’s doubles where Paaske/Rasmussen and Henriksen/Kristiansen both lost their matches. Paaske/Rasmussen lost to an inspired looking Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong fairly quickly, 21-11, 21-16.

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While Jorgensen is grabbing all of the attention, there is another Cinderella story in the making for German player Marc Zwiebler. Zwiebler certainly has not had the benefit of an easy draw as he had to knock out both of Malaysia’s single’s players, Wong Choong Han and Hafiz Hashim, en route to his quarter-final match against Chen Long. While his previous two matches were quite close this match was much more comfortable as he won 21-16, 21-13. Next up Zwiebler has Sony Dwi Kuncoro, the tournaments second seed.

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For full results and to view the draws visit the link below:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws

After day one of the Denmark Open, the locals have to be happy with their players. The Danish team have several players and teams moving on to the next round. The highlight for the crowd appeared to be Peter Gade’s opening match against Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen. While the match was brief, you could tell by the crowd’s enthusiasm that they were excited to see the local hero play. Another great performance was rising star Jan O Jorgensen’s win over his compatriot Hans Kristian Vittinghus. The day wasn’t all good news for Denmark though as Lotte Bonde was rushed to hospital with a suspected knee injury.

One of the big surprises for the day came from Germany’s Marc Zwiebler who upset Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han in three games. This was the second disappointment in a row for Wong who lost at last week’s Dutch Open to Rajiv Ouseph in spite of his top seeding.

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On another note, we have to commend the Denmark Open’s website. They have done a great job producing these videos from almost every player after their match, as well as the live streaming.

For full results visit the official draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws

As day one closed India has secured themselves six places in the last sixteen of the men’s singles event. Unfortunately for them they are mostly playing each other now. Second seed Chetan Anand is likely their best hope for this title. The top seed from Malaysia, Wong Choong Han had a scare against Valerly Atrashchenkov, narrowly winning 18-21, 21-9, 21-19. A surprise in the first round was the loss of Carl Baxter from England to Marcel Reuter from Belgium for the second time this season, surely the Englishman won’t be visiting Bruge anytime soon.

The talk of the day in the women’s singles was the loss of the top seeded Petya Nedelcheva to qualifier Olga Konon in two straight games 21-18, 21-17. In fact, Nedelcheva was the only seed to fall in the women’s singles today.

Tomorrow will feature some more exciting badminton, so be sure to check back for results from the second day of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009. Click below for full results:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

Tomorrow the qualifying rounds of the Yonex Dutch Open 2009 begin, and on Wednesday main round action begins. The top two seeds at the event are Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han and India’s Chetan Anand. Wong is likely a heavy favourite to take the title, but unlike some of the other top Asian players, he is far from unbeatable. Certainly players like Eric Pang or Dicky Palyama are interested in a big win like this, and need it if they want to break to another level. This is an interesting tournament in that it is one week before the Denmark Open Super Series, and very close in proximity, but there are relatively few big names here.

It is a similar story in the women’s singles, with no big names present to fight for the title. Petya Nedelcheva from Bulgaria is the top seed, and opposite her is Judith Meulendijks who is the hometown hopeful. Yao Jie is another strong contender for the title, also hailing from the Netherlands, but as of late she has not been performing to her highest levels that we saw in years past.

For more draws, and to follow results as they happen visit the link below:
Yonex Dutch Open 2009 Draws

After the first day of competition at the Li Ning China Master Super Series 2009 both of the English entrants in the men’s singles have managed to live to another day in spite of strong competition. Rajiv Ouseph ousted Thailand’s Saensomboonsuk Tanongsak in three games 21-7, 12-21, 21-17 to find his way to the second round where he will now face world number one Lee Chong Wei. England’s other men’s singles player Andrew Smith also had a strong performance against Hong Kong’s Chan Yan Kit who is no slouch. Smith won in three games too, 21-19, 5-21, 21-15 and will now play Boonsak Ponsana in the 2nd round.

As is customary at the China Masters, the draw is ripe with Chinese players. In fact at the second round phase the bottom quarter of the draw is all Chinese players with a notable match up between Chen Jin and Bao Chunlai. Chunlai’s ranking has slipped lately after injury troubles. Another notable performance from the Chinese was Chen Long’s win over Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han 21-9, 21-17. Wong is the only seed to fall in the men’s singles so far. Other than Chen Jin vs Bao Chunlai, another match to keep an eye out for tomorrow is Andrew Smith facing Boonsak Ponsana, this could go either way in my opinion, in spite of Ponsana being the favourite.

The women’s singles had few surprises as all of the seeds won their matches to move on to the second round, but certainly there were some close matches. Tine Rasmussen had to fight for her right to play as Zhang Yuchun from China pushed her to three games. Another close match was Pi Hongyan’s victory over Yip Pui Yin of Hong Kong where the first game went to the limit with Pi winning 30-29, and then winning the second game 21-18.

All I can say about the men’s doubles is Korea, Malaysia and China. That’s all you see in the draw, period. The only other country represented was Chinese Taipei who were knocked out in the first round. In the second round there are 2 Malaysian pairs, 2 Korean pairs and 11 Chinese pairs remaining. It’s a fair bet that a Chinese pair will win, and if they don’t they will certainly get a reprimanding from Li Yongbo.

The women’s doubles isn’t too different, except that with Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether winning their first round in three games they are the only non-Asian pair remaining in any of the doubles events. Where are all of the Danes, and English? Finally the mixed doubles is a very similar picture to the other doubles events with a very small number of non-Chinese teams remaining, or even entered in the first place.

Li Ning China Master Super Series 2009 Draws

With few surprises so far, top seeded Wong Choong Han is on to the quarter-finals at this weeks SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold. After beating Korea’s Rho Ye Wook, Wong is now set to play Hong Kong’s Hu Yun. Wong Choong Han is still a strong player but in the past few years since his achilles tendon injury he has not been able to reach his way back to where he once was.

Elsewhere in the draw local favourite Boonsak Ponsana struggled a little bit with Korea’s Han Ki Hoon, but won in three games 21-9, 20-22, 21-10. Ponsana is the third seed at this event, and in my opinion has the best chance to take out Wong Choong Han. He will also be playing a Hong Kong player, Chan Yun Lung, in the quarter-finals. Another Hong Kong player, Ng Wei, struggled his way to the quarter-finals by beating Korea’s Park Sung Min in three close games, 21-19, 13-21, 21-18. Finally the last notable left at the quarter-final stage is Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen who had an easy match against Kim Sa Rang winning 21-14, 21-6.

For full results view the draw for the SCG Thailand Grand Prix Gold 2009

After a good run at last week’s Indonesia Super Series Taufik Hidayat was upset by Chen Long, a young Chinese upstart. Chen won the match in 3 close games, 21-14, 20-22, 21-19. Following his win over Hidayat, Chen then defeated India’s Arvind Bhat very quickly 21-5, 21-11.

Elsewhere in the draw it seems another Chinese youngster, Zhou Wenlong, was unable to emulate Chen Long’s success as he was easily defeated by Lee Chong Wei 21-18, 21-4. Lee seems to have an ability to absolutely destroy even the best of players on his good days.

Also of note is Lee’s teammate Wong Choong Han who has also made it to the quarter-final stage, but he has yet to truly be tested. He knocked out another Malaysian, Kuan Beng Hong, 21-19, 21-16. Now he plays the Chinese qualifier Gao Huan who will no doubt be tired after playing extra rounds.

In the women’s singles India’s Saina Nehwal fresh off of her win last week dodged a bullet against Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand winning in 3 close games to book her place in the quarter finals against a Chinese qualifier Wang Xin.

Something I have noticed in the women’s singles is now that Zhang Ning has retired it seems as though this event is much more open to other competitors. No doubt this will make the event much more interesting to the fans.

In the men’s doubles there are 5 out of 8 pairs representing Malaysia. Good results for Malaysia, but it probably has more to do with the small numbers of big names in contention here.

Stay Tuned for more updates from the Yonex Sunrise Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold 2009.

Yonex Sunrise Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold 2009 Draws

Day one is complete at the Aviva Singapore Super Series and nothing too surprising so far. The only seed to fall that is noteworthy is Denmark’s Joachim Persson who lost to the Dutch player Eric Pang. This isn’t too big a surprise, but certainly a performance that Pang should be happy with.

In the upcoming round I’m curious about a couple of matches in particular, Chen Jin vs Rajiv Ouseph, and Wong Choong Han vs Bao Chunlai. I love to see new talent thriving, and while it’s very unlikely that Ouseph will beat Chen Jin, it will still be interesting to watch. As for Wong Choong Han and Bao Chunlai, this interests me because Wong has definitely appeared to be on his way out over the last couple of years, but he still has moments of brilliance here and there. He could pose trouble for Bao, but we’ll see what happens.

Aviva Singapore Super Series 2009 Draws

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