After the first rounds of the Wilson Swiss Open Super Series Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei looks to be the strongest challenger to the title. Lee won his first round match fairly easily by defeating Japan’s Kenichi Tago 21-18, 21-12. Lin Dan on the other hand really struggled against his opponent Arvind Bhat. Going three games Lin Dan managed to just pull off the victory. Canadian player Stephan W. has a post on it over at his website if you want more details.
No real surprises so far, but I’m sure the next round will be a little more interesting. Simon Santoso lost to Wong Choong Han, and while that isn’t that big a surprise, it shows that Wong still has it, even if he is on the way out. The match I’m interested in tomorrow is between Wong Choong Han and Andrew Smith. I predicted a semi-final for Smith, so this is a big one for me : )
Unfortunately Peter Gade broke his toe or something so he had to pull out. Once again, Stephan W told me about this. Come back tomorrow for more updates.
This has to be the upset of the day, Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen defeated Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han in straight games 21-13, 21-15. He didn’t just win, he won decisively, and in spite of Wong Choong Han slowly fading into the twilight of his career, this is a big win for Jorgensen. What makes this especially exciting for Jorgensen is that he now plays Joachim Persson, a player that many view as the next great Danish hope, but perhaps Jorgensen can lay claim to that title tomorrow? Elsewhere in the draw Germany’s Marc Zwiebler had a very big win as well over Boonsak Ponsana winning 22-20 in the third, and Ville Lang defeated Dicky Palyama in three games as well. These were certainly the surprises of the day.
Peter Gade has continued his strong super series performances with a clear win over Simon Santoso 21-14, 21-13, while my pick Taufik Hidayat struggled against Hsieh Yu Hsin, but managed to win in three.
Tomorrow should have some very intriguing matches, particularly amongst the the Chinese players who are all playing each other! Yes that’s right, Gong Weijie plays his juniors nemesis Chen Jin, while Lin Dan plays his juniors nemesis Bao Chunlai. These are some ridiculous matches to have in the second round, well at least the Lin Dan vs Bao Chunlai match is. I will go with the favourites in both of these matches, Lin Dan and Chen Jin will win. To top things off though, they are all in the same half, which means there will NOT be an all China final, I like that.
I’m nervous about my Taufik pick, but I’m thinking it’s just a bit of jitters, he’ll pull things back together and perhaps it’s even good for him to have an early round challenge to keep him sharp, just so long as his fitness can handle it.
Not to boast or anything, but I knew that Gong Weijie was going to beat Chetan Anand. This kid is good, and were it not for Chen Long’s stellar performance against Wong Choong Han, I would say he’s a shoe in for the finals. I do however still think he will beat Chen Long, but like I said in my last post, I haven’t seen Chen Long play so I can’t really say for sure.
The only quarter-final that did not go to three games was Eric Pang’s match against Korea’s Hong Ji Hoon. Pang won 21-8, 21-14 and now faces Bao Chunlai in the semi-finals. Bao defeated England’s top ranked player in the world Andrew Smith in three games 21-11, 14-21, 21-7. Smith is a strong player, but he hasn’t quite cracked that next level where he’s beating top 10 players yet, but once he gets that first win it will certainly give him that confidence.
Bao Chunlai def Andrew Smith 21-11, 14-21, 21-7
Eric Pang def Hong Ji Hoon 21-8, 21-14
Chen Long def Wong Choong Han 9-21, 21-19, 21-16
Gong Weijie def Chetan Anand 19-21, 21-19, 21-12
The quarter finals lineup for the 2009 German Open is set. There are no surprises really in my mind, everyone who should still be in, is still in. Here is the line up:
Bao Chunlai vs Andrew Smith
Hong Ji Hoon vs Eric Pang
Chen Long vs Wong Choong Han
Gong Weijie vs Chetan Anand
I have never seen Hong Ji Hoon, or Chen Long play, so I can’t comment on them, but I’d actually be surprised if either of them won their matches. The one upset that I will predict here is that Gong Weijie will defeat Chetan Anand. Gong Weijie is a very good player, and only that Chen Jin is SOOO good, has he not had more opportunity to play in the big events. I’d be willing to say that he will start getting more chances now that Chen Hong is gone, and China needs to start preparing for Bao and Lin Dan to go eventually.
Anyway, here are the draws:
German Open 2009 Draws