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

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

To nobody’s surprise tomorrow Eric Pang will be playing Jan O Jorgensen in the finals of the Bitburger Open. Pang defeated Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-15, 21-10 to book his spot quite easily, however Jorgensen had a little bit more difficulty with his opponent Carl Baxter. Baxter pushed Jorgensen in both games of their match, losing 22-20, 21-18. This is actually a very interesting match up, as years past Pang was viewed as Europe’s next possible challenger to the Asian domination in the sport, and now Jorgensen is being viewed in a somewhat similar way. Unfortunately Pang has yet to fit this billing, but as a typical European perhaps the best is to come later in his career. Jorgensen needs to beat players like Pang if he is going to live up to the hype, so tomorrow should be a telling match.

Ella Diehl will be kicking herself tomorrow after she let her semi-final match against Japan’s Yu Hirayama slip through her fingers. After winning the first game, and leading with match point in the second, she was unable to close the door on her opponent and eventually lost badly in the third game. The Japanese shuttler will face the hometown favourite Juliane Schenk in the final after she disposed of Yao Jie in two games 21-18, 21-12.

For full results from the Bitburger Open check the draws below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws

Heading into the semi-finals at the Bitburger Open and Denmark is looking strong with two semi-finalists in the mens singles. On the top Eric Pang from the Netherlands will be facing off against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus. Pang defeated India’s Anand Pawar in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-6 while Vittinghus had a much easier time against Raul Must winning in two easy games 21-9, 21-11.

On the bottom of the draw we have England’s Carl Baxter facing off against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen. Baxter defeated Ukrainian Dymtro Zavadsky in three thrilling games 16-21, 21-19, 21-17, and Jorgensen defeated Finland’s Ville Lang in two easy games 21-16, 21-10. The odds are stacked against Baxter in this one, but Jorgensen is still young so anything can happen.

Very few surprises in the women’s singles. At the semi-final stage only the fourth seeded Elizabeth Cann failed to live up to her billing, instead Yu Hirayama takes her place against Ella Diehl. On the other side of the draw we have Yao Jie against Germany’s hometown favourite Juliane Schenk.

For full results and live scoring from tomorrow’s matches visit the link below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws

There was some local interest in the finals of the Belgian Open today in the mixed doubles with Wouter Claes and Natalie Descamps making the final against Heather Olver and Marcus Ellis of England. The seeds had toppled in this tournament in all events, leaving only one top seed playing on finals day.

First on court with the women’s doubles, with Emma Mason making her comeback from a serious achilles injury reaching the final with her English partner Samantha Ward against Japanese pair Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. They shared the opening two sets before the Japanese pair proved to be too strong in the third to take the match 21-13.

Marcus Ellis and Peter Mills played against the only top seed left in any draw, Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder of Holland. The top seeds took the opening set 30-28, with both couples having five chances apiece to win the first set and then wrapped up the second 21-12 to claim the title.

The Men’s Singles provided the other seed against seed encounter on the last day, with German Marc Zweibler seeded second against seventh seeded Christian Lind Thomsen of Denmark. The match was a tale of three sets, with Zweibler dominating the opening set, before the Dane levelled the match in equally impressive fashion. The match turned at 3-3 in the deciding set, with Zweibler going on a 9-point run which was too big a gap for Lind Thomsen to catch back up.

Misaki Matsutomo played in her second final of the day against second seeded Yao Jie of Holland in the Women’s Singles. Both players took one of the two opening sets but 21 points to 14. The third set was a similar affair to the Men’s final, with Matsutomo leading 10-6 the dutch second seed won 8 consecutive points to turn the match in her favour, eventually winning 21-16 in the third.

The big local hope was in the Mixed Doubles, with second seeds Claes and Descamps against Heather Olver and Marcus Ellis, playing in his second final fo the day. The first set was dominated by the English duo, with the Belgians never having a lead in the opening set, losing it 21-9. The second set was a far more competitive affair at the start of the set, before the English couple stretched out another lead. Claes and Descamps managed to save the match at 20-17 down to make it 20-20. They manufactured a game point at 23-22, before losing the next three points to the unseeded English couple.

The next challenge event in the EBU calendar is in Bulgaria on October 1-4.

Belgian International 2009 Draws

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