The unlikely upset against Lee Chong Wei had to be done for Gade to reach the final but it was another unlikely man who reached the All England Final. However, the day has been a successful one for Danish Badminton.
The dream that was Peter Gade’s 2nd All England title ended today as top seed Lee Chong Wei continued his excellent run in the Super Series with his third final of the year and ending Peter Gade’s fabulous run at the semi final stage, the Malaysian winning 21-17, 21-14 in 47 minutes.
In the other semi final, world #20 Kenichi Tago played 6th seeded Bao Chunlai, who defeated Lin Dan in the quarterfinals. The first game was dominated by the Chinese 6th seed, winning 21-18, however the second game was a much tighter affair but Bao Chunlai had a chance at 20-19 to book his place in the final, only for the unseeded Japanese player to win the next three points to take it into a third game. Tago was clearly motivated by his second game victory and dominated the deciding game and won the match on his third match point, winning the 3rd game 21-18 to book his place in the All England Final.
Tine Rasmussen done what Peter Gade could not and reached the final, her third final in succession with a 21-19, 21-17 victory over the 7th seeded Saina Nehwal in her semi final match, The 2010 final will be a rematch of the 2009 final, with top seed Wang Yihan defeating her Chinese compatriot Wang Xin in the second semi final, the 2009 winner coming through 21-17, 26-24.
The Danish success continued in the men’s doubles, with an All-Danish final. 4th seeded Boe and Mogensen booked their place first with a win over Guo and Xu, the 7th seeds from China, winning the match 21-16, 21-16. Unseeded Paaske and Rasmussen continued their love affair with the NIA, the location of their world championship victory in 2003. They defeated the 3rd seeds Kido and Setiawan in three superb games to book their place in tomorrow’s final, winning 14-21, 21-13, 23-21.
An all-Chinese final was assured in the women’s doubles, but it is an unlikely final with the 3rd seeded Zhao and Cheng defeating last weeks German Open winners and 2nd seeded Ma and Wang in the semi final, winning 21-17, 21-18 in 49 minutes. The other semi final pitted the top seeds Du and Yu against Pan and Tian, with the first game being won narrowly by the top seeds 24-22, with Pan and Tian having the opportunity to win the game at 21-20 after saving 4 games points previously. The second game was too much for the unseeded pair and the top seeds progressed 24-22, 21-10.
There was unseeded success for a Chinese pair in the mixed doubles, with Zhao Yunlei reaching her second All England Final after winning her women’s doubles semi final against Ma and Wang, she partnered up with Zhang Nan to defeated the 4th seeds and fellow countrymen He Hanbin and Yu Yang to reach the final, winning 21-14, 23-21. They will meet the 2nd seeded Widianto and Natsir in the final, as they defeated 3rd seeds Lee and Lee in the other semi final 21-16, 18-21, 21-8 to book their place in the final.
The second day was a stronger day for the seeds, however another top seed has fallen before the quarterfinal stage. Peter Gade continues on his quest for his second All England title as the top players in the world position themselves for a run at the title.
First on court again and safely into the quarterfinals was Lee Chong Wei with a fine victory over Sony Dwi Kunncoro 21-11, 21-17. He will play unseeded Korean Shon Wan Ho who defeated Chen Long in a three-game classic 21-18, 18-21, 21-19 after Chen Long disposed of 8th seeded Jorgensen in round 1 yesterday. The other quarterfinal in the top half is perhaps the match of the day tomorrow between 4th seed Taufik Hidayat and 5th seed Peter Gade. Hidayat safely through against Englishman Andrew Smith 21-18, 21-14 and Gade survived a first game scare to win 24-22, 21-18 over Simon Santoso.
The bottom half sees unseeded Kenichi Tago through to see Chen Jin in the first quarterfinal. Tago has progressed through two tough matches, playing Tien Ming Nguyen in round 1 and defeating Joachim Persson, last years 6th seed in three games, 22-24, 21-15, 21-8 to book his place against the 3rd seed from China. Chen Jin safely progressed after a tight opening game against another English player Rajiv Ouseph, winning in two games, 23-21, 21-8.
Lin Dan is also through to tomorrow’s quarterfinal where he will play Bao Chunlai, the 6th seed from China. Bao Chunlai’s phenomenal performance over Park Sung Hwan that seen him 13-0 in the opening game, before winning the match 21-5, 21-10. Lin Dan has failed to explode into life as yet but continues to progress in the tournament with another two-game victory over Muhammad Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia.
Wang Yihan was the first of the seeds through to the last 8 of the tournament with a 21-16, 21-16 win over Yu Hirayama of Japan. She will play the 8th seeded Zhou Mi in the quarterfinals after the all-Hong Kong second round match between her and Wang Chen was won by the 8th seed, 21-13, 21-15. The second quarterfinal match in the top half is an all-Chinese affair with 3rd seeded Jiang Yanjiao coming through her second round match against Maria Febe Kusamastuti 21-9, 21-14 to set up a match against Wang Xin, the 5th seed. She defeated Ai Goto of Japan 21-12, 21-13 to book her place in tomorrow’s quarterfinal.
Saina Nehwal booked her place in the last 8 with a win over Bae Sueng Hee of Korea, 21-11, 22-20 and will play unseeded Juliane Schenk of Germany, who also defeated a Korean to reach the quarterfinal stage, beating Bae Youn Joo 21-14, 21-16 to set up a match against the 7th seeded Nehwal. The last of the 4 quarterfinal matches is the pick of the bunch, with Tine Rasmussen playing 6th seed Lu Lan of China. Rasmussen progressed easily past Eriko Hirose 21-12, 21-12 to book her place whilst Lu Lan had to fight for a tight three-game victory over Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff, winning in the end 25-23, 20-22, 21-17 to reach the last 8 of the competition.
Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen continue their fantastic run at this year’s competition with a 21-18, 21-19 victory over Ko and Yoo of Korea. They will play Tan and Gan of Malaysia in the last 8 after they defeated Chinese pairing of Chai and Zhang 21-8, 23-21. The two pairings are the only two non-seeded partnerships left in the men’s doubles draw. Kido and Setiawan also progressed, winning 21-16, 21-16 over qualifiers Endo and Hirobe of Japan and the 3rd seeds will play Lee and Choong of Malaysia in the last 8 after the 8th seeds fought back from a game down to win 17-21, 23-21, 21-11.
The third of the quarterfinals sees the 5th seeded Cai and Fu play the 4th seeded Boe and Mogensen for a place in the semi finals. Cai and Fu winning 21-11, 21-17 over their Korean opponents Kim and Shin whilst Boe and Mogensen came through a much tighter match, winning 22-20, 21-19 over Fan and Lee of Chinese Taipei. The second seeds Lee and Jung have been the class pairing in the competition to date, winning both matches to date in convincing fashion, today defeating Kumar and Thomas of India 21-12, 21-6 to book their place in the last 8 against Guo and Xu of China, the 7th seeds. The Chinese pair defeating local favourites Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark 21-14, 21-11 to book their place in the last 8.
There is a distinctly Asian feel to the event, with all 8 pairings coming from China, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei or Indonesia. Top seeded Du and Yu are through to the quarter final after a 21-8, 21-12 win over Sorokina and Vislova of Russia and will play the Japanese 6th seeds Maeda and Suetsuna in the last 8. The Japanese pair defeating Wallwork and White over England 21-23, 21-9, 21-8 to set up an all-seeded match in the quarters.
Wang and Ma are also through to the last 8 with a stunning 21-4, 21-7 win over Amitapai and Munkit of Thailand, they will play Chen and Chien of Chinese Taipei who beat the Bulgaria/Russian partnership of Anastasia Russkikh and Petya Nedelcheva 24-22, 21-9 to book their place in the last 8 of the event.
The top seeds Zheng Bo and Ma Jin were expected to contest for the title on Sunday, but were defeated by the Chinese qualifiers Zhang and Zhao 21-16, 21-17 to book their place in the last 8. They will play the 8th seeded Gunawan and Marissa after their 21-14, 21-16 victory over Fujii and Hashimoto. He and Yu’s match against Blair and Bankier did not go ahead with Robert Blair’s leg injury forcing him to retire from the event. The 4th seeds He and Yu will play another Chinese pair, the 6th seeded Tao and Zhang after a three-game match with Mateusiak and Kostiucyzk 20-22, 21-18, 21-12.
There is English interest in the quarterfinals, with Anthony Clark and Heather Olver through to the last 8 against a 21-18, 22-20 win over Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei. They will play the 3rd seeds, Lee and Lee of Korean after their victory in their all-Korean second round match against Yoo and Kim, winning 21-13, 21-17. The second English pair play in the last of the quarterfinals, with Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson defeating the 7th seeds, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 21-14, 16-21, 21-15. They will play the second seeds Widianto and Natsir after their 21-12, 21-8 win over Careme and Choinet of France
Day 1 and the unpredictability of the opening round has slashed the amount of seeds left in the draw, including a top seed falling at the opening hurdle. Several seeds have also came through in tight affairs to book their place in the second round.
The first seed to book his place in the second round was Taufik Hidayat with a three game victory over Hu Yun 17-21, 21-11, 21-12. He plays Andrew Smith in the second round after the local favourite beat Eric Pang 21-10, 21-11 in his opening round match.
Lee Chong Wei booked his second round place with a 21-15, 21-16 with over Chetan Anand of India to set up a fantastic second round match with Sony Dwi Kunncoro of Indonesia after he defeated Du Pengyu 21-19, 21-10. The first seed to fall happened soon after Lee Chong Wei’s win as Jan O Jorgensen suffered a first round defeat to Chen Long of China 21-16, 21-10. The Chinese player plays Shon Wan Ho in the second round after his win over Chan Yan Kit in three games.
Peter Gade’s campaign begun in the middle of day 1 with a match against Dicky Palyama, the 42-minute encounter provided a stern test for the Danish 5th seed but he progressed into round 2 with a 21-17, 21-17 win. He plays Indonesian Simon Santoso in the second round in another of the top matches on Thursday. There was wins for Joachim Persson and Kenichi Tago, with the Japanese player defeating 7th seed Tien Minh Nguyen 21-10, 21-17. Persson and Tago will meet in Round 2.
The three Chinese seeds in the bottom half all progressed with varying results, Chen Jin saving a match point to win the third game in his match 22-20 to set up a round 2 clash with Rajiv Ouseph of England. Bao Chunlai defeated Marc Zweibler 21-7, 21-7 to show his credentials for the title and will play Park Sung Hwan in round 2. However, the second seeded Lin Dan was the main attraction of Round 1 with his first match of 2010. He played Danish qualifier Christian Lind Thomsen in his opening round match and after trailing 4-1 in the opening game, never let his Danish opponent lead the remainder of the match, winning 21-16, 21-15 to progress into round 2.
Wang Yihan begun her defence against Ella Diehl of Russia and was duely tested, coming through 21-19, 21-19 to set up a round 2 match with Yu Hirayama of Japan. It was a mixed day for the Chinese ladies, with Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Xin progressing easily in two games. The 3rd seed Jiang Yanjiao winning 21-18, 21-9 and Wang Xin, the fifth seed winning 21-8, 21-10.
The major shock of round 1 is the 2nd seed Wang Lin crashing out to Eriko Hirose of Japan 10-21, 21-16, 21-18. Hirose will now play Tine Rasmussen in the second round after the Dane defeating Kim Moon Hi 21-19, 21-16. Wang Shixian also suffered a surprise defeat to Maria Febe Kusumastuti of Indonesia, losing out 21-13, 15-21, 21-16 who will now go on to play Jiang Yanjiao in the second round.
World champion Lu Lan safely progressed with a 21-6, 21-12 win over Yip Pui Yin and will play Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff in the second round, after she defeated Sayaka Sato 21-9, 21-19. Lu Lan is the now the highest seed left in the bottom half as the 4th seeded Pi Hongyan was beaten by Juliane Schenk 21-23, 21-12, 21-15. The other seed in the bottom half, Saina Nehwal won her match against Judith Meulendijks 21-18, 21-11 to set up a round 2 match with Bae Youn Joo, the Malaysian Super Series finalist.
Former world champions Paaske and Rasmussen claimed a stunning victory in their 21-13, 21-11 win over top seeds Koo and Tan in the opening round and will play Ko and Yoo of Korea in the second round tomorrow. 3rd seeded Kido and Setiawan had to battle through a three-game encounter with Sato and Kawamae of Japan to progress into tomorrow’s second round, winning 21-15, 16-21, 21-18.
In the bottom half, Cai and Fu came through in three games over Ahsan and Septano of Indonesia to book their place in round 2 against Kim and Shin of Korea. Robert Blair was forced to retire with the same injury that forced him out of the German Open final, allowing a free pass for Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei who play the 4th seeds Boe and Mogensen in round 2 after the Danish pair defeated Hayakawa and Kazuno 21-14, 21-14.
The remaining seeds in the bottom half progressed safely, with Xu and Guo of China coming back from a game down to win their match and will play Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson of England in round 2. The 2nd seeds Lee and Jung are safely through after a 21-12, 21-11 win over Elbjorn and Skovgaard of Denmark.
7 of the 8 seeds are through to round 2, with Chin and Wong seeded 4th suffering a shock 22-20, 21-15 defeat to Jauhari and Polii of Indonesia. Du and Yu safely progressed 21-9, 21-16 and the top seeds will play Russia’s Sorokina and Vislova in round 2. Ma and Wang seeded 2, won their opening round match 21-16, 21-10 and will play Amitapai and Munkit of Thailand in the second round who defeated Mason and Bankier of Scotland in round 1.
Top seeds Zheng and Ma are safely into round 2 and face another Chinese pair in Zhang and Shao in tomorrow’s second round, with both Chinese pairs coming through in two games. Another Chinese pair, He and Yu are also safely through to round 2, with a 21-14, 21-10 win over Fang and Wang of Chinese Taipei. They are scheduled to play Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier in round 2 but that match may not go ahead depending on Blair’s leg injury.
The fourth Chinese pair in the top half are also through, 6th seeded Tao and Zhang defeated Russian pair Nikolaenko and Sorokina 21-10, 21-14 to book their place against Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiucyzk of Poland, the Hong Kong Super Series winners.
World champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl are safely into round 2 and will play Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork in the second round. 3rd seeded and Olympic champions Lee and Lee came back from a game down to win their match against Liao and Chen of Chinese Taipei and face an all-Korean second round match against Yoo and Kim. Second seeded Natsir and Widianto also fought back from losing the first game to progress into round 2, winning 17-21, 21-13, 21-9 to set up a match with Careme and Choinet of France.
The biggest tournament of 2010 to date has provided the best field of the year to date and the first appearance of Lin Dan of 2010. Lee Chong Wei is in ominous form after winning the opening two Super Series events of the year and Peter Gade has peaked himself for this tournament. It is the one that every player wants to win.
#1 Seed: Lee Chong Wei
Round 1 Opponent: Chetan Anand (India)
He is the form player of 2010, unbeaten in Super Series this year and is in the best form of his career coming into the All England Championships. The big question is over his ability to defeat the current champion Lin Dan and win this title for the first time in his career. He faces a challenging route to the final, with Jan O Jorgensen, Peter Gade and Taufik Hidayat in his half of the draw.
#2 Seed: Lin Dan
Round 1 Opponent: Qualifier
He fell off the badminton radar since his Chinese Super Series win in November and threaten a return in Malaysia only to pull out before the event. His potential route to the final is a Chinese wall of Bao Chunlai and Chen Jin but even as the #2 seed and not playing a competitive match for almost 4 months, he is still the massive favourite to win this title.
#5 Seed: Peter Gade
Round 1 Opponent: Dicky Palyama (Netherlands)
It was 11 long years ago from Gade’s only All England title and at 33, this could be his last chance to claim title #2. He has focused his entire year to date in winning this title and has claimed that he is at the peak of his form coming into the event. He is coming off a small role in Denmark’s Team Championship success in Poland last month and a runner-up spot in the Korean Super Series but his route to the final is perhaps the hardest in the draw, not to mention Dicky Palyama beat Gade at the All Englands a few years back.
#1 Seed: Wang Yihan
Round 1 Opponent: Ella Diehl (Russia)
The 2009 Champion has taken almost 6 weeks off since her surprise loss to Bae Youn Joo in the Malaysian Super Series and most likely redoubled her training to give herself the best chance to retain her All England crown. In a draw loaded with Chinese talent, she is still the one to beat here.
Every other Chinese lady in the draw.
Such is the depth of quality that the Chinese have in this discipline that any of the Chinese ladies in the main draw have a legitimate chance to win this title. Wang Xin, winner of the Malaysian Super Series is seeded 5. Wang Shixian, winner of the Korean Super Series is unseeded. Current world champion Lu Lan is seeded 6th for the event and there’s still Wang Lin and Jiang Yanjiao is seeded #3 also.
Unseeded: Tine Rasmussen
Round 1 Opponent: Kim Hi Moon (Korea)
The 2009 runner-up was out of action for 6 months with a heel injury and suffered a massive drop off in her ranking points to lose her seeding the 2010 All Englands. She is the big European hope for the title, but faces a mammoth task to reach the final with the 2nd seed Wang Lin waiting in Round 2 and potentially Lu Lan in the Quarter Finals.
#1 Seeds: Koo and Tan
Round 1 Opponents: Paaske and Rasmussen (Denmark)
The first round match is perhaps one of the matches of the opening round of any of the five disciplines but they are coming in to the event off the back of their Malaysian Super Series victory
#2 Seeds : Lee and Jung
Round 1 Opponents: Qualifier
The Korean Super Series champions come into the competition after a shock round 1 exit in Malaysia. The question of what pair appears at the All England will determine how far they go, will it be the pair that defeated Cai and Fu in Korean or the pair that suffered a shock round 1 defeat?
#5 Seeds: Cai and Fu
Round 1 Opponents: Ahsan and Septano (Indonesia)
The 2009 winners and current world champions haven’t played a match since their Korean Super Series final loss to Lee and Jung and are not in the draw for the Swiss Super Series next week so it seems like they are focussing all their effort into defending their All England title and with a rematch with Lee and Jung at the semi final stage in this weeks event.
#1 Seeds: Du and Yu
Round 1 Opponents: Matsutomo and Takahashi
The Malaysian Super Series winners play only their second event of 2010 after defeating Ma and Wang in their first event of this year. The draw has been favourable to them in that the other two seeded Chinese pairs are in the bottom half of the draw but a potential second round match with Vislova and Sorokina could test them early in the competition.
#2: Ma and Wang
Round 1 Opponents: Reid and Grether (Canada/Germany)
The top seeds in Malaysia will have to settle for the #2 seed this week, but are coming off a win in last weeks German Open against the 3rd seeded Cheng and Zhao, who they could face in the semi finals this week and then possible revenge for their Malaysian Super Series loss.
#1 Seed: Ma and Zheng
Round 1 Opponents: Ko and Ha
This is their first outing of 2010 after pulling out of the Malaysian Super Series, very much like Lin Dan did. However they do not have the domination of Lin Dan and there is several other Chinese partnerships capable of defeating them if they have another off-form day like in the 2009.
#3 Seed: Lee and Lee
Round 1 Opponents: Liao and Chen (Chinese Taipei)
The 2008 Olympic Champions have had a difficult 2010 to date, losing in the opening round of their home event in Korea and then having to pull out the next week in Malaysia. Lee Hyo Jung is solely playing mixed doubles in the event and has been for the entire year so this is her only chance to win this week.
Qualifying begins Tuesday at 12 noon
Round 1 begins Wednesday at 10am