Lee Chong Wei gained his revenge on Lin Dan on what claimed would be his “second to last” visit to the All England’s before he plans to retire but the big winners on finals day were the Chinese as they claimed three titles.
Lee Chong Wei didn’t drop a game all week on his route to defending his All England title but was given his biggest test by his long-term rival in Lin Dan however the top seeded Malaysian came through in two games to win the men’s singles by the scoreline of 21-17, 21-17 in 52 minutes.
There was a trio of Chinese success, starting with Wang Shixian in the women’s singles as she took her first All England title, defeating Eriko Hirose of Japan in a tight two game match which the top seeded Chinese player won 24-22, 21-18 in 55 minutes to claim her second Super Series title of 2011 and her first Premier triumph. Wang and Yu were at their awesome best in a stunning display in the women’s doubles final against the world #9 pair of Fujii and Kakiiwa, the 3rd seeded took the opening game 21-2 in just 9 minutes and completed their demolition with a 21-9 scoreline in the second to claim their first All England as a partnership. Wang Xiaoli’s previous partner Ma Jin also claimed the mixed doubles title with new partner Xu Chen over the 3rd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam in another one-sided final that the Chinese pair won 21-13, 21-9.
There was some European success as the Danish top seeds of Boe and Mogensen claimed the men’s doubles title, 12 months after having four match points in last year’s final to win it. They defeated Malaysia’s Koo and Tan in a three game match, coming back from a being a game down to win 15-21, 21-18, 21-18 in 62 minutes to claim their first All England title.
All England Final Results
There was an expectancy of a Lin Dan – Lee Chong Wei final in the men’s singles before the start of play today and they did not disappoint as they set up a rematch of the Korean Open in tomorrow’s All England final.
Lin Dan defeated Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in a unexpected three game match, with Zwiebler’s excellent play taking the match into a deciding game. However, the 3rd seed and Olympic champion wasn’t too good in the third game and re-asserted his dominance to take the match 21-9, 16-21, 21-11 in 63 minutes. Lee Chong Wei reached the final in his two game victory over China’s Chen Long to continue his fantastic week in Birmingham.
Wang Shixian is through to her first All England final with a win over Wang Xin in the first of the women’s singles semi finals, taking the match in two tight games 21-19, 21-17. Eriko Hirose breaks up the Chinese dominance in this event with a win in her semi final over Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva in another tight two game match, winning 21-15, 22-20 to book her place in tomorrow’s final.
Another top seed through to tomorrow’s final is the Danish pair of Boe and Mogensen who defeated the young Chinese pair of Chai and Guo in two games, after a tight opening game which the Danes took 26-24 before comfortably winning the second game 21-12 to book their place in the final. Their opponents in the final will be the 5th seeded Koo and Tan who defeated Cai and Fu in their semi final in one of the quickest matches of the day at just 39 minutes with the Malaysian’s winning 21-11, 23-21 to book their place in the final.
Wang and Yu’s fantastic run in recent months continued with another finals appearance after defeating the Danish pair of Damkjaer Kruse and Roepke in a three game match with one side of the court clearly giving the pair on hitting with the drift an advantage. Wang and Yu took the opening game 21-10 before losing the second game 16-21 and then regained their advantage with the drift to take an early lead and held on to win 21-9 in the final game. Their opponents in the finals are Fujii and Kakiiwa of Japan who defeated their team mates Naito and Matsuo in a tight two game, 50 minute match with Fujii and Kakiiwa winning 21-19, 21-17.
Ma and Xu won the match of the unseeded pairs in the mixed doubles against Fuchs and Michels in a 40 minute, two game match which the Chinese pair won 21-19, 21-17. They take on the 3rd seeded Thai pairing of Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam who defeated the pairing of Russkikh and Setiawan in their own two game victory which they won 21-17, 21-15 to stop Russkikh’s run at the semi finals for the second time in five years.
All England Badminton 2011 Results
The first of the top seeds were defeated on quarter finals day in Birmingham as well as one of the crowd favourites in Peter Gade also losing out in his quarter final against the 5th seeded Chen Long.
Gade’s defeat meant that there would be no rematch with Lee Chong Wei in the semi finals this year, with the top seeded Malaysian defeating Boonsak Ponsana in a convincing fashion to book his place in the last 4 against Chen Long. Lin Dan is through in the bottom half of the draw as he beat Tien Minh Nguyen in his quarter final in a one-sided two game victory. The Chinese 3rd seed takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler in the second semi final tomorrow, Zwiebler defeated Japan’s Kazushi Yamada in a tight three game match that lasted just over an hour to ensure at least one European player on semi finals day in the men’s singles.
China is guaranteed at a place in Sunday’s final of the women’s singles, with top seeded Wang Shixian defeating 7th seeded Juliane Schenk in a testing three game match after the top seed lost the opening game. Her opponent in tomorrow’s semi final will be the 3rd seeded Wang Xin who won the all-Chinese clash against the 6th seeded Jiang Yanjiao in two games to book her place in tomorrow’s semi final. The other semi final has European interest in it with Petya Nedelcheva defeating Gu Juan of Singapore to reach the last 4, where she will take on Eriko Hirose of Japan who defeated 5th seeded Saina Newhal in two games to reach the semi final stage, winning 21-11, 22-20.
Boe and Mogensen continued their excellent run with a good two game win over Malaysia’s Abdul Latif and Hoon to set up a semi final against the unseeded Chinese pair of Guo and Chai, who defeated the 8th seeded Ahsan and Septano to claim their second victory over a seeded pair this week, previously defeating Lee and Jung. The other semi final is a rematch of last years world championships, with 6th seeded Cai and Yun taking on the 5th seeded Koo and Tan in their 11th meeting since their meeting in this event four years previously with the Chinese pair winning the last 5 of their meetings.
Cheng and Chien crashed out of the women’s doubles to the unseeded Danish pair of Roepke and Damkjaer Kruse in a two game defeat, the reward for defeating the top seeds is a semi final match against the 3rd seeded Wang and Yu of China who have failed to drop a game this week but the Danes have already defeated two seeded pairs to reach this stage. The other semi final sees Fujii and Kakiiwa take on their team-mates in an all-Japanese match as they play Matsuo and Naito, who defeated the Chinese pair of Tian and Zhao in three games to book their place in the last 4.
The top seeds in the mixed doubles are also out as Zhao and Zhang were defeated by the Chinese team mates Xu and Ma in a three game match up which the unseeded Xu and Ma saved three match points in the second game. Their opponents in the semi final are the unseeded German pair of Fuchs and Michels who defeated the 4th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba in a tight three game match to book their place in the last 4. Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam progressed into the last 4 even after losing their opening game against Jiaming and Tian 21-4, they went on to win the next two games to complete their unlikely victory and book their place against Russkikh and Setiawan in the semi finals after they defeated Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in three games in their quarter final match.
All England Badminton 2011 Results