Tine Baun’s final tournament ends on finals day after her toughest match of the week ended with a victory over Sung Ji Hyun after a 76 minute marathon in their semi final. The remaining four events all have Chinese interest even with countless seeds crashing out before Sunday.
Chen Long Holds Of Jorgensen
Chen Long like Tine Baun had the toughest test of his title credentials to date with a tough two game victory over Jan O Jorgensen, even though the 2nd seed did drop a game against Boonsak Ponsana. Lee Chong Wei had a first game scare against Saensomboonsuk before securing his place in the final and his 13th meeting gainst Chen Long. The Malaysia has won 7 of their 12 encounters but it was Chen Long that came out on up in their most recent match in late 2012 at the Hong Kong Super Series.
Baun Reaches All England Final For Fourth Time
Both of the finalists defeated higher seeded opponents in the semi finals, with Ratchanok Inthanon defeating Saina Nehwal in two games after her victory over Juliane Schenk in the last 8. Tine Baun defeated Sung Ji Hyun in her semi final to set up a 5th meeting between the two, with the 18-year old from Thailand winning the last two meetings at the latter half of 2012
Chinese Contingent In Doubles
China are guaranteed at least one title this week, with Wang and Yu taking on Cheng and Zhao in the women’s doubles final after the unseeded pair defeated the 5th seeded Ma and Tang on route to a meeting with the world number 1 pairing. The two pairings have met five times, but the last time was in 2010 before Zhao Yunlei teamed up with Tian Qing.
Liu and Qiu defeated their second seeded pair of the week, beating Ahsan and Setiawan in three games to set up a meeting with a third seeded pair in the final. Endo and Hayakawa defeated Jongjit and Puangpuapech to reach the final against the unseeded Chinese pair. The two pairs have played each other twice, with their most recent meeting in India going the way of the Japanese pair in three games.
The Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao take on the reigning All England Champions in the mixed doubles final with both pairs coming through their semi final against Indonesian opponents to set up a seventh metting with the Indonesian pair. The Indonesian pair won their previous meeting in the Denmark Super Series Premier in two games but the Chinese pair have won four of their last six meetings.
Semi Final Results:
Quarterfinal day was a mini-revival for the Chinese team, but even then their involvement in the women’s singles ended with Wang Shixian crashed out at the hands of Saina Nehwal. Denmark has interest in both the men’s and women’s singles and will be Europe’s sole two players playing this weekend.
Lee Chong Wei Takes On Saensomboonsuk
A relative unknown at the highest level, Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk’s sensational week has him into the semi final stage where he takes on Lee Chong Wei. The world number 37 had to go through the qualifying stage before embarking on a remarkable run that almost ended at the first round, saving three match points against Hu Yun. Victories over Sho Sasaki and Tommy Sugiarto in two games has seen him reach the semi finals and a seventh meeting against the world number 1, who has won their previous 6 matches.
Chen Long takes on Jan O Jorgensen with the Dane’s decision to not take part in the European Team championships last month has paid off with his stunning form this week, punctuated in the quarter final with a 21-7, 21-14 victory over Chen Jin. Chen Long has been equally as impressive, defeating Kashyap Parupalli in his quarter final to set up their first meeting in over two years against Jorgensen.
Baun Two Steps From The Title
A convincing victory over Lindaweni has Tine Baun into the last 4 but faces a tough challenge against Sung Ji Hyun but the Dane’s record against the 5th seed is in Baun’s favour. Five straight victories over the Korean will make Baun the favourite in the semi final. The other semi final sees Saina Nehwal takes on Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who defeated Juliane Schenk in the quarter final and defeated Nehwal in their last meeting in late 2012. The women’s singles is the only event at this stage with four seeds remaining in the draw and will likely be the hardest of the events to predict.
Chinese Interest In All Three Doubles Events
Liu and Qiu flag the flag for China in a men’s doubles event that has seen the seeds tumble day after day. The unseeded Chinese pair take on the 8th seeded Ahsan and Setiawan, a new Indonesian partnership but a dangerous duo that defeated Chai and Zhang in their opening round match. Endo and Hayakawa take on the unseeded Thai pairing of Jongjit and Puangpuapech, who are playing their first tournament together as a partnership and defeated Koo and Tan on route to the semi finals.
Wang and Yu are the undoubted favourites in the women’s doubles and take on Japan’s Maeda and Suetsuna in their semi final, with the Chinese pairing winning all four of their previous encounters. Ma and Tang are the second Chinese pair left in the draw and take on the third Chinese pair in the last 4, Cheng and Zhao. The two pairs met in last week’s German Open with Ma and Tang winning in two games.
Xu and Ma were the latest top seed to crash out this week, losing to Rijal and Susanto in three games and their next match is just as difficult if not harder against the current Olympic champions. Zhang and Zhao have won all 6 of their previous matches, with the Indonesian pair failing to win a single game in any of the matches. Two more Indonesian pairs face over in the second semi final, with Kido and Zebediah taking on Ahmad and Natsir – the 2012 winners. It will be their fourth meeting and like the first semi final, Ahmad and Natsir have won all three matches, but Kido and Zebadiah have claimed a game in their first meeting against the 2nd seeds but that was almost 9 months ago and the previous two matches have been a much more one-sided affair.
Quarter Final Results:
It was a second day of big name casualties in Birmingham, with Denmark’s Boe and Mogensen being the biggest scalp of the day. Liu and Qiu claimed one of just eight Chinese victories in their win over the Danes as they stranglehold on world badminton is as loose as ever in recent memory.
Lee Chong Wei Into Last 8
Lee Chong Wei’s spectacular 2013 continued with a two-game victory over Wang Zhengming, his 11th win of the year without a loss to date. Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen will be the Malaysian’s opponent in the last 8, with the previous seven encounters going to the world number 1, all in two games. Jan O Jorgensen is Europe’s last hope of any success in the competition and benefitted from Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s retirement in their match to set up a quarter final against Chen Jin of China, who defeated another Chinese player, Chen Yuekun on route to the last 8.
Chen Long takes on India’s Kashyap Parupalli in the quarter final after he defeated Kenichi Tago in his second round clash whilst Chen Long beat Japan’s Takuma Ueda to book his place in the last 8.
Baun Reaches Last 8
Li Han provided an ample test for Tine Baun in their second round clash, but the 25-year old Chinese player was no match for Tine Baun, in her final All England Championships. Her half of the draw has opened up with the Chinese seeds already out, with Wang Yihan’s conquerer waiting in the quarter final stage. Sung Ji Hyun is the only other remaining seed in the top half, with the 5th seed taking on Eriko Hirose of Japan in the second of the quarter finals.
A full compliment of seeds in the bottom half means two excellent encounters, with Wang Shixian taking on Saina Nehwal and Racthanok Intanon taking on Juliane Schenk for two places in the semi finals. Nehwal has beaten Wang Shixian in their previous three encounters whilst it will be the 7th meeting between Schenk and Intanon, with their most famous encounter coming at the 2012 Olympics that the Thai player won in two games.
Seeds Topple In Doubles
Just three seeds remain in the men’s doubles, with Endo and Hayakawa being the highest seeds left. The 4th seeded Japanese pair take on the 6th seeded Kim and Kim to ensure another seed falls before the last 4. Ahsan and Setiawan are the sole seeds left in the top half of the draw and take on Hoon and Tan of Malaysia for a place in the last 4.
Even the women’s doubles has had it’s share of seeds crash out, the 4th seeded Eom and Jang being the latest pair to crash out at the hands of Hoo and Woon of Malaysia. Wang and Yu take on Jung and Kim in the featured match of the four quarter finals and have played once since their Olympic farce, with the Chinese pair winning in two games.
Chan and Goh’s were the biggest casualty of the mixed doubles draw today, losing to Indonesia’s Kurniawan and Irawati who are rewarded with a quarter final match against the current Olympic champions Zhang and Zhao of China. Xu and Ma also reached the last 8, with an all-Chinese semi final looming should they defeat Rijal and Susanto as well as Zhang and Zhao winning their quarter final clash.
Day 2 Results:
The first full day of play begun in Birmingham with the organisers hoping not to repeat the farcical start to the 2012 tournament. Play begun at 9am on Wednesday and mercifully ended on Wednesday, albeit well after 11pm but the first day of this years edition of the All England will be remembered for the amount of seeds crashing out on the opening day of play.
Seeds Tested in Men’s Singles
Kenichi Tago was the sole seed that progressed into the second round without the loss of a game, defeating Viktor Axelsen in his opening round match. Hu Yun and Du Pengyu were the big name casualties of the first round, with Lee Chong Wei, Chen Long, Sony Dwi Kuncoro, Chen Jin and Tien Minh Nguyen all needing three games to progress to the last 16.
Lee Chong Wei takes on Wang Zhengming in the pick of the second round matches, with Chen Long also likely to be tested against Takuma Ueda of Japan. Jan O Jorgensen flys the flag for Europe and takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in a miserable day for European badminton, with just six wins coming in 29 matches over the course of the opening days play.
Chinese Misery In Women’s Singles
There is usually five to seven Chinese players left in the draw at the last 16 stage, but this week just three remain. Li Han takes on Tine Baun whilst the other two Chinese players, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao play against one another in the second round. The major shocks in the competition come at the expense of China with Olympic champion Li Xuerui losing in two games to Bae Yeon Ju whilst the third seeded Wang Yihan lost to Indonesia’s Lindaweri Fanetri, also in two games.
Both Saina Nehwal and Wang Shixian needed three games to ensure their passage into the second round but there was no such trouble for the European seeds. Juliane Schenk set up a tough second round match against P.V. Sindhu and Tine Baun’s future in the All England and her career will be tested to the full by Li Han of China.
Lee/Ko Crash Out
A pre-match withdrawal from Cai and Fu weakened the event but the shock loss of Lee and Ko to Germany’s Kindervater and Schoettler was perhaps the biggest positive from a European standpoint on the day. The loss of Cai and Fu as well as Lee and Ko has made the top half of the men’s doubles draw all the easier for the top seeded Boe and Mogensen, who take on China’s Liu and Qiu in tomorrow’s second round.
Moren and Szkudlarczyk provided their own shock in the bottom half, with a three game victory over the 5th seeded Hong and Shen to ensure there would not be a full compliment of seeds in the bottom half of the draw. Koo and Tan defeated Ellis and Adcock to end English hopes in the competition, with Robert Blair partnering Tan Bin Shen who take on the 4th seeded Endo and Hayakawa in the second round.
Asian Dominance In Women’s Doubles
The second seeded Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl crashed out to Bao and Tian in the opening round, ending any hope of a European threat in the women’s doubles. Wang and Yu progressed safely into the second round, joined there by Ma and Tang as well as Cheng and Zhao. Zhao and Tian were previously partners but will play against one another for the first time in their new partnerships in the second round tomorrow.
The sixteen remaining pairs all hail from Asia, with all four European pairs crashing out in the first round. Jenny Wallwork’s retirement in the days leading up to the All England surprised many and asks the question about how far her and partner Alex Langley would have gone in the event this year.
Danish Disaster In Mixed Doubles
Christinna Pedersen’s opening day ended in disaster as her and partner Joachim Fischer Neilsen were the only seeds not the progress into the last 16, beaten by the Indonesian pair of Kido and Bernadeth. Xu and Ma defeated Adcock and White to set-up an all-Chinese second round match against Qiu and Bao. Zhang and Zhao made light work of another Danish pair, Pieler Kolding and Rytter Juhl to reach the last 16.
Day 1 Results: