The top seed in the women’s singles, Pi Hongyan, was defeated today by China’s Zhu Lin. Not a huge surprise however as the Chinese shuttler has a world title under her belt. Local hopeful Anna Rice had another strong performance, this time defeating Japan’s Uchida Shizuka 20-22, 22-20, 21-11 to set up a quarter-final battle against 3rd seeded Korean Kim Moon Hi.
Taufik Hidayat struggled again today with yet another three game performance. France’s Mathieu Lo Ying Ping pushed the Indonesian far but he couldn’t take the match falling 13-21, 21-19, 21-16. Tomorrow Hidayat will play Denmark’s Christian Lind Thomsen who came through against England’s Carl Baxter in spite of being reprimanded for his overzealous celebrations. Thomsen won in three 11-21, 21-16, 21-15. There was also some controversy in the men’s round of sixteen when Brice Leverdez benefited from an error on the part of the referee. Leverdez had touched the game winning shot from his opponent Derek Ziliang Wong, however the referee did not hear the shuttle being contacted and called the shot out bringing the score level at 20 all instead of awarding the second game to Wong. Wong’s protest went unheard and shortly after Leverdez took the second game and the match 21-16, 22-20 to the disgust of the crowd. Tomorrow Leverdez will face his teammate Simon Manoury who is having the performance of his career after defeating 3rd seed Rajiv Ouseph earlier in the day.
Check back tomorrow for more results from the biggest tournament in Canada for the last 15 years.
Canada’s Alex Pang may not have won against the former World and Olympic Champion, but pushing Hidayat to a long three games will certainly add to his credibility on the international tour. The young Canadian surprised everyone, including himself, when he won the first game against the top seed 21-15. Hidayat struck back taking the second and third games to seal his place in the second round, but Pang didn’t concede the match easily forcing Hidayat to earn his points with a final scoreline of 15-21, 21-15, 21-15.
Hidayat may have squeaked through but others weren’t so lucky. Chinese Taipei’s Yu Hsing Hsieh was one of the casualties early on as was Ireland’s Scott Evans, both of whom lost to Japanese players in long three game matches. Korea’s Won Ho Shon also fell in the first round at the hands of Denmark’s Kasper Ipsen.
Ji Hyun Sung was the only seed to fall in the women’s singles when qualifier Oka Hitomi defeated the lanky Korean in two straight games 24-22, 21-16. Local favourite Anna Rice survived a near miss against Slovenia’s Maja Tvrdy fighting back from a game down to win 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 in a thrilling, crowd pleasing battle. Canada’s other hopeful Michelle Li wasn’t as lucky against Singapore’s Fu Mingtian when in spite of a strong effort and a long three games the Singaporean player won 21-17, 18-21, 21-12.
The women’s doubles lacked the dramatics that many of the other events had, however the local fans were given a treat by the Canadian national champions Jiang Xuelian and Melody Liang who defeated Denmark’s Britta Andersen and Julie Houmann in an exciting three games 21-10, 12-21, 22-20. The men’s doubles was similarly uneventful, nonetheless the top seeds Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach were effective in entertaining the crowd with their star power. After winning their first round match they are now drawn to play Canada’s national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau in the second round. The big upset in the mixed doubles came at the expense of Canada’s top ranked pair and the second seeds of this event, Toby Ng and Grace Gao. The Canadian pair fell to Switzerland’s Anthony Dumartheray and Sabrina Jaquet 21-9, 17-21, 21-18.
The first day of the Yonex Canada Open 2010 has concluded with mostly Canadian players in contention today along with some younger international players, the victors of today’s games will find themselves thrust into battle with the World’s best tomorrow. Also present in the qualifying rounds however were some future Korean prospects, as well as some retired Indonesian stars like Ronne Runtulalo and his partners Sandiarto Sandiarto in the doubles, and Jo Novita in the mixed doubles.
Tomorrow we can look forward to matches from players like Taufik Hidayat, Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach, and several more of the world’s best.
Here is Bobby Milroy on video to recap the day’s events:
For the first time in over a decade Canada is hosting a grand prix event worthy of the world’s top players. Today we arrived in Richmond, Canada (a suburb of Vancouver) to begin coverage of this groundbreaking event. Bobby Milroy, president of ClearOne Sports was on hand to tell us a little bit about the event.
With several World and Olympic Champions on deck the event promises to be a fantastic one. The qualifying rounds begin Tuesday July 13, and main round matches begin on Wednesday. The draws are available online now at the link below: