The home crowds were guaranteed at least one title, but Jie Yao doubled their tally on finals day.
The Malaysian pair of Heg and Teo defeated their second Dutch seed of the week, taking the men’s doubles title over the 3rd seeded De Ruiter and Khodabux in a three game, 52 minute matchup. There was also disappointment for the fans in the men’s singles final, as Anand Pawar withdrew before the start of play that meant Andre Kurniawan Tedjono claimed the title by walkover.
Mateusiak and Zieba claimed the mixed doubles title in their toughest match of the week, but still won in two games over the Russian pairing of Ashmarin and Panushkina with the top seeds winning 21-10, 21-19.
Jonathans and Van Dooremalen were taken the distance by their team mates Piek and Tabelling, with the top seeds eventually taking the title on the third attempt in the deciding game. The 65-minute match was the longest of the day with the top seeds winning 17-21, 21-19, 23-21.
Jie Yao ensured another title after ensuring a shock wasn’t on the cards against her Malaysian opponent Sonia Su Ya Cheah. After losing the opening game 21-19, the top seed allowed the unseeded Cheah just 21 points in the next two games to battle back to take the title 19-21, 21-9, 21-12.
Eric Pang was the biggest casualty today as the top seed in the men’s singles crashed out to India’s Anand Pawar.
Pawar Surges Into Final
After defeating Pang in his quarter final, Pawar then defeated the 3rd seeded Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne to book his place in the final against Andre Kurniawan Tedjono, who defeated the 4th seeded Dicky Palyama to ensure a double disappointment for the home fans.
Jie Yao is one of three potential Dutch winners on finals day, after victories over Simone Prutsch and Elizabeth Cann in her two matches today to ensure her place in the final against Sonia Su Ya Cheah of Malaysia. The unseeded player defeated the 4th seeded Schnaase in her quarter final and then beat Michelle Chan Ky, seeded 2 this week to reach the final.
One Doubles Title Assured
De Ruiter and Khodabux take on their own Malaysian opponent in the men’s doubles final, taking on Heg and Teo who are ranked 42 places below them in the world rankings. The Malaysian pair have already defeated the 2nd seeded Bosch and Ridder this week as well as the English pairing of Ellis and Langridge to reach the final.
One title is assured in the women’s doubles, with top seeded Van Dooremalen and Jonathans taking on the 3rd seeded Piek and Tabelling in an all-Dutch final. Only the top seeded pair have dropped a game this week in their semi final against Muskens and Peters to set up the first meeting between the pairs in international competition.
Mateusiak and Zieba are safely into the mixed doubles final and take on a Russian pair ranked almost 250 players lower than them in the world rankings. Ashmarin and Panushkina have dropped a single game on route to the final and survived a match point to ensure their place in the final. The top seeds Poles have been clinical in their route to the final, conceding double digits in just one of their six games to date.
The massive Dutch entry into their home event has seen countless players and pairs make the quarter final stage, including the top two seeds in both singles events.
Pang And Jie Yao The Big Hopes
Eric Pang survived a three-game match against Dieter Domke to book his place into the last 8 against Anand Pawar of India, who defeated Christian Lind Thomson in his second round match to reach the quarter finals. Dicky Palyama is the highest seed left in the bottom half of the draw to make the prospect of an all-Dutch final a real possibility. Palyama takes on Raul Must of Estonia in his quarter final match.
7 of the 8 seeds remain in the women’s singles, with Patty Stolzenbach defeating the 5th seeded Anu Nieminen in the first round before losing out to Sonia Su Ya Cheah in the second round. Jie Yao carries the hope of a nation, with the top seed taking on the 8th seeded Simone Prutsch in her quarter final match. The 2nd seeded Michelle Chan Ky is also safely into the quarter finals, where she takes on the 6th seeded Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland.
Massive Dutch Influence In Doubles
De Ruiter and Khodabux are the biggest names left in the men’s doubles, the 3rd seeds take on Dierickx and Golinski of Belgium. Arends and Maas as well as Bosch and Ridder were Dutch seeds that crashed out in the second round but with two other unseeded Dutch pairs reaching the last 8 to ensure a major Dutch presence.
5 of the final 8 in the women’s doubles come from the home nation, led by the top seeds to Jonathans and Van Dooremalen who take on Muskens and Peters in an all-Dutch quarter final. The 3rd seeded Piek and Tabeling take on the Danish pair of Grebak and Helsbol in their quarter final with a victory guaranteeing at least one Dutch pair into the final.
Two Dutch pairs are into the last 8 of the mixed doubles, with Meijs and Van Der Valk taking on the top seeded Poles of Mateusiak and Zieba. The second Dutch pair of Middelburg and De Visch Eibergen taking on the 2nd seeded Swiss pairing of Dumartheray and Jaquet.