Every game had the possibility of being a classic; few expected the one-sidedness of four of the five finals on show. The mixed doubles final was over in a mere 21 minutes, as Widianto and Natsir coasted to a 21-7, 21-7 victory and never gave up the lead at any point in the match.
The all-Chinese encounter between Wang Yihan and Wang Lin was over in just 36 minutes, with Wang Yihan winning eleven points in a row in the middle of the first game, taking the opener 21-9. Wang Lin showed some resistance in the secong but the 3rd seed Wang Yihan took the second game 21-12 to secure Super Series title number 3 this year.
Ma and Wang played Zhao and Cheng in the ladies doubles final, but another one-side encounter was the order of the day. After a closely fought 21-13 opening game, Ma and Wang led throughout the second game and served out from 12-8 in the second game to win 21-8.
So far, the opponents in the three matches had put up just 56 points. Lin Dan against Taufik Hiyadat would surely be a close match? The opening game looked to be a tight match, but at 10-6 in the opening game, the top seed put a string of 11 points together to take the opener 21 points to 6.
Taufik did take a lead in the second game, at 1-0. Lin Dan then turned the screw on the Indonesian and never let him lead again, winning the second match 21-15. That took the total of 77 points in eight sets of Badminton for the defeated players.
The final match of the day pitted the two best men’s doubles partnerships in the world against each other, Second seeded Koo and Tan took the opening game 21 points to 15 but the top seeded pair responded with a dominant second game there they never lost the lead in a reverse of the opening game, 21-15 to Kido and Setiawan.
The final game was a carbon copy of the second game, with Koo and Tan never closing the three-point gap that the top seeds carved out early in the 3rd game. A late four-point charge secured their victory with a 21-14 scoreline in the final game.
The All-Chinese semi finals in the Men’s Singles were averted, but not without a serious fight from the unseeded Chinese players. Lin Dan and Chen Jin secured their places in the last four whilst Taufik Hidiyat and Chen Long battled it out for a place in the last four. The fourth seeded Indonesian winning in two games, 22-20, 21-15.
Peter Gade against Bao Chunlai promised to be a classic, Gade taking the opening game 21-15 only for Bao Chunlai to respond, taking the second game 21-14. Just after the hour mark, Gade secured his place in the last four with a 21-13 win in the deciding game.
Wang Lin dropped the opening game to Saina Nehwal of India, but responded superbly to win the next two games and secure her place in the last four of the Women’s singles. The all-Chinese quarter final between Wang Yihan and Lu Lan was one of the shortest matches of the day, with the 3rd seed Wang Yihan beating world champion 21-17, 23-21. Pi Hongyan took a close opening game against Olga Konon in another of the quarterfinals, before demolishing her Polish opponent 21-9 in the second game.
China boasts interest in eight of the ten matches taking place tomorrow, two being all-Chinese affairs, with the Peter Gade – Taufik Hidayat match and the men’s doubles match between Boe and Mogensen against Koo and Tan being the other two matches on court tomorrow.
Only two non-seeded players remain in the five events, Yao Jie plays top seeded Wang Lin in the Women’s singles and the exciting Chinese pairing of Tao and Sun play top seeded Kido and Setiawan in the Men’s Doubles.
China has guaranteed themselves two places on Sunday, play starts 2pm local to see if they can increase that tally.
Yonex French Super Series 2009 Draws
The Chinese had arrived in force earlier in the week without a repeat of the mass pullout that pledged the Danish Super Series. The rematch between Jorgensen and Gade never happened after Tago’s win over Jorgensen in Round 1 yesterday, but Gade had little trouble disposing of Kenichi Tago, winning 21-18, 21-15.
It was a fantastic day for the Chinese, with every single player and partnership winning on Day 3 apart from one couple that played another Chinese couple in Round 2. Wang Yihan and Wang Lin breezing into the quarterfinals with comfortable wins in under 30 minutes each.
Lin Dan and Chen Jin are into the last 8 of the men’s singles, as well as Bao Chunlai and Chen Long. All four progressing to the quarterfinals in two straight games in their matches, with the possibility of four Chinese players in the semi finals of the men’s singles looming large.
Danish Super Series winner Tine Rasmussen is the first big name out of the women’s singles, beaten by Indonesian Adriyanti Firdasari in three games. She will play Yao Jie in the Quarter Finals on Friday.
Tomorrow provides a fantastic choice of games, from Lin Dan against Joachim Persson to Lu Lan to Wang Yihan, with Anastasia Russkikh playing with yet another partner in the Super Series and making it again to the Quarter Final stage.
Bao Chunlai against Peter Gade promises to be a fabulous match, Chen Long against Taufik Hidiyat as well as the unknown quantity of Olga Konon of Poland in the Women’s singles against local favourite Pi Hongyan in another of the women’s singles quarterfinals.
Play begins tomorrow at 4pm local time.
French Super Series 2009 Draws