I know you’re going to find it hard to believe that I didn’t write that last post after already seeing the results, but I promise you it was my actual prediction. Bao Chunlai defeated the young up and comer Gong Weijie 21-18, 21-14 just as I predicted! I’m waiting for my call from Star Sports now, I’m ready to replace Gillian Clark anytime now.
In other news China won all the finals except the mens doubles which was won by a Korean pair. Looking forward to the All Englands next week, should be exciting!
German Open 2009 Draws
China has a heads up match in the finals of the mens singles tomorrow when Bao Chunlai plays Gong Weijie. Bao defeated the Dutchman Eric Pang 21-14, 19-21, 21-15 while his teammate Gong Weijie defeated his other teammate Chen Long 21-19, 21-19. If I’m not mistaken this is likely Gong Weijie’s best result of his career so far (with the exception of perhaps the finals of the world juniors).
Can’t say I’m surprised that this is the final, but I am impressed that Eric Pang brought Bao to three. This once against affirms my belief that the mens singles is getting much deeper and much closer between the top 50 or so players. Previously only another top 20 player or even top 10 player would have had a shot against another top 10 player, but now things are different. Even us Canadians have a shot at taking out one of the top ten players, doing it 5 or 6 matches in a row is another thing.
I’ll be very surprised if Gong takes the final tomorrow, I don’t think Bao fancies the idea of heading back to the B team anymore than Mr T would. My bets are on Bao Chunlai to take the final, perhaps it could be a three gamer, but unlikely. Prediction is 21-18, 21-14 for Bao.
German Open 2009 Draws
Not to boast or anything, but I knew that Gong Weijie was going to beat Chetan Anand. This kid is good, and were it not for Chen Long’s stellar performance against Wong Choong Han, I would say he’s a shoe in for the finals. I do however still think he will beat Chen Long, but like I said in my last post, I haven’t seen Chen Long play so I can’t really say for sure.
The only quarter-final that did not go to three games was Eric Pang’s match against Korea’s Hong Ji Hoon. Pang won 21-8, 21-14 and now faces Bao Chunlai in the semi-finals. Bao defeated England’s top ranked player in the world Andrew Smith in three games 21-11, 14-21, 21-7. Smith is a strong player, but he hasn’t quite cracked that next level where he’s beating top 10 players yet, but once he gets that first win it will certainly give him that confidence.
Bao Chunlai def Andrew Smith 21-11, 14-21, 21-7
Eric Pang def Hong Ji Hoon 21-8, 21-14
Chen Long def Wong Choong Han 9-21, 21-19, 21-16
Gong Weijie def Chetan Anand 19-21, 21-19, 21-12
Day one is done in Mulheim, and while there were few big upsets, there were some really tight matches, and it just shows how much depth the men’s singles has. I don’t really follow the other events (if anyone else would like to help me out and write about the other events PLEASE contact me!), so I can’t really comment on them, but I’m loving the men’s singles these days.
First off I’ll start by commenting on my buddy and fellow Canadian David Snider. David came sooo close to beating England’s Andrew Smith. Andrew won the match 23-25, 21-19, 21-16, and that is great for a kid who is still only 20 (I think David is 20, correct me if I’m wrong).
I probably should have commented on this first, but that doesn’t reduce the hugeness of this upset for Rajiv Ouseph who knocked out Dutch player Dicky Palyama who was the 8th seed. Ouseph won 21-14, 21-18. This kid is a strong player, he brought Gade to three games at the last French Open Super Series.
Should be some very exciting second round matches, so keep following the results! Here are the draws: