Bao Chunlai continues his domination with another impressive two game victory, this time over Tan Chun Seang of Malaysia, 21-13, 21-7 to book his place in tomorrow’s semi final. He will play Wong Choong Hann, the 3rd seed from Malaysia is his opponent in the semi final after defeating the 6th seed in Dicky Palyama in three games, 15-21, 21-13, 21-17. The German interest in the singles ended today, with 4th Marc Zweibler losing out to the 8th seeded Hashim Muhammad Hafiz in two games, 21-12, 21-16. Chen Long is his semi-final opponent after defeating Wong Wing Ki in two games, 21-18, 21-15.
Wang Lin is through to the semi final after defeating Jeanine Cicognini 21-12, 21-14. The Chinese top seed will play the final German left in the competition, the 3rd seed Juliane Schenk. The 3rd seed has failed to drop a game en route to the semi final and will play the Chinese top seed in Wang Lin. Wang Xin, the second seed is also through after a scare against Wong Mew Choo, the 6th seed from Malaysia. Wang Xin going through 21-13, 20-22, 21-13 and will play Chan Tsz Ka of Hong Kong in the semi final after she defeated Tse Ting Suet 22-20, 21-18.
In the doubles events, the Chinese pairs have dominated play. Tao and Zhang are through to the mixed doubles semi final; the fours seeds in the women’s doubles are through including the top two seeds from China. Blair and Bankier are making a return after Bankier’s injury last year, they have reached the semi final and will play Tao and Zhang of China in the last 4.
The first round proper begun with the top seed men’s singles player Bao Chunlai in action, his opponent Sven-Eric Kastens posing little threat as the #1 seed progressed 21-9, 21-11 into round two. The majority of the seeds in the men’s singles had little trouble in progressing into the second round, Dicky Palyama who is seeded 6th was taken the full distance by Rei Sato of Japan, eventually the Dutch seed won 18-21, 21-11, 21-14. The bottom half of the men’s singles draw also had no shocks with the seeds, with Marc Zweibler progressing 22-20, 21-11 over Wei Feng Chong. Chen Long also safely marched into round 2 with his 21-7, 21-9 win over Dharma Gunawi.
The men’s doubles lost its top seed Choong and Lee of Malaysia in Round 1 at the hands of Liao and Wu of Chinese Tapiei, 21-18, 22-20. Another Malayian seed fell later in the day, with the 6th seeded Chan and Lim losing out to Japanese duo Endo and Hirobe in three games, 13-21, 21-18, 21-15. The second seeded Lin and Chen progressed in a tight two game encouter with the Danish pair Conrad-Petersen and Kolding, 21-16, 21-17.
The women’s singles suffered the biggest fallout regarding the seeds, 8th seeded Judith Meulendijks crashed out to Jeanine Cicognini in a three game encounter, 18-21, 21-15, 21-15 to the Swiss player. Petya Nedelcheva, the 5th seed was the next seed to fall. Trupti Murgurdi of India beating the Bulgarian seed 12-21, 21-8, 21-14 to progress into Round 2. It was a bad day for the Dutch ladies, as 4th seeded Yao Jie was the 3rd seed to lose out in the opening round, Tse Ying Suet defeating the 4th seed, 22-20, 21-13.
The women’s doubles seen the 3rd and 4th seeds progress into Round 2, where the top 2 Chinese seeds will play their opening match in the event. The 3rd seeded Cheng and Chien came through a 3-game match against Russkikh and Nedelcheva to book their place in the second round. The 4th seed Russian pair of Sorokina and Vislova had little problem in their opening match, defeating Heisbol and Skelbae of Denmarr 21-14, 21-19 to book their place in Round 2.
Round 2’s matches begin with the top seeded Bao Chunlai in action at 9am on Thursday.
This weeks German Open is usually the warm-up event for the All-England Championships next week, with most of the top players taking the chance to play three events in Europe in three weeks. However, the contenders for next week’s All-Englands are taking another week to rest making Bao Chunlai the top seed in Germany.
The Chinese are well represented in the event, with the top two seeds in the Women’s Singles in Wang Xin and Wang Lin. Ma Jin and Wang Xiaoli are the top seeds in the Women’s Doubles, Cheng Shu and Yunlei Zhao are seeded two.
Bao Chunlai begins his campaign against Sven-Eric Kastens from Germany; Chen Long also plays a local German player in Dharma Gunawi. The men’s draw is a huge 64-man field but Day 1 sees every first round match being played in all five events.
The Danes are well represented at the tournament, however the likes of Peter Gade, Tine Rasmussen, Jan O Jorgensen and the likely seeded pairings in the doubles have opted out of this weeks event. The English have sent almost a full-strength squad to the event, with the exception of Jenny Wallwork and Nathan Robertson.
Marc Zweibler is one of the big local attractions this week, seeded 4 in the men’s singles and in with a chance of winning his national open. Juliane Schenk is another German in with a shot of winning, she is seeded 3 in the women’s singles but both Schenk and Zweibler will likely have to defeat one of the higher seeded Chinese players to have a chance.
Play begins in the first round at 9am local time on Wednesday: