The Asian monopoly on finals day was thwarted by an unlikely British presence in the mixed doubles final, with the likes of Lee Yong Dae and Lin Dan on show there was Robert Blair and Gabrielle White to boost British hopes ahead of the All-England’s next week.
Lin Dan’s recent form has been a throwback to his all-conquering days of a few years ago, defeating Lee Chong Wei in Korea 5 weeks ago and his two game victory this week over team-mate and current world champion Chen Jin 21-19, 21-11. The Olympic champion will be the undoubted favourite going into the All-England’s to claim his second Premier Series title of the year.
Liu Xin made it a pair of singles titles for China as she defeated Ayane Kurihana in the longest match of the day, winning in three games 21-13, 15-21, 21-9. Lee and Jung took the men’s doubles title in an all-Korean final against Kim and Kim in a three game match and will be one of the favourites next week to claim a second title in two weeks.
Japan did claim one title this week, with Fujii and Kakiiwa defeating the Korean pair of Ha and Kim in a very one-sided affair, winning 21-6, 21-14 in a little over half and hour. Robert Blair and Gabrielle White took the mixed doubles title against the unseeded Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota, after dropping the opening game they fought back to take the title 16-21, 21-16, 21-15.
Lin Dan has been in ominous form this week in preparation for the All England Championships and has reached his second final of the year, where he will take on the 2nd seed and current world champion Chen Jin.
Lin Dan had little problem defeating the 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana in a 21-11, 21-11 match to book his place in the final. Chen Jin was in excellent form also in his victory over Park Sung Hwan in a one sided 21-14, 21-7 match. The women’s singles final has also got Chinese interest in the 5th seeded Liu Xin who takes on Japan’s Ayane Kurihana, who defeated Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong in a two game matchup.
Lee and Jung progressed safely into the final of the men’s doubles with a superb 21-11, 21-9 victory over the 3rd seeded Koo and Tan in just 27 minutes. They will have Korean opponents in the final but not the likely finalists after Ko and Yoo’s defeat to the unseeded Kim and Kim in a three game match to set up the all-Korean final. Korea also has interest in the women’s doubles final, with Ha and Kim defeating the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito in a tight two game victory and set up a final against the 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa who defeated Kim and Kim of Korea in a 21-14, 21-13 victory.
The all-British semi final in the mixed doubles went the way of the higher seeded Blair and White, who defeated Bankier and Adcock in a 21-17, 21-17 victory to book their place in the final where they will take on the unseeded Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota who defeated the 3rd seeded Thai pair of Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul in a tight two game match.
The German and Russian hopes ended on quarter finals day as the Asian players have significant interest in all the events going into the weekends play. There only remains two British pairs in the mixed doubles whilst the remainder of the field is from Asia.
Lin Dan is safely into the last 4, defeating Shon Wan Ho in two games to book his place in the semi final. In his semi final he will take on the 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana who defeated qualifier Keigo Sonoda in two games. The other semi final sees the other two highest seeds meet as Chen Jin seeded 2 takes on Park Sung Hwan, the 4th seed from Korea. Chen Jin was forced into a third game by Lee Hyun Il in his quarter final, before progress through in 62 minutes.
Juliane Schenk became the 7th seed to fall in the women’s singles, losing out to the 5th seeded Liu Xin in a tight two game match. The Chinese 5th seed will take on Sung Ji Hyun in the semi final after the Korean defeated Fu Mingtian in three games. The other semi final sees Mew Chew Wong take on Japan’s Ayane Kurihara, after winning her all-Japanese quarter final convincingly over Ai Goto.
The Korean’s have 3 of the 4 pairs remaining in the draw for the men’s doubles, with Ko and Yoo progressing to an all-Korean semi final against Kim and Kim without the loss of a game to date this week. The other semi final is one of the matches of the week between Lee and Jung of Korea and Koo and Tan of Malaysia with both partnerships in excellent form and not dropping a game between them to this point in the tournament.
Japan versus Korea is the story of the women’s doubles, with two such matches taking place in the semi final stage. 7th seeded Naito and Matsuo defeated the top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna to book their place in the last 4 where they will play the unseeded Korean pair of Ha and Kim who defeated the 4th seeded Vislova and Sorokina in a tight three game match, winning the 3rd game 22-20 to progress. The 2nd semi final sees the 5th seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa take on Kim and Kim of Korea with both partnerships winning in 2 games to reach the last 4.
The mixed doubles has a rare all-British matchup in the first semi final, as Adcock and Bankier take on Blair and White for a place in Sunday’s final. An undoubted boost ahead of next week’s All-England Championships and next years Olympics to be held in London. Bankier and Adcock’s impressive two game win over Lee and Kim will be one of their highlights of their careers to date whilst Blair and White defeated the formidable partnership of Nikolaenko and Sorokina to reach the last 4. Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon take on the Japanese pair of Ikeda and Shiota in the other semi final, with the Japanese pairing defeating the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba to reach the last 4.
The top seed in the men’s singles has progressed safely into the quarter finals after a double victory in his matches on the second day of the German Open. Also joining him in the last 8 is the current world champion Chen Jin, 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana and the 4th seeded Park Sung Hwan.
Marc Zwiebler’s surprise second round exit ended all hopes of a German winner in the men’s singles, his surprise two game loss to Hsu Jen Hao of Chinese Taipei has not been the only surprise in the last 8, Japanese qualifer Keigo Sonoda’s unlikely run has seen him through to a last 8 match with 3rd seeded Boonsak Ponsana, who defeated a pair of Japanese players to book his place in the last 8. Lin Dan has safely progressed into the last 8 without the loss of a game after wins over Scott Evans and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus today to reach the quarter finals.
The two remaining seeds in the women’s singles meet for a place in the last 4 as Juliane Schenk takes on Liu Xin after both comfortably won their second round matches in two games. Wong Mew Choo is the main threat on the bottom half of the draw and takes on Russia’s Anastasia Prokopenko for a place in the semi finals.
The top three seeds are all safely into the last 8 of the men’s doubles but the 4th seeds suffered a surprise defeat to the German pair of Fuchs and Roth who defeated Hashimoto and Hirata of Japan in a tight three game match with the Germans taking the match 22-20 in the third end. Alexandr Nikolaenko’s excellent week continued with a three game win over the 7th seeded pair of Gan and Tan with partner Vitalij Durkin to set up a quarter final match against the 3rd seeded Koo and Tan.
The women’s doubles has a distinct Asian feel to it, with 5 seeds remaining and a sole European partnership in the 4th seeded Russian pair of Vislova and Sorokina. The first quarter final is an all-Japanese match between Maeda and Suetsuna, seeded 1 and the 7th seeded Matsuo and Naito who both come into the match without the loss of a game between them. Vislova and Sorokina take on the unseeded Ha and Kim of Korea who defeated the 8th seeded German pairing of Marinello and Michels in two games to reach the last 8.
There is still double British interest in the mixed doubles ahead of next weeks All-Englands, with 6th seeded Blair and White and 7th seeded Adcock and Bankier. Blair and White have progressed to the last 8 without the loss of a game and take on the on form pairing of Nikolaenko and Sorokina for a place in the last 4 whilst Adcock and Bankier take on the Korean pair of Lee and Kim in one of the matches of the day on quarter finals day. The top seeded pair left in the draw, Mateusiak and Zieba scraped through a three game match against the Japanese pair of Sato and Matsuo to book their place in the last 8.
Day 1 in the German Open has seen the majority of the women’s singles seeds crash out at the first hurdle. Six of the eight seeds lost their opening round match to open the draw up for Juliane Schenk to claim a home victory in the event.
The men’s singles also lost some of it’s seeds on the opening day of action, the biggest casualty being the 5th seeded Hu Yun who was defeated by Stanislov Pukhov in two games. Carl Baxter, the 16th seed also fell in this quarter of the draw to Japanese qualifier Keigo Sonoda in a very one-sided game, with Sonoda winning 21-11, 21-9. The big names in the draw are all safely into round 2, Lin Dan and Chen Jin both progressed without the loss of a game whilst Boonsak Ponsana survived a three game scare against Mathieu Lo Ying Ping of France and there is still local interest with the 6th seeded Marc Zwiebler, who defeated Vladimir Ivanov to progress into round 2.
The women’s singles draw has turned into a lottery in the bottom half of the draw, with all 4 seeds toppling in their opening round matches. 2nd seed Bae Youn Joo lost to Juan Gu of Singapore in three games, 3rd seeded Yip Pui Yin lost out to Germany’s own Olga Konon in two tight games, 6th seed Yao Jie lost to Bae Sueng Hee in a one-sided matchup and the 7th seeded Petya Nedelcheva lost to Japan’s Ai Goto in two games to open the bottom half of the draw to anyone. The top half also lost the 4th seeded Ella Diehl to Fu Mingtian in three games and also the 8th seeded Eriko Hirose to Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in two games. Only Juliane Schenk and Liu Xin remain from the 8 seeds that begun the week and they are set to meet in the last 8 should both win their second round matches.
There were only two seeds crashing out of the men’s doubles today, however one impacted the local fans as the 6th seeded Kindervater and Schoettler lost to Kwon and Shin of Korea in a two game match. The 8th seeded English pair of Ellis and Adcock also crashed out to the Russia pair of Ivanov and Sozonov in three games. The top seeds progressed safely into the last 16, with Ko and Yoo and Lee and Jung both winning in two games.
The women’s doubles still has all 7 of the seeds that started the week safely into the last 16, with top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna progressing in two games with a win over Wengberg and Lennartsson. Unseeded Kim Ha Na and Kim Min Seo started their campaign with an excellent two game win over Bott and Schnaase.
The mixed doubles lost it’s top seed on the opening day as Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam were defeated in three games by Nikolaenko and Sorokina of Russia whilst the 2nd seeded Mateusiak and Zieba progressed into the second round for the first time in 2011 with a two game victory. The new Korean pair of Lee and Kim got off to the perfect start by defeating the 4th seeded Michels and Fuchs in a tight two game match to book their place in the last 16.