Lin Dan ‘s withdrawal for the second week running has undermined the men’s singles draw, this week Chen Jin withdrew from his quarterfinal match against Lee Chong Wei, robbing the crowd of one of the best matches of the week. Tien Minh Nguyen is the main beneficiary of Lin Dan’s withdrawal with a free pass into the last 4.
Chen Long seems to be the only Chinese player that isn’t withdrawing and has progressed to the last 4 with a three game victory over Korean Lee Hyun Il, there was a second Korean defeat in the other quarter final as Taufik Hidayat defeated Park Sung Hwan in two games to set up the second semi final with Chen Long.
Jiang Yanjiao’s surprise defeat to Juliane Schenk will fuel the belief that the Chinese women are not unbeatable, the three game victory guarantees a non-Chinese player in the women’s singles final. Saina Nehwal takes on the 6th seeded Schenk after her two game win over Yip Pui Yin in her quarter final. The top half sees an all-Chinese semi final with Wang Xin and Wang Shixian, who both won comfortably in their respective quarter finals, with top seeded Wang Xin defeating the 5th seeded Pi Hongyan in just 29 minutes.
Lee and Jung have defeated Cai and Fu for the second week running, this time in just two games and have set up a semi final match against Kido and Setiawan, whose all-Indonesian quarterfinal didn’t happen after Gunawan and Chandra’s withdrawal. Ko and Yoo defeated Ahsan and Septano to end their excellent run in the event. Bach and Gunawan’s run in the event continues, after an impressive two game win over Chai and Guo to book their place in the last 4.
Wang and Yu may not have been seeded, but they are playing like a top 8 pair with another impressive two game win to book their place in the last 4 where they will play Pan and Tian, the 5th seeds. The other semi final sees the top two seeds from the top half take on each other, with Chien and Cheng the top seeds taking on Vislova and Sorokina, seeded 3.
Mateusiak and Zieba produced an excellent performance yesterday to make the last 8, but couldn’t match it today as they lost out to the 6th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen of Denmark in two games. The Danes take on the Chinese wildcards of Xu and Yu who have never been this far together as a partnership since losing in the final of the China Masters in September. The other semi final sees last weeks beaten finalists Zhao and Zhang take on the 8th seeded Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei with both pairings coming through in three games from their quarter final matches.
Some of the top seeded players were give a real test in the early rounds, with most of the seeds defeating their opponents to bolster their credentials. Boonsak Ponsana was the biggest casualty in the men’s singles, losing to Park Sung Hwan in three games and the Korean set up a quarter final clash with Taufik Hidayat.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, Lee Chong Wei takes on the 2010 world champion Chen Jin in the first of tomorrow’s quarter finals with the winner taking on the winner of the second of the quarter final. 4th seeded Lin Dan takes on the 8th seed Tien Minh Nguyen in the second quarter final. Chen Long is the only other seed in the bottom half of the draw and takes on the Korean qualifier Lee Hyun Il.
The women’s singles has 6 of it’s 8 seeds remaining in the draw, with Inthanon Ratchanok continuing her excellent run of form to reach the last 8. Yip Pui Yin is the second unseeded player in the draw, defeating the 7th seed Bae Yong Joo in two games and her reward is a quarter final matchup against the 2nd seeded Saina Nehwal. The top 3 Chinese seeds are also safely into the quarter finals, with top seeded Wang Xin, 3rd seeded Wang Shixian and 4th seeded Jiang Yanjiao all progressing from the second round with two game victories.
The top seeded Koo and Tan crashed out to Indonesians Ahsan and Septano in three games to further open up the top half of the men’s doubles draw. Bach and Gunawan continue their excellent run and will meet another unseeded pair in the last 8 in the Chinese partnership of Chai and Guo. Cai and Fu will meet Lee and Jung for the second time in two weeks in the quarter final stage and the last of the quarter finals is an all-Indonesian affair between the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan and the 7th seeded Chandra and Gunawan.
Wang and Yu defeated the second seeded Chinese pair of Cheng and Zhao to book their place in the last 8, whilst the Danish pair of Pedersen and Rytter Juhl further opened up the women’s doubles draw with their win over Jauhari and Polii, the 4th seeds from Indonesia. Top seeded Cheng and Chien and 3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina put their early exits in China behind them to reach the last 8 this week.
Zieba and Mateusiak proved their credentials as top seeds with an excellent three game win over Tian and Jiaming and set up a quarter final clash against 6th seeded Fischer Nielsen and Pedersen of Denmark. Zhang and Zhao are one of only 4 seeds remaining in the draw and take on the Korean pair of Ko and Ha, who defeated another Chinese pair touted to do well this week in He and Ma.
The recent decision from the Chinese to try out new partnerships has caused havoc throughout the three doubles events, leading to some of the top players in the world going into tournaments unseeded. Yu and Wang in the women’s doubles are used to being seeded in the top 3 of the event but fine themselves in the lottery of the unseeded players in who they match up with in the opening round.
The men’s singles does offer some sense of normality, with all of the 7 seeds progressing into the second round. Lin Dan safely disposed of Jan O Jorgensen in the opening round in two games, whilst 6th seeded Boonsak Ponsana narrowed scraped through against Chinese qualifier Wen Kai in three games. Lee Chong Wei and Chen Jin are still on route to meet in the last 8, with both coming through their first round matches in two games. Taufik Hidayat is also through to round 2 after an impressive win over Du Pengyu in his first match of the week.
The ladies singles was also a similar story, with all the seeds progressing except the 8th seed Ella Diehl who suffered her second opening round defeat in two weeks, this time losing out to Inthanon Ratchanok of Indonesia in three games. The fall of last year’s world champion Lu Lan has never been more evident than over the past two weeks, losing to Inthanon Ratchanok in China last week and this week a first round exit to Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in two games, who will now take on top seed Wang Xin in the second round. Saina Nehwal returned to Super Series action with a comfortable two game win and will have a much harder test in Round 2 against Salakjit Ponsana.
Lee and Fang, seeded 4 crashed out to the 2005 world champions, Bach and Gunawan in their opening round matchup in two games but were not the only seed to crash out in the opening round. Another Chinese Taipei pair, Chen and Lin also lost in the first round. Chai and Guo of China defeating the 8th seeds in two games to book their place in the second round. There was little trouble for the top seeds in the men’s doubles, #1 seeds Koo and Tan progressed easily with a two game victory and the 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan joined the top seeds in the second round with their own two game victory.
Only 6 seeds progressed in the women’s singles, with the 8th seeded Ha and Jung as well as 7th seeded Zhang and Zhang crashed out in the first round. The match of the day tomorrow will undoubtably be the second round match between Zhao and Cheng who take on the unseeded Chinese pair of Wang and Yu as this match could easily be a matchup in a final in 2011 should the two partnerships stick together into next year.
Half of the seeds in the mixed doubles lost in their opening round matchups, some due to new Chinese partnerships whilst others were disappointing performances from the higher ranked partnership. 4th seeded Robertson and Wallwork crashed out to Yoo and Kim of Korea in three games, 7th seeded Voravichitchaikul and Anugritayawon of Thailand lost out to the new Chinese pairing of Xu and Yu in a tight three game match. 3rd seeded Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol were defeated in impressive fashion by He and Ma of Chinese and the 2nd seeded Marissa and Gunawan lost to Malaysians Chan and Goh in three games. The top seeded Mateusiak and Zieba take on last weeks winning pair Jiaming and Tian in their second round match to test their title credentials tomorrow.
Many of the top ranked players that opted out of the Chinese Super Series have returned this week in Hong Kong. All except Peter Gade who has withdrawn again pre-event with a back problem that has forced him out of three of the last four Super Series.
Lee Chong Wei returns as the top seed in the men’s singles and takes on Christian Lind Thomsen in his opening round matchup. Taufik Hidayat is seeded 3 for the event but will be the main rival to the Malaysian, his campaign begins against last week’s semi finalist Du Pengyu. As if the strength of the men’s event needed more proof, Lin Dan’s opening round matchup will be one of the best matches of the week as he takes on Jan O Jorgensen, who was seeded 7th last week in China. Last week’s winner Chen Long is seeded 7th this week and takes on European Championship semi finalist and world #13, Marc Zwiebler.
Saina Newhal returns to Super Series action after her Commonwealth Games success in October and comes into the event as the 2nd seed to break up the Chinese monopoly of the top seeds in the women’s singles. There is no Wang Yihan this week, but the Chinese are well represented with top seed Wang Xin and last week’s finalists, Wang Shixian and Jiang Yanjiao. Ella Diehl will hope to put her first round defeat behind her this week, she is seeded 8th this week.
The men’s doubles has a full compliment of potential winners apart from Boe and Mogensen. However, the top seeds with Koo and Tan are still on a high from their Commonwealth Games success and take on a new Danish partnership of Rasmussen and Conrads-Petersen. Kido and Setiawan also start against a Danish pair, Kristiansen and Bonde. Last week’s winners, Lee and Jung take on the Chinese pair of Shen and Hong.
3rd seeded Vislova and Sorokina were another pair who suffered an early loss last week in China, but are looking to put their surprise opening round defeat behind them and start against Thoungthongkam and Nurlita. Top seeds Chien and Cheng start with an opening round bye, before taking on the winner of Yung/Mei against Lee/Obanana. Last week’s winners Cheng and Zhao are the 2nd seeds and start with an opening round match against Chen and Yueng of Hong Kong.
Top seeds in the mixed doubles, Zieba and Mateusiak start against Fang and Wang of Chinese Taipei after their 2nd round loss last week to He and Ma of China. The Chinese pairing take on another seed early on in Hong Kong, taking on the 3rd seeded Thoungthongkam and Prapakamol of Thailand in the opening round. 2nd seeded Gunawan and Marissa take on the Malaysian pair of Chan and Goh in their opening round matchup.