There was a pair of titles for the home nation in this week’s GP Gold, but disappointment in their quest for a third title.
The mixed doubles final was an unlikely feat for Malaysia to win this week, but 6th seeded Chan and Goh reached the final after defeating two higher seeded pairs in the route to the final. Their unlikely run was ended at the final hurdle by the 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir who defeated the 6th seeded pair in a tight three game match which the Indonesian pair took 21-19 in the third.
Saina Nehwal’s return to form this week was also faulted at the last hurdle as 2nd seeded Wang Xin took the women’s singles title in another three game match today, after Newhal took the opening game 21-13, the Chinese player was simply too good in the next two games in winning them 21-8 and 21-14. The women’s doubles final was another lengthy match, but todays match eclipsed the match in India last weekend in it’s length. Maeda and Suetsuna won the match against the Japanese team-mates 21-18, 21-13 but the match took 76 minutes to complete.
The two Malaysian titles was at the end of play on finals day, with Lee Chong Wei with another stunning week of play, capped off with his 21-9, 21-19 victory over the 7th seeded Bao Chunlai. Koo and Tan were also not troubled in their match against the 4th seeded Chandra and Gunawan, comfortably winning 21-16, 21-7 to claim a second title for the home crowd.
Lee Chong Wei as well as Koo and Tan were widely expected to reach the final on Sunday, few people expected there to be a third Malaysian interest on finals day from the 6th seeded Chan and Goh in the mixed doubles.
Lee Chong Wei’s stunning recent run of form continued as he defeated the 11th seeded Sho Sasaki 21-13, 21-14 to book his place in the final against 7th seeded Bao Chunlai. The Chinese player beat the 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen in a three game match that lasted just under a hour to set up the final against the world #1.
Saina Nehwal has put her shock defeat in her home Super Series event last week behind her as she progresses into the final after defeating the 7th seeded Sung Ji Hyun in two games to back up her excellent win over Wang Lin in the quarter final. Her opponent in the final is perhaps the toughest test possible in the 2nd seeded Wang Xin, who will be keen to avenge the defeat of Wang Lin in tomorrow’s final. The 2nd seeded has been in excellent form this week, winning all four of her matches to date in two games.
Koo and Tan were practically pencilled in for the final before the week started, but as seen last week with Saina Newhal shocks can happen. After coming through the quarter finals in three games, they needed another three game match against Bosch and Ridder of Holland to reach the final but have avoided the pitfalls that amounted to Nehwal’s shock loss in her home event. Their opponents in the final are the 4th seeded Chandra and Gunawan, who defeated 8th seeded Cho and Kwon in a tight three game, 62 minute match to book their place in tomorrow’s final.
Japan have a monopoly in the women’s doubles final, with top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna looking for their second title in two weeks against the 5th seeded Naito and Matsuo who have been equally as impressive as the top seeds with both pairs not dropping a game between them in reaching the final.
The mixed doubles final has a third chance of local success with the 6th seeded Chan and Goh defeating a second higher seeded pair to reach the final. After defeating the top seeds in the quarters, they continued their outstanding week with a two game victory over the 3rd seeded Kurniawan and Bernadeth in just 26 minutes to book their place in the final. Their opponents are the 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir, who defeated the 2nd seeded Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul of Thailand in their semi final match. Ahmad and Natsir lost the Indian Super Series final to Kurniawan and Bernadeth last week, which makes the final this week all the more intriguing.
Semi Final Results:
There was a double surprise in the quarter finals as Wang Lin and Jiang Yanjiao both crashed out of the women’s singles, whilst the Malaysian superstars progressed safely into the semi finals.
Lee Chong Wei is into the last 4 with a two game victory over Brice Leverdez and takes on the 11th seeded Sho Sasaki in the semi finals tomorrow after the Japanese player defeated Park Sung Hwan in is quarter final matchup. The other semi final is between the 7th seeded Bao Chunlai and Tien Minh Nguyen, seeded 3 who had mixed routes on route to the semi final. Tien Minh Nguyen won by walkover with Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s retiring early into the second game whilst Bao Chunlai defeated Lee Hyun Il in three games to reach the last 4.
Top seeded Saina Nehwal defeated Wang Lin in a tight three game match to reclaim her credentials as one of the best players in the world and her reward for her victory is a match against Sung Ji Hyun who defeated the 3rd seeded Jiang Yanjiao in the second surprise result in the top half of the draw. There is Chinese involvement in the bottom half of the draw in the 2nd seeded Wang Xin after her victory over Ai Goto in the quarter final. Wang Xin’s opponent in the semi final is the 4th seeded Bae Youn Joo who has been in excellent form this week and not dropping a game to date this week.
Bosch and Ridder have been the story of the men’s doubles but faces their toughest challenge against the top seeded Koo and Tan in the semi final. The Dutch pair defeated the 3rd seeded Ahsan and Septano to reach the semis whilst Koo and Tan defeated the 6th seeded Endo and Hayakawa in three games to reach the last 4. The other semi final is an all-seeded encounter between the 4th seeded Chandra and Gunawan who play the 8th seeded Cho and Kwon. The 4th seeds have made a difficult task of reaching the last 4, with a couple of three game matches to reach this stage.
Maeda and Suetsuna have been the class act in the women’s doubles this week and take on the the 4th seeded Jauhari and Polii and there is Japanese interest in the second semi final with 5th seeded Matsuo and Naito against the unseeded Chinese pairing of Ying and Yu who fought through another three game match to reach the last 4.
There was another local success as 6th seed Chan and Goh defeated the top seeded Prapakamol and Thoungthongkam to reach the semi finals this week, where they will take on the 3rd seeded Kurniawan and Bernadeth in their semi final match. The other semi final is between the 4th seeded Ahmad and Natsir who take on the 2nd seed Anugritayawon and Voravichitchaikul of Thailand who have been in excellent form since being taken to three games in their opening round match.
Quarter Final Results:
This weeks GP Gold’s field is almost as strong as the Super Series field of last week with some Chinese stars playing this week as well as the world #1 Lee Chong Wei looking for his second title in his home nation this year.
Lee Chong Wei won the Super Series event in January with an opening round win over Tommy Sugiarto and this week, he defeated the 15th seeded Sugiarto today in two games to reach the last 8 where he will take on France’s Brice Leverdez. China’s chance of clinching the title this week is down to just the 7th seeded Bao Chunlai as 4th seeded Chen Jin lost to Sho Sasaki of Japan in the last 16, with the 11th seeded Sasaki winning in three games to set up a quarter final match with Park Sung Hwan of Korea. The bottom half of the draw is headlined by 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen, who takes on Sony Dwi Kuncoro in the last 8. In the last of tomorrow’s quarter finals, 7th seeded Bao Chunlai takes on the 9th seeded Lee Hyun Il of Korea for a chance to reach the semi finals on Saturday.
Top seeded Saina Newhal will have her toughest test of the week as she takes on Wang Lin in the quarter finals, with the unseeded Chinese player defeating 6th seeded Eriko Hirose in convincing fashion to reach the last 8. There is interest in three of the four quarter finals for China, with 3rd seeded Jiang Yanjiao taking on Sung Ji Hyun in the top half of the draw whilst Wang Xin takes on the on-form Japanese player of the past two weeks, Ai Goto who defeated last week’s India Super Series winner Porntip Buranaprasertsuk today as well as Saina Newhal last week.
Koo and Tan are Malaysia’s second chance of a title this week, having been impressive on route to the last 8. They take on the 6th seeded Japanese pairing of Endo and Hayakawa who have also been playing well this week. Ahsan and Septano are the other seed left in the top half of the draw with the 3rd seeds taking on the Dutch pairing of Bosch and Ridder in their quarter final match. The big shock in the draw was the defeat of 2nd seeded Kido and Setiawan to Malaysia’s Abdul Khalid and Mawan, whose reward is a quarter final match against Cho and Kwon of Korea, seeded 6.
The potential rematch of the top two Japanese seeds is over, as 2nd seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa lost out to Jung and Kim of Korea in their match today, who take on the Chinese pairing of Ying and Yu who defeated Malaysia’s Chin and Wong to reach the last 8. Top seeded Maeda and Suetsuna have had little problems to date and take on the 8th seeded Dutch pairing of Jonathans and Van Dooremalen in their quarter final match.
After Ma and Xu’s stunning first round loss, there has just been no more seeds eliminated from the mixed doubles. With all 6 remaining that started the second round, the only unseeded pairs in the draw are Thailand’s Jongjit and Amitapai who defeated Widianto and Irawati in the second round and Malaysia’s Mohd Tazari and Mg, who take on the 3rd seeded Kurniawan and Bernadeth who reached the India Super Series final last week.