To nobody’s surprise tomorrow Eric Pang will be playing Jan O Jorgensen in the finals of the Bitburger Open. Pang defeated Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21-15, 21-10 to book his spot quite easily, however Jorgensen had a little bit more difficulty with his opponent Carl Baxter. Baxter pushed Jorgensen in both games of their match, losing 22-20, 21-18. This is actually a very interesting match up, as years past Pang was viewed as Europe’s next possible challenger to the Asian domination in the sport, and now Jorgensen is being viewed in a somewhat similar way. Unfortunately Pang has yet to fit this billing, but as a typical European perhaps the best is to come later in his career. Jorgensen needs to beat players like Pang if he is going to live up to the hype, so tomorrow should be a telling match.

Ella Diehl will be kicking herself tomorrow after she let her semi-final match against Japan’s Yu Hirayama slip through her fingers. After winning the first game, and leading with match point in the second, she was unable to close the door on her opponent and eventually lost badly in the third game. The Japanese shuttler will face the hometown favourite Juliane Schenk in the final after she disposed of Yao Jie in two games 21-18, 21-12.

For full results from the Bitburger Open check the draws below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws

Heading into the semi-finals at the Bitburger Open and Denmark is looking strong with two semi-finalists in the mens singles. On the top Eric Pang from the Netherlands will be facing off against Hans-Kristian Vittinghus. Pang defeated India’s Anand Pawar in three games 21-10, 16-21, 21-6 while Vittinghus had a much easier time against Raul Must winning in two easy games 21-9, 21-11.

On the bottom of the draw we have England’s Carl Baxter facing off against Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen. Baxter defeated Ukrainian Dymtro Zavadsky in three thrilling games 16-21, 21-19, 21-17, and Jorgensen defeated Finland’s Ville Lang in two easy games 21-16, 21-10. The odds are stacked against Baxter in this one, but Jorgensen is still young so anything can happen.

Very few surprises in the women’s singles. At the semi-final stage only the fourth seeded Elizabeth Cann failed to live up to her billing, instead Yu Hirayama takes her place against Ella Diehl. On the other side of the draw we have Yao Jie against Germany’s hometown favourite Juliane Schenk.

For full results and live scoring from tomorrow’s matches visit the link below:
Bitburger Open 2009 Draws

If ever there were a Chinese monopoly in one event, it would be the women’s singles. You have to go back to 1999 and Camilla Martin for a non-Chinese World or Olympic Champion in this event. This year looks no different, with four Chinese seeds in the top 7.

2007 World Championship Winners: Zhu Lin
2008 Olympic Champions: Zhang Ning

Top Seed:
Zhou Mi

Nationality: Hong Kong
Seeds: 1
Last Tournament: Philippine GP (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Michelle Chan Ky (NZL)

The former Chinese woman’s recent form has been up and down, from winning the Singapore Super Series to crashing out in Indonesian in round 1 just a week later. A quarterfinal defeat to Lin Zhu in the Asian Championships has done little to justify her top seeding.

Double world champion Xie Xingfang waits in the quarter final, anything less than her best will see the top seed out of the World Championships.

Other Seeds to Watch:

Wang Lin

Nationality: Chinese
Seeds: 2
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: Yu Hirayama (JPN) or Maja Tvrdy (SLO

Wang Lin comes in as the highest seeded Chinese player, but without a title in 2009 there is not much for a case for her being a threat in this years World Championship. Defeats to Wang Yihan and Lin Zhu this year means that she is very beatable, as well as defeats by Mi Zhou in Singapore and Salna Nehwal in Indonesia leading up to the event.

A potential rematch of the Indonesian Super Series final waits in the Quarters against Nehwal.

Tine Rasmussen

Nationality: Danish
Seeds: 3
Last Tournament: All-Englands (Finalist)
2nd Round Opponents: NO MATCH

It is difficult on how to gauge Rasmussen’s chances at this year’s World Championships, a heel injury has put her out of action for almost 6 months and her first match will be the round of 16.

It could be good news for a recovering athlete to play no matches until the last 16, an extra day to get used to the environment. However, a lack of match practice could be her downfall with a likely meeting with Yip Pui Yin in the round of 16.

Wang Yihan

Nationality: Chinese
Seeds: 4
Last Tournament: Indonesian Super Series (Quarter Finals)
2nd Round Opponents: Susan Egelstaff (SCO) or Anu Nieminen (FIN)

At the start of the year, she rose to fame with her wins at the All-Englands and the Swiss Super Series. A semi-final loss to Xie Xingfang and another in Indonesia to Lu Lan have brought her back to earth with a bang. At just 21, ignorance of youth could be the best thing she could have on her side.

She is still very much a contender in this event; Pi Hongyan is likely to be her quarterfinal opponent.

The rest of the draw is laden with potential winners; with double world champion Xie Xingfang is seeded fifth for the event. Indonesian Open winner Salna Nehwal seeded 6th.

Yonex Sunrise World Championships 2009 Women’s Singles Draw

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