Would Day 2 give us another shock? The answer would be yes. Kenichi Tago, the 2007 Scottish Open winner defeated 7th Seeded Joachim Persson in one of the longest games of the day, with Tago taking the deciding game 21-13.
There were routine wins for Widianto and Natsir in their opening round matches, as well as Bo Zheng and Ma Jin. Yu Yang and He Hanbin won in two games, with the second game taken to 22-20. 5th Seeded Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen had a scare after looking the first game, but showed their ttue ability to take the next two games and progress to round 2.
Chen Jin, seeded 2 began his campaign against Eric Pang. There was no repeat of a Dutch victory like Palyama had done earlier as the Chinese seed won in two games. Taufik Hidayat also started his challenge against Switzerland’s Christian Boesgier, the Indonesian 4th seed comfortably progressed in two games.
Day 3 begins with both top seeds in the singles events on court. Zhou Mi plays Michelle Chan Ky on Court 1, and Lee Chong Wei is playing Ola Fagbemi on Court 2. Taufik Hidayat’s game against Mathieu Lo Ying Ping is the second game on Court 2.
Peter Gade begins proceedings against Sho Sasaki on Court 3, followed later in the day with Saina Nehwal and Wang Lin on Court 3 to play their second round matches.
Court 4 begins with Sony Dwi Kuncoro, seeded 6 against Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland. Followed later in the day with Lu Lan, Chen Jin and Lin Dan in second round action.
On Court 6, Tien Minh Nguyen plays Frenchman Brice Leverdez to open play at 1pm local time. Followed by Boonsak Ponsana, seeded 16 and Wang Yihan starts her challenge in round 2 against Susan Egelstaff of Scotland.
The Mens and Ladies Doubles are in action also, with our first look at Cai and Fu of China, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia and Lee and Jung of Korea. The big news in the Mens Doubles is the withdrawal of top seeds Kido and Setiawan due to injury.
Tuesday sees the beginning of the SCG Thailand Grand Prix qualifiers, with the field laden with Asian players as to be expected.
Local stars Boonsak Ponsana and Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk are the big attractions in the men’s singles, ranked 3 and 5 respectively. Choong Hann Wong is the top seed for the event, with Tien Minh Nguyen second seed. Nguyen is coming two excellent performances against Peter Gade and beating Lee Chong Wei in Singapore.
Zhou Mi leads the women’s seeds with countrywomen Wang Chen taking the second seed, with Porntip Buranaprasertsuk seeded 6 being the locals main hope for the ladies title.
Gao Ling makes another appearance in a ladies doubles draw, although her previous entry was in the US Open, which she and her partner Wei Yili pulled out of. Both the Ladies and Mixed doubles are expected to be local success with both top seeds coming from Thailand.
Only one European is in any of the five events, Anu Nieminen of Finland is seeded 5 in the Women’s Singles. Could she take the title out of Asia?
Qualifying begins on Tuesday at 2pm local time.
At this week’s Philippines Grand Prix, China is absolutely dominating with several players remaining in all five events. Few of their players in this tournament are big names that you’ll recognize which shows that China is still producing lots of strong players.
In the mens singles Zhou Wenlong, Chen Long, and Du Pengyu remain at the semi final stage. The only non Chinese player is Hong Kong’s Hu Yun who managed a big upset over Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen winning in three games 21-12, 17-21, 21-17. With his strong performance last week, Chen Long is probably the man to pick for this week’s tournament.
In the womens singles it’s a similar situation, the only non Chinese player left is Hong Kong’s Zhou Mi who has been relatively unchallenged so far this tournament. That will likely change as she meets China’s Jiang Yanjiao in the semi-finals. On the other side of the draw we have Wang Xin earning a place after going through qualifying, playing her teammate Wang Shixian.
For full results check out the draw link posted below:
The Ladies Singles draw has been blown wide open with last weeks winner and top seed Zhou Mi losing in the opening round to qualifier Sayaka Sato of Japan in three games early this morning.
Fifth seed Pi Hongyan suffered a similar fate, losing to Indonesian Maria Fabe Kusumastuti in three sets, meaning only two seeds remained in the top half of the draw in Wang Lin (Seeded 3rd) and Xie Xingfang (Seeded 8th)
There was no trouble for any of the other six seeded ladies with all of them progressing to Thursday’s second round encounters.
In the Mens draw, Lin Dan’s return to action was against Indonesia’s Andre Kurniawan Tedjono. The 3rd seed progressing comfortably in two sets to set up a second round clash with Hsieh Yu Hsing.
All three Indonesian seeds progressed to round two, as well as Peter Gade who set up a second round match with the man who put out Lee Chong Wei in Singapore, Tien Minh Nguyen. Last weeks runner-up Boonsak Ponsana will play Taufik Hidayat in Round 2.
Nathan Robertson and Anthony Clark continued their excellent form with a superb win over 7th seeded pair Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano. They will play another Indonesian pair in Round 2 in Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi
Semi-Final day in Singapore and the last of the seeded players in the Mens Singles falls, Chen Jin lost out to fellow Chinese player Bao Chunlai in two close sets (21-19, 12-18). In the other Semi-Final, Boonsak Ponsana beat Park Sung Hwan in the longest match of the day in three close sets (19-21, 21-18, 21-13).
Top seed Zhou Mi looks in ominous form as she disposed of 3rd seed Wang Lin in their semi-final encounter, She will play Xie Xingfang after their eighth seeded came back to win the last two games after dropping the first game against her unseeded Chinese compatriot Jiang Yanjiao.
In the Mens Doubles, Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson excellent week in Singapore continued after they defeated Chen Hung Ling and Lin Yu Yang and their semi-final encounter to book their player in the final in two sets (21-19, 21-19). They will face top seeded pair Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the final after the duo defeated fourth seeded Danish pairing Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen in less than 30 minutes (21-12, 21-16).
The Mixed Doubles has turned into an all-Chinese affair with sixth seeds Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen beating top seeded player Nova Widianto and Lillyana Natsir in two tight sets to book their place in the final. (22-20, 22-20). They will play Zheng Bo and Ma Jin in the final after their over Olympic Champions Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung in two sets. The fifth seeded Chinese pair have failed to drop a set all week.
MS Chunlai Bo (CHN) v Boonsak Ponsana (THA)
LS Zhou Mi (1) (TPE) v Xie Xingfang (8) (CHN)
MD Kido / Setiawan (1) (IND) v Clark / Robertson (ENG)
LD Tingting / Yawen (5) (CHN) v Polii / Maheswari (IND)
XD Ma / Bo (5) (CHN) v Yawen / Zhongbo (6) (CHN)
Today’s Super Series update was written by our newest contributor to the site. Allow me to introduce you to Eddie Smith.
The top seeds in the men’s singles continue to fall on Day 4 with third seed Sony Kwi Kuncoro falling in two sets to Park Sung Hwan (21-19, 21-15). This is the Korean’s second win over a seed in this competition after defeating the eighth seed in the opening round. Jin Chen dropped his first game of the tournament against Dane Jan O Jorgenson but won the next two to ensure being the last seeded player left in at the Semi-Final stage.
Bao Chunlai defeated Tien Minh Nguyen, who defeated Lee Chong Wei to make the Quarter Finals. Nguyen couldn’t continue his excellent form throughout the tournament and lost in two sets to the Chinese player. Boonsak Ponsana’s fantastic form continues as he gave another excellent performance to defeat Anup Sridhur in two sets (21-11, 21-8).
The Semi Finals in the Men’s Singles have on form Bao Chunlai playing 2008 All-England Champion Jin Chen. Sung Hwan Park plays Boonsak Ponsana for a place in Sunday’s final.
In the ladies singles, Wang Yihan misses out on the opportunity to win her third successive Super Series title with a defeat to unseeded Jiang Yanijao. Zhou Mi has progressed the Semi-Final without dropping a game and looks in ominous form to make her first final since the Malaysian Super Series in January.
Wang Lin and Xie Xingfang complete the Semi-Final line-up, with top seed Zhou Mi playing third seed Wang Lin. Xie Xingfang plays Jiang Yanijao for a place in the Final.