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Judith Retires During Final

Zhu Lin completed her Canadian / US Open double today with a two game victory over 4th seeded Judith Meulendijks, who retired in the middle of the second game trailing a game and 11-6 in the second. Her record for the last 2 weeks is remarkable, played 10, won 10 against 8 seeded players with the loss of just two games, both to Juliane Schenk. Saturday’s 15 minute final was never going to be anything but a win for Zhu Lin, but who knows when we’ll see the talented Chinese player again.

The men’s singles final was between 3rd seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England and 9th seed Brice Leverdez of France, who came through his semi final against Yuichi Ikeda 25-23 in the third game to reach the final. Ouseph had also came through a three-game encounter, against Derek Wong Zillang of Singapore and came through 21-15 in the third. After a brave attempt in the opening game, Leverdez’s challenge ended without more resistance as Ouseph took the title 21-17, 21-9 in 30 minutes.

The top seeds, both from Chinese Taipei, dominated the doubles. Cheng and Chien took the women’s doubles with the loss of just one game whilst the men’s doubles was an all-Chinese Taipei affair, with top seeds Fang and Lee defeating Chen and Lin in two games to secure Chinese Taipei’s second title of the week. Their chance for a third title was ended by the unseeded German pair of Fuchs and Overzier as they defeated the 3rd seeded Lee and Chien in two games to secure Europe’s second title of the week.

Complete Results From The Final

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Schenk Stands in Zhu Lin's Way

Zhu Lin is amassing another impressive list of victories in the US this week after her success in Canada just last week. Pi Hongyan is the latest player to fall to the on form Chinese player, as Zhu Lin defeated the French 2nd seed in two games to book her place in the semi finals. The semi final is a rematch of the Canadian Open final against Juliane Schenk of Germany. The 3rd seed has failed to drop a game on route to the semi finals and will want to avenge her defeat last week.

Rajiv Ouseph is through to the semi final of the men’s singles with two game victory over Shon Wan Ho of Korea, he sets up a match against Derek Wong Zillang of Singapore in the last 4. The other semi final sees the 9th seed Brice Leverdez, who defeated the 4th seeded Hsieh Yu Hsing in the quarter final play unseeded Japanese player Yuichi Ikeda for a place in Saturday’s final.

The American interest is down to just one, with Chew and Ho losing out at the quarter final stages of the men’s doubles to Kim and Shin of Korea, whose reward for defeating the American pair is a semi final match against the top seeded Fang and Lee of Chinese Taipei. Bach and Gunawan are safety into the final four with a routine victory but have their toughest test to date in the semi final against the 3rd seded Chen and Lin of Chinese Taipei.

Top seeds in the mixed doubles Mateusiak and Zieba are safely into the last 4 with their 3rd two game victory of the week. They will play their first seed of the week in the semi finals, 3rd seeded Lee and Chien of Chinese Taipei. The 2nd seeded pair of Wallwork and Robertson were defeated in the quarter finals, beaten by the 6th seeds Chen and Cheng. They will play the German pair of Fuchs and Overzier in the last 4.

Thursday’s Results

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Bach and Gunawan Into Quarters

Day 2 provided yet more surprises as more seeds toppled at the last 16 stage. Carl Baxter, Petr Koukal and Scott Evans came through the opening day without losing a game between them but all fell on Day 2. Scott Evans took the opening game against the 4th seeded Hsing Hsieh Tzu 21-6, only to lose the next two matches 21-9, 21-9.  3rd seed Rajiv Ouseph is safely through to the quarter finals and will play Shon Wan Ho of Korea, the 7th seed.

The top three seeds in the women’s draw have all progressed into the last 8, 2nd seeded Pi Hongyan plays last weeks winner in Canada, Zhu Lin of China in the quarter finals. Juliane Schenk lost out to Zhu Lin in last weeks final and will want revenge this week. Her quarter final opponent is Singapore’s Fu Mingtian who defeated 8th Anu Nieminen in the opening round. Judith Meulendijks is also safely through, the 4th seed will play Ma Pai Hsiao of Chinese Taipei in the last 8.

There has been double success in the men’s doubles for the US, with two partnerships making it to the last 8. Chew and Ho are the lesser known of the duo but will get the chance to make a name for themselves as they are last on the main court on Thursday’s order of play against unseeded pair Kim and Shin of Korea. Bach and Gunawan have been in fine form as they have reached the last 8 without the loss of a game. They will play Chou and Lin of Chinese Taipei in the quarter final stage.

The top two seeds in the mixed doubles are safely into the last 8 also, with top seeds Mateusiak and Zieba in impressive form with two dominating wins to reach the quarter final stage. They will take on Ng and Jiang of Canada in their last 8 match. 2nd seeded Wallwork and Robertson have been equally impressive, with the loss of just 30 points in their two matches to date. Their quarter final test will be the biggest one to date, as they play the 6th seeded pair from Chinese Taipei, Chen and Cheng.

Wednesday’s Results

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Manoury Falls to Leverdez

After struggling to close out his previous three matches the top seeded Taufik Hidayat had an easier run today in his quarter-final match against Denmark’s Christian Lind Thomsen.  The young Dane has had a good run to this point, but it was not enough as Hidayat closed out the match 21-13, 21-14.  In spite of a relatively smoother scoreline this time the match still took 42 minutes to complete which is a testament to the Danes strong performance here this week.  Tomorrow Hidayat faces Dieter Domke who ousted Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-14, 12-21, 21-16.  The other side of the draw had France’s two remaining hopefuls facing off against one another, however the higher ranked Brice Leverdez triumphed over his teammate Simon Manoury in two straight games 21-12, 22-20.  Leverdez now plays Denmark’s Rune Ulsing who had a marathon match against Japan’s Saeki Hiroyuki 17-21, 22-20, 21-19.

It was a good run for Canada’s Anna Rice in front of her hometown crowd, but it wasn’t to be as her fantastic run was ended by Korea’s Kim Moon Hi 9-21, 21-15, 21-10.  Kim now plays Zhu Lin who has yet to drop a game thus far.  The bottom half of the draw will now be an all European affair as Judith Meulendijks of the Netherlands is scheduled to play against Juliane Schenk.

Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan are the lone pairing left in the men’s doubles not representing an Asian country.  The Americans have yet to see a serious challenge so far, but tomorrow Singapore’s Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Chayut Triyachart will aim to change that after defeating Germany’s Ingo Kindervater and Johannes Schoettler 23-21, 21-13.  Chinese Taipei’s second seeded Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu still remain and will face Kim Ki Jung and Shin Baek Cheol in their semi-final match.

For more results check the draws below:

Yonex Canada Open 2010 Draws

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Lind Upsets Baxter

The top seed in the women’s singles, Pi Hongyan, was defeated today by China’s Zhu Lin.  Not a huge surprise however as the Chinese shuttler has a world title under her belt.  Local hopeful Anna Rice had another strong performance, this time defeating Japan’s Uchida Shizuka 20-22, 22-20, 21-11 to set up a quarter-final battle against 3rd seeded Korean Kim Moon Hi.

Taufik Hidayat struggled again today with yet another three game performance.  France’s Mathieu Lo Ying Ping pushed the Indonesian far but he couldn’t take the match falling 13-21, 21-19, 21-16.  Tomorrow Hidayat will play Denmark’s Christian Lind Thomsen who came through against England’s Carl Baxter in spite of being reprimanded for his overzealous celebrations.  Thomsen won in three 11-21, 21-16, 21-15.  There was also some controversy in the men’s round of sixteen when Brice Leverdez benefited from an error on the part of the referee.  Leverdez had touched the game winning shot from his opponent Derek Ziliang Wong, however the referee did not hear the shuttle being contacted and called the shot out bringing the score level at 20 all instead of awarding the second game to Wong.  Wong’s protest went unheard and shortly after Leverdez took the second game and the match 21-16, 22-20 to the disgust of the crowd.  Tomorrow Leverdez will face his teammate Simon Manoury who is having the performance of his career after defeating 3rd seed Rajiv Ouseph earlier in the day.

Check back tomorrow for more results from the biggest tournament in Canada for the last 15 years.

Yonex Canada Open 2010 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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