The absent of China’s team at Malaysia SS and Korea SS in the beginning of this year to follow centralization of training finally showed the results. At their first international tourney this year, China’s players in B team successfully create many upset in the quarterfinals and progressed to semifinals. In contrary, Malaysia’s players following Denmark step without any envoy in the next round.
The new collaboration, Lee Yong Dae/Shin Bae Cheol (5) opened quarterfinals match against Japan’s pair, Naoki Kawamae/Shoji Sato. In the first game, Lee/Shin came with their aggressively smash attack and net play before ended it 21-14. But in the second game, the Japanese looks more solid and aggressive to force rubber set 21-12. Naoki/Shoji had lead 4-0 and 6-3 in the third but with his experience, Lee Yong Dae manage to tie up Japan’s pair at 6-all and alter their position into 13-9. Although the Japanese try to equal the score 11-14 and 13-16, Lee/Shin didn’t give any chance for them to evolve their match and shut the chance with 21-15.
These two Korean still have their edge in the semifinals round to take final ticket from seeded #2, Robert Blair/Chris Adcock. England’s pair should work hard to eliminate Malaysia’s Mak Hee Cun/Tan Wee Kiong, 21-16, 11-21, 21-19.
Feud between senior players Flandy Limpele/Halim Haryanto against Tony Gunawan/Howard Bach is another interesting match on the court 3. Gunawan/Bach who playing solid in front of the net and less of errors closed first set 23-21 after loosing their 2 match point. In the second, Flandy/Halim showed of their dignity with huge gap 12-6 and 17-9. America’s pair could manage their point and nigh the score 16-20 but it seems too late because Flandy/Halim firstly ended this set 21-16.
Flandy/Halim renascent their score 11-12 after went down 3-9 in the decider match. But eventually this set goes to experience pair, Gunawan/Bach who keeps their lead 15-11, 18-13 and 20-14 before winning it 21-16.
In the next round, America’s pair will face new raising star, Japan’s Kenichi Kayakawa/Kenta Kezuno. After 30 minutes thrilling match against new Malaysia combination, Gan Teik Chai/Tan Bin Shen, Kenichi/Kenta ends their journey 21-18, 21-16.
Although he lost with Halim in Men’s Doubles category, Flandy still has his chance with Russia’s Anastasia Russkikh. In the afternoon match against 7th seed, Han Sang Hoon/Kim Min Jung, this Indonesia-Russia pair had went down 12-15 in the first set before took it 21-18. The Korean leads huge gap 14-6, 16-7 in the second and forced into decider set 21-13. Final game looks belong to Han/Kim when they’re executed Limpele/Russkikh 14-9 and 15-11. But with their solidifying heart, Limpele/Russkikh took 4 consecutive points and tied up the score 15-all, 17-all before winning the match 21-17.
In the semifinal match, Flandy/Anastasia will battle against China’s Xu Chen/Zhao Yunlei (5). This runners up China Open SS stanched Korea’s Ko Sung Hyun/Ha Jung Eun 21-12, 21-15 for 27 minutes match.
The other semifinals match will be held between Olympic semifinalis, Lee Yong Dae/Lee Hyo Jung (1) and China’s Zheng Bo/Ma Jin. Duo Lee has no essential problems to crash England’s Chris Adcock/Gabrielle White (6), 23-21, 21-16. Meanwhile, Zheng Bo/Ma Jin who destroys semifinalist Korea SS 2009, Diju/Jwala (4) in straight set. Leading 12-8 after toilet break, the Chinese ran away and took first set 21-17. In the second game, Zheng/Ma constantly keep their huge lead from 8-1 to 12-5 and 17-9 before shut the door with 21-12.
China’s team secured one place in the final after Gong Weijie and Chen Long makes their great impression over two seed players and progressed to the next round. The winner World Junior Championships 2007, Chen Long creates one of the big upset when he stop Malaysia’s senior player, Wong Choong Hann (3) in third set match. Loosing so easy 9-21 in the first after making so many errors, Chen find his own game in the second set when he fallen behind 1-6 and 4-7. Surely he grabs 6 consecutive points and taking the lead 10-7.
Wong comeback with his game 14-11 but once again Chen fight to attack with his smash until the end of set 18-16 and 19-17 to force rubber set 21-19. The miracles happen to Choong Hann when he stuck 2-13 and 5-15 but then make it 16-17 with his magic. In the critical points, Runners up China Open SS 2007 ran out of gas and surrender to Chen, 17-21.
Semifinalist German Open 2008, Gong Weijie also makes upset when he beat India’s Chetan Anand (2) for almost one hours match. Gong leading 17-13 in the first but then lost 19-21. Chetan almost ended this match in second set when he founds the way out 19-20 after dwindle 15-20. But Gong firstly closed this set 21-19 and forced the rubber. Lost from his focus and power, Anand couldn’t leveled Gong in the decider. His placing and netting secure some points but not sufficient to close the gap 6-16 into 10-20 and ended with 12-21
Eric Pang (7) is the only player in this category to prevent All Chinese Final match as he stops Korea’s, Hong Ji Hoon 21-8, 21-14 on yesterday’s match. But his task is not easy because he has to eliminate favorite winner, Bao Chunlai (1) who dusted Andrew Smith (5), 21-11, 14-21, 21-7.
Zhu Lin (1) and Wang Yihan (6) also opened the chance for All China Final in the ladies event. After erased Elizabeth Cann’s dream to semifinal stage 21-8, 21-17, the winner of Indonesia SS 2008, Zhu Lin will against Netherland’s Judith Meulendijks for final ticket. Judith finally stopped the journey of raising star, Bae Youn Joo in 51 minutes rubber set match. Bae Youn Joo seems gonna be lost easily in the second after surrender 15-21 in the first set. Her tenacious in the second changes everything since she takes the lead 13-5, 14-6 and 19-14.
As experiencing player, Judith almost closed Bae’s chance when she grabs 5 consecutive points to make it 19-all and anticipate Bae’s first match point into 20-all. Bae’s luck finally ended this set 22-20. In the third, Bae ran out of luck when Judith gave no chance for her and stir her game. Leading with 12-4 and 17-7, Judith took this set 21-11.
In the other hand, Wang Yihan will meet homeland’s hope as the second seeded, Xu Huaiwen. Wang breezed Korea’s Hwang Hye Youn (4), 21-13, 21-10 when Xu Huaiwen frustrated Japanese youngster, Sayaka Sato 21-10, 21-10.
Two Russian pair, Anastasia Russkikh/Ekaterina Ananina (7) and Valeria Sorokina/Nina Vislova (5) failed to prevent Asia’s domination in this sector. Russkikh/Ananina lost from China’s Pan Pan/Tian Qing, 21-14, 21-14. But their nation should be proud with Sorokina and Vislova after took second set from world #3, Lee Hyo Jung/Lee Kyung Won (1).
Fallen behind 13-21 in the first, Russia’s pair came with their aggressive attack in the second. Also with some errors in return from Korea’s pair, they’re taking huge lead 13-6 and 16-10 before ensure this set 21-18. Everything were going to be different in the third. Russia couldn’t fight with their own way and surrender 15-21.
To keep their crown as defending champion this year, Duo Lee probably have to pass two Chinese pair, Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei (6) and Pan Pan/Tian Qing in the next two round if their compatriot’s Ha Jung Eun/Kim Min Jung (2) unsuccessful to struck down Pan/Tian on their semifinals match.
Cheng Shu/Zhao Yunlei goes to semifinals after winning over Japan’s Fujii Mizuki/Reika Kakiiwa, 21-14, 21-8 when Korean ladies, Ha/Kim threw out Singapore’s Yao Lei/Shinta Mulia Sari (6) 21-16, 21-13.