CHINESE TAIPEI OPEN 2007 – Doubles: No Luck for Higher Seeds in Lower Halves

The top seeds in both men’s and women’s doubles made it through to the semi-finals while all the higher seeds in the bottom halves of both draws suffered defeat. Indonesia […]

ImageThe top seeds in both men’s and women’s doubles made it through to the semi-finals while all the higher seeds in the bottom halves of both draws suffered defeat. Indonesia continued to enjoy success in the last of their three strong suits as top seeds Kido/Setiawan and Gunawan/Riyadi won today to set up a showdown in the semi-finals and ensure one Indonesian team in Sunday’s final. Unlike in the men’s singles and mixed, however, there is no possibility of an all-Indonesian final in men’s doubles as Japan Open champions Hadiyanto/Yulianto were beaten by Malaysians Abdul-Latif/Fairuzizuan.

By Don Hearn; Photos: Badmintonphoto.com (archives)

It took the World Champions from Indonesia three games to dispatch 5th-seeded Japanese pair Sakamoto/Ikeda while 8th-seeds Gunawan/Riyadi had much the same experience with Danes Boe/Mogensen. Both pairs dropped the second game.

Both Denmark and Indonesia had opposite fortunes in the bottom half of the draw. No. 3 seeds Hadiyanto/Yulianto went down in two games to 8th-seeded Mohd Zakry Abdul-Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd (pictured), who are looking forward to living down their lacklustre performances recently. This was their first big win of this tournament.

Meanwhile, 7th seeds Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen continued to collect highly-ranked scalps. After knocking off the top seeds last week, the former world champions continued to haunt No. 2 seeds Lee/Jung of Korea. It was exactly one year ago today that Paaske/Rasmussen ousted this Korean pair, then seeded second, from the Madrid World Championships.

A Couple of Upsets but Few Surprises Women’s Doubles

In the women’s event, the higher seeded pairs in the bottom half, both Japanese, also lost. However, despite the disappointment for Japan, the results are less than surprising. It was the former world #2 pair, Lee/Lee of Korea, who took out the No. 2 seeds Ogura/Shiota while the new pairing of Indonesia’s mixed doubles aces Marissa/Natsir manged to edge Maeda/Suetsena in three games.

The top half of the draw again saw the top seeds advance, led by hometown favourites Chien Yu Chin / Cheng Wen Hsing. The No. 1 seeds took only 27 minutes to dispose of the other Korean entry Ha Jung-eun/Kim Min-jung. Meanwhile, there was more good news for Malaysia as the 3rd-seeded pair Wong/Chin rid the women’s event of its last Europeans when they sent Grether/Schenk of Germany packing.

All results http://www.ctb.org.tw/YonexOpenChineseTaipei2007/2007TaipeiOpenResult-0921.htm

Don Hearn

About Don Hearn

Don Hearn is an Editor and Correspondent who hails from a badminton-loving town in rural Canada. He joined the Badzine team in 2006 to provide coverage of the Korean badminton scene and is committed to helping Badzine to promote badminton to the place it deserves as a global sport. Contact him at: don @ badzine.net