CHINESE TAIPEI OPEN 2007 – Taufik, Sony, and Simon through to Semis

Once again Chen Hong couldn’t do much against Taufik Hidayat, who led the Indonesian charge in Taipei. The three Indonesians won their tickets to the last four, leaving Lee Chong […]

ImageOnce again Chen Hong couldn’t do much against Taufik Hidayat, who led the Indonesian charge in Taipei. The three Indonesians won their tickets to the last four, leaving Lee Chong Wei out, beaten by Simon Santoso.

Raphael Sachetat. Photos : Badmintonphoto (archives)

What another great day for Indonesia! Taufik Hidayat, Simon Santoso, and Sony Dwi Kuncoro all made it to the semi-finals of the Taipei Open. Only Lee Hyun Il, winner over Shoji Sato, will be there to prevent a clean sweep. But he faces Olympic Champion Hidayat with what will likely be a tough task ahead as the Indonesian seems to be in fine form after his silver medal in Japan.

As often, Taufik Hidayat ousted top seed Chen Hong. This time again, though, in straight games but after a tough battle which lasted 38 minutes. The Indonesian reminded the Chinese of the good times where Chen would make it all the way to the Indonesian Open final and get beaten by the local hero. This time it was different soil, same outcome. Taufik has definitely shown he is back at his best and the next round will be a final before the final, as the Indonesian has hardly ever lost to his compatriots – even if Sony has beaten him in a couple of Asian Championship finals. Taufik, should he get past Lee Hyun Il, will be the favourite for the title, which should see him break into the top 5 in the world.

Indonesia scooped two spots – as expected – in the mixed doubles, which were played first, with Widianto/Natsir and Limpele/Marissa, both top seeds. Denmark’s Rytter Juhl and Laybourn enter their second semi-final in a row, shining for Europe while the remaining passenger on board the semi-final train is the duo made out of Han and Lee, stunners of Limpele and Marissa last week.

Former Chinese on top

In the women’s singles event, former Chinese Nationals enjoyed the fact that the Chinese didn’t make the trip as three former players from the Beijing National Centre made it to the semi-finals. Wang Chen had to dig deep to beat Juliane Schenk, while Yao Jie and Pi Hongyan also had to go through three games each to get rid of Maria Kristin and Judith Meulendijks respectively. Pi will take on Yip Pui Yin while Wang and Jie will fight for the other spot. The outcome could turn out to be an all-Hong Kong affair and a rematch of the Asian Games final.

Men’s and women’s doubles hadn’t been played at press time.

Results of Singles matches (double to come)

MS (finished)
14:40 Taufik Hidayat (INA) beat Chen Hong (CHN): 21/16 – 22/20
14:40 Lee Hyun Il (KOR) beat Shoji Sato (JPN) : 21/18 – 21/13
15:20 Sony Dwi Kuncoro (INA) beat Wong Choong Hann (MAS) : 21/16 – 21/11
15:20 Simon Santoso (INA) beat Lee Chong Wei (MAS) : 21/16 – 12/21 – 21/13

WS (finished)
13:20 Wang Chen (HKG) beat Juliane Schenk (GER) : 19/21 – 22/20 – 21/16
13:20 Yao Jie (NED) beat Maria Kristin (INA) : 16/21 – 21/13 – 21/11
14:00 Yip Pui Yin (HKG) beat Wong Mew Choo (MAS) : 21/15 – 21/14
14:00 Pi Hongyan (FRA) beat Judith Meulendijks (NED) : 20/22 – 21/15 – 21/13

XD (finished)
12:00 Natsir/Widianto (INA) beat Lee/Hwang (KOR) : 21/16 – 21/10
12:00 Laybourn/Juhl (DEN) beat Wijaya/Jiang (SIN) : 21/13 – 25/23
12:40 Han/Lee(KOR) beat Prapakamol/Thungthongkam (THA) : 21/18 – 21/12
12:40 Limpele/Marissa (INA) beat Saputra/Li (SIN) : 18/21 – 21/18 – 21/17

WD (to come)
16:00 Cheng/Chien (TPE) VS Ha/Kim (KOR)
16:00 Wong/Chin (MAS) VS Grether/Schenk (GER)
16:40 Maeda/Suetsuna (JPN) VS Natsir/Marisa (INA)
16:40 Lee/Lee (KOR) VS Shiota/Ogura (JPN)

MD (to come)
17:20 Kido/Setiawan (INA) VS Sakamoto/Ikeda (JPN)
17:20 Boe/Mogensen (DEN) VS Riyadi/Wijaya (INA)
18:00 Zakry/Fairul (MAS) VS Yulianto/Hadiyanto (INA)
18:00 Paaske/Rasmussen (DEN) VS Lee/Jung (KOR)

Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.