U.S. OPEN 2009 Finals – Two, Two, and Taufik

It was a day of twos at the 2009 Yonex OCBC U.S. Open Grand Prix on Saturday. There were two for Canada, two Indonesian-born winners, two 2005 World Champions topping […]

It was a day of twos at the 2009 Yonex OCBC on Saturday. There were two for Canada, two Indonesian-born winners, two 2005 World Champions topping the podium, and finally, two for the home team, which were also, incidentally, two for Howard Bach.  The men’s singles was the only title to leave the continent, however, as Taufik Hidayat (pictured) saw off the challenge from Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi.

By Don Hearn, Badzine Correspondent.  Photos: BadmintonPhoto (archives)

The day began with the first of three battles within the continent.  It was also the showdown between two players who were up for two titles, Howard Bach of the U.S. and Canada’s Jiang Xuelian.  Bach and Eva Lee held the upper hand, though, and finished the match 21-13, 21-12 in just 26 minutes.

Next up was Canada’s Anna Rice (pictured) trying to make good on her status as top seed in the women’s singles.  Her opponent, Mona Santoso, had already elminated Canada’s other two seeded players but she was no match for Rice on the day as the northerner took the match in two easy games of 21-17, 21-9.

Taufik Hidayat then stepped onto the court for confirmation of his supremacy in California for the week.  The Indonesian star closed out the final 21-15, 21-16 with the only match to go over half an hour in an entire week that did not see him lose a single game.  It has now been four years since Taufik won his World Championship title in Anaheim but this title, even amongst a weak field, may give him a boost in the countdown to Hyderabad, especially after his first-round shocker in Malaysia late last month.

Canada then took round 3 from the United States as former Chinese star Jiang Xuelian and Huang Ruilin beat out Chen/Peng in a women’s doubles final that was by far the the longest match of the day, running nearly twice as long as the other four.  Huang/Jiang dropped the first game 14-21 before coming back to nab the second and third 21-15, 21-11.

The men’s doubles belonged to local favourites Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan (pictured) all the way as Austria’s Jurgen Koch / Peter Zauner were never close to becoming the third top seeds to win on the day.  The 2005 World Champions needed only 23 minutes to seal their victory 21-12, 21-9.  It was Bach’s second title of the day and the third U.S. Open men’s doubles title for the pair.  In fact, only once in the last 8 editions of the tournament, has neither Bach nor Gunawan stood atop the men’s doubles podium.

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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