HONG KONG OPEN 2009 Day 2 – Fickle Fortunes for Taiwan Titlists

Two Chinese Taipei Open champions were on court today, but both found the going much rougher on the smaller island.  8th-seeded Diju Valiyaveetil / Jwala Gutta (pictured) struggled to turn […]

Two Chinese Taipei Open champions were on court today, but both found the going much rougher on the smaller island.  8th-seeded Diju Valiyaveetil / Jwala Gutta (pictured) struggled to turn the tables on England’s Chris Adcock / Gabrielle White, who had dealt them an early exit in Denmark.  Meanwhile, Cheng Shao Chieh was eliminated by 19-year-old compatriot Hung Shih Han.

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

All seeded pairs got through in mixed doubles but it was not without drama.  India’s Diju/Jwala dropped one game to English youngsters Adcock/White before taking charge to win the next two games handily.  On an adjacent court, England’s Robertson/Wallwork (pictured below) had were on the opposite side of a very similar match, which they won against Flandy Limpele and his latest partner Cheng Wen Hsing.

Then it was Qiu/Tian’s turn to drop one and take two when they upset Japan Open champions Songphon Anugritayawan / Kunchala Voravichitchaikul in three games.  It wasn’t Thailand’s day, either, as Sudket Prapakamol / Saralee Thoungthongkam pushed Olympic champions Lee/Lee in the first game before falling apart in the second to leave early under a 21-23, 13-21 defeat.  Kunchala did save a little face at the end of the day when she and Duanganong Aroonkesorn saved one match point and then won their own to win the longest and closest women’s doubles match of the day, beating Wallwork/White 21-18, 11-21, 22-20.

The most exciting match of the day came when All England runners-up Ko Sung Hyun / Ha Jung Eun took on Malaysian veterans Koo/Wong, themselves Chinese Taipei Open winners from way back.  After dropping the first game, the Malaysians made big comebacks in the second and third games.  Their five-point run at the end of the second game earned them a decider but, despite clawing back from 14-18 down to tie the third game, they couldn’t turn the tides a second time and the Koreans edged them out 21-18, 17-21, 21-19.

Cheng gets Hung up in 1st Round

Cheng Shao Chieh seemed to be on a comeback trail this fall when, ranked a lowly 178th in the world, she stormed through the field of her home event to win the Chinese Taipei Open.  Today, though, she just couldn’t handle her younger compatriot Hung Shih Han (pictured below) and the 19-year-old Hellas International champion moved into the main draw with a 16-21, 21-19, 21-17 win.  In the first round, she will have to face the other Taiwan finalist Bae Seung Hee of Korea.

Sung Ji Hyun of Korea beat her first Hong Kong opponent and in the first round of the main draw, surprisingly, she will face the only Hong Kong player to make it through qualifying rounds, Chan Tsz Ka.

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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