HONG KONG OPEN 2009 Day 4 – Danish Duels and Home Nation Hammering

It was a rather bad day for both Denmark and Hong Kong.  Only one of the remaining five local participants, Chan Yan Kit, was able to qualify for the Friday’s […]

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It was a rather bad day for both Denmark and Hong Kong.  Only one of the remaining five local participants, Chan Yan Kit, was able to qualify for the Friday’s quarter-finals.  Meanwhile, the Danes lost 3 of their contestants, although two of those defeats were against rival compatriots.

By Elm Vandevorst, Badzine Correspondent.  Photos: BadmintonPhoto (live)

I took him almost an hour, but in the end it was third-seeded Peter Gade (pictured) who proved he can still overcome his heir Jan O Jorgensen.  Jorgensen had many believing he would cause yet another upset when he took the first game 23-21 and was 14-14 all in the second.  Nevertheless, the more experienced Gade took over control and won both the second and third games.  He can now look forward to a highly anticipated match against Simon Santoso.

HKG09-ChanAnother Danish living legend, Tine Rasmussen, can start to prepare herself for the China Open as she was beaten by Wang Shixian in straight games 21-16, 21-18.  Wang might be on her way to winning another tournament after her title at the China Masters two months ago.  The last Danes standing were men’s doubles Paaske/Rasmussen and Faust/Kristiansen who had to play against each other.  Seventh-seeded twosome Paaske and Rasmussen needed just half an hour to send their compatriots back to Denmark after a convincing 21-12, 21-14 win.

All support from the home crowd can now be focused on one man: Chan Yan Kit (pictured).  He defeated Korean Park Sung Hwan 21-15, 21-16.  Unfortunately none of the shuttlers representing Hong Kong could follow his example.  The biggest upset was caused by Japan Open runner-up Wang Xin, who triumphed over second-seeded Zhou Mi 21-17, 21-12. 

Furthermore Wiratama/Wong lost against Englishmen Clark/Robertson in the men’s doubles.  Bao Chunlai was just a bit stronger than Hu Yun although it took him three games to be successful 21-13, 17-21, 21-11.  And also the home nation’s last female representative Yip Pui Yin couldn’t turn things around as third-seeded Wang Yihan prevailed 21-12, 23-21.

hkg09_pi2Besides the above outcomes, there were some other seeded players who were taken by surprise.  Olympic champion mixed doubles duo Lee Yong Dae / Lee Hyo Jung went down against Indonesian pair Teng/Bernadet with 21-19 21-19.  However later that day Lee Yong Dae was able to progress to the quarters of the men’s doubles together with Jung Jae Sung.  Overall, it was an off day for Korean doubles as 3 mixed and one men’s pairing were eliminated but Bae Seung Hee, who finally ended Yao Jie’s campaign, stands with Pi Hongyan (pictured) and the entire contingent of six Chinese players in women’s singles.

Nonetheless the men’s singles became the biggest battlefield.  In addition to the beating of sixth-seeded Park, both seventh-seeded Nguyen Tien Minh and fifth-seeded Taufik Hidayat suffered defeat against their respective adversaries Muhammad Hafiz Hashim and Simon Santoso.

For complete results from Day 4 of the 2009 Super Series, CLICK HERE

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