U.S. OPEN 2010 Day 4 – Déjà vu all over again

Thursday at the 2010 Yonex OCBC U.S. Open Grand Prix Gold saw a total of four repeat matchups from the previous week’s Canada Open, and all with the same result.  […]
Thursday at the 2010 Yonex OCBC Gold saw a total of four repeat matchups from the previous week’s Canada Open, and all with the same result.  Most notable was China’s Zhu Lin scoring a follow-up victory over Pi Hongyan of France.  However, Germany got into the act as well with Juliane Schenk again seeing off Singapore’s Fu Mingtian (who, in turn, had got there by beating Michelle Li of Canada for a second week in a row), and Marinello/Overzier beating Reid/Grether, just as they had in the semi-finals in Richmond.  With such a similar field to last week’s it is perhaps not surprising that the later rounds include so many of these rematches and again, chief among the familiarity in the semi-finals are the showdowns between Zhu and Schenk and between Marinello/Overzier and Taiwan’s Cheng/Chien, both of which we already saw on Sunday in Canada.

For Chinese Taipei, though, it goes a little deeper.  Last week’s champions Fang Chieh Min / Lee Sheng Mu again beat Germany’s Fuchs/Kaesbauer and have even set up a repeat semi-final with Koreans Shin Baek Cheol / Kim Ki Jung, the only pair to take a game from the in-form pair in Canada.  In addition, last week’s runners-up Chen Hung Ling / Cheng Wen Hsing win over second seeds Robertson and Wallwork of England means that they will play a rematch with Germany’s Michael Fuchs / Birgit Overzier in the mixed doubles semi-finals.  In fact, they are on track for a repeat of last week’s mixed final as their opponents from that match, Lee/Chien, have also advanced to the semi-finals, where they must face Indonesia Open champions Mateusiak/Zieba of Poland.

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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