Friday, July 15, 2011

Badminton US Open 2011- updates


The US Open-2011 badminton tournament (known as the 2011 Yonex OCBC US Open Grand Prix Gold) is currently being played at California in USA.

The tournament has been witness to some exciting matches and surprising results so far, with several seeded players getting defeated in the past couple of days.

Quarterfinal results - women's singles:

The spectators at the US Open badminton-2011, are being treated to some exciting matches that are going down the wire till the match points. The quarterfinal matches and the results were no exception, as is clearly indicated by the final scorelines of the matches.

Tzu Ying Tai (Taiwan) bt. former world champion Lan Lu of China 21-19 18-21 22-20
Eriko Hirose (Japan) got the better of 3rd seeded Thai player Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-19 22-20
Inthanon Ratchanok (Thailand) defeated 4th seeded Xuerui Lee of China 23-21 21-18
8th seeded Sayaka Sato (Japan) bt. Shao Chieh Cheng of Taiwan in a very close match with a score of 21-13 18-21 27-25.

Women's Singles Semi-Final Tie-up:

1. Tzu Ying Tai (Taiwan) vs. 5th seeded Eriko Hirose (Japan)
2. Sayaka Sato (Japan) vs. Inthanon Ratchanok (Thailand)

Surprisingly Chinese players are not in the semi-finals this time.

Note: Been getting a few queries asking about Saina Nehwal's results at the US Open, hence putting this note. There is no Indian participating in the women's singles event. Saina Nehwal as well as other Indian women are not playing in this tournament. Saina is reportedly practising for the BWF world championships which are scheduled to be played in Aug-2011.

Men's Singles Quarter-Final match results:

If the women's singles were close encounters, the men's singles event at the US Open-2011 has been no different. Top seed Taufik Hidayat was knocked out of the tournament in the quarter-finals by 6th seeded Mark Zwiebler of Germany by a score of 21-16, 21-15 in straight sets.

The other quarter-final results were as below.

Taiwanese player Hsuan Yi Hsueh bt. Kevin Cordon of Guatemala 21-23 21-14 21-19
Sho Sasaki (Japan) bt. Boonsak Ponsana (Thailand) 21-10 21-15
Tien Minh Nguyen (Vietnam) bt.  Chunlai Bao (China) 21-18 21-15

Earlier in the 3rd round of the US Open 2011 men's singles event, the Indian challenge had come to an end when Chetan Anand had lost to Taufik Hidayat 16-21, 7-21, and Parupalli Kashyap was defeated by 3rd seeded Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam by a score of 21-18, 21-10.

The Semi-Final matches tie-up in the mens singles is as below:

Mark Zwiebler of Germany Vs.Tien Minh Nguyen (Vietnam)
Sho Sasaki (Japan) Vs. Hsuan Yi Hsueh (Taiwan)

Men's Doubles Semi-Final Match Tie-up

The results in the Men's Doubles event have been good for USA, as their 7th seeded pair of Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan has made it to the semi-finals. Their run-up to the semi-finals will be of help to garner more local interest towards badminton in the USA, and help to draw more crowds to the stadium to watch the matches.

The pair of Howard and Tony is currently ranked no.17 in the world rankings.

The semi-finals will be played between:
Naoki Kawamae / Shoji Sato (Japan) Vs.  Sung Hyun Ko / Yong Dae Lee (Korea)
Howard Bach / Tony Gunawan (USA) Vs.  Hirokatsu Hashimoto / Noriyasu Hirata (Japan)

Women's Doubles Semi-final ties:

Wen Hsing Cheng / Yu Chin Chien (Taiwan) Vs. Kyung Eun Jung / Ha Na Kim (Korea)
Miyuki Maeda / Satoko Suetsuna (Japan) Vs. Jung Eun Ha / Min Jung Kim (Korea)

For Indian readers, who are wondering about the results of the Indian top WD pair of Jwala Gutta- Ashwini Ponnappa, pls note. that the Indian pair had not participated in the US Open-2011. Also Jwala and V. Diju did not participate in the mixed doubles.

Mixed Doubles Semi-final ties:

Hung Ling Chen / Wen Hsing Cheng (Taiwan) Vs. Shoji Sato/ Shizuka Matsuo (Japan)
Shintaro Ikeda / Reiko Shiota (Japan) Vs.  Yong Dae Lee / Jung Eun Ha (Korea)

Two Japanese pairs are part of the semi-finals in the XD (Mixed doubles). Japanese players, have by the way, managed to reach the semi-finals in all of the five events that are being played.

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