Hong Kong Open SS: Lady Shuttlers Impress in Round 2

November 20 at the YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open Superseries saw fine performances from YONEX’s lady shuttlers and an upset in men’s doubles as the tournament moves into the quarterfinals.

This year’s world champion, Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHBF1NLTD) continued to demonstrate her prowess on the court in her match against Malaysia’s Lydia Li Ya Cheah. The Spanish badminton powerhouse didn’t lose the lead over her opponent even once in the first game, winning it assuredly. The second game saw the Malaysian player bounce back with a bit more tenacity, with the two shuttlers exchanging points back and forth for the first half of the second game. However, Carolina regained control and closed out the match with an overwhelming 21-10, 21-10 score. Coming off her China Open Superseries Premier victory, Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900) continued her reign, moving on to the quarterfinals after another solid win, this time over Beiwen Zhang (ARCSABER 9FL, SHB87LTD). Saina lost the lead only once throughout the match, finishing the match in 31 minutes at 21-16, 21-13. YONEX shuttlers Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 80) and 2013 world champion Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tuneSHBF1NLX) had a tense, hour-long match that ran three games, ending at 19-21, 21-19, 21-19.

Men’s doubles proved to be a stage to a huge upset, with German pair Michael Fuchs (VOLTRIC 80, SHBSC6iEX)/Johannes Shoettler (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE IISHB-87EX) defeating No. 1 seeds Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong. After a close first game that saw the Germans victorious, the Korean pair came back with a vengeance for a second-game win. However, game three saw the Germans get back on their feet, maintaining a healthy lead for most of the game, and closed the match out at just over an hour at 21-18, 12-21, 21-14. Meanwhile, the devastating doubles pair of Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, SHB87LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD) clashed with strong Chinese duo of Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan. While the Indonesian pair had a difficult second game, they managed to keep a few points ahead of their rivals in the first and last games, winning with a close 21-19, 6-21, 21-17 score.

Men’s Singles (Round 2)

[2] Jan O. Jorgensen (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE II, SHBSC6iEX)(DEN) def. Lee Dong Keun (KOR) 21-23, 21-15, 21-17

Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)(DEN) def. Brice Leverdez (FRA) 21-7, 21-14

Takuma Ueda (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE II)(JPN) def. Chong Wei Feng (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE IISHBF1NLTD)(MAS) 21-18, 15-21, 22-20

Women’s Singles (Round 2)

[3]Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900)(IND) def. Zhang Beiwen (ARCSABER 9FL, SHB87LTD)(USA) 21-16, 21-13

[5]Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHBF1NLTD)(ESP) def. Lydia Li Ya Cheah (MAS) 21-10, 21-10

[8] Minatsu Mitani (ARCSABER 9FL)(JPN) def. Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA) 21-18, 21-14

Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 80)(JPN) def. [4]Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tuneSHBF1NLX)(THA) 19-21, 21-19, 21,19

Men’s Doubles (Round 2)

[2]Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, SHB87LTD)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLTD)(INA) def. Fu Haifeng/Zhang Nan (CHN) 21-19, 6-21, 21-17

Maneepong Jongjit (VOLTRIC 80)/Nipitphon Puangpuapech (NANORAY Z-SPEED)(THA) def. [4] Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin 21-19, 22-20

Takeshi Kamura (ARCSABER 11)/Keigo Sonoda (ARCSABER 11)(JPN) def. [5] Ko Sung Hyun/Shin Baek Choel (KOR) 21-19, 13-21, 21-15

Vladimir Ivanov (VOLTRIC 80)/Ivan Sozonov (VOLTRIC 80)(RUS) def. [8] Gideon Markus Fernaldi/Markis Kido (INA) 21-15, 21-12

Mads Pieler Kolding (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)/Mads Conrad-Petersen (DEN) def. Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Kim Astrup Sorensen (DEN) 21-13, 21-15

Michael Fuchs (VOLTRIC 80, SHBSC6iEX)/Johannes Shoettler (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE IISHB-87EX)(GER) def. Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong (KOR) 21-18, 12-21, 21-14

Women’s Doubles (Round 2)

[1] Ayaka Takahashi (VOLTRIC 80)/Misaki Matsutomo def. Kim Ha Na/Yoo Hae Won (KOR) Walkover

[3] Reika Kakiiwa (VOLTRIC 80)/Miyuki Maeda (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune)(JPN) def. Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN) 21-15, 21-16

[7] Greysia Polii (NANORAY 900)/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (INA) def. Yu Yan Vanessa neo/Shinta Mulia Sari (SIN) 21-15, 21-13

Mixed Doubles (Round 2)

[3]Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE IISHB01LTD)/Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE IISHBSC4LX)(ENG) def. Praveen Jordan/ Liliyana Natsir (INA) 21-18, 21-11