YONEX French Open 2015: Defending Champion Chou Tien Chen Advances

This year’s YONEX French Open commenced with the ranks of YONEX’s top players producing impressive results right from the first round.

Defending champion and No. 6 seed Chou Tien Chen (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE, SHB02LTD) got his YONEX French Open campaign off to a running start, making it past Indonesia’s Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in the first round of men’s singles. The Indonesian attempted to snatch the first game away from the 2014 champ, but Tien Chen proved to be a brick wall in the face of his opponent, closing out game 1 at 27-25. The Taiwanese continued his advance, grabbing a confident win in the second game, the final score coming to 27-25 21-14. Lee Chong Wei (DUORA 10, New Shoes) dominated over local Brice Leverdez, the Malaysian national hero striking at key openings and capitalizing on the Frenchman’s errors. The match concluded at 21-7 21-15.

In women’s singles, 2015 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier champion Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, SHB-02LX) proved too much for Hsu Ya Ching in the first round of women’s singles. The Thai’s razor-sharp reactions and potent attacks brought her to a comfortable 21-16 21-6 win, and into round 2. Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900, SHB02LTD) faced off against fellow YONEX player Michelle Li (NANORAY 900, SHBF1NLX). Their opening game was defined by long and intense rallies, the two players competing neck and neck. It was Saina who would end up advancing, taking game 1 by a narrow margin, and gaining a strong advantage in the second. The match closed at 21-18 21-13, with Saina executing a perfect smash straight into the back corner of the court.

Men’s doubles saw Indonesian World Champions Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, SHB-75EX)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHB-75EX) execute a commanding win over China’s Cai Yun and Lu Kai. The World No. 2 pair refused their opponents the lead, advancing at 21-13 21-10. In women’s doubles  Kamilla Rytter Juhl (NANORAY 900, SHB87LTD) and Christinna Pedersen(NANORAY 800SHB-02LX) managed to move into the second round after a tight encounter with Malaysia’s Vivian Kah Mun Hoo and Khe Wei Woon. Drawing even after two close games,  the Danish World No. 4 pair gained the upper hand in the final game, the match ending at 19-21 21-19 21-10. Mixed doubles saw No. 6 seeds Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE ⅡSHB-02MX) and Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE ⅡSHB-02LX) face little trouble against Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Eom Hye Won, winning at 21-13 21-18.

2015 YONEX French Open Results

Men’s Singles Round 1

[2] Jan O. Jorgensen (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, SHBSC6iEX)(DEN) def. Hu Yun (HKG) 21-3 17-21 24-22

[4] Kento Momota (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ)(JPN) def. Son Wan Ho 21-15 21-17

[6] Chou Tien Chen (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE, SHB02LTD)(TPE) def. Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (INA) 27-25 21-14

[7] Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)(DEN) def. Wei Nan (HKG) 21-13 16-21 21-11

Lee Chong Wei (DUORA 10, New Shoes)(MAS) def. Brice Leverdez 21-7 21-15

[8] Kashyap Parupali (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC6iEX)(IND) def. Thomas Rouxel (FRA) 21-11 22-20

Rajiv Ouseph (NANORAY 900, SHB-02MX)(ENG) def. Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (THA) 21-6 21-12

H.S. Prannoy (IND) def. [3] Lin Dan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ LDSHBSC6LDEX) (CHN) 14-21 21-11 21-17

Lee Dong Keun (KOR) def. Tommy Sugiarto (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune)(INA)  21-16 14-21 21-19

Women’s Singles Round 1

[1] Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900, SHB02LTD)(IND) def. Michelle Li (NANORAY 900SHBF1NLX)(CAN) 21-18 21-13

[2] Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEEDSHB-02LX)(ESP) def. Iris Wang (USA) 21-12 21-13

[8] Ratchanok Intanon (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune, SHB-02LX) def. Hsu Ya Ching (TPE) 21-6 21-6

Kaori Imabeppu (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune)(JPN) def. Akane Yamaguchi (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune)(JPN) 10-21 23-21 21-18

Bae Yeon Ju (KOR) def. Busanan Ongbumrungpan (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHB-02LX)(THA) 21-14 16-21 21-14

Men’s Doubles Round 1

[2] Mohammad Ahsan (NANORAY 900, SHB-75EX)/Hendra Setiawan (NANORAY 900, SHB-75EX)(INA) def. Cai Yun/Lu Kai (CHN) 21-13 21-10

[4] Mathias Boe (DUORA 10, SHBSC6iEX)/Carsten Mogensen (DUORA 10SHB87LTD) (DEN) def. Wang Yilv/Zhang Wen (CHN) 26-28 21-17 21-12

[5] Kenichi Hayakawa (DUORA 10)/Hiroyuki Endo (JPN) def. Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (CHN) 21-13 21-15

Women’s Doubles Round 1

[1] Ayaka Takahashi (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune)/Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Isabel Herttrich/Birgit Michels (GER) 21-9 21-13

[3] Kamilla Rytter Juhl (NANORAY 900, SHB87LTD)/Christinna Pedersen(NANORAY 800SHB-02LX)(DEN) def. Vivian Kah Mun Hoo/Khe Wei Woon (MAS) 19-21 21-19 21-10

[4] Greysia Polii (NANORAY 900SHB-75EX)/Nitya Krishinda Maheswari (NANORAY GlanZSHBF1NMX)(INA) def. Shizuka Matsuo (VOLTRIC 80)/Mami Naito (NANORAY 900)(JPN) 21-18 16-21 21-17

Go Ah Ra/Yoo Hae Won (KOR) def. [7] Reika Kakiiwa (VOLTRIC 80)/Miyuki Maeda (VOLTRIC 70 E-tune)(JPN) 22-24 21-8 21-15

Mixed Doubles Round 1

[5] Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen(NANORAY 800SHB-02LX)(DEN) def. Chan Alan Yun Lung/Tse Ying Suet (HKG) 21-16 21-19

[6] Chris Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE ⅡSHB-02MX)/Gabrielle Adcock (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE ⅡSHB-02LX)(ENG) def. Choi Solgyu/Eom Hye Won (KOR) 21-13 21-18

Kenichi Hayakawa (DUORA 10)/Misaki Matsutomo (JPN) def. Ronan Labar/Emilie Lefel (FRA) 24-22 21-19