Saturday, March 20, 2010

Free Ticket to the Final

Second-seeded Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung book Swiss Open final ticket without any match as their opponents, Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Kostiuczyk, withdrew. The Koreans has an opportunity to win their first title of the year.

In the final, they will meet compatriot Shin Baek-cheol/Yoo Hyun-young who defeated Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in a marathon, 12-21, 21-15, and 24-22 in an hour and 35 minutes.

Unfortunately, Korea was unsuccessful to place a pair in women's doubles final as Ha Jung-eun and Lee Kyung-won were beaten by Japanese fifth seeds, Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna, in rubber sets, 21-13, 19-21, and 20-22.

In the men's doubles semi-final, top seeds Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong will play against fourth-seeded Carsten Mogensen and Mathias Boe while Ko Sung-hyun/Yoo Yeon-seong, who defeated second-seeded Lee Yong-dae/Jung Jae-sung in the second round, will compete against Japanese Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Noriyasu Hirata.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung into Last Four

2008 Olympic gold medalists Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung reached their second semi-final in March as they advanced into Swiss Open semi-final. The Koreans overpowered Chinese Tao Jiaming/Zhang Yawen 21-11 and 21-16 in 45 minutes.

Lee Yong-dae and Lee Hyo-jung was determined to play in their first final of the year, Last week, they lost to Indonesia's Nova Widhianto and Lilyana Natsir in All England semi-final.

In Swiss semi-final, Lee Yong-dae/Lee Hyo-jung will face Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk of Poland. In the quarter-final, Mateusiak and Kostiuczyk defeated another Korean pair, Yoo Yeon-song and Kim Min-jung, in tough three sets, 21-16, 11-21, and 21-18.

Yong-dae's former men's doubles partner, Shin Baek-cheol, pairing with Yoo Hyun-young, also progress to the semi-final with a 21-9, 13-21, and 21-17 victory over Taiwan's Chen Hung-Ling/Cheng Wen-Hsing.

Shin's success in the mixed doubles is not followed in the men's doubles. With Cho Gun-woo, Shin was vanquished by defending champions, Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong, 17-21 and 14-21.

Dan Fails to Pass the Dane's Challenge

In the men's singles, world champion Lin Dan failed to take advantage of top seed Lee Chong Wei's absence as he bowed down to Danish veteran Peter Gade. The former world number one was defeated in straight sets, 21-16 and 21-17.

This result was quite shocking since Lin Dan often won against Gade in their previous meetings. In 2010 until now, Lin Dan has not even played in semi-final as he lost to compatriot Bao Chunlai All England quarter-final. All England was Lin Dan's first tournament in 2010.

Gade will compete against Chinese Chen Long in the semi-final. In the other half, third-seeded Chen Jin will take on unseeded Du Pengyu.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

UEFA Champions League: Arsenal 5-0 Porto

London (3/9) - Arsenal is through to the quarter-finals of Champions League with a 6-2 aggregate win over Portuguese side Porto.

After the 2-1 defeat in the first leg, the Gunners stung their opponents at home 5-0. They took the advantage of the returns of their primary goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and their creative playmaker Andrei Arshavin, who had been injured in the first leg.

Although captain Cesc Fabregas was absent due to hamstring injury, it did not cause the Arsenal players to diminish their attacking missiles.

Bendtner started the Arsenal domination when he scored the opening goal just 10 minutes into the match. Just about fifteen minutes later, Andrei Arshavin weaved a route past three defenders before passing the ball to the unguarded Bendtner to add a second goal.

In the 63rd minute, Abou Diaby tapped a pass to Samir Nasri on the right. The 22-year-old Frenchman was faced with three defenders; however, he found a path before planting a low drive into the net.

Three minutes later, again Arshavin won the ball at midfield, sprinted at an undermanned visiting defense, and slid it to Emmanuel Eboue, who tricked Helton and struck home a fourth goal for Arsenal.

His work done, Arshavin was replaced by Theo Walcott in the 76th minute.

In injury time, Jorge Fucile felled Eboue in the penalty area. Bendtner took the kick and completed the match with his first hat-trick of the season. He won the honors of the night by grabbing three goals to his credit.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

German Open Quarter-final Selected Results

Men's Singles
1-Bao Chunlai (CHN) def. Tan Chun Seang (MAS) 21-13, 21-7
3-Wong Choong Hann (MAS) def. 6-Dicky Palyama (NED) 15-21, 21-13, 21-17
8-Muhammad Hafiz Hashim (MAS) def. 4-Marc Zwiebler (GER) 21-12, 21-16
2-Chen Long (CHN) def. Wong Ki Wing (HKG) 21-18. 21-15

Women's Singles
1-Wang Lin (CHN) def. Jeanine Cicognini (SUI) 21-12, 21-14
3-Juliane Schenk (GER) def. Megumi Taruo (JPN) 21-18, 21-15
2-Wang Xin (CHN) def. 6-Wong Mew Choo (MAS) 21-13, 20-22, 21-13