Thursday, June 28, 2007

SwissOpen07 : Interesting day ahead 3/15

Day 1 at the 2007 Wilson Badminton Swiss Open, fourth Super Series inthe circuit saw a substancial number of long matches, causing hugedelays in geeting the matches on on time!Early evening the delays was more than 90 minutes ! Last match of theday, scheduled to go on 2105hrs. was announced on court 2355 hrs....!It didn't help matter that apporximately 80% of the matches went intothree games!On the positive side, the effect of the combination of the 3-to-21scoring system and the Super Series circuit might have started to kickin, making it more important for the players to fight even harder foreach point!We are soon ready for takeoff on the second day of the Main Draw.There are good number of players qualified from the Qualification roundstill at the event:Mixed Doubless:Jiang Yanmei/Wijaya Hendra, SIN(Q) who wil face K. Voravichitchaikul/S.Anugritayawon, THA in the first match of the dayMette Schjoldager/Lars Paaske, DEN(Q) vs Helle Nielsen/Jens Eriksen, DENMen's Singles:Shoji Sato, JPN(Q) vs Chetan Anand, INDSimon Santoso, INA(Q) vs Ronald Susilo, SINWomen's Singles:Soratja Chansrisukot, THA(Q) vs Lu Lan, CHN (5/8 seed)Women's Doubles:Hong Soo Jung/Jung Youn Kyong, KOR(Q) vs Aki Akao/Tmomi Matsuda, JPNElin Bergblom/Johanna Persson, SWE(Q) vs Nicole Grether/Juliane Schenk, GERMen's Doubles:Vitalij Durkin/Alexandr Nikolaenko, RUS(Q) vs Rian Sukmawan/Eng Hian, INABesides the interesting aspect of whether the seeded players will stillbe in the event after todays matches, one match will have an interestingtouch to it.The Mixed Doubles match between Mette Schjoldager/Lars Paaske and HelleNielsen/Jens Eriksen, all DEN will see Schjoldager and Eriksen facingeach other on each side of the court! Due to a re-mix of the DanishMixed Doubles pairing new partnerships have been formed and after 7years Shjoldager and Eriksen now have new partners.From the home crowds point of view it will be interesting to see if theSwiss number on Women's Singles, Jeanine Cicognini will make it throughto the next round. She is facing Jiang Yanjiao, CHN.

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