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Thread: Singapore Open 2012 SS - Final
06-25-2012, 10:43 AM #511
I thought some feedback on what happened that's not seen on the TV screen might be interesting. It was said the field was depleted hence the quality of the champions might be less credible. Given SGP Open s reputation for supporting the underdog, the top seeds usually have a hard time. The SGP crowd is known to be fair. There will always be support for European players. Since JS is the only European finalist, there was distinct rooting for her to win the title although CSC is also popular with the crowd. If any Wang had turned up, they may exit even earlier. JS defeated three tough opponents in the last three so it is a very convincing title. I am so happy for her and that SGP fans had the opportunity to let her know she s the best! In the MS finals, we were rewarded with possibly the most good looking Mens Singles finalists ever in SS. That more than made up for LYD s absence. True enough, CHN fans turned out in full force. In the beginning, there were pockets of cheering for Boonsak. Then the SGP cheer squad started to use the clappers in a rhythmic way to get behind him. Suddenly, CHN fans decided to take over the act with their trademark CHN Team, jia Yu. The SGP fans responded by breaking Newton s Law, reacting with more force rather than equal the action, on top of chants of Boonsak. Each time, CHN fans got louder, Boonsak garnered more support. After about five tries to stamp their presence, CHN fans got the message to know this is Singapore and SGP fans called the shots here. But I must tell you this only happens for Boonsak and I can't explain why or how he came to be SGP s adopted son. Had it been some other finalist, WZM would have won. The female ( CHN or non-CHN, regardless) fans would be rooting for him. He s future WR1 material, definitely. Add on the dashing good looks, badminton will have a bright future, catalysed by a fast growing female fan base!
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06-25-2012, 10:50 AM #512
The women’s singles final between Julianne Schenk of Germany and Cheng Shao Chieh of Chinese Taipei at the Li Ning Singapore Badminton Open 2012 was most extraordinary, outstanding, full of drama and skills and entertainment.
It was one of the most exciting WSF matches till now.
Both players were contesting for their maiden title in a super series tournament.
At the onset the commentator was a bit worried about the fitness of JS who had been in court longer than CSC and who had played three 3-game matches the previous 3 days.
In the first game, JS was just too good winning 21-11.
The 2nd game was evenly contested up to the interval with the score 11-10 in favor of JS.
At the resumption, JS won the next 4 points to stretch her lead to 15-10.
CSC got her second wind and won the next 9 points to lead 19-15.
JS won the next 2 points to trial 17-19.
CSC next won a point to lead 20-17 and game point.
JS responded by winning the next 4 points to lead again at 21-20.
CSC leveled at 21-21.
JS won the next point to lead 22-21 and CSC responded to level at 22-22.
JS won the next point to lead 23-22 and CSC fought back to level at 23-23.
JS won the next point to lead 24-23 and the gutsy CSC got the next point to level at 24-24.
JS then closed the game by winning the next 2 points to score at 26-24.
All in all JS had 5 match point opportunities and she survived 3 game points against her.
The crowd was on their feet to give the 2 gutsy players their applause which they thoroughly deserved.
Well-done JS and CSC and congratulations to JS for her maiden win in a super series badminton tournament.
Last edited by skchen; 06-25-2012 at 10:54 AM.
06-26-2012, 08:49 PM #513
Li Ning Singapore Open 2012 – 5 Different Nations Take Titles
June 25, 2012,
by Eddie Smith
The usual Chinese dominance in the Super Series was never likely to take place, with the Olympics so close and the Chinese into their pre-Olympic camp. What it did allow is for some of the forgotten names in badminton to emerge from the crowd and make a claim for a medal in London just over a months time.
Ponsana and Schenk Take Singles Titles
In just over 9 months, Boonsak Ponsana went from inside the top 10 in the world to outside the top 30. Today, he rolled back time to claim a two game victory over Wang Zhengming to claim his first his second Singapore title, five years after his first. Juliane Schenk is the forgotten woman of European badminton, often overlooked because of Tine Baun but the German claimed the women’s singles title over Cheng Shao Chieh in two games. It was Schenk’s second consecutive victory over Cheng, who ended Schenk’s run at the 2011 World Championships at the semi final stage.
Kido and Setiawan Claim Title
The former world number 1 pairing of Kido and Setiawan assured their critics that they would be a threat in London in a month’s time. They defeated Ko and Yoo of Korea in three games and also claimed a 3-2 head to head advantage over the Korean’s going into the Olympics. Cheng Wen Hsing’s quest for two titles was half-completed, as her and partner Chen Hung Ling defeated the Japanese pairing of Ikeda and Shiota in a one-sided mixed doubles final as well as taking their head to head over the Japanese pair to 5-0 in their favour.
The women’s doubles however, went to the Chinese pair of Bao and Zhong in one-sided final. The Chinese pair have propelled themselves from outside the top 40 at the start of 2012 to a top-5 pair in the world. They will be the strongest pair not to qualify for the 2012 Olympics but Bao Yixin’s time will come, with the 19-year old inside the top 15 in the mixed doubles with He Hanbin.
About the author Eddie Smith
Eddie has been a writer for BadmintonLife.com since June 2009 covering the EBU Circuit and BWF Super Series/Premier Series events. He is also a coach for junior players in the National Badminton Academy in Glasgow, Scotland.
06-27-2012, 04:15 AM #514
Singapore Open 2012 PICTURES
Although this year's Singapore Open is without some of the top names that normally take part because of their preparations for the forthcoming London Olympics, there were some upsets and exciting matches.
Hitherto unheralded players and underdogs were able to find their confidence and form to defeat much higher world ranked players.
The more successful of these were:
Viktor Axelsen DEN WR29 defeating Sho Sasaki JPN, the highest MS entry at WR6 in R1 and then accounting for veteran Sony Kuncoro INA in the QF, who himself caused another upset by beating Du Pengyu CHN WR9 in R1. Viktor was unfortunately stopped by finalist Wang Zhengming CHN WR18 during the SF.
Darien Liew MAS WR31 surprised Lee Hyun Il KOR WR10 in R2 but was himself beaten by Nguyen Tien Minh VIE WR11 in the QF.
Chong Wei Feng MAS WR37 caused another upset by eliminating Taufik Hidaya INA WR12 in R1 and Hu Yun HKG WR20 in R2. He was in turn beaten by Wang ZM in the QF.
Wang Zheng Ming CHN WR18, ex-World Junior Champ, had the pleasure of scalping Kenichi Tago JPN WR8 in R2 apart from killing Victor Axelsen's ambitions in the SF. VA was also a World Junior Champ, a few years younger than Wang.
But this Singapore Open has also revived the fortunes of Olympian Boonsak Ponsana THA WR32, who eventually overcame all his opponents to be crowned Singapore Open MS champion. Hafiz Hashim MAS WR27, Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka INA WR 19, Nguyen Tien Minh and finally Wang ZM, all fell into his hands. And this is Boonsak's second SS title, his first also at the same venue in Singapore.
Singapore also had a surprise when Xing Aiying WR49 emerged from the field to enter the WS SF by knocking out Yip Pui Yin HKG WR 26 in the QF. But Aiying was unable to stop Cheng Shao Chieh TPE WR13 in the SF although she did well to extend Cheng 23-21 in G1. However Aiying was the toast of Singapore and her unexpected presence made many Singapore fans happy to travel to SIS to support her. She did much better than her higher ranked teammates Gu Juan WR17 and Fu Mingtian WR29, both of whom were eliminated in earlier rounds.
Here are some QF pictures between Wang ZM and Viktor A:
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