Top seed China’s Chen Jin smashed his way to the Australian Badminton Open men’s singles title beating Nguyen of Vietnam 21-11, 21-12 played at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour from 3rd April to 8th April, 2012.
Earlier, Chinese twins Luo Ying and Luo Yu took on experienced Chinese Tapaei duo, Cheng Wen Hsing and Chien Yu Chin in the women’s doubles. The twins were fierce in long and flat rallies, breaking away in the third set to take the match 12-21, 21-18, 21-17
Unseeded Han Li of China is making a name for herself in women’s singles taking fifth seed Bae Youn Joo of Korea in straight sets, 21-13, 21-14. Han Li came up through the qualifying rounds to lift the title.
Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia ignited the crowd in men’s doubles with Kido’s powerful smashes, with the fastest registering at 289kph. These smashes dominated Chinese Tapaei duo Fang Chieh Minand Lee Sheng Mu, with the Indonesians taking the match in straight sets 21-16, 21-15.
Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu of Chinese Tapaei took the mixed doubles title, 22-20, 12-21, 23-21 in a 63 minute thriller against Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia.
With top names missing,the Indian challenge was limited to the third round when 11th seed Ajay Jayakumar lost to Shon Wan Ho of Korea 19-21, 21-12, 21-12. Ajay told this correspondent that his opponent picked up his game plan and changed the pace of the match. “In the first game I was quite disciplined and kept the shuttle in my area but in the next two games the Korean understood my game plan,” said Ajay after the match. He was unable to match his opponent, he said.
Another Indian 13th seed Parupali Kashyap who reached the second round lost to Malaysian K Chan in three sets 17-21, 21-17, 9-21. Kashyap said,”Chan became aggressive in the third game and didn’t allow me to comeback in the game.”
In the doubles, K T Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas lost in the first round on day 2 of the tournament to M Abdul Latif and M Mohd Tazari in a close encounter 19-21, 22-20, 17-21.
Jwala Gutta and Ashwani Nachappa were listed in the doubles draw but didn’t appear in the tournament but the Yonnex stall was showing a match of Saina Nehwal with her Danish opponent on video in the Exhibition Hall.
Badminton Australia CEO, Paul Brettell says, “We are thrilled with the tournaments success, particularly for its first year in Sydney. Darling Harbour was the perfect location and the international players relished the chance to explore the city, many of them, for the first time. We are looking forward to next April for the 2013 Open here in Sydney, post London 2012.”
These players do not only have a share of the largest bounty US$120,000 – of any badminton event played in the Oceania region but also wait anxiously to find out who will be travelling to the 2012 London Olympics, to battle it out for the prized Olympic gold medal.
Following the success of 2012 tournament, Sydney has been selected as the venue for 2013 the Badminton Open as well.