Denmark was in dominant form much of the week and that wouldn’t change on finals day of the FZ Forza Denmark International. The only final that didn’t feature all Danish players was the womens singles where Anastasia Prokopenko faced off against Agnese Allegrini. Prokopenko won the match and the championship with two straight games 21-15, 21-15.
The top seeded mens singles player Jan Jorgensen had a similarly straight forward win as was the case much of the week for the speedy Dane. A more straight forward path to the finals must have helped Jorgensen as he defeated his fellow countryman Hans Kristian Vittinghus in two games 21-15, 21-12. Vittinghus had to struggle through a number of 3 game matches to find his place in the final, and it appeared to have taken it’s toll on him.
In the womens doubles Line Kruse and Marie Røpke continued their amazing run by defeating their higher ranked compatriots Maria Helsbøl and Anne Skelbæk in two games 21-14, 21-14.
Maria Helsbøl would have to suffer disappointment once again in the mixed doubles when she and her partner Rasmus Bonde were defeated by second seeds Mad Pieler Kolding and Julie Houmann 21-13, 21-15.
Finally in the mens doubles in yet another all Danish affair Rasmus Bonde was able to make up for his mixed doubles loss when him and Anders Kristiansen won a close three game match over Mikkel Elbjørn Larsen and Christian Skovgaard 21-14, 19-21, 21-16.
Danish players provided the upsets of the day as four of the five events have turned into all-Danish finals, with 3 unseeded pairs reaching their respective finals.
Jan O Jorgensen continued his impressive run this week, with the top seed failing to drop a game the entire week on route to Sunday’s final. His opponent in the final is the 2nd seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus who survived two scares on Friday to progress into the last 8 where he regained his form and won his two matches today in two games to come into the final in some good form.
The only non-Danish final is between the 7th seeded Agnese Allegrini and 3rd seeded Anastasia Prokopenko. The Italian 7th seeded defeated the top seeded Linda Zechiri in the quarter final and then defeated Chloe Magee in two games to reach the final. The 3rd seeded Russian defeated the 6th seeded Olga Konon in the quarter final before taking on Judith Meulendijks, who whilst the match was finely posed at 13-8 in the third game had to retire to allow the progression of Prokopenko to the final.
The three doubles events are all Danish affairs, with unseeded Elbjorn Larson and Skovgaard taking on another unseeded duo in Bonde and Kristiansen who have defeated the 2nd and 3rd seeds to reach the final. Rasmus Bonde also featuring in the mixed doubles final with partner Maria Heisbol, Bonde and Heisbol take on the 2nd seeded Pieler Kolding and Houmann in the mixed doubles final. Maria Heisbol is also in the women’s doubles final with partner Anna Skelbaek and the 3rd seeded pair take on the 4th seeds in Kruse and Ropke for the title tomorrow.