The 2010 Denmark Open is without many of the top Chinese players and no Lee Chong Wei in the men’s singles, but the absence of these players is Denmark’s advantage as Peter Gade goes into the singles as the top seed, as well as Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the men’s doubles. Jan O Jorgensen and Tine Baun offer outside chances of another threat to the singles titles, also going to attempt to make the main draw is Denmark’s newest star, Viktor Axelsen. A streak of late pullouts has offered him the opportunity to make a name for himself on the Super Series circuit.
The men’s singles is littered with potential winners, unseeded this year is Joachim Persson who is a former top 10 player, Kazushi Yamada who made the world championship quarter finals and last weeks winner in Holland, Sho Sasaki. Taufik Hidayat is the big threat to Danish success this week; he starts with a qualifer before likely to take on the winner of the Carl Baxter – Joachim Persson matchup in an intrigued 2nd round encounter. The most intriguing sub-plot is a potential all-Danish second round match featuring Jan Jorgensen against Viktor Axelsen, should the 16-year old progress through 3 rounds of qualifying and a first round match against Mathieu Lo Ping Ying. Denmark’s biggest hope will undoubtedly be Peter Gade, who begins is campaign on Wednesday against Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong. However, there is talk of Gade carrying a back injury that may hamper his chances this week.
One of China’s biggest stars had made the trip to Odense, Wang Yihan is looking to regain her #1 spot after losing the place to Wang Xin after the World Championships in Paris in August. She begins on Wednesday morning with a match against Jeanine Cicognini of Switzerland. Tine Baun is seeded 2 and starts with an opening round match against Porntip Buranaprasertsuk of Thailand.
The men’s doubles top seeds are also from Denmark, as Boe and Mogensen take on Goh and Teo of Malaysia in the first round on Wednesday night. Their biggest challengers will be Kido and Setiawan of Indonesia who start with a match against Kawamae and Sato of Japan in their opening round.
The women’s doubles has a similar feeling to the Dutch Open last week, with the seeds being littered with Japanese players. Maeda and Suetsuna are seeded 1 for the event and receive a first round bye, the second seeded Fujii and Kakiiwa also receive a first round bye. The main challenges to Japanese success will come from the Bulgarian/Russian partnership of Nedelcheva and Russkikh who are seeded 3rd for the event and take on Danes Skelbaek and Heisbol in round 1.
Poles Mateusiak and Zieba take the top seeding in the mixed doubles, but there is plenty of Danish challengers waiting, like the 2009 World Champions Laybourn and Rytter Juhl, seeded 3rd for the event but have a tough opener against last weeks Dutch Open winners, Sorokina and Nikolaenko of Russia. Fischer and Pedersen of Denmark are seeded 5th for the event also and face a qualifier in round 1. 2nd seeded Gunawan and Marissa of Indonesia take on Wiratama and Tse of Hong Kong in their opening match on Wednesday morning.
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