The dream of going one better for Adcock and Bankier inside Wembley Arena lasted a mere two days. For some players, it was the start of their campaign but for others the dream has already ended in London..
Session 1 – Adcock & Bankier Out
The home crowd hoped for a reversal from yesterday’s match, but instead it was the same story as their group opener. Adcock and Bankier claimed the opening game against Fuchs and Michels before losing in three games to render their final group match against Zhang and Zhao meaningless. For Li and Bruce, it was another brutal defeat in the women’s doubles – this time it was the Korean pair of Kim and Jung the inflicted their second defeat in Group A and ensured their elimination.
Sho Sasaki and Lee Hyun Il began their campaigns with identical victories – 21-12, 21-7 to book their places in the last 16. Ahmad and Natsir booked their place in the mixed doubles quarterfinals with a two game victory over Lee and Ha of Korea, who will need to win their next two matches to have any chance of progressing.
Session 2 – Jongjit & Issara Impressive
The Thai pairing of Jongjit and Issara came into the Olympics as the world number 19 pairing but have progressed in the last 8 of the men’s doubles with a victory over Ko and Yoo, their third victory against the Korean pair. Another pair safely into the last 8 is the Malaysian pair of Koo and Tan – whose victory over Bach and Gunawan eliminated the American pair.
Zhang and Zhao booked their place in the last 8 in the mixed doubles with a two game victory over Nikolaenko and Sorokina, whilst Laybourn and Rytter Juhl opened up their campaign in Group C of the mixed doubles with a victory over V and Gutta of India to end any chances of them qualifying for the last 8.
Saina Nehwal began her campaign in impressive fashion, defeating Sabrina Jaquet 21-9, 21-4 to join Lianne Tan at the top of Group E. Sayako Sato set up her winner-take-all match with Susan Egelstaff after the 12th seed defeated Maya Tvrdy in two tight games to join the Brit at the top of Group H
Session 3 – Boe & Mogensen Survive Scare
Wang and Yu made it two impressive victories in a row with their win over Vislova and Sorokina to top Group A. There were three more Chinese victories as Xu and Ma started their mixed doubles campaign with a win over Chan and Goh of Malaysia whilst her Spanish opponent Carolina Marin tested Li Xuerui before the 3rd seed eventually won in two games. Cai and Fu completed the Chinese success story with a two game victory over Kindervater and Scholettler but needed to save three game points in the first game.
Cai and Fu’s main rivals in the men’s doubles, Lee and Chung came through in two games against Sato and Kawamae of Japan. The lasting image of the match with being Naoki Kawamae’s smash in the first game that broke his racket with the force of the shot. Boe and Mogensen survived a real scare against the world number 18 pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov as they dropped the first game and were two points away from defeat. However, the Danes fought back to take the second game and were never in any danger in the third game and secured qualification into the last 8.
Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl resurrected their chances of reaching the last 8 of the women’s doubles with a three game battle over Poon and Tse of Hong Kong to set up a Tuesday morning clash with the world number 2 pairing of Tian and Zhao. Rajiv Ouseph was GB’s sole victory on the day he defeated Henri Hurkainen in three games in one of the last matches of the session. Ouseph takes on Guatemala’s Kevin Cordon for the top spot in Group M on Tuesday afternoon.
Marc Zwiebler claimed the European title against an unlikely opponent in Henri Hurskainen whilst two other potential German titles were undone by their Danish opponents on finals day.
Marc Zwiebler needed to defeat just a single Danish player on route to his European title, with Axelsen and Gade both falling to his opponent in the final Henri Hurskainen. His victory over Jan O Jorgensen was the catalyst for his success this week and had little trouble in defeating his Swedish opponent in his most one-sided victory over the week, winning 21-15, 21-13.
Tine Baun repeated her success over Juliane Schenk from two years in the longest match of the day, with the top seeded Dane taking the title in 68 minutes winning 21-19, 16-21, 21-19. There was another Danish success over Germany in the men’s doubles final, with Boe and Mogensen defeating Fuchs and Roth in a very one-sided final with the Danes winning 21-11, 21-11 in just 34 minutes. The all-Danish final in the women’s doubles was won by the top seeded Pedersen and Rytter Juhl defeating the 3rd seeded Damkjaer Cruse and Roepke in two games, but needing 5 chances to claim the second game.
Mateusiak and Zieba Take Mixed Title
The Polish pair came into this week on top form after taking the Dutch title, but few people expected them to repeat their success in Karlskrona. After defeating the top seeded Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen in the quarter finals and a victory over Adcock and Bankier at the semi final stage they had little trouble in defeating Pieler Colding and Houmann to claim the European title in to games, winning 21-11, 24-22.
Henri Hurskainen’s victory over Peter Gade could have been deemed a fluke result over an legend in his final year of competition, but in his last two matches he has defeated Peter Gade and the future of Danish badminton, Viktor Axelsen.
Hurskainen Takes On Zwiebler
There is always usually a standout performance from a pair or person playing in from of his home crowd. Adcock and Bankier’s performance at the 2011 Worlds was made possible in front of a partizan London auidence. Hurskainen’s last two performances have seen him play above and beyond his world ranking of 57 to claim two incredible victories just 3 months ahead of the Olympics. His three-game victory over Axelsen has seen him progress to his first European final, where he takes on Germany’s Marc Zwiebler.
Zwiebler fell at the semi final stage in 2010, losing in three games to Peter Gade but his impressive two game victory over Jan O Jorgensen ensures that he reached the final without the loss of a game and that the European title wouldn’t be returning to Denmark for the first time since 1990.
Danish Presence In Four Finals
Whilst the clean sweep of golds is no longer an option, Denmark have secured at least one gold in the women’s doubles final. Tine Baun takes on Juliane Schenk in a rematch of their 2010 final in Manchester, with the top seeded Baun defeating Linda Zechiri to reach the final whilst the second seeded Schenk was impressive in her 21-13, 21-10 victory over Jie Yao to ensure the German like Zwiebler, reached the final without the loss of a game.
Boe and Mogensen will hope to go one better than 2010 as they take on Fuchs and Roth in the men’s doubles final. The top seeded defeated Adcock and Ellis to reach the final whilst their German opponents ended any chance of an all-Danish final with their victory over Bonde and Kristiansen in a three game, 62-minute semi final. Their previous and only meeting was over two years ago, with the Danes taking the match in three games.
Pedersen and Rytter Juhl take on their team mates Damkjaer Kruse and Roepke in the women’s doubles final, with the 3rd seeds ending the run of the 2010 winners Vislova and Sorokina in three games. The top seeds needed just two games and half the time to defeat Michels and Marinello of Germany to ensure their place in the final with the loss of just 96 points to date this week.
The mixed doubles final features the 2010 runners-up Mateusiak and Zieba taking on the Danish pair of Pielder Colding and Houmann. Both pairs needed three games to defeat their higher seeded opponents, with the 7th seeded Poles defeating the 4th seeded Adcock and Bankier whilst the 8th seeds defeated their team mates and 2010 winners Laybourn and Rytter Juhl who were seeded 2nd this week. Their only meeting came at the 2011 World Championships, which the Polish pair won in three games.
Peter Gade’s last run at the European Championships ends with a quarter final defeat to Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen as several Danish seeds crash out at the last 8.
Axelsen and Jorgensen Keep Danish Dream Alive
With Henri Hurskainen’s shock victory over Peter Gade, the hopes of a nation rested on Jan O Jorgensen and Viktor Axelsen. The 7th seeded Axelsen set up his semi final against Hurskainen with a two game victory over Dieter Domke whilst Jan O Jorgensen ensure there wouldn’t be another upset with his own two game victory over Mattias Wigardt. Jorgensen takes on the 4th seeded Marc Zwiebler after the German defeated Rajiv Ouseph in the only quarter final to have a pair of seeds play one another.
Tine Baun is also into the semi finals to keep the hope of five Danish titles alive. The top seed defeated Carolina Marin in three games to set up her semi final with the 7th seeded Linda Zechiri, who defeated Kristina Gavnholt to end the unseeded players run in the event. Jie Yao ensured there wouldn’t be two Bulgarians in the last 4 with a three game victory over Petya Nedelcheva to set up a semi final against Germany’s Juliane Schenk. The second seed defeated Sabrina Jaquet in her quarter final to set up her semi final with the 5th seeded Jie Yao.
Danish Dominance In Doubles
Boe and Mogensen reached the last 4 over Ivanov and Sozonov in two games to set up a semi final against Adcock and Ellis of England, who defeated the 3rd seeded Kindervater and Schoettler in a tight three game match to ensure Chris Adcock’s excellent week continues. Fuchs and Roth ensured at least one German presence in the last 4 with a victory over the 4th seeded Cwalina and Logosz and set up a semi final against the unseeded Danish pair of Bonde and Kristiansen who defeated Quere and Ronan of France.
Pedersen and Rytter Juhl relentless run to the last 4 continued with a 21-8, 21-7 victory over the on-form Piek and Tabelling and set up a semi final against Michels and Marinello of Germany who ended the run of Sweden’s Lennartsson and Wengberg in a two game quarter final. The other semi final sees Damkjaer Cruse and Roepke taking on the 2nd seeded Vislova and Sorokina, with the Russian pairing needing three games to progress against the 6th seeded Agathangelou and Olver of England.
The big shock in the mixed doubles was the loss of the top seeded Fischer Neilsen and Pedersen, after they crashed out to the 7th seeded Mateusiak and Zieba in two games. The Polish pair take on Adcock and Bankier, who saved a match point in the third game to eventually come through their all-British clash with Robertson and Wallwork to reach the last 4. Laybourn and Rytter Juhl take on their team mates Pieler Kolding and Houmann to ensure a Danish finalist in the mixed doubles with the 8th seeded Danes defeating the 3rd seeded Nikolaenko and Sorokina in three games to advance to the last 4.
The first two seeds claimed all five titles in Vantaa as several players looked to book their places at the 2012 Olympics.
Double Delight For GB
Rajiv Ouseph’s spot in London is all but secure after claiming the men’s singles title after a tight three game match with Henri Hurskainen, with no real challenge coming from the local hope Ville Lang who crashed out in the quarter finals in a tame performance against Rasmus Fladberg.
Adcock and Bankier have taken a massive step towards London, especially due to the pre-tournament withdrawal of their biggest rivals Robertson and Wallwork. They dropped a single game on route to the title, after being taken to three games in the final against Skaarup Rasmussen and Thygesen but claimed the title 22-24, 21-12, 21-13.
Second Seeds Strike
Michelle Li was on course for two titles, but fell at the final hurdle in the women’s singles against Jie Yao. The 2nd seed defeated the 3rd seeded Li in two games 22-20, 21-19 but the Canadian teamed up with Alex Bruce to defeat the Malaysian pair of Chow and Lee to claim one title this week.
The Russian pairing of Ivanov and Sozonov claimed the doubles titles, defeated fellow Russians Nikolaenko and Ukk in a one-sided final that seen the 2nd seeds lose just a single game the entire week to Ellis and Adcock in the semi final stage.
The day began in Glasgow with the top seeded Rajiv Ouseph reaching the last 32 and the day finished with 2nd seeded Bosch and Ridder making it into the last 16 of the men’s doubles that was dominated by the seeds.
15 of the 16 seeds progressed in the men’s singles, only the 16th seeded Marcel Reuter crashed out to ensure there was no clean sweep of seeded winners today. The German was beaten by Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, who takes on Stilian Makarski of Bulgaria who defeated Nathan D’Cruz in the tightest match of the day, winning 29-27 in the third in one of the longest matches of the day. There were wins for Dymtro Zavadsky and Dicky Palyama in two games as well as Henri Hurskainen to ensure the top four seeds reached the last 32.
Kirsty Gilmour was the lone Scottish singles player to win today, defeating England’s Kate Robertshaw in three games to set up her second round match against Elizabeth Cann of England. Overall, the singles was a disappointed for the Scottish crowd with six defeats in the singles over the two events. All eight seeds in the men’s doubles progressed in convincing fashion, with the 4th seeded Koch and Zauner being the only pairing taken to three games by the Scottish pairing of Gilmour and Campbell before eventually progressing. Both the top two seeds were impressive in their one sided victories but will face tougher opposition in the second round tomorrow.
With the cancellation of the Estonian International last week the Swedish International is the first EBU tournament of the new year, and a strong field is in play after a short holiday break.
While the Danes may be upset with the loss of Jan O Jorgensen across the globe in Malaysia, they have reason to maintain their hope for the future today. Another young rising star seems to be coming up the ranks as Viktor Axelsen fought his way past Sweden’s top player Henri Hurskainen in three long games, and then also defeated his compatriot Sune Gavnholt in two tight games to book himself a place in the quarter-finals. In the next round he will have to face off against another Dane Kasper Ipsen. A strong performance in his first ever EBU event.
Perhaps the upset of the day comes with Finnish Ville Lang the second seed falling to Swedish qualifier Mattias Borg in two relatively quick games 21-13, 21-14, only to lose the next round to another Finnish player Eeto Heino.
Chinese qualifier Rong Bo is back at it again after a strong performance last month in Ireland. Today she defeated 8th seeded Chloe Magee and Alesia Zaltsava to earn her quarter-final place against Tatjana Bibik.
While the Danes are fairing well in the mens the women are struggling a bit more. The only Danish woman left is Camilla Sorensen who managed to upset the second seed Maja Tvrdy in three games 21-15, 15-21, 21-11, and then followed that up with another win over Japan’s Mizuho Muramatsu 21-16, 16-21, 21-16 to make it to the quarter-finals against England’s Elizabeth Cann.
Day two of the Norwegian Open saw the start of all five events, with most of the seeded players progressing through to the second round, Chloe Magee who was seeded 6th in the Women’s Singles lost out to Karina Jorgensen in three games was the first of the seeded players to crash out.
The sixth seed in the Men’s Singles, Dmytro Zavadsky crashed out to Sweden’s Magnus Sahlberg in two close games, then the 7th seed in the Women’s Singles, Michelle Chan lost out of Holland’s Patty Stolzenbach in three games, losing 21-15 in the third game.
The top seeds have progressed safety the Quarter Final stage, with Juliane Schenk progressing without dropping a game whilst Marc Zweibler was taken to three games in his second round match against Kristian Neilsen. He plays 7th seed Henri Hurskainen in Saturday’s Quarter Final.
Play begins tomorrow with top seeded Mixed Doubles pair Robin Middleton and Mariana Agathangelou playing unseeded Christian John Skovgaard and Maria Heisbol. The Men’s Singles begins at 11.40, with Zweibler against Hurskainen and Christian Lind Thomsen, seeded 3 playing Scott Evans, the 8th seed from Ireland.
Juliane Schenk plays Patty Stolzenbach at 11.40, as well as 3rd seeded Anu Nieminen plays Truoti Murgunde of India, seeded 8.
After day one of the Denmark Open, the locals have to be happy with their players. The Danish team have several players and teams moving on to the next round. The highlight for the crowd appeared to be Peter Gade’s opening match against Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen. While the match was brief, you could tell by the crowd’s enthusiasm that they were excited to see the local hero play. Another great performance was rising star Jan O Jorgensen’s win over his compatriot Hans Kristian Vittinghus. The day wasn’t all good news for Denmark though as Lotte Bonde was rushed to hospital with a suspected knee injury.
One of the big surprises for the day came from Germany’s Marc Zwiebler who upset Malaysia’s Wong Choong Han in three games. This was the second disappointment in a row for Wong who lost at last week’s Dutch Open to Rajiv Ouseph in spite of his top seeding.
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On another note, we have to commend the Denmark Open’s website. They have done a great job producing these videos from almost every player after their match, as well as the live streaming.
For full results visit the official draws:
Denmark Open Super Series 2009 Draws