Denmark Takes Yet Another European Team Title

An all-conquering Danish performance was punctuated with the lack of use of the European #1 Peter Gade to ensure victory in Amsterdam. Tine Baun was also used sparingly on route to the final as the younger generation of Jan O Jorgensen and Karina Jorgensen were used throughout the week as the top singles player.

The last 8 failed to provide any shocks, with the Bulgarian’s unlikely run coming to an end against England in a 3-1 defeat whilst home interest also ended at the quarter final stage as the Dutch were defeated in a convincing 3-0 loss to Russia. Germany had little trouble defeating the French in the last 8, with Juliane Schenk being in impressive form in her 21-4, 21-3 victory to book the German’s place in the last 4. Denmark also had little trouble defeating Poland to reach the last 4 to set up a rematch with the English in the semi final.

The surprise of the semi final match between Denmark and England was Rajiv Ouseph’s impressive three game win over Jan O Jorgensen in the 2nd match of the rubber to level it at 1-1. Denmark took the women’s doubles comfortably and after Ellis and Adcock took the opening game in the 4th match against Boe and Mogensen, England were hopeful of taking it to a 5th and final match but the world #1′s fought back to take the next 2 games and book Denmark’s place in the final.

The other semi final looked to be all but over after two impressive German victories in the singles, with Zwiebler and Schenk taking Germany within a match of the final. The Russian pairing of Vislova and Sorokina won a tightly faught match to send the match into a 4th rubber but surprisingly didn’t play the experienced pairing of Durkin and Nikolaenko, instead putting out Sozonov and Dremin against Kindervater and Scholetter in a one-sided win for the German’s to set up a rematch of last years final.

Juliane Schenk got Germany off to the perfect start with a win over Karina Jorgensen, Schenk would go unbeaten over the week winning all 4 of her matches. Marc Zwiebler had the chance to capitalize on Jan O Jorgensen who was defeated in his previous match against Ouseph. The world #12 had little trouble in beating Zwiebler, ranked 5 places below him in the world rankings to level the final at 1-1. The Danish strength over the week had been in their doubles matches and the final was no exception as Pedersen and Rytter Juhl put Denmark within a match of the title with a two game victory over Overzier and Marinello. Boe and Mogensen completed the task with a two game victory over Kindervater and Scholetter to ensure Denmark retained their title for the 8th time in succession, dating back to 1996 when they won on home turf in Herning.

Final Team Results

Axelsen Hoping To Go One Further

Around this time last year the badminton world sat in awe of the young Viktor Axelsen after he brushed aside on opponent after another on his way to his first ever senior international final.  Now the Dane is back in familiar territory as he has found himself once again in the final of the Swedish International, and this time with a much less formidable opponent, an opponent who Axelsen easily disposed of earlier this fall.  The last time Pablo Abian played Viktor he lost 21-10, 21-7.  Hopefully for the crowd this time around will be a much closer match.  Abian has played well this week with a big win over the tall Dutch shuttler Eric Pang in three exceedingly close games 21-19, 19-21, 21-18.  Axelsen’s semi-final was less hostile as he defeated Kestutis Navickas 21-13, 21-14.

The women’s final should hold much less drama and excitement as both finalists hail from Japan.  Nevertheless respect is owed to both players who were required to overcome formidable opponents on their way to this stage.  Qualifier Mayu Sekiya defeated the top seed Judith Meulendijks in the second round, as well as third seed Susan Egelstaff to earn her finals spot.  Her compatriot Kaori Imebeppu defeated the female phenom Carolina Marin in her semi-final match 19-21, 21-16, 21-8 to earn her final spot.

In the mens doubles it appears that Denmark has much talent ready and waiting to fill the places of their top pairs should they retire anytime soon.  With Axelsen shining in the mens singles it looks like yet another young Dane is showing promise as Rasmus Fladberg and his partner Kim Astrup Sorensen have made their way into the finals after defeating Andi Hartono Tandaputra and Gert Kunka 21-18, 21-16.  On a side note Fladberg is the son of previous doubles world champion Steen Fladberg.  They will now face off against Lukasz Moren and Wojciech Szkudlarczyk who made their way through by defeating another Danish pair, Mats Bue and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-15, 11-21, 22-20.

In the womens doubles we have the only top seed to survive through to finals day as Japans Rie Eto and Yu Wakita have gone on relatively unchallenged thus far.  They won relatively comfortably against Maria Helsbol and Anne Skelbaek 21-11, 21-13 in their semi-final match.  They will now place another Danish pair Line Damkjaer Kruse and Maria Ropke who defeated second seeds Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou due to a withdrawal part way through the match.

Heather Olver does however have an opportunity to make up for her disappointment in the doubles as she has found herself in the mixed final alongside partner Robin Middleton.  Olver and Middleton defeated Imam Sodikin Irawan and Cecilia Bjuner in three games 15-21, 21-12, 21-10.  Their opponents will be the Dutch pair Dave Khodabux and Samantha Barning.  Khodabux and Barning defeated Ireland’s Sam and Chloe Magee 21-16, 21-18.

Swedish International 2011 Draws

Swedish International 2011

After a quiet last few weeks the EBU circuit is back in action again this week in Stockholm for the Swedish International 2011.  In both the men’s and women’s singles events the Dutch have taken the top spots with Eric Pang and Judith Meulendijks sitting atop their respective draws.

Pang starts off his men’s singles campaign with a tough first round encounter against Ukrainian Dmytro Zavadsky who is known to be a scrappy contender.  Seeded second here is Lithuanian Kestutis Navickas who will likely face off against Denmark’s Peter Mikkelsen in the second round.  Mikkelsen surprisingly had to qualify, but was promoted to the main draw.  Other notables in the men’s draw include Pablo Abian of Spain, Ville Lang of Finland and of course all eyes will be on the young Danish world junior champion, Viktor Axelsen.  This time last year Axelsen gained attention by making it to the finals and upsetting numerous strong opponents on his way.

Meulendijks first major challenge will likely come in the quarter-finals against Denmark’s Karina Jorgensen who is fifth seeded.  Their half of the draw also holds Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff who appears to be a strong favourite to come through to the semi-finals stage.  The second seed Larisa Griga has an especially difficult starting match as she faces off against Spanish phenom Carolina Marin, a match which from the looks of things should be the toughest match on that half of the draw.

The men’s doubles draw lacks the usual punch expected in an EBU event with few big names present.  The top seeds are France’s Baptiste Careme and Sylvain Grosjean, while the second seeds are Russia’s Vitalij Durkin and Alexander Nikolaenko.  Of note is the large contingent of French players in the doubles draw as four pairs are present.

Japan look to be the favourites in the womens doubles with Rie Eto and Yu Wakita in the top seeded position, however England’s Heather Olver and Marian Agathangelou will be trying to upset the Japanese pair.  Japan also has another couple of pairs lurking unseeded in the draws, as does Denmark, so don’t be surprised to see a couple of upsets in the earlier rounds.

Finally in the mixed doubles it’s the Ukrainian pair of Valerly Atrashchenkov and Elena Prus taking the top spot while Baptiste Careme and Laura Choinet are second seeds.  England’s Robin Middleton and Heather Olver are unseeded, and no doubt a threat regardless of their lack of seeding.  Ireland’s Sam and Chloe Magee are also strong threats in the fourth seed position.

For full draws and ongoing results be sure to check back here again tomorrow, and also have a look at the draw page below:

Swedish International 2011 Draws

Hans Kristian Vittinghus Takes Irish Title

The partnership of Adcock and Bankier might be a new one, but the history of the players gave you an idea that it would be a successful one. Bankier reached #12 in the world with Robert Blair in 2008/9 and Adcock has been part of the GB Olympic set-up for a number of years.

They wasted little time in Ireland securing their second title in three weeks with a two game, 26 minute victory over Skovgaard and Andersen of Denmark, winning 21-13, 21-11. Scottish success was doubled as 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff won her first title of 2010, defeating a Dane of her own in Karina Jorgensen, winning 23-21, 21-8.

The men’s singles was a much tighter affair, with Vittinghus and Abian sharing the opening two games and the third going all the way to 20-20 and beyond. It was the top seeded Dane that eventually came through, taking the third game 23-21 in their 57 minute matchup, which would be the longest match of the day.

The women’s doubles seen the top 2 seeds in the final, with Denmark doubling it’s tally for the week as 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek defeated the top seeded English duo of Olver and Agathangelou in a three-game, 48 minute matchup with the Danes winning in the third 21-15. Chris Adcock doubled his tally of wins in Ireland as he and partner Andrew Ellis defeated their more experienced team-mate Anthony Clark and his partner Chris Landridge in the men’s doubles final, with Ellis and Adcock winning 21-13, 21-16.

Day 3 Results

Jorgensen Ends Local Hopes

Another two match day awaited the remaining players on Day 2, for some it could potentially mean four matches over two events. Chloe Magee fantastic win over the top seeded Elizabeth Cann put her through to the semi finals, only to be defeated by Karina Jorgensen in a tame two game match. The mixed doubles was a similar story for Magee, as her and partner Sam Magee defeated the English pairing of Middleton and Olver in the quarter finals but lost out to the Danish pair of Skovgaard and Andersen in a two game defeat leaving Ireland with no representatives on finals day.

The men’s singles final sees the top seeded Hans-Kristian Vittinghus take on 8th seeded Pablo Abian of Spain. Vittinghus won his all-Danish quarter final against Peter Mikkelsen and then went out to defeat the 3rd seeded Frenchman, Matthieu Lo Ping Ying to book his place in tomorrow’s final. Abian defeated the 4th Rune Ulsing in his quarter final match then defeated the 7th seeded Ville Lang in two games to reach the final. Karina Jorgensen’s opponent in the women’s singles final is the 2nd seeded Susan Egelstaff of Scotland after wins over Ragna Ingolfsdottir of Iceland in the quarter finals and then a tight two game victory over Spain’s Carolina Marin.

The men’s doubles final is an all-English affair, with two unseeded pairs making the final. Adcock and Ellis defeated two Danish pairs, including the 3rd seeded Elbjorn and Skovgaard in the semi finals whilst the other pair of Clark and Middleton defeated the German pair of Heinz and Schulz in the last 8 before beating the 2nd seeded Careme and Grosjean to reach tomorrow’s final.

The women’s doubles final sees the top two seeds meeting, with top seeds Agathangelou and Olver taking on the Danish 2nd seeds Heisbol and Skelbaek. The English pair were taken to three games in their quarter final against Fangel and Sorensen before winning their semi final in convincing fashion to reach the final. Heisbol and Skelbaek dropped their first game of the week in their semi final over Lefel and Luttmann but bounced back to take the next two games. Chris Adcock reached his second final this week with partner Imogen Bankier and the pair look for their second title in three weeks after winning the Scottish Open late last month, the pair take on the Danish pair of Skovgaard and Andersen in the final.

Day 2 Results

Jorgensen Takes Women's Title

Scott Evans’ run ended at the final hurdle as the 4th seed lost to India’s 8th seeded Ajay Jayaram in two games, the match wasn’t the most competitive with the Indian winning comfortably 21-11, 21-8 in just 26 minutes. Jayaram had been in excellent form all week, after coming through a tough opener against Zilberman of Israel.

Sashina Vignes also narrowly missed out on the title, losing in two very tight games against the 7th seeded Karina Jorgensen. The 36-minute encounter with a close encounter, with the Dane winning 24-22, 22-20. Vignes had one chance to take the opening game and two games in the second game, neither of which she was able to convert.

The 2nd seeded Langridge and Middleton defeated their higher seeded team mates in the men’s doubles final, beating Ellis and Mills took the opening game easily before the top seeds put up a better performance in the second game but Langridge and Middleton were still too strong, winning 21-9, 21-19.

The doubles duel between Iris Tabeling and Anne Skelbaek was a diplomatic draw, with both players taking one title each. Tabeling and partner Piek were the 4th seeds but defeated the 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek in three games in the women’s doubles final. Skelbaek faught back to take the mixed doubles with her partner Anders Skaarup and Rasmussen defeating Tabeling and Jelle Maas in two games to share the titles this week.

Day 3 Results

Evans On Top Form

Scott Evans put an end to the Viktor Axelsen parade in a two game, 29 minute win over the young Dane to stop the junior world champion progressing to the last 4. Evans paired up with Sam Magee to pull of a shock two game win over the 3rd seeded Constantin and Vincent to reach the last 4 of the men’s doubles also.

Evans booked his place in tomorrow’s singles final with a three game win over the 2nd seeded Rune Ulsing, but couldn’t match his win in the doubles, losing to the top seeded Mills and Ellis in three tight games. His opponent in the singles final is India’s Ajay Jayaram who defeated the top seed Przemyslaw Wacha in the quarters, before beating Mathias Wigardt of Sweden in two games to reach Sunday’s final.

The women’s singles final sees unseeded Sashina Vignes take on Karina Jorgensen of Denmark. Vignes defeated two seeds to reach the final, beating 6th seed Elena Prus in two games before defeating the 3rd seeded Tatjana Bibik of Russia in three games to reach tomorrow’s final. Jorgensen beat English qualifier Sarah Walker in three games before disposing of the 8th seeded Patty Stolzenbach in two games.

The men’s doubles sees the top two seeds take on one another. Top seeded Mills and Ellis booked their place with a three game win over Evans and Magee whilst the 2nd seeds won two tightly fought matches, winning their quarter final against Bodskov and Staael of Denmark and then their semi final against Lundqvist and Bergstrom in two tight matches.

The women’s doubles final sees the 2nd seeded Heisbol and Skelbaek take on the 4th seeds Piek and Tabeling, who beat top seeded Choinet and Rasadi to make the final tomorrow. They will take on the on-form Danish pairing who have failed to drop a game on route to the final. The mixed doubles final is between two unseeded pairs, as Skelbaek and Rasmussen of Denmark take on Maas and Tabeling. Skelbaek and Tabeling’s second encounter tomorrow, playing each other in the women’s doubles and mixed doubles final.

Day 2 Results

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Team Peru Crushed By Korea

Day two had the remaining teams play their opening matches, as well as the arrival of Nigeria’s men’s team to the competition, albeit a day later than expected.

Thomas Cup:

Korean booked their place in the last 8 with a 5-0 win over Peru, meaning that China also qualify from Group Ar after their 5-0 win yesterday over the South Americans. Tomorrow’s match sets up to be a winner-take-all between Korea and China to see who tops the group. Japan is also through to the last 8 after defeating Nigeria 5-0, who arrived for this group match unlike yesterdays forfeit over Malaysia. The Nigerian’s failed to win a single game in any of the 5 matches against a relentless Japanese side. Hosts Malaysia will play tomorrow against the Japanese to determine the group winner, as well as the anticipated rematch between Kenichi Tago and Lee Chong Wei.

Germany defeated Poland 5-0 to dump the Poles out of the tournament, setting up a Zwiebler – Gade rematch tomorrow in the final Group C match to find out the group winner. Dieter Domke also has to continue his excellent form to stand a chance against Jan O Jorgensen in the second singles match tomorrow. Indonesia easily disposed of India in the Group D encounter, winning the match 4-1 overall but the main news from the match is Sony Dwi Kuncoro’s retirement in his singles against Arvind Bhatt, with the Indonesian player suffering a back injury in the second game of his match. India and Australia will play in the final group match tomorrow, with the winner progressing into the final 8.

Uber Cup:

Malaysia’s women started their campaign with a comfortable 5-0 win over the USA, conceding just two games in their victory. Both China and Malaysia are through from Group A, but will play tomorrow in the final league match to determine the top spot in the group,

Group B seen Denmark take on Australia, with the European powerhouses expected to coast into the last 8 with a comfortable victory. It started well for them with Camilla Sorensen’s two game victory over Erica Pong, but the next hour was a disaster for the Danes, with Karina Jorgensen losing to Renuga Veeran 20-22, 13-21 and then Mette Poulsen’s stunning collapse to Chia Chi Huang 11-21, 5-21 gave Australia an unlikely 2-1 lead. Pedersen and Rytter Juhl were needed to win just to keep Denmark in the rubber, 28 minutes later, the score was level at 2-2 with a 21-12, 21-19 victory for the Danish pair. Kristiansen and Ropke played the final match for Denmark against Tan and Huang of Australia, it resulted in the longest match of the five, but the Danes came through in two games, winning 21-13, 21-16 to book their place in the last 8, eliminating Australia but leaves a big question mark over Denmark’s credentials in the competition.

Juliane Schenk continued her run of good form to give Germany another lead today, this time against Russia as Schenk defeated Ella Diehl 21-16, 21-13 to give Germany a 1-0 lead in the rubber. It was the only lead that the Germans would have, as Bibik and Prokopenko thrust Russia into a 2-1 lead with tight victories over Schnaase and Deprez of Germany. Sorokina and Vislova made it 3-1 with a two game victory over Overzier and Schenk and the new partnership of Diehl and Russkikh completed the rout with a two game victory to book Russia’s place in the last 8.

India’s women had a better day than their male counterparts, defeating South Africa 5-0 to book their place in the last 8. Saina Newhal was on court less than 20 minutes in her victory over Kerry-Lee Harrington, with the remaining four matches taking just 79 minutes to be completed. India take on Korea tomorrow to determine top spot in the group.

Day 2 Results

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.

Friday’s Results

Saturday’s Order of Play

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