There was German interest in the four finals that took place, with the men’s doubles not taking place due to Fuchs and Roth pulling out of their final giving Kindervater and Schottler the title.
The all-German mixed doubles final seen unseeded Michael Fuchs and Brigit Overzier defeat their 4th seeded opponents Johannes Schottler and Sandra Marinello in two games, winning 22-20, 21-19. Sandra Marinello would team up with Birgit Overzier as the second seeds defeated the top seeded Dutch pairing of Lotte Jonathans and Paulien Van Dooremalen in three games to ensure a third title for Germany.
The top seeds in the singles were also German, with Marc Zwiebler defeating Eric Pang of Holland in two games to ensure title number 4 for Germany. The fifth title was the most impressive as top seeded Juliane Schenk defeated the second seeded Elizabeth Cann of England in a 23 minute demolition that the German #1 won 21-7, 21-5.
It seemed almost destined that the young up and comer Viktor Axelsen would storm his way to the title in Sweden, but another relatively unknown player from Indonesia named Indra Bagus Ade Chandra was too much for the young Dane. Similar to Axelsen, Chandra fought his way through the qualifying rounds to find his place in the finals. The Indonesia defeated Axelsen with a confident 21-15, 21-12 scoreline. We can likely expect to hear much more from both of these young players.
In the women’s singles it was Kaori Imabeppu of Japan taking the title over England’s Elizabeth Cann in a relatively quick 21-15, 21-10 win. After defeating China’s Rong Bo it appeared that Cann would have more to challenge Kaori with, but it appeared that perhaps fatigue got the best of her. The only game that Kaori dropped throughout the entire tournament was to the top seed Ella Diehl.
While they may have lost the women’s singles, England rebounded with a confident looking Robin Middleton and Chris Langridge in the men’s doubles event. The two managed to take the title without dropping a game, and with few close games at that. They defeated their Danish opponents Mikkel Elbjorn and Christian John Skovgaard 21-11, 21-18.
Both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles went to Danish pairs, and both finals were intensely fought. In the women’s doubles Helle Nielsen and Marie Ropke snuck past their Dutch opponents Lotte Jonathans and Pauline Van Dooremalen in three close games 17-21, 21-15, 21-18. Then in the mixed doubles Mads Pieler Kolding and Britta Andersen narrowly defeated their Ukrainian opponents Valery Atrashchenkov and Elena Prus 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.
The EBU tour goes on a bit of a break again now with Thomas and Uber Cup preliminaries happening around the world. Stay tuned for more BWF tour results from those events soon.