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.
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.