Saturday’s play begun with top seeds Robin Middleton and Mariana Agathangelou in quarterfinal action against Christian John Skovgard and Maria Heisbol, 21 minutes and two games later, the top seeds booked their place in the semi finals later that day, winning 21-12, 21-10. They were joined the semi finals by another English pair, Marcus Ellis and Heather Olver who beat 2nd seeds Dave Khodabux and Samantha Barning 23-21, 21-19.
Both English couples secured semi final victories to make the Mixed Doubles final an all-English affair, both coming through in three games. Middleton and Agathanegelou beating Tim Dettman of Germany and Emelie Lennartsson of Sweden, whilst Olver and Ellis defeated Indian duo K. Tarun and Shruti Kurian.
Top seed in the Women’s Singles, Juliane Schenk made light work of her two matches today to secure a place in Sunday’s final, first defeating Patty Stolzenbach 21-14, 21-4 in the quarter finals, then beat 3rd seed Anu Nieminen 21-13, 21-13. Her opponent in tomorrow’s final is another Dutch woman, 4th seeded Rachel Van Cutsen, who defeated Karina Jorgensen in the quarterfinals and 2nd seed Larisa Griga in the semi finals, both in two games.
The final of the Men’s Singles is a battle of the top two seeds; Marc Zweibler was in dominant form as he disposed of 7th seeded Henri Hurskainen in the quarterfinals, then 3rd seeded Christian Lind Thomsen in the semi finals. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, seeded 2 also had little trouble booking his place in tomorrow’s final. Defeating unseeded Magnus Sahlberg in the quarterfinals and then Estonia’s 4th seed Raul Must in the semi finals. With all four matches won by the top two seeds being won in two games.
The top seeds in the Women’s Doubles, Helle Neilsen and Marie Ropke are also through, after defeating England’s Heather Olver and Scotland’s Emma Mason in the semi final in two tight games, 23-21 and 24-22, they will play unseeded Samantha Barning and Eefje Muskens of Holland in tomorrows final.
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.
The Norwegian International Championships is the beginning of a 4-week run of events on the Badminton Europe calendar, taking the players to Norway, Scotland, Wales and then Ireland.
There is a large Scandinavian contingent in the draw as expected, but the top seeds are of a German nationality, Marc Zweibler is top seed in the men’s singles draw, followed by three Danes in the next four seeds. Hans-Kristian Vittinghus, Christian Lind Thomsen and Peter Mikkelsen are all challengers to the title this week.
Juliane Schenk, another German is top seed in the Women’s Singles, with Larisa Griga, Anu Nieminen and Rachel Van Cutsen making up the top 4 seedings. The top two seeds in the Men’s Doubles are also German, with Michael Fuchs and Ingo Kindervater top seeded for the event.
The Women’s Doubles top seed are Helle Nielsen and Marie Ropke, with Sandra Marinello and Birgit Overzier of Germany being third seeded. The top seeds in the Mixed Doubles is Robin Middleton and Mariana Agathangelou of England, who is also seeded in the Women’s Doubles with Jillie Cooper of Scotland.
Qualification begins on Thursday at 1pm local time.
Norwegian International Championships 2009 Draws