DENMARK OPEN 2006 – Jonassen still wants to play

In spite of warnings from his doctors that it was still too early to get back into competition after injuring his knee two months ago, Denmark’s Kenneth Jonassen showed up […]

ImageIn spite of warnings from his doctors that it was still too early to get back into competition after injuring his knee two months ago, Denmark’s Kenneth Jonassen showed up in Aarhus for the first day of his home event. The soft spoken Dane won his first-round match against England’s Nick Kidd in straight games 21/17 – 21/19. "I didn’t want to feel like I was put in a box and not play for such a long time, and I wanted to play here in front of my crowd, even if it means taking a risk" said Jonassen. "And even if my doctors and coaches were against it, I wanted to play here as I was frustrated (about not participating) at past editions (of open tournaments). Having fun is what the whole game is about and I wanted to feel that on court at this " added the Dane.

Another comeback saw Wong Choong Hann on court for the first time in international competition after snapping his Achilles tendon at the Thomas Cup. The Malaysian fared well to beat Danish Kasper Ipsen in straight games, and is now hoping for a third-round match with Gade.

The only seeded players to fall on the first day were Eric Pang of the Netherlands and Bjoern Joppien of Germany. They lost to Englishman Nathan Rice and Singaporean Kendrick Lee respectively. All other events will kick off on Wednesday.

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Raphaël Sachetat

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