DENMARK OPEN 2006 – China dashes local hopes

China dashed all Danish hopes of having a place in the finals of the singles events as all three potential finalists were beaten by Chinese contenders. By: Yan Yan Emily […]
Image China dashed all Danish hopes of having a place in the finals of the singles events as all three potential finalists were beaten by Chinese contenders.

By: Yan Yan Emily Ding and Anne Kirstine Skytt
Photo: Badmintonphoto

The first semifinal featured an appealing match between Peter-Gade and Chen Yu.

Against all expectations, Chen Yu won his match against Peter-Gade. The local hero did not succeed in playing his best, lacking spirit and high-level precision in his 22-24/15-21 loss.

It’s not always going (to go) the way you want it to, but I did not see (myself) losing to Chen Yu. I simply just didn’t nail it today, said Peter-Gade after the match.

The Dane had trouble keeping up with Chen Yu, who generally played well despite some strings of mistakes.

It’s frustrating and I feel really sick (about) losing this match. My condition is really good but that’s not (going to) help if I’m not able to play (at) a high level. In the beginning of the game, Chen Yu got a lot of self-confidence and I let him into the match. He (was) playing well all over and I simply didn’t manage to break that wall. As the match went on, I became more and more insecure while he grew more and more self-confident, said Peter, as he was recollecting the match.

For some time now, Peter has had trouble playing his best at tournaments. Although he has been practicing a lot, he is still unable to put a finger on the one thing that he needs in order to improve. His self-confidence seemed to take a dive during the match and his frustration got more and more evident as Chen Yu managed to control the game,

The more insecure I get, the more frustrated I become. Lately, I often feel like this and I’m not sure how I can get rid of it.”

This was the highlight of the end of the year for Peter Gade and he regretted not being able to end it with honours. “I really tried to put all my energy into this tournament because I wanted to close this season off with a victory.” So the question now seems to be what Peter is going to focus on next? “All my focus will go to the super series. I’m going to play all the tournaments. I think the whole season worldwide will involve around the super series. Especially men’s singles are going to be excellent. You have to win the matches from the start of the games.”

The Super Series is a round of 12 tournaments through the year where players still need to qualify for to play. Another new thing is the ground limit of the prize money has to be at least $200,000. “Through the Super Series there will come a lot more attention to the badminton sport. That can eventually end i more money. It’s a step in the right direction that the IBF finally decided to make such tournaments, but there is still a lot to be done in trying to promote badminton. It absolute an advantage that the tournament will be held in the big cities around Europe, amongst them Paris, because that is where the big money is to be found.

The second semi final didn’t see much more luck for Kenneth Jonassen who was very close to winning the tie against Chen Hong – he led 21/18 – 19/18 but the Chinese took the right choices at this point to win the second game and the third right after 21/19 – 21/16. Denmark however will have a Gold medal assured in the men’s doubles as both pairs entering the final are from Denmark, amongst which unexpected scratch pair of Boe and Fischer-Nieslen.

ImageBoe/Fischer keep the dream going

It was quite equal in the beginning, but the their opponent from Malaysia – Tazri and Lin began to play more and more aggressive. The Malaysians were dominating until Danes follow up till 18-18. From that turning point, the Danes won 21-19 and played very well at last. And once again, the Danes were able to keep their calm towards the end to win on the same score of 21/19 in the second game, meaning they would enter the final of the event against fellow compatriots Paaske/Rasmussen. “It was a good match because it was very defensive. The shuttles were heavy and the speed was slow. We expected to win throughout the whole match, because we played really well and took good chances. We’re a very new pair – we’ve only been training together for 14 days and only went to one tournament before where we made it to the semifinals. It all started out when Mathias Boe phoned me and asked if I wanted to play together with him. I thought I should have to take the chance when I could get a partner as good as him. It’s a really big step for me to play doubles at this level. I haven’t practised doubles in a long time, actually I don’t think I have ever practised doubles. I didn’t think that I would get a shaky from playing but the last few serves, I could feel my right little finger shake,” laughed Fischer Nieslen.

Apart from tomorrow’s match, the future will be played apart for the two friends with the return of Boe’s regular partner Mogensen who was still on clutches in the stands. My partner at the moment (Carsten Mogensen) is injured and the physiotherapist can not determine what is wrong, but I enjoy playing with Joachim Fischer”. The latter might change his way of looking at the game should he win on Sunday : “I don’t know if I want to play professionally badminton at full-time. We just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings. If we win, it will definitely make me start thinking about it more seriously. Because I haven’t really proved my worth for some time now, there was an extra pressure on me this time, but really, we have nothing to lose at all.”

On the question about who they want to meet in the final, Fischer answered: “Well, I’m pretty greek – catholic…” hinting that it doesn’t matter to him. “The real issue is basically how we play our game,” says Fischer. Fate brought their compatriots Paaske and Ramsussen who beat Eriksen and Lundgaard in three hard fought games.

The other finals will feature an all-China affair in the ladies’ singles when Jiang takes on Lu – who took some time to beat local player Rasmussen, while the ladies’ doubles final will see top seeds Emms/Kellogg take on Poland’s Kostiucyk/Augustyn and the mixed doubles between Laybourn/Rytter-Juhl against England’s Clark/Kellogg for another chance for the locals to win a gold medal.

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Raphaël Sachetat

About Raphaël Sachetat

Raphael is the Chief Editor of Badzine International. He is the founder of the website together with Jean François Chauveau. After many years writing for the BWF and many publications around the world about badminton, he now leads a team of young and dynamic writers for Badzine.