DENMARK OPEN 2006 – Chinese youngsters have a good day

On Sunday evening, a group of Chinese badminton players arrived at Billund airport for the Denmark Open. They did not, however, include China’s top players who remained at home to […]

ImageOn Sunday evening, a group of Chinese badminton players arrived at Billund airport for the . They did not, however, include China’s top players who remained at home to prepare for the upcoming Doha Asian Games. The majority of the players representing China were from the junior squad, such as Qiu Yanbo in the Men’s Singles and the fourth-seeded Lu Lan, Jiang Yanjiao and Wang Lin in the Ladies’ Singles. He Hanbin and Shen Ye, who had performed well at previous junior tournaments, featured in the Men’s Doubles. On the other hand, big names like Chen Hong and Chen Yu were still present in Aarhus.

By Yan Yan Emily Ding, photo of Chen Yu : Badmintonphoto.com

Despite their youth, low rankings and the heavy snow outside, the Chinese squad ? for the most part ? did well. With the exception of Qiu Yanbo, who lost 21-12, 21-11 to Peter Gade in yesterday?s opening round, the rest of the players proceeded to the next stage. In today?s matches, Wang Lin beat Bulgarian Diana Dimova easily, as did the pairings of Zhang Wei/Xu Chen, He Hanbin/Shen Ye, and Pan Pan/Tian Qing.
A good number of the Chinese squad have started their own web-blogs, detailing their views on various games as well as their daily routine. The coaches were understandably not too happy about this phenomenon, stressing that Wang Lin, for instance, should spend more time on training and less on the internet. For those of you wondering why there has been a hiatus in blogging from your favourite star, that is probably the explanation?
Denmark fared well as well with three of their top single shuttlers making it to the third round, Jonassen, Gade and Persson. The match of the day will be the one opposing Gade and Wong Choong Hann

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