DENMARK OPEN 2006 – Gade wins a ‘classic’

The "Classic" Match: Peter Gade versus Wong Choong Hann Once again, Peter Gade and Wong Choong Hann faced each other on the badminton court – this time in Aarhus at […]
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Once again, Peter Gade and Wong Choong Hann faced each other on the badminton court – this time in Aarhus at the 2006 . Badzine Correspondents Yan Yan Emily Ding and Anne Kirstine Skytt report from Aarhus.
Peter Gade had the advantage of being on homeground, with a huge audience turning up to root for him. A clearly injured Wong Choong Hann tried to keep up, even with his achilles tendon far from full recovery. The first game was won by an aggressive Peter Gade, most of whose points were won through smashing. Wong Choong Hann was forced into a more defensive role and looked like he had more problems moving his feet in the second game – finally losing 21-17,21-12 to the spirited Gade.

Interview with Peter Gade
BZ: How do you feel about winning the match?
PG: I am very satisfied and I think it was a good match.
BZ: And how about the match tomorrow against Dicky Palyama (of The Netherlands)?
PG: I’m looking very much forward to play Dicky because I already know his play well, (having) met each other many times. I’ve always won all our matches I’ve played against the Netherlands, so why shouldn’t I repeat the success tomorrow? If I can keep up the high speed of the match, my opponents will have a hard time controlling anything.
BZ: Do the rest of the Danish players, especially the younger ones, have any chances of winning tomorrow?
PG: It’s really important for our upcoming players to have the opportunity to play against good opponents. Like Joachim Persson (who will have) a chance (to play) the Thomas Cup winner Chen Yu tomorrow.
BZ: Who do you hope to meet in the final?
PG: I would like to play Chen Hong, whose current World Ranking is number five, in the final.
BZ: What do you think about the level of this year;s Denmark Open, now that some of the top players are missing?
PG: That is a really irrelevant question, since I don’t have a say in who is to play here. I just show up on court and play against whoever is on the other side of the net.
Interview with Wong Choong Hann
BZ: How does it feel to lose this "classic" match?
WCH: I think I played well, I was able to put pressure on him and managed to keep up.
BZ: Was your play affected by your injury?
WCH: Yes, I’m still training a lot and my ancle is not quite okay yet. I just need to be more patient and calm. There is nothing but practice to help me move forward.
BZ: You weren’t as aggressive as you are known to be. Rather, you were somewhat defensive. Peter won most of the points through smashing. Did your injury have anything to do with this?
WCH: My movements were limited (due to) my injury. (In a) situation like this, I don’t think about how I (can) play the shuttle in (a) tactical way. I just try to put pressure on the opponent, so he has to work harder. I’m simply trying to do my best.
BZ: So what is next to come?
I’m going to (the) Dutch Open next weekend directly from Denmark. (I have) just two days to practice, and then it’s on court again.
Results of selected matches of the day
Mens’ Singles
Joachim Persson (DEN) vs Kendrick Lee (SIN): 21-18, 22-20
Chen Yu (CHN) vs Richard Vaughan (WAL): 21-13. 21-7
Kenneth Jonassen (DEN) vs Przemyslav Wacha (POL): 21-10, 18-21, 25-23
Lee Tsuen Seng (MAS) vs Roslin Hashim (MAS): 21-16, 14-21, 21-17
Chen Hong (CHN) vs Anand Chetan (IND): 21-16, 21-15
Women’s Singles
Tine Rasmussen (DEN) vs Wang Lin (CHN): 21-15, 21-17
Jiang Yanjiao (CHN) vs vs Maria Kristin Yulianti (INA): 22-20, 15-21, 21-10
Yao Jie (NED) vs Jill Pittard (ENG): 21-19, 21-15
Lu Lan (CHN) vs Guo Xin (CHN): 21-5, 21-17
Men’s Doubles
Eriksen/Lundgaard (DEN) vs Kristiansen/Mollyhus (DEN): 21-14, 21-10
Paaske/Rasmussen (DEN) vs Hirschfeld/Irawan (SWE/INA): 21-19, 21-11
Boe/Fischer (DEN) vs Saputra/Wijaya (SIN): 21-13, 21-8
Lin/Tazari (MAS) vs Langridge/Lindley (ENG): 21-19, 25-27, 21-14
Women’s Doubles
Emms/Kellogg (ENG) vs Pedersen/Schjøtt-Kristensen (DEN): 21-15, 21-12
Kristiansen/Juhl (DEN) vs Rayappan/Wallwork (ENG): 21-16, 19-21, 21-16
Runesten-Petersen/Houmann vs Dimova/Nedelscheva (BUL): 21-19, 16-21, 21-13
Pan/Tian (CHN) vs Novita/Polii (INA): 21-18, 21-14
Mixed Doubles
Zhang/Zhao (CHN) vs Lahardi/Tetty (INA): 21-10, 21-11
Limpele/Marissa (INA) vs He/Tian (CHN): 21-18, 21-10
Laybourn/Juhl (DEN) vs Hopp/Overzier (GER): 21-11, 21-11
Robertson/Emms (ENG) vs Paaske/Nielsen (DEN): 21-16, 21-14

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