HONG KONG OPEN 2007 – Tine strikes again

Tine Rasmussen is once again in the limelight, advancing past the second round of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Badminton Open after beating Pi Hongyan for the first time of […]

ImageTine Rasmussen is once again in the limelight, advancing past the second round of the Yonex Sunrise Hong Kong Badminton Open after beating Pi Hongyan for the first time of her career in international competition. The Dane now looks forward to a meeting with China’s Xie Xingfang in the quarter-final.

Raphael Sachetat, Live from Hong Kong. Photo (Live): Badmintonphoto.com

After her win in the Japan Open in September, Tine Rasmussen has new goals. She knows now that she, amongst other shuttlers, can beat the top Chinese. And once again, she proved her great progress this year by beating Pi Hongyan of France, 6th seed, in straight games, 21-16, 21-13. The Dane was in control of the match and her strength clearly made the difference against the tiny French.

“I had never beaten her before in international competition, even if I did beat her few times in inter-club matches when she was playing in my league. We didn’t play against each other for a long time, but I was well prepared for this match. I know that a lot of players are very tired, but I was out in the second round of the last three tournaments, so I am still thirsty for more,” said Rasmussen.

The Dane will take on China’s Xie Xingfang, who beat Hong Kong’s Yip in straight games 21-14, 21-17 in straight games. “I know that I can beat her. A few of us have shown recently that we are able to beat the top Chinese. I did it in Japan, Mew Choo did it last week and today again, Petya Nedelcheva was close against Zhang Ning. There is a big change for us now. Before, we would start the matches against the Chinese with 5 points to catch up psychologically. Now, I feel like we start even as we know we can beat them. This gives them extra pressure as well, which is good,” added the 28-year-old from Copenhagen. Rasmussen beat Xie in the final of the Japan Open but then the Chinese avenged that defeat by beating Tine in France and at the China Open.

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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.