COPENHAGEN MASTERS 2007 – Peter Gade again

In spite of a flu, Peter Gade managed to beat his compatriot, as always, in the final of the Copenhagen Masters for his eighth title here. Xu Huaiwen was also […]

ImageIn spite of a flu, Peter Gade managed to beat his compatriot, as always, in the final of the for his eighth title here. Xu Huaiwen was also crowned as were the Danish duo Lundgaard and Eriksen.

Raphael Sachetat, live from Copenhagen. Photos (live) : Badmintonphoto

No surprises. Peter Gade (photo) once again beat his teammate Kenneth Jonassen after a good match of badminton, to claim his 8th title – a new record. The Dane had the upper hand in the match in spite of a sore throat and was quite pleased with his win, even if a bad call from a line judge prevented Jonasssen from winning the second game and evening the match at one game all. Gade had his share of bad calls as well, but overall deserved the win in front of his wife and 3-year-old daughter.

“It’s always nice to win here and since I was a bit ill over Christmas, I wasn’t sure I could keep my energy going, but Kenneth let me play my attacking game and it helped me win today,” said an obviously tired Peter Gade.

ImageThe ladies’ singles event saw Xu Huaiwen beat Zhou Mi, who had to withdraw in the third game because of a knee injury while she was trailing 9-15 (Zhou is pictured here trying to make the tournament director John Hansen understand she wanted to stop). Xu wins her first title here in Denmark and will be aiming at more successes in 2008. There were new champions also in the men’s doubles event, where Lundgaard and Eriksen played a more strategic game to beat Malaysians Tazari and Abdul Latif in straight games.

Results :
Lundgaard/Eriksen (DEN) beat Abdul-Latif/Tazari (MAL) : 21-11, 21-17
Xu Huaiwen (GER) beat Zhou Mi (HKG) : 21-11, 19-21, 15-9 ret.
Peter Gade (DEN) beat Kenneth Jonassen (DEN) : 21-18, 23-21.

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.