ALL ENGLAND 2009 – Brosolat comes of Age!!!

Nanna Brosolat Jensen today came of age on the biggest stage of all in beating Pi Hongyan of France in three sets. Brosolat, the world number 46, stunned the large […]

Nanna Brosolat Jensen today came of age on the biggest stage of all in beating Pi Hongyan of France in three sets. Brosolat, the world number 46, stunned the large crowd as she sent the world number 4 home after 1 hour on centre court.

By Mark Phelan (Live) Photos: (Live in Birmingham)

Brosolat (photo), who to day played her fourth match in 3 days after coming through the qualification process on Tuesday, delivered what she had promised for so long in beating the number 4 seed in three tough sets. The match had drama and suspense throughout and for the whole of the third set had the undivided attention of the entire arena.

It was the Dane who got out of the starting blocks the quickest and set the standard for what was to be an amazing and enthralling match. Early in the first set Hongyan stretched her legs as she moved into a 8-5 lead but Brosolat bounced back to take the next 5 points to reverse the trend as she eased past her more illustrious opponent to take a 2 point advantage. At 19-14 up the Dane looked in complete control but Hongyan took three points in a row to put the pressure on Brosolat but she steadied her Danish ship and managed to take the two points she needed to close out the opening set 21-18.

The second set was one way traffic in favour of the French number 1 as she stormed into a 13-4 lead but all the focus was taken from the match as Simon Mollyhus (photo) sustained a serious foot injury on the adjoining court which required the intervention of the doctor and a wheelchair. Mollyhus was removed from the arena to the applause of the crowd while all the time the women’s singles on court two continued to a second set conclusion as Hongyan eased to a 21-14 win.

The third set was a tense affair from start to finish and with the whole arena to themselves, both players served up a feast of women’s singles badminton. Brosolat took the early initiative as she raced to an 8-4 lead but Hongyan replied with four points on the bounce to tie up the set at 8-8. Both players traded points at the heart of the set and at 15-15 no one would even hazard a guess, let alone extend to bet as to what the final outcome would be.

What followed next was extraordinary as Hongyan won four points and appeared to be heading to a hard earned three set win. At 19-15 the crowd were resigned to the number four seed finishing off the job but Brosolat stormed back and to the surprise of the whole arena took an unbelievable 5 points to take the set 21-19 and with it the match and a famous victory in the badminton life of Nanna Brosolat Jensen. Suspense, drama and no shortage of skill were the order of the day in this game and both players served up a threat to the large crowd who showed their appreciation with a standing ovation at the end of the game.

“This is what I have been working for and working towards for a long time and today something inside of me got out!!. My tactics today were different compared to the last time I played Pi. I knew I had to keep running her and moving her around the court. As for the end of the final set, I cant even remember those last 5 points. This win now makes me believe I can take on and beat the best players in the world and as for tomorrow’s game I will just go and enjoy it without any pressure” commented Brosolat after her victory.

Elsewhere Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White had the home crowd shouting once again as the steamrolled over current European champions and world number 9 pairing Rytter Juhl and Frier Kristiansen. The English duo ran out easy winners in 2 sets 21-12 21-8.

In the men’s singles world number 1 Lee Chong Wei was on court early and beat German champion Marc Zwiebler in two sets. In the battle of Denmark it was Joachim Persson who appears to have regained the form that deserted him at the recent European Championships as he beat fellow Dane, and pretender to the throne, Jan O Jorgensen 21-15 21-18. Chen Jin was in commanding form and looks in type of form that could possibly see him defend his title as he blew away fellow Chinese shuttler Gong Weijie 21-10 21-10. Fifth seed Sony Dwi Kuncoro was forced to retire after sustaining a back injury in morning warm up which was a stoke of luck for Ville Lang especially after all the Finnish players luggage did not arrive for his qualification match on Tuesday…. Sometimes things have a way of balancing themselves out.

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Raphaël Sachetat

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