FINNISH International – Vislova on the Double

Nina Vislova claimed doubles gold for Russia at the Finnish International in winning both the mixed and women’s doubles. Juliane Schenk took gold for Germany in the women’s singles as […]
Nina Vislova claimed doubles gold for Russia at the Finnish International in winning both the mixed and women’s doubles. Juliane Schenk took gold for Germany in the women’s singles as Peter Mikklesen continued his superb 2009 form to take the men’s singles title to complement his Croatian win in March.
By Mark Phelan. Photos: badmintonphoto.com (archive)
It was Russia’s, and in particular Nina Vislova’s (picured left) day at the superb Vattaan Energia Arena in Vantaa, Finland as they swopped to take gold in both the mixed and women’s doubles to justify their number one seeding for both events.
Vislova along with partner Vatalij Durkin got finals Sunday off to a perfect Russian start as they swept aside the challenge of British pair Robin Middleton and Imogen Bankier in the mixed doubles final. Bankier, taking a short break from her regular partnership with Robert Blair, was unable to break down the established and settled Russian pairing as Vislova and Durkin ran out 21-18 21-13 to claim the first gold of the day.
In the Men’s singles Peter Mikklesen (pictured bottom right) continued to show the form that saw him claim the Croatian International back in March and push Peter Gade to three sets in the Danish National finals. The Dane once again proved that his form is indeed no fluke as he overpowered both Christian Lind Thompsen and Rajiv Ouseph on his way to Sunday’s final against German favourite Marc Zwiebler. Mikklesen took the opening set 21-14 after the German made a series of unforced errors. Zwiebler battled back to send the match into a deciding rubber with a 21-16 win. Mikklesen seized the initiative in the decider and established a 16-10 lead but Zwiebler’s battling qualities kept him in the match and the Dane had to hold to take the title with a 22-20 win in the third.
“This final was not actually a great match as there were a lot of unforced errors from both of us. Marc made 10 errors in a row to hand me the first set and in the third I was 16-10 ahead but he never gave up and it was very close in the end. But I am very happy to win this title in Finland. After a great performance at the Danish Nationals I wanted to show myself that I can stay at the same level for the rest of the season and now I have won two tournaments since so I am very satisfied. I look forward now to going to the Dutch and Toulouse Internationals and getting some good results  ” said a satisfied Mikklesen after his win.
Juliane Schenk made up for her compatriot’s’defeat in the men’s singles by taking the women’s singles title with a comparatively easy victory over Judith Meulendijks in two straight sets. Both players had an easy run to the final and at 19 and 23 respectively in the world rankings a close match was anticipated. This was not to be the case as the German ran out a 21-13 21-13 to give her the win that should stabilise her position in the worlds top 20.
In the Men’s doubles final there was some Asian success as the pair from Taipei overcame the experienced challenge of Bonde and Delbo Larsen in two straight sets. Hong Ling Chen and Yu Lang Lin out played their Danish opponents to cruise to a 21-19 21-16 win in just 29 minutes.
In the final match on finals day Vislova sealed her double gold along with partner Valeria Sorokina as they compounded Germany’s misery in defeating Birgit Overzier and Sandra Marinello in three sets. The world number 13 pair had to win the hard way by coming back from a set down as Vislova suffered an initial hangover from her earlier win. After loosing the opener 21-16 the Russians powered back to take the second and third 21-12 21-13 as there seeding would have suggested. The new German pairing had no answers but are sure to be happy with their run to the finals in what is only their 4th

tournament together as a pairing.

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