DENMARK OPEN 2009 SF – It’s Denmark against the World in Doubles Finals

The host is clearly enjoying playing in their home ground as three out of three pairs who had entered the semi-finals have conquered their opponents. Boe/Mogensen, Rytter Juhl/Frier and Fischer […]

den09_boe_semiThe host is clearly enjoying playing in their home ground as three out of three pairs who had entered the semi-finals have conquered their opponents. Boe/Mogensen, Rytter Juhl/Frier and Fischer Nielsen/Pedersen have all succeeded in advancing to the finals of 2009.

By Serla Rusli, Badzine Correspondent, live in Odense. Photos: (Mark Phelan Live)

The pink Danish duo Mathias Boe (pictured)/Carsten Mogensen put on a sterling performance in the semi-finals of Denmark Open 2009. They stunned the top seeds and reigning Olympic champions Markis Kido/Hendra Setiawan in a 21-16, 21-19 match and clinched their spot in the finals.

The pink shirts and the crowd support seem to be a deadly combination for their opponents. Boe/Mogensen did not give the Indonesians any chance to develop their game with their relentless attacks and outstanding play in front of the net.

We’ve known that the Indonesian pair is really good and we know that we have to play one or two levels up than normal. And I think we were able to do that today.

Many Danish shuttlers seem to have benefitted with the atmosphere of the new stadium.

The crowd helped us a lot as well. It is really nice to know that the crowd is supporting instead of against you which is what happens most of the time when we are playing outside Denmark.

We have played our best, but they are playing really well today. I think they have prepared really well for this tournament and the crowd really helped them a lot,” said Markis Kido.

The Danes are now ready to face the second seed Malaysians Koo Kien Keat / Tan Boon Heong. Koo/Tan have also performed brilliantly throughout the tournament and they booked their tickets to the finals through an easy win against the Chinese scratch pair Sun Junjie / Tao Jiaming in 21-14, 21-16.

I just don’t want to think so much about tomorrow’s match against the host. Since tomorrow is the last match, I will just play my best and get good results,” said Tan in a post-match interview.

den09_semi_fischerpedersenDenmark versus England in Mixed Doubles

The exciting pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen / Christinna Pedersen (pictured right) managed to scrape through past their tough Polish opponents in the semi-finals. The match could easily be the tightest battle in the semi-finals as the strong attacks from the Danish pair were almost always equally matched by the determined Robert Mateusiak / Nadiezda Kostiuczyk.

It was a really tough match against the Polish players. They kept pushing us all the time and attacking to the corners. They were also really fast. We are just really happy that we could make it to the finals,” said the relieved Joachim who, together with his partner Pedersen, took the match in 21-18, 19-21, 23-21.

Anthony Clark / Donna Kellogg will be waiting for them at the other side of the court. The English pair ruled over Tao Jiaming / Zhang Yawen in 21-18, 21-17.

It was a great match today.  The Chinese pair was rather laid back during the match and we took full advantage of it.  We also put Donna in front and we kept attacking them on the net.  It worked really well and they were not able to do whatever they wanted to do,” said Clark.

“Our opponent tomorrow is really good, but we have entered so many finals so we have the confidence that we can do well tomorrow.”

den09_semi_friarjuhlFrier and Rytter Juhl Rule Over Japanese…Again

Shizuka Matsuo / Mami Naito became the second Japanese pair in a row to be eliminated by the formidable Juhl/Frier (pictured). However, just like Miyuki Maeda / Satoko Suetsuna, their predecessors in the tournament, Matsuo/Naito put up a good fight against the Danish ladies and pushed them to a breathtaking 19-21, 21-18, 21-19 battle.

The Chinese pair Pan Pan / Zhang Yawen will challenge them for the title tomorrow in the finals.  Pan/Zhang beat Macau pair Zhang Dan / Zhang Zhibo in straight games, 21-15, 21-15.

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