YONEX IRISH INT’L Finals – Mads X 2 win 5 from 10

Danish men’s doubles pairing Mads Conrad Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding won the Irish International crown this evening in Dublin, Ireland to add to their success in Scotland just last […]


Danish men’s doubles pairing Mads Conrad Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding won the Irish International crown this evening in Dublin, Ireland to add to their success in Scotland just last week. The crack pair from Denmark have completed in just 10 EBU events since coming together this year and have the remarkable record of winning 5 of those 10 tournaments. It is clear that Danish Men’s doubles is in a very healthy state and Kolding and Petersen just go from strength to strength.

By Mark Phelan (Live) Photos: BadmintonPhoto.com (Live in Dublin)

In today’s final, the Danes were up against number 5 seeds from England, Marcus Ellis and Peter Mills. It was certainly a David and Goliath match as the towering Danes dwarfed their English opponents not only physically but also technically as the English pair were left scrambling for crumbs as the giant Danes powered to back-to-back EBU wins.
The first set was somewhat of a contest as the English fought tooth and nail to keep in touch with Petersen and Kolding (pictured top left). But as expected the Danes prevailed to take that opening set 21-18. The second set was much more one sided as the English duo just had nothing in reserve to deal with the raw power of their opponents. Ellis and Mills spent most of the set digging ferocious smashes out from under their feet in an effort to thwart the Danish onslaught but to no avail as Kolding and Petersen eased to a 21-11 win to claim their fifth EBU title of the year.

“This has been a very good year for us as we only came together back at the beginning of 2009. We have now won 5 EBU tournaments and we both feel we are ready to take our partnership to the next level,” commented Petersen after their win.

“The win over Bonde and Mollyhus yesterday was crucial for us this week as it now proves that we can beat some of the established Danish men’s doubles pairings. I hope now our Federation can keep us together as a partnership as we both want to play together moving forward. It has been great to win back to back tournaments and it’s just a fantastic way to end 2009,” said Kolding.

In the women’s singles young Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin (pictured above right) proved her worth in coming through qualification to win her first major tournament and in doing so has sent a clear mirish09_finals_henriessage to the rest of the world. Spain has a new badminton star in its midst and Marin herself clearly has the determination and will to go all the way to the top.
The Spanish wonder had to come back from a set down to see off the experienced challenge of Rachel Van Cutsen after the Dutch player took the opening set 24-22. Without fear and with bundles of self belief Marin bounced straight back to take the second 21-14 before wrapping up the match with a 21-16 win in the deciding set.

There was additional Danish joy in the mixed doubles with a second 2009 EBU win for Mie Schjoett Kristensen and Mikkel Delbo Larsen. The Danish top seeds were pushed to the wire by number 2 seeded English pair Maz Agathangelou and Robin Middleton but eventually prevailed in 2 sets 21-16 23-21. The win was all the more remarkable as Schjoett had been suffering from a bought of coughing all week which was sure to have effected her performance.

“I’m so happy to win here this week. I have been suffering from a bad cough the last few weeks which I just cannot shake off. It definitely affected me in my women’s doubles semi final yesterday but today I felt good on court and we are happy to win. I feel now that Mikkel and I have proven we can beat this standard of players consistently and we both feel ready to make the move to the next level as we are both beginning to feel very comfortable together on court now,” said Schjoett after her victory.irish09_finals_womensdoubles

The men’s singles threw up another first time EBU winner and like Marin in the women’s event many on tour felt that it was only a matter of time before Henri Hurskainen (pictured above left) of Sweden chalked up his first tournament win. The Swede, accompanied by his flowing red hair, shrugged of the challenge of one of the tours more prolific 2009 winners Peter Mikkelsen from Denmark. Hurskainen took the first set before appearing to lose concentration in the second to allow Mikkelsen back into the match. In the deciding rubber it was The Swede who found the extra gear needed to eventually take the match and title with a 21-17 win.

After losing in the mixed doubles earlier there was some joy to be found for Maz Agathangelou as her and women’s doubles partner Heather Olver (both pictured right) ended the dream of young Danish pair Maria Helsbol and Anne Skelbaek. The English pairs delight was evident as they embraced at the end of their 2 set victory but for every winner there has to be a loser but Skelbaek and Helsbol are sure to have their day sooner rather than later.

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