Monday, October 26, 2009

Host Win Two Titles

Odense (10/25) - Indonesia's fifth-seeded men's singles player, Simon Santoso, won his first super series title with an easy 21-14, 21-6 win over unseeded Marc Zwiebler in 38 minutes. It was the only straight-sets match of the final. The other three matches were played in three sets.

Yellow Card for Kien Keat

In the men's doubles, Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong gained their second European title of this year after they defeated local favorite Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen in a tough match, 20-22, 21-14, and 21-17.

The turning point for the second-seeded pair was in the rubber game when they were trailing 15-16 in the rubber game.

Boon Heong served to Boe but the shuttle hit a moving Mogensen.

Instead of calling it a point, the umpire Carol Ui Fhearghail of Ireland allowed a let that saw Kien Keat reacting furiously.

He challenged the call but the umpire insisted that it did not touch Mogensen and even an intervention from national coach to seek help from the tournament referee fell on deaf ears.

Kien Keat was given a yellow card.

“I was so disappointed with the umpire. She did not give me a chance to explain and I was given a yellow card for questioning. I did not behave badly.

“I am happy that I stayed cool despite the incident. In the past, I would have showed my anger on the court. It all turned out to be a good ending for us. It certainly motivated us to do even better at the crucial stage. Boon Heong and I did well to phyche each other up, which was so important," said Kien Keat who won his third Denmark Open after winning it in 2005 with Chan Chong Ming and 2007 with Boon Heong.

Pan Pan/Zhang Yawen of China grabbed women's doubles title as they beat second-seeded Lena Frier Kristiansen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark 22-20, 18-21, and 21-12.

Denmark won other 2 titles. Tine Rasmussen clinched women's singles title after a 21-18, 19-21, and 21-14 victory over Wang Yihan of China.

Meanwhile, Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen became the mixed doubles winner as they vanquished seventh-seeded Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg in a marathon match, 21-16, 25-27, and 21-17, in an hour 22 minutes. This is the longest match of the final.

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