Sunday, October 25, 2009

Finally Final

Denmark Open finals are dominated by second seeds, except for the men's singles. Fifth-seeded Simon Santoso of Indonesia will play against German unseeded Mark Zwiebler after beating Jan O'Jorgensen 21-13, 21-13.

Meanwhile, Zwiebler downed Simon's compatriot Sony Dwi Kuncoro, seeded 2, in rubber sets, 21-10, 16-21, and 21-15. This achievement is Zwiebler's first Super Series final. He has defeated 4th seed Wong Choong Hann in the first round and eight-seeded Chen Long in the quarter-final.

Sony's loss results in no all-Indonesian men's singles final.

Second Seeds Dominate

In other matches, the final contenders are second-seeded. Denmark's women's doubles pair, Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Lena Frier Kristiansen reach the final with a 19-21, 21-18, 21-19 victory over Japanese Shizuka Matsuo/Mami Naito. They will compete against sixth-seeded Pan Pan/Zhang Yawen who beat unseeded Zhang Dan/Zhang Zhibo of Macau 21-15 and 21-15.

Top seed Wang Yihan is challenged by local favorite Tine Rasmussen in women's singles final. In the semi-final, Wang subdued Eriko Hirose 21-13, 19-21, and 21-11 while Rasmussen overcame Yao Jie of the Netherlands in straight sets, 21-18, 21-14.

In the mixed doubles, second-seeded Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen will take on 7th-seeded Anthony Clark/Donna Kellogg as they beat Polandia's Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Kostiuczyk in a tough 21-18, 19-21, 23-21 match. Clark/Kellogg defeated 6th-seeded Tao Jiaming/Zhang Yawen 21-18 and 21-17.

Denmark's Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen progress to men's doubles final by conquering world number one Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 21-16, 21-19 in 37 minutes. They will face second seeds Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong who stunned Sun Junjie/Tao Jiaming in the semi-final. Boe/Mogensen hope to win their first home title.

Boe, especially, has an extra reason to win. “I been staying in Odense since I was five years old and it will be really nice to achieve something special here,” said the 29-year-old.

“We have played against Koo and Tan many times and lost most of them. They have a slight advantage but I think the race is still wide open.

“Our (Mogensen and my) best achievement in the Denmark Open is a quarter-final finish and this time it will be perfect to win it.”

However, the Danish pair's attempt to win this title won't be easy as Kien Keat and Boon Heong are seeking their second Super Series title of this year after winning Swiss Open last March.

“It is great to be in the final of a Super Series again. In the previous Super Series in Japan, we lost in the first round ... it was important to make amends here,” said Kien Keat, who has won the Denmark Open title with Chan Chong Ming in 2005.
“We are familiar with the Danish pair. They defeated us at the All-England and we had our revenge at the Swiss Open.

“We’ve always enjoyed a good outing in Europe and, hopefully, this good run will continue.”


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