Gade’s withdrawal a boost for Taufik
Taufik Hidayat’s quest for a first Super Series title in 2010 brightened considerably after top seed and World No 2 Peter Gade from Denmark withdrew from the Denmark Open in Odense.
The Indonesian, who came close to winning a Super Series title at the Indonesia Open but lost out to Lee Chong Wei in the final, will also boost his chances of qualifying for the VICTOR BWF Super Series Finals in Chinese Taipei in January should he win in Odense as it will net him 9200 points in the Super Series Standing.
Taufik is currently in 15th position with only the top eight players in the Super Series Standings qualifying for the Finals. This is, however, subject to a maximum of two players from the same Member Association qualifying for the Finals.
Should Taufik win the title in Odense, he will most probably move up to sixth position in the Super Series Standings as several big names from China, Malaysia and Korea are not competing due to the forthcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou next month.
On Wednesday, Taufik beat Denmark’s Emil Vind 21-14, 21-14 in the first round and will now take on another Dane, Joachim Persson in the second round on Thursday.
With Gade out of the picture, local hopes will now rest on the shoulders of Jan Jorgensen, the No 4 seed.
Jorgensen, however, was stretched to three games by Ukraine’s Dmytro Zavadsky before prevailing to win 21-15, 18-21, 21-14. The Dane will now take on compatriot and reigning World Junior champion Viktor Axelsen.
“I was not focused enough and thought that I could do whatever I wanted. In the first game, I was leading 11-0 and it was so sloppy of me not to close it earlier. And in the middle of third game I also got a bit shaky. Today it just wasn’t good enough,” said Jorgensen to www.badmintondenmark.com
“I look forward to playing against Viktor and hopefully I can prove that he is still behind me. I think it will be a great match and for the home crowd it can maybe be a bit of a compensation now that they don’t get to see Peter Gade play.”
The 16-year-old Axelsen scored a convincing 21-15, 21-10 win over France’s Matthieu Lo Ying Ping in the first round.
The tournament also saw the debut of Jonas Rasmussen with new partner Mads Conrad Petersen who is the replacement for Lars Paaske after the latter announced his retirement after the World Championships in Paris last August.
And it was an impressive debut as the pair beat the more experienced Denmark-Indonesian pairing of Simon Mollyhus-Flandy Limpele 21-14, 21-18 in the men’s doubles.
Conrad told www.badmintondenmark.com that he was nervous as he wanted to badly win the match.
“I must admit I was a little bit nervous today before the match, because I wanted to do well and I wanted to win so much. But we fought well today (Wednesday) and that was all that mattered. We needed to win this one,” said Conrad-Petersen. The Danes will play Michael Fuchs-Oliver Roth in the second round.
“Tomorrow we are the favourites, but we have lost to them once at a team match against Germany, so we know that we have to be completely ready. Hopefully we will win.”
Top seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen survived a difficult draw and defeated Goh Wei Shem-Teo Kok Siang from Malaysia 21-13 and 21-19. This means that the Danish favorites are ready for an all Danish match against Anders Kristiansen and Rasmus Bonde.
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