The top two seeds in the mixed doubles were sensationally ousted from the YONEX French Super Series on Friday.

Top seeds Hendra Adripa Gunawan-Vita Marissa of Indonesia and second seeded Polish pair Robert Mateusiak-Nadiezda Zieba were defeated in contrasting fashion at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium as two Thai pairs reached the semi-finals.


Gunawan-Marissa were in good form coming into the quarter-finals but Germany’s Michael Fuchs-Birgit Overzier didn’t fear them.

The Europeans, who had defeated Danish qualifiers Mads Pieler Kolding-Julie Houmann in the second round, were quicker on the court as they stunned their higher ranked opponents in three games, winning 16-21, 21-9, 21-16 in 47 minutes.

They will face Denmark’s third seeds Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juh for a place in the final. The Danish duo defeated Indonesia’s Hendra Setiawan and Russia’s Anastasia Russkikh 23-21, 15-21, 27-25.

The other semi-final will see Thai pairs Songphon Anugritayawon-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul and Sudket Prapakamol-Saralee Thoungthongkam battling to enter the final.

Anugritayawon-Voravichitchaikul were on fire as they destroyed Mateusiak-Zieba hoipes of reaching the final when they won 21-18, 21-19.

Prapakamol-Thoungthongkam ensured they will be one Thai pair in the final when they overcame a fighting Nathan Robertson-Jenny Wallwork to beat the English pair 22-20 17-21 21-19 .

In the men’s doubles, Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen and Indonesia’s Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan stayed on course for a repeat final after winning their respective quarter-final ties.

Boe-Mogensen defeated the reigning Olympic champions in straight games to win last week’s Denmark Open.

Boe-Mogensen were given a tough fight by Flandy Limpele-Simon Mollyhus, the Indonesian-Danish pairing who had defeated eighth seeded English pair Chris Langridge-Robin Middleton in the second round.

However, Boe-Mogensen used their superior fitness to over power their opponents to score a 21-16, 21-18 win.

Their reward is a match-up against compatriots Mads Conrad-Petersen-Jonas Rasmussen. The fifth seeds reached the final four after surviving a titanic battle with England’s Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis.

The English duo pulled out all the stops in the 68-minute match but failed to capitalise on the chances which came their way in the second game to lose 23-25, 22-20, 21-14.

Kido-Setiawan, who are the defending champions, had to work extra hard by Malaysia’s sixth seeded pairing of Gan Teik Chai-Tan Bin Shen.

The Malaysian pair were in top form in the opening game as they dominated the front of the court to take the game 21-14. Undaunted by the setback, the Indonesians showed just why they are one of the best pairs in the world to take the next two games 21-18, 21-17.

It was the second straight match in which the Indonesians were forced into a decider but just like the match against Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak-Zvonimir Hoelbling, Kido-Setiawan found an extra gear when they needed it the most.

They will now face Germany’s Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schöttler who beat Malaysia’s Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Ong Soon Hock 22-20, 21-18.

In the women’s doubles, Denmark’s Lena Frier Kristiansen-Marie Ropke had a free ride into the semi-finals after Russian second seeds Valeria Sorokina-Nina Vislova conceded a walkover.

The Danes will now face third seeds Duanganong Aroonkesorn-Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand for a place in the final. Aroonkesorn-Voravichitchaikul were also handed a walkover after Americans Eva Lee-Paula Lynn Obanana pulled out due to an injury.

The top seeded Bulgarian-Russian combination of Petya Nedelcheva-Anastasia Russkikh were given a scare by Denmark’s Line Damkjaer Kruse-Mie Schjott-Kristensen.

After easily winning the first game 21-14, Nedelcheva-Russkikh were given a rude shock when Kruse-Kristensen took the second game, 21-15. This set up an exciting rubber game which the top seeds won 21-17 to book their place in the semis.

It won’t get any easier as another Danish pair – Christinna Pedersen Kamilla Rytter Juhl are geared up to reach the final after dominating England’s Mariana Agathangelou Heather Olver in the quarter-finals. The Danish pair won 21-19, 21-11.

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