MIXED DOUBLES TOP SEEDS SHOWN THE DOOR
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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