KUALA LUMPUR: Friday the 13th is usually unlucky, or so they say.
But it didn’t matter to Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.
The tenacious Danes played a superb balanced game to rack up a 21-11, 16-21, 21-15 win over the world No. 1 from China.
It was their first win in five attempts and it earned them top spot in Group B.
“I thought we played really well. We had to play if we wanted to beat the world champions,” said Pedersen with a wide grin.
“This is a special win for us ... beating the Chinese pair for the first time.
“I’m also hoping to be just as lucky in the mixed doubles ... to go for my second world champion scalp,” added Pedersen, who will partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen against Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.