• European Badminton Championships Finals

    Kazan, Russia: Denmark - the European badminton powerhouse, made all of the finals of badminton's European Championships in Kazan, Russia on Sunday.Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen beat Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the mixed double finals.

    Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen beat Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the mixed double finals.

    The top seed Jan Ø Jorgensen of Denmark was able to live up to his expectation in men’s singles by beating fifth-seeded Rajiv Ouseph of England 21-18, 21-10 in just 33 minutes to take the gold. Ouseph, who won a European bronze four years ago, reeled

  • Nielsen-Pedersen hoping for better luck this time (pic)

    BIRMINGHAM: World No. 4 mixed doubles pair Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen of Denmark are the in-form pair right now.

    They won the Superseries Finals in Kuala Lumpur last year before returning to Malaysia in January, where they made the final of the Malaysian Open – losing to China’s Xu Chen-Ma Jin.Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in a file photo. They beat India’s Tarun Kona-Ashwini Ponnappa 21-13, 21-16 in the first round of the All-England.

    Nevertheless, Nielsen-Pedersen have consistently beaten the top Chinese pairs and Indonesia’s reigning world champions Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

    But the All-England is one tournament where the Danes have generally never done well – losing in the first round last year and only making the quarter-finals in 2011 and 2012.

  • Juhl unfazed by depth in Chinese doubles’ game (pic)

    BUKIT JALIL: Danish doubles specialist Kamilla Rytter Juhl believes that China’s women’s doubles players have an ace up their sleeves with the constant changing of partnerships.

    At the Maybank Malaysian Open, the versatile Ma Jin has been paired up with youngster Tang Yuanting for the first time in an obvious bid to select the best combinations for the Uber Cup that will be held in New Delhi, India, in May – and also with an eye on the Asian Games.Danish pair Christinna Pedersen (left) and Kamilla Rytter Juhl return a shot to Korean pair Chae Yoo Jung-Kim Ji Won during their first-round match in the Maybank Malaysian Open on Jan 15, 2014. The Danish pair won 16-21, 21-11, 21-17.

    But while Juhl admits that China are blessed to have an abundance of strong doubles players, she believes that they are not unbeatable.

    “China are very lucky because they have at least 10 strong women’s doubles shuttlers who can play with anyone and still win,” said Juhl.

    “That makes it very difficult for us and the rest because we have to try to keep up with their different combinations.

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