THE European players have reawaken to add spice to world badminton.
In Hyderabad, some of them showed that they were not only snapping on the heels of the top Asian players but they have also come out of the shadows.
The Danish mixed doubles pair of Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl were the star performers — scalping the world’s top three — Nova Widianto-Lilyana Natsir (Indonesia), Lee Yong-dae-Lee Hyo-jung (South Korea) and Zheng Bo-Ma Jin (China) — to claim the title.
Laybourn said: “We knew we had the toughest draw to even think about winning the world title but we had self-belief in our ability to do it.
“It is good for the sport of badminton if there is a keen contest between the European and Asian players.”
There were also pockets of upsets created by the Europeans in the other events because they had the courage to do the unexpected.