Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Mads Pieler Kolding’s double helped Denmark grab four of the five titles at stake in the Yonex German Open 2015 that concluded yesterday.
The only non-Danish winner on the day was Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, who prevailed over World champion Carolina Marin in the Women’s Singles final, 21-15 14-21 21-6. Jan O Jorgensen justified his top seeding in Men’s Singles overcoming Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka (Indonesia) 21-12 21-13.
Jorgensen (right) cruised to the title without dropping a game all week, beating the likes of Sho Sasaki (Japan) in the quarter-finals and Wong Wing Ki (Hong Kong) in the semi-finals. Rumbaka was surprise winner over No.4 seeds Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark) in the quarter-finals and Hong Kong Open champion Son Wan Ho (Korea) in the last-four stage.
Sung Ji Hyun (below) too was impressive during the week, having not dropped a game on the way to the final. In the semi-finals, Sung dispatched Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, 21-19 21-13, while Marin was equally at ease over Sayaka Takahashi (also Japan), 21-16 21-12.
Rytter Juhl and Kolding (BWF home page) won their first Mixed Doubles title after a prolonged lean spell with a surprisingly one-sided result over compatriots and top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen/Christinna Pedersen. The No.6 seeds had the lead throughout the first game; Fischer and Pedersen were ahead briefly in the second but Kolding and Rytter Juhl quickly recovered to finish the match in straight games: 21-18 21-17.
The rivalry of Mixed Doubles was set aside for the Women’s Doubles final as Rytter JUhl and Pedersen (bottom) got on the same side of the net against Delia Destiara Haris/Rosyita Eka Putri Sari. The Indonesians fought off a first game deficit but the Danes were too strong in the third, 21-18 17-21 21-9.
The closest match of the day was the Men’s Doubles final between Mads Conrad-Petersen (below)/Mads Pieler Kolding against European champions Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov.
The Russians recovered from 12-18 and 18-20 down in the first game to level at 20, but the Danes edged ahead 22-20. The second game was even closer with the pairs separated by just a point. From 19-all, Kolding and Conrad-Petersen surged ahead to clinch the match 22-20 21-19.
Ivanov and Sozonov had upset top seeds Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin (Chinese Taipei) in the quarter-finals, 24-26 21-15 21-18, while Conrad-Petersen/Kolding had similarly pulled off a tough victory over Korea’s Kim Gi Jung/Kim Sa Rang, 22-20 24-26 21-18, also in the quarter-finals.
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Text by Dev Sukumar | Badmintonphoto