Young Dane topples top seed in women’s singles
Date: 4/2/2015 11:28 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
The 2015 European Junior Championships individual event has reached the quarter final stages in the majestic RCS Arena Lubin, Poland and Dane Julie Dawall Jakobsen (pictured) caused the biggest upset of the day taking down top seed and Spanish hero from the team event Clara Azurmendi.

Dawall Jakobsen has not gone unnoticed these past months with some decent results on the BEC senior circuit so while the victory today may not have been all that unexpected the thing that came to most as a shock was the manner of her convincing win.

Dawall Jakobsen was never headed in the entire match and the top seeded Spaniard only managed to draw level on one occasion and that was very early on in the opening game.

The Dane took the opening set 21-13 and followed with a 21-14 victory in the second game against a tired looking Clara Azurmendi.

“I had a tactic and focus today against Clara and it worked for me” said Jakobsen. “Clara has had many matches this week and I did notice she looked very tired on the other side of the net. It is a great feeling to win and now I have a medal I have nothing to lose in tomorrow’s semi-final.”

Mia Blichfeldt followed her compatriot into the semi-final with a similar easy quarter final win against Kristin Kuuba of Estonia.

Germans save 7 match points to dump European U17 Champions

In the most remarkable match (see the complete match in the video below) on quarter finals day Maja Pavlinic and Katarina Galenic looked to be cruising to another European medal after winning the opening set 21-18 and leading 20-13 in the second game against German duo Eva Janssens and Yvonne Li.

The current European U17 Champions were in complete control against the Germans that was until the German duo mounted the most amazing comeback to rock the Croatians back on their heels.

Seven match points down the Germans somehow won 9 points in a row to stun the Croatians and took that momentum into the deciding game as Pavlinic and Galenic still struggled with the events of the previous game.

A 21-18 win for the Germans in the deciding game was hardly believable just half an hour before but Janssens and Li’s never say die attitude brought them the reward they deserved and with it a European junior medal.

“We just told ourselves at seven match points down that the match is not over until the final shuttle hits the floor” said Li.

“We just kept on fighting and we could see they were getting very anxious with each passing point in at the end of the second game” said Janssens.  The Germans now play Jakobsen and Hansen who ended English involvement in the women’s doubles in what will be Julie Dawall Jakobsen’s second semi-final appearance.

Hall & Dunn secure medal for Scotland in men’s doubles

Adam Hall, one of the stars on the English National Badminton league, and his partner Alexander Dunn secured at least a bronze medal for Scotland as they brushed aside the threat of French pair Popov and Vallez in this evenings men’s doubles quarter final.

The Scots look to be getting better with each match and will be a big threat in tomorrow’s semi-final to second seeded Danes Bond & Eipe who themselves have cruised through this individual event without dropping a game.

Elsewhere Ben Lane will contest two semi-finals in both the men’s and mixed doubles alongside Sean Vendy and Jessica Pugh while Estonia claimed their first ever European medal with Kristin Kuuba’s and Helina Ruutel’s victory over Danes Lundgaard and Steffensen in the final match on quarter finals day.

For all results from Lubin click HERE

For a full quarter final photo gallery click HERE

Article and image by Mark Phelan (Live in Lubin).
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