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Mark Caljouw reaches semi-finals at Bitburger Open. (Photo: BadmintonPhoto)
Mark Caljouw pushes through to semi finals
Date: 11/3/2017 12:20 PM
Published by : Mireille van Daal

Dutchman Mark Caljouw has reached the semi-final of men’s singles at Bitburger Open. In the quarter finals he was too strong for Thai player Khosit Phetpradab, after also beating European Champion Rajiv Ouseph (England) the day before.

It is the first Grand Prix Gold semi-final for Mark. ‘Reaching a semi-final at a Grand Prix Gold tournament is just great’ Mark stated to Badminton Europe. Even after playing long matches, Mark is still satisfied with his game. ‘My game today was ‘okay’ to ‘good’. But of course it was amazing to beat the European Champion yesterday!’ Mark continued. ‘I am just really happy I reached this result’.

Mark will face Hsu Jen Hao from Chinese Taipei in the semi-final, who is also fourth seeded. After Bitburger Open, Mark will play Scottish Open and Italian International. About his next match and coming tournaments he says the same: ‘We will see it one step at a time’.

Read: Positive start on home soil

Europeans on a roll in doubles.

Both in men’s doubles and mixed doubles are two European pairs remaining. Unfortunately, a European mixed doubles final will be excluded as Lauren Smith/Marcus Ellis (England) and Line Kjaersfeldt/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (Denmark) will face each other in the semi-finals.

In men’s doubels Anders also reached the semi-finals with his partner Kim Astrup. At the other side of the draw, other Danish pair Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard are also in semi-finals.

In women’s doubles, Bulgarian sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva will try to save the Bulgarian and European honour.

Read: Europeans climbing up

To see the results and livescore of the Bitburger Open 2017, click here

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