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Danes suffered surprising loss
Date: 7/27/2021 12:10 PM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

It looked good on paper, but on court it was different for Danish Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen.

Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen created one of the biggest upsets in the group stage of the women’s doubles tournament at the Tokyo Olympics beating the number four seeds, Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan, Korea.

With the win, the Danish women’s doubles pair took a major step towards the knockout stage of the Olympics, and being the clear favorites against Australians Gronya Somerville and Setyana Mapasa, it clearly looked like the Danes should make it to the last eight at their first Olympics.

It all started out well for the Danes, who were leading 13-6 in the opening, before the big Australian bounce back began. With six straight point, Somerville and Mapasa climbed back into the opening game, and at 20-20 the Aussies had the coolness. The underdog won the first game 22-20.

Special win
Thygesen and Fruergaard dominated in the second game winning 21-13, but in the third game it was uphill all the way for the world number 16. The European Championships bronze medalists trailed 0-4, 5-10 and 10-18 before they say the world number 28 win the final game 21-12.

- I don't know, if it was our biggest win but for it to happen at the Olympics is really special. We've been disappointed with our performances so to finish with a win over a top pair was special.

- We can go back happy that we've got a win at our first Olympics, Gronya Somerville said.

Low quality
The Danes were obviously disappointed not taking advantage on the win against the Koreans.

- We got a good start but got a bit nervous wanting to chase a win and ended up throwing away the first game.

- I don't know what happened. Just low quality on almost every shuttle and not enough movement, the Danes stated.


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