Denmark with only one thing in mind – GOLD
Date: 3/25/2013 9:57 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
Team Denmark powered into the final of the 2013 European Junior Team Championships this afternoon with a display of badminton that realistically have the rest fighting it out for silver. The Danes have been isolated on the outer courts at the Aski Arena all week but this afternoon in front of the TV cameras the Danes displayed exactly what they are here and what their intentions are.

Line Kjaersfeldt and Mathias Christiansen got the Danish exhibition off to the perfect start in a match that had their Dutch opposition feeding of scraps. Both Muns and Seinen looked out of sync on court and had no real viable plan to break down the Danes. Kjaersfefdt controlled the net as she has done all week and the raw power of Christiansen from the rear court was as strong and as accurate as any seasoned senior player.

The Danes ran away with the game 21-13 21-11 and Line Kjaersfeldt was direct in her appraisal of the game. “We controlled the match from start to finish and as a team we are focused on just one thing this week and that is gold”

Mathias Mundbjerg keeps the Danish show rolling in the men’s singles but found it hard to break down the emerging skills of Dutch youngster Justin Teeuwen. The young Dutch player is certainly a star for the future but in the end Mundbjerg’s power and experience brought him through in two games 21-19 21-16

“This was a tricky game for me as Justin is a really good player with a powerful smash and some great net shots. I really had to focus on winning the net which I managed to do in the end so I have to be satisfied with that for sure”

Anna Thea Madsen (pictured), the winner of the recent ‘A’ grade German junior championships, completed the 3-0 win for Denmark against Alida Chen. The Dane, deputising for Line Kjaersfeldt at singles, used all her experience from the senior tour to outplay the young Dutch girl to send Denmark into tomorrow’s final with a 21-8  21-16 win.

“I was happy with my own performance but got a bit of spaghetti arms at the end of the second game as I was nervous. It is a really good feeling to get the winning point for my team and now we go forward to the final to try and win gold” said Madsen after her victory.

France beat title holder Germany

In the second semi-final Delpine Lansac inspired her French team to a spirited 3-1 victory over reigning champions Germany. Kersaudy and Tran found their true form in delivering the first point for France in the mixed doubles against the fancied German pair of Lamsfuss and Volkmann. Fabian Roth brought the Germans level in a fiercely contested men’s singles before Lansac evened the singles spoils with a defiant and brave win over Luise Heim.

The deciding men’s doubles was a classic and French duo of Lodiot and Maio somehow overturned a 19-15 deficit in the first game to win 21-19. This proved to be the catalyst for the French duo and they went on to take the match 21-12 in the second to the joyous delight of the whole French team.

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Article and Image by Mark Phelan (Live in Ankara)
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