Elation to Disappointment in 48 hours for Madsen
Date: 3/29/2013 7:21 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
Sport can give you the highest of highs but also inflict the lowest of lows and Denmark’s number 2 seed Anna Thea Madsen has experienced the full range of all these emotions and everything in between over the course of the past 48 hours.

The Dane was the heroine of team Denmark’s victory in the team event when she claimed the crucial points in both the semi-final and again in the final as Denmark marched to the team title. Today however Madsen came unstuck at the hands of the Turkey’s Cemre Fere (pictured) to crash out of the individual event in the third round.

Madsen, we must remember, has been to finals in senior tour events as well as the champion at the ‘A’ rated German junior event just a few weeks ago where she took on and defeated the best Asia could throw at her. Today however the sheer power of the Turk was too much to handle for the Dane and no matter how she tried she just could not break Fere down and looked shattered after the 21-19 21-19 defeat.

Fere advances to the quarter final where she will be joined by her more famous compatriot Neslihan Yigit as the Turkish Olympian took out French number 2 Marie Batomene in two sets 21-11 21-11.

In the men’s singles Dutch youngster Justin Teeuwen continued his march to badminton stardom with a pair of well-constructed and executed wins over quality opposition. Teeuwen’s first victim was seeded Irishman Jonathan Dolan before ending the run of classy Portugeuse player Bruno Carvahlo in two games.

Danish singles misery continued with all three men's singles going down

Germany’s Fabian Roth, although a top player in his own right, caused a mini upset in the manner of his defeat of Denmark’s Mathias Mundbjerg. The German never let his opponent into their third round encounter and came off court after his 21-9 21-9 victory as fresh as he went on just 19 minutes before.

Danish singles misery continued with all three of their men’s singles going down in round four which, no matter what way you read it from a Danish point of view, is a huge disappointment given the relative openness of the draw in the first place.

In the most intense match of the day, in front of the partisan Turkish crowd, German mixed doubles pairing Volkmann and Lamsfuss had to endure literally everything that their Turkish opponents and their fanatical supporters could throw at them.

The Germans lost the first game to Kurt and Toyran and even struggled to communicate with their coach behind the court due to the noise in the hall. After taking the second game Volkmann and Lamsfuss began to settle and find their rhythm and somehow found a new gear but then were abruptly halted as a small missile was thrown from the crowd which clearly upset and annoyed Volkmann after it hit her on the head.

German victory silenced the big Turkish crowd

This incident could have clearly affected the Germans but it did more to galvanise them and they stormed home to a 21-12 win in the deciding game after which Volkmann was honest in her appraisal of the match. “This game was very difficult for us to play. Trying to concentrate was almost impossible with the noise from the crazy crowd. When the object hit me I really didn’t know what to do but continue the rally but it was not nice and hostile environment was not very enjoyable.

“We just had to keep our concentration and keep focused on our tactic and we could see Toyran starting to struggle in the third so it was a case of focusing our attack on her hip and keep pushing for the victory which silenced the crowd in the end” commented Volkmann’s partner Mark Lamsfuss as they left the court.

All the action continues tomorrow from Ankara as the tournament heads into the quarter finals with the pick of the matches will be streamed live on from 9.30am local time.

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Article and Image by Mark Phelan (Live in Ankara)
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