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Denmark Open 2020 | Badminton returns

Denmark Open 2020
(Image Source: Twitter) Denmark Open 2020

After 211 days since the final of All England Championships, international competition resumes on 13th October 2020 with the Denmark Open 2020. The final of the prestigious All England was conducted on 15th March 2020 in full swing amidst the rising cases of the contagious virus across the world. The fans at Birmingham were in high spirits to cheer for their favourite players. The athletes too, despite concerns, put their best foot forward and delivered spectacular performances at the most prestigious and oldest tournament in badminton.

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Tai Tzu Ying completed her All England treble. Viktor Axelsen clinched his first All England title. It was historic as he became the first Danish in 21 years to lift the All England trophy after Peter Gade had last won it for Denmark in 1999.  Praveen Jordan, with Melati Oktavianti scripted history by becoming a male player having won the title twice with different partners in 25 years.

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Return of Badminton

Restart of competitive international badminton has been a much speculated and debated affair. Like the world governing body said, the sport faced logistical challenges among many. The biennial event of Thomas and Uber Cup finals has been postponed to 2021. The Asian Tour, consisting of two World Tour events and the World Tour finale is scheduled to be held in January 2021, in Thailand.

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Men’s Singles

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With Kento Momota having withdrawn from the event, all eyes will be on the second seed Chou Tien Chen. The Danish youngster Anders Antonsen who is brimming with confidence having used this period to get stronger will look to be at his best and clinch the title. Kashyap Parupalli withdrew from the event. The Indian youngster Lakshya Sen faces France’s youngster Christo Popov in the first round. The first round match between Ajay Jayaram and Anders Antonsen will be one to watch out for as Ajay intends to make a comeback after injuries. Kidambi Srikanth has a tough road ahead as he is likely to meet Chou Tien Chen in the Quarter-Finals. If both Srikanth and Subhankar Dey win their respective first round matches, it will be an India vs India face off between the second round.

Women’s Singles

Carolina Marin returning a shuttle
Image Credits: Twitter | Carolina Marin returning a shuttle

The women’s singles category has no Indian representation with Saina Nehwal pulling out of the event. First seed Akane Yamaguchi also withdrew, leaving Nozomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin to be the most likely finalists. Denmark’s young women like Line Christophersen and Line Kjaersfeldt have a great opportunity to perform on their home ground and shine. Beiwen Zhang, Sayaka Takahashi and Michelle Li have an opportunity to challenge the likely finalists if in their best form.

Men’s doubles

The top two seeds, both Japanese pulled out of the tournament. Third seeded pair of Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi and fourth seed Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen would be likely finalists. The Danish pair will no doubt be the home favourites for a podium finish.

Women’s Doubles

The Japanese dominate this category at Odense as the top three seeds are Japanese. The Bulgarian sisters Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva lead the European challenge in the women’s doubles category.

Mixed Doubles

Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith
(image Source: Twitter) Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith

With Yuta Watanabe pulling out of the Super 750 event, the top seeded pair will be absent. The mixed doubles category sees much European presence in the top four seeding. Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith head the European challenge. Having a semi final finish at the All England the English pair is pumped up to perform well In the Denmark Open too. The husband-wife duo of Chris and Gabrielle Adcock will also be in strong pursuit of the title with powerful and fast paced play.

 

Badminton fans! Get geared up! The action is finally going to begin! And it’s going to be some brilliant games for a week after what feels like ages of no badminton.

 

 

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