Niclas Nøhr and Sara Thygesen were silver medalists at the 2016 European Championships (Photo: BadmintonPhoto)
Nøhr: Europeans can make good results
Date: 11/13/2017 1:33 PM
Published by : Emma Lollike
BWF’s World Superseries tour moves to the Asian continent for TAHOE China Open 2017. 

After a couple of months with European Superseries hosts, European top players must take their past experiences from Denmark, France and the Grand Prix Gold in Germany, to the Asian’s home turf in China.

Niclas Nøhr made his comeback to the ‘Superseries stage’, after a knee surgery, at Danisa Denmark Open in October, where he made it through qualifications with Sara Thygesen in mixed doubles and Kasper Antonsen in men’s doubles. 

This week in Fuzhou, the Dane hopes to do the same in both categories, but he knows that it will be easier said than done:

- Yeah, it’s gonna be a tough one with hopefully four matches. The schedule is published already, and I only have around 45 min break between each game. So, tomorrow it is not only the game, but also to get a lot of food to fill the body to play that many matches.

Read Bitburger Open article: Rasmus Gemke completes dream streak 

Not the perfect preparations
The preparations to China Open has not held ideal preparations for the Dane;

- My prep hasn’t been that good, I have pulled a muscle I my stomach 2 weeks ago at Bitburger Open. But it feels fine now, and hopefully I don’t get any problems tomorrow.

In terms of the current mixed doubles field, Nøhr believes that there are great things to come for the European pairs.

- Right now, Danish mixed doubles are in a new phase with tree new pairings. We have all played about 3-5 tournaments and I think we have all showed that we can do it, on top level. We got a 1/4 final in Denmark, Mathias/Chris a semi at French, and, Anders/Line a final at Bitburger, Nøhr tells Badminton Europe.

- But in general, of course Asia has a lot of couples in top 20, but I think the mix category is very open right now. Only a few Chinese pairs have made a clear image of their level. But right now, we have seen a lot of different winners in all tournaments, so the Europeans for sure can make some good results.

Line Kjærsfeldt/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen will also play qualifications, whereas the German pair, who was origianlly in the qualifications, Linda Efler and Marvin Emil Seidel has been promoted to the main draw.

Find the order of play for qualifications by clicking here.

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