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The Dane's India Open title remains their only one in 2018. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo
Christiansen and Pedersen fall short of Korea Open title
Date: 9/30/2018 4:51 PM
Published by : David Grice(BEC)

It was not to be for Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen, as they were defeated in the final 21-18, 21-16 to China’s fifth seeded pair He Jiting and Du Yue.

A loss of form halfway through the second set prevented the Danish’s pairs chances of turning the match in their favour. In the end, it was their lower-ranked opponents that gave their home fans something to cheer.

See also: Christiansen and Pedersen recover to reach Korea Open final

The opening exchanges saw He and Due pull away to a 6-2 lead. But the Danish pair responded well to keep the set alive. With both pairs taking the lead, it was tough to see if any pair would take control.

The home crowd did enough to will their home-grown players to claim the opening set 21-18.

See also: Christinna Pedersen: We must take small steps

After a tight start in the second set, it was Christiansen and Pedersen that looked to be extending the match into a third set. But a loss of eight consecutive points completely turned the momentum and the atmosphere against them. As much as their European opponents fought, it was He and Du’s day and winning the second set 21-16 gave them the title.

For a full list of the draws and results, click here.


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