Credit: Mark Phelan (Badminton Europe)
Danish pair into the Semi Finals!
Date: 10/12/2018 8:35 AM
Published by : Aidan Jones

As the YONEX Dutch Open approaches the most important part of the tournament, there have been many European players impressing today, with shocks around too!


In the Women’s Doubles, Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen managed to beat the number six seeds Nami Matuyama/Chiharu Shida in a three-game thriller


While the number four seeds Ben Lane/Jessica Pugh took a shock exit after getting knocked out by French pair Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue.



Patience was the key to the semi-final!


Danish Women’s pair Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen eventually managed to get past their Japanese opponents today but Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida did not move easily.


The first game was tough for the Danes and paid for errors that were made resulting in them losing 17-21.


Knowing that the only way they could win was with three games, the pair managed to cut out errors and found a rhythm, to take the second 21-18.


The third was quite comfortable for Fruergaard/Thygesen, showing everyone what they could do and left court with a 21-15 win which has taken them through to the semi-finals.



Ready for tomorrow!


Maiken Fruergaard spoke with Badminton Europe following the turnaround and she admitted that the pair did not play well enough in the first.


The 23-year-old and Thygesen will now do their homework on potential semi-finalists and be ready for the match tomorrow.


- There were too many unforced errors in the first set and played on their terms. We turned the game and had a better defence in the second and third set.


- We will watch the match with our two possible opponents and then make the tactics after who it is.

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