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Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus at the Indonesia Open 2019 (Credit: Badminton Photo)
Europe is moving forward in Jakarta!
Date: 7/16/2019 10:23 AM
Published by : Despoina Anastasiadou-Galva
The BLIBLI Indonesia Open 2019 is getting underway in Jakarta, Indonesia from 16 to 21 July with half of the matches of the first round taking place today. 

In this BWF World Tour Super 1000 event, many of the World's Badminton players are participating along with several top European players.

Only half of the matches have played today in Jakarta and Europe has already strong representatives for the next stage of the tournament. 

The powerful Dane

Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus from Denmark faced early this morning Wang Tzu Wei from Chinese Taipei in an arena bursting with excited fans.

The Dane was victorious over his opponent in two straight games with a score of 21-16, 21-18.

-Great start at Indonesia Open. Played at 09:00 AM (local time) on a Tuesday morning and the atmosphere was still amazing! Love this place! Vittinghus stated enthusiastically on Instagram. 

Moving forward into the second round, the winner of the LI-NING Denmark Challenge 2019, will take on the Indonesian Jonatan Christie for the first time, seeded as number six, who beat Rasmus Gemke from Denmark in two straight games.

Great performances for the Mixed Doubles

Europe will be represented by four skilled pairs in the next round, all in hopes of moving forward.

In order to accomplish this, they will have to compete against each other, though.

The European duel between the Englishmen Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith and the Germans Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler, ended in favor of the first-mentioned, winning in two straight games by 21-8, 21-10.

In the second round, the winners of the European Games 2019, will face another tough European pair, the Germans Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich who beat the number seven seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti from Indonesia in two straight games with 22-20, 21-14.

-Great feeling to reach the second round at the Indonesia Open 2019! The atmosphere has been incredible, Lamsfuss stated on Instagram.

In addition, the husband and wife pair Chris and Gabrielle Adcock from England faced the Japanese pair Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino in the 1st round, seeded as number three.

At the opening game, they were leading with a score of 11-6, putting the foundation for a winning game, which they eventually won due to the Japanese’s decision to retire. 

Moving into the second round, the Englishmen will face another European pair, Sam Magee and Chloe Magee from Ireland.

The Irish are moving into the second round after the fact that the Russians Rodion Alimov and Alina Davletova had to withdraw.  

Going on with the rest of the matches of the first round tomorrow, stay tuned on Badminton Europe for the latest results. 
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