Denmark (#9/16) had little trouble in their first three matches at the Yonex World Junior Mixed Team Championships, the so called Suhandinata Cup, which kicked off yesterday in Lima, Peru. The Danish squad - led by their 2015 European Junior singles champions Anders Antonsen and Mia Blichfeldt - beat Venezuela, Australia and New Zealand 5-0 to get off to a great start in South America.
Next up for the Danes is the number two seeded team from Hong Kong in tomorrow’s last group match before the knock-out stage will commence.
Also Germany, England, Spain and The Netherlands with three victories
There were some very hard fought matches and some closely contested results in the Germany (#9/16) vs France group tie. Yvonne Li, the Best BEC European Junior Player of the year 2014, and Judith Petrowski (pictured)
beat Delphine Delrue and Yaelle Hoyauxin in three games (17-21, 21-17, 21-17) to ensure the victory for Germany after France had won the opening two matches.
England (main picture)
, seeded at 9/16, beat Slovenia (4-1) and Sweden (3-2) in the first group matches before celebrating a 5-0 success over Iceland on Thursday. Fee Teng Liew/Lizzie Tolman sealed the easy win by beating Arna Karen Johannsdottir/Alda Karen Jonsdottir 21-11, 21-9 in just 18 minutes. Next up for England in group D2 is Chinese Taipei on Friday.
It went pretty much according to the script for the young Dutch badminton players as The Netherlands (#9/16) beat Macau (5-0), Dominican Republic (5-0) and Guatemala (4-1) to top group B1 after three out of four matches have been played. The deciding group tie will be against Japan (3/4) on Friday.
Thanks to three straight 5-0 victories over Costa Rica, South Africa and Cuba, the Spanish team (#9/16) keeps the hopes alive of reaching the quarter-finals of the Yonex World Junior Mixed Team Championships.
A total of 40 teams will compete in four groups – each consisting of two sub-groups of five teams – for the biggest prize in junior badminton. Each sub-group will have round-robin matches with the two winners of the sub-groups then facing off to determine the group winner and, more critically, which team advances to the semi-final. Title holder of the Suhandinata Cup is China, who are seeking their 10th team title.
for all results from Lima.
Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.