Anders Antonsen continues great run of form

3/16/2016 1:09 AM |  BadmintonEurope.com |  Manuel Røsler
Denmark's youngster Anders Antonsen (main picture) continues his stunning run of form, by making it to the last 16 stage of the Swiss Open, a Grand Prix Gold tournament which offers total prize money of 120.000 Dollars.

Antonsen, the European Junior Champion in 2015 and current world number 55, upsets Takuma Ueda of Japan (21-15, 21-18) in the opening on Tuesday, when the tournament kicked off in the big St. Jakobshalle in Basel. Today, the 18-year-old made light work of Blagovest Kisyov of Bulgaria at to seal his place in the third round with a straight-games victory.

The unseeded Dane was in total control throughout the match on his way to a 21-18, 21-10 victory against his Bulgarian opponent. Antonsen will play Tzu Wei Wang of Taiwan next.

“It will be another tough challenge tomorrow. It will be a late night affair against Tzu Wei Wang”, Antonsen wrote on his official Facebook page.

The young Dane has already won the Swedish Masters and the Austrian Open in 2016.

Dieter Domke wins blockbuster second round match

Meanwhile, in the blockbuster second round match, it was Dieter Domke who came out on top over Rasmus Fladberg, the current Danish national champion. The Dane won the first game easily, 21-12, before the tall German was able to turn things around and stormed back to take the second and third game in dominant fashion. Domke will face Hsu Jen Hao of Taiwan in the quarterfinals. The latter beat Pablo Abian of Spain, the 2015 European Games gold medalist.

Former European Champion Marc Zwiebler booked his place in the third round as he beat Finnish opponent Kasper Lehikoinen in straight games (21-16, 21-18) on Wednesday.

Sixth-seeded Rajiv Ouseph is leading the English charge and eager to make up for his first round disappointment in Birmingham. Ouseph will play India’s H.S. Prannoy for a ticket in the quarterfinals.

Chris and Gabby Adcock, the All England semi-finalists, were due to compete in the mixed doubles, as fourth seeds, but have withdrawn from the event, with their place in Rio all but sealed.

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For more information, visit the official tournament website at http://www.swissopen.com.

Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos by Sven Heise (LIVE).


 
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