“I don’t know if I will be as good as I was. To find out, let’s have a look at the first match” - said Carsten Mogensen at yesterday's Indonesia Open Superseries press conference. And today we are happy to say: Welcome back, Carsten!
The Danish super duo, who won a silver medal at the London Olympic Games, advanced to the last 16 stage of the 900.000 Dollars event after they beat world no. 10 duo Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen of China (21-16, 22-20).
„The hardest two months of my life“
“I have been experiencing the hardest two months in my life. Thanks for the abundant support from friends and family. I am recovering now.”
“I did not think the surgery would be a good way to end my career. I instead prefered to come back to the field,” said Mogensen, who is ranked eighth on the world rankings with partner Mathias Boe.
Carsten Mogensen collapsed at the 2016 European Team Championships in Kazan, Russia. He then had to undergo a brain surgery to treat the aortic aneurysm ruptures in his brain.
Boe/Mogensen will play Japanese duo of Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda, the world no. 15 pair, for a place in the quarter-finals.
Jørgensen and Zwiebler into last 16 - Axelsen and Vittinghus out
Two former European men's singles Champions reached the last 16 stage in Jakarta. 2012 gold medalist Marc Zwiebler (Germany) saw off Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin after 50 minutes of play 21-10, 21-19. And Denmark's Jan Ø. Jørgensen, the 2014 European Champion, beat Anthony Ginting of Indonesia 22-20, 25-23 while his two compatriots – and Thomas Cup heroes – Viktor Axelsen and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus suffered early exits in Jakarta.
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Vittinghus lost a real thriller to China's Wang Zhengming 21-18, 23-25, 22-24. European Champion Viktor Axelsen ha sbeen forced to withdraw during the third game against Huang Yuxiang of China.
„Last Thursday I got a fever and a bad cough. I'm recovered from fever, but the coughing is still not good at all and became worse and worse during my match today. I will get checked by the tournament doctors during the next few days to see if my coughing gets better“, Axelsen wrote on his official Facebook page.
Rajiv Ouseph powers into last 16 stage
World number 15 Rajiv Ouseph, the European bronze medallist, moved into the second round on Wednesday evening in Jakarta after a battling three-game win over Derek Wong of Singapore.
In their first meeting for six years, Ouseph won through 21-14, 21-23, 21-18 against the Singaporean in 56 minutes.
Ouseph will play Wei Nan, two places below Ouseph in the rankings, in the last 16 after the Hong Kong player ousted Indonesian eighth seed Tommy Sugiarto in straight games.
The English number one will now hope to reach successive tour quarter-finals following his run to the last eight at the Malaysian Open run in April.
After coasting to the opener in Jakarta, Ouseph saw his 10-4 lead evaporate as Wong negotiated the second.
But Ouseph weathered the storm in the third, carving out a 16-6 lead and holding on, as Wong made life difficult in the closing stages with late points.
Ouseph's match was the last to finish at the iconic Istora Stadium.
Earlier, compatriots Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge opened up proceedings on the second day in the men's doubles.
But the English national champions let slip an 18-11 in the first against local hopes Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo before losing out 22-20, 21-15 in 43 minutes.
The 2016 BCA Indonesia Open Superseries Premier kicked off on Monday and will last until Sunday.
Article by Manuel Rösler. Photo (LIVE) by BadmintonPhoto.