Strong European performances in Jakarta
Date: 6/16/2013 10:12 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

The European badminton stars have sent a strong signal to the badminton world at this week's Indonesia Open. Especially the European powerhouses Germany and Denmark showed that they are ready for the world meet in China this summer.

Russia's Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov reached the semi-finals only losing to the eventual champions from Indonesia in three games. Spanish talent Carolina Marin moved into the quarter-finals where she was beaten by world no 2 Saina Nehwal from India. England's Chris Adcock and Andy Ellis also reached the last 8 in Jakarta. Current European Champions Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba (Poland) lost a close battle against world number one mixed Ma Jin/Xu Chen of China (11-21, 21-16, 18-21).

Marc Zwiebler (pictured), Juliane Schenk and Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen fought in today's finals at the 700.000 US Dollars Premier Superseries event.

In the men's singles final, European Champion Zwiebler faced world number one Lee Chong Wei. The latter defeated the unseeded German 21-15, 21-14 in 40 minutes to win the Indonesia Open for a fifth time. Lee dominated from start to finish, with a string of smashes which proved too difficult for his left-handed opponent to return.

"As I had expected, it was a very hard match against Lee Chong Wei," Zwiebler said. "He was not that kind of player who will give any mercy if I made weak shots. He was always in control. I have tried everything I can."

Lee praised his opponent: "Zwiebler played well today. He showed a lot of progress."

In the women's singles final, world number one and Olympic Champion Li Xuerui of China beat Germany's Juliane Schenk. The three-set match ended 21-16, 18-21, 21-17 and lasted 63 minutes.

In the final of the mixed doubles category, the Olympic Bronze medalists Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen (Denmark) were defeated by the Chinese top duo of Nan Zhang/Yunlei Zhao in three games 22-24, 22-20, 12-21. You can re-watch the amazing match by clicking on the YouTube video below.

The Indonesia Open has prize money of $700,000 across all categories.

Click HERE for all results from the Indonesia Open.

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