Monday, February 19, 2018
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO
Denmark retained both their titles at the 2018 European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships that concluded in Kazan, Russia, yesterday.
Denmark’s men overcame stiff resistance from England, while Denmark’s women’s team beat Germany – both by the same margin 3-1. This was Denmark’s seventh straight title in the men’s and fifth in seven editions by the women.
Fabienne Deprez gave Germany a great start in the women’s final with a 21-minute victory over Mia Blichfeldt, 21-15 21-15. However, Denmark’s dependable duo Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl made it 1-1 as expected, beating Isabel Herttrich/Olga Konon 21-15 21-11.
Line Kjaersfeldt made it 2-1 in the second singles despite losing the opening game to Luise Heim; the Dane won 16-21 21-8 21-13.
Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen then gave Denmark the title as they comfortably took their second doubles, 21-19 21-14, over Johanna Goliszewski/Carla Nelte.
It was a more difficult battle in the men’s team final for Denmark against England. Anders Antonsen and Rajiv Ouseph slugged it all the way over 55 minutes before Denmark’s Antonsen pipped Ouseph at the post, 12-21 21-15 21-19.
Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding made it 2-0 after a 48-minute battle against Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge, 21-18 21-13.
Sam Parsons livened England’s hopes as he outplayed Emil Holst 21-16 21-10 in the second singles.
The second Men’s Doubles was a tense affair, and England’s Sean Vendy/Peter Briggs had their chances to take the tie to the fifth match. The England duo won the first game and held five match points in the second against Kim Astrup/Mathias Christiansen but the Danes refused to relent, closing out the final with a 19-21 29-27 21-12 victory.