Day one summary: Great surprises and tremendous thrillersOctober 15, 2019 10:16
Like a thundering smash DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2019 presented by VICTOR kicked off in Odense and featured more than a few surprises as well as a whole lot of seriously swell badminton. Get your update on what happened on day one here.
While clear favorites such as Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, Carolina Marin and Kento Momota managed to take home their first-round triumph smoothly, the first day of DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR also featured more than a few surprising results.
The two 20-year-old frenchmen Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue astonished the audience in Odense as they narrowly beat third seeded Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, 21-19, 13-21, 21-19.
Unsurprisingly, the French were indeed happy about the unsuspected result which for the winners themselves also came as a surprise.
– I am very happy. It wasn’t expected. Last month, we didn’t play very well so playing like we did today was not what we had expected. Beating a pair like them (Watanabe/Higashino, ed.) is amazing, said Thom Gicquel after the win.
Watch the entire interview with the two young French first round winners right here:
Tuesday was for sure a good day to be French. As the mixeddouble, men’s singles player Brice Leverdez had success in pulling a rabbit out of his hat, defeating Anthony Ginting in a dramatic three set match.
– I am very happy. I have been struggling with coming back from an injury the last two months and my level hasn’t yet been quite there. I have been working very hard the last three weeks and to come back at this level and beat Ginting here in the first round is really something for me and I’m looking forward for next round, said Leverdez.
Unlike the French success, Tuesday was rough for the home soil players from Denmark. Losing five matches closely, the home turf advantage didn’t seem to be quite enough. Nevertheless, Rasmus Gemke managed to pull through and take home the one Danish victory of the day against Lee Cheuk Yiu from Hong Kong.
Hopefully, the Danish players taking on the challenge Wednesday will be have better luck. Who knows, we may see yet another string of surprises going into the last half of the first round.
First match Wednesday begins nine o’clock and we look forward to welcome all to yet another amazing day of badminton here in Odense.
Badminton Denmark will see to cover the event the entire week on all our social media as well as our websites, badminton.dk and denmarkopen.dk, where you can get updates on matches, get behind the scenes and much more.
Also have mind, that no less than four side events are taking place around the main event. Click here to follow the results of VICTOR DENMARK PARA-BADMINTON presented by DANISA, and click here to get more information on VICTOR DENMARK JUNIOR presented by DANISA and VICTOR DENMARK SENIOR presented by DANISA.