The tournament acts as qualifiers for the Thomas and Uber Cups, which will be held in Wuhan, China, from May 20-27. The top four men’s teams will earntickets to the Thomas Cup Finals while the top three women’s team will qualify automatically for the Uber Cup Finals.
The fourth placed European team will only fly to China if their ranking is higher than the fifth placed Asian team. Asia’s qualifiers are currently being held in Macau.
Denmark’s top seeded men cruised past Poland 3-0 with Jan O Jorgensen (right), Mads Conrad-Petersen-Jonas Rasmussen and Hans-Kristian Vittinghus taking 94 minutes to seal their country’s berth to semi-finals.
Jorgensen started the rout with a 21-17, 21-15, victory over Przemyslaw Wacha in 35 minutes while Conrad-Petersen-Rasmussen needed a minute less to beat Lukasz Moren-Wojciech Szkudlarczyk 21-14, 21-14.
Vittinghus was even more ruthless, needing just 25 minutes to thrash Hubert Paczek 21-13, 21-8, to seal the tie for the Danes.
Germany were forced to go the distance against Holland before living up to their billing as the second seeds with a 3-2 victory.
Marcel Reuter was Germany’s hero, clinching the winning point after the teams were tied 2-2.
Reuter defeated Nick Fransman 21-15, 21-14 to clinch victory for Germany, who had thrown away a 2-0 lead.
Marc Zwiebler and Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler defeated Eric Pang and Jorrit De Ruiter-Dave Khodabux 21-17, 19-21, 21-13, and 21-16, 21-19, respectively in the opening two ties.
Holland, however fought back when Dicky Palyama beat Dieter Domke 21-17, 21-17, and drew level when Jacco Arends-Jelle Maas upset Michael Fuchs-Oliver Roth 19-21, 21-13, 21-16.
England, who defeated Ukraine 3-1 will meet Denmark on Saturday while Russia, who edged France 3-1 take on Germany for a place in the final.
The Danish women, meanwhile, were forced to fight all the way before justifying their top seedings with a 3-2 victory over Ukraine.
Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who captured their first ever OSIM BWF World Superseries women’s doubles title when they captured the Malaysia Open last month, clinched the winning point for the Danes when they defeated Marija Ulitina-Natalya Voytsekh 21-9, 21-11.
Camilla Sorensen, who defeated Marija Ulitina 21-16, 21-19, and Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke (left), who beat Larisa Griga-Anna Kobceva 21-15, 21-8, earned the other points for Denmark.
Larisa Griga and Natalya Voytsekh put Ukraine on the board with wins over Karina Jorgensen and Line Kjaersfeldt. Griga won 21-13, 21-18, while Voytsekh won 21-18, 21-19.
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