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Germans stuns Danes, Holland clinch Uber Cup ticket

There was plenty of drama at the European Men and Women’s Team Championships finals in Amsterdam on Sunday with Denmark winning the men’s title, Germany taking home the women’s crown and Holland clinching the last automatic Uber Cup slot.

The Championships, which double up as qualifiers for the Thomas and Uber Cups Finals in Wuhan, China, from May 20-27, saw Denmark and Germany going head-to-head in both finals.

The Danish men, who had cruised into the final without dropping a single game, kept up their perfect record when they crushed Germany 3-0 to win the gold medal.

Jan O Jorgensen (right), who has found a new zeal since being given the all clear to continue his career after a heart scare late last year, started the ball rolling when he defeated Marc Zwiebler 21-11, 21-14, in only 31 minutes.

All England champions Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen were pushed all the way by Ingo Kindervater-Johannes Schoettler before winning 19-21, 21-11, 21-18, while Hans-Kristian Vittinghus sealed the deal with a 21-19, 21-15, victory over Dieter Domke.

England finished third when they defeated Russia 3-0.

Germany, however, got their revenge in the women’s final where they once invincible Danes had no answer to their opponents’ attack prowess.

There were signs earlier in the tournament that the Danish women would struggle against quality opponents and so it proved against a determined German team.

Despite falling behind after Tine Baun got the better of Juliane Schenk in straight games, winning 21-12, 21-17, the Germans never panicked.

Olga Konon took advantage of youngster Karina Jorgensen’s nerves to score a 21-13, 21-10, win to level the final, before Schenk returned for her second match of the tie, this time in the doubles.

Schenk and Birgit Michels started slowly against Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke, who stormed to a quick lead when they won the first game 21-9.

Not ones to panic, Schenk-Michels started getting their shots to go where they wanted them to and eventually carved out wins in the next two games with scores of 21-17, 21-16, to put the Germans in front for the first time.

With Denmark’s main doubles pair Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl hot favourites to beat Konon and her partner Sandra Marinello in the fifth tie, all the pressure was on Karin Schnaase (above), to close out the final for Germany.

She held her nerve against Line Kjaersfeldt, saving four game points after fighting back from 20-17 and 21-20 down, to win the first 23-21.

The second game was just as close, but once again Schnaase kept cool under pressure to score a 21-18, victory to give the Germans the gold medal.

With all the semi-finalists in the men’s tournament assured of going to the Thomas Cup Finals, the last remaining question on everyone’s lips was whether Holland or Russia would make it to China for the Uber Cup.

In the end, the third seeded Dutch girls (top right), managed to overcome their fourth seeded rivals 3-1 – but not before being pushed all the way.

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