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Germany out to end Denmark’s dominance

The usual suspects may have not qualified for finals day at the European Championships in Karlskrona, Sweden, and this could well see the end of Denmark’s dominance.

Germany have the chance to win three titles in Karlskrona, a feat which will help them usurp the Danes, who nonetheless, still have the opportunity to win four of the five titles at stake.

Surprisingly, Denmark’s stranglehold on the men’s singles was ended in the semi-finals on Friday as Germany’s Marc Zwiebler (left), and Swedish giant killer Henri Hurskainen ousted the last remaining Danes from the draw.

Hurskainen, who handed five-time champion Peter Gade of Denmark his first ever loss in the European Championships,  took out former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen in three games, coming back from an opening game loss before winning 18-21, 21-18, 21-17.

Zwiebler, meanwhile, was at the top of his game as he outplayed second seed and joint favourite Jan O Jorgensen 21-19, 21-15 in the other semi-final.   

“I think I benefited from some tough matches through this tournament so far. Jan has had an easy route after the withdrawal of Wacha and this was his first real test,” the German told Badminton Europe.

“I feel sorry for him that he sustained the injury and really hope he is OK. I will have not only a battle against Henri who is in the form of his life, but also against this great crowd here in Sweden.”

Gade and mixed doubles top seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen-Christinna Pedersen, who were eliminated on Thursday, were joined on the sidelines by Thomas Laybourn-Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who suffered a 16-21, 21-19, 21-18 loss to teammates Mads Pieler Kolding-Julie Houmann (above).

The good news for the Danes is that Tine Baun (left), is through to the final where she will meet Germany’s Juliane Schenk while Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen will face the third Germany representative in the shapes of Michael Fuchs-Oliver Roth.

“It is Tine and I again. I hope that tomorrow just may be my day,” Schenk said to Badminton Europe after her 21-13, 21-10 victory over Holland’s Yao Jie.

Denmark are assured of the women’s doubles crown as Pedersen-Juhl will meet compatriots Line Damkjaer Kruse-Marie Roepke.

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