Sunday, February 18, 2018
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO
Former winners Germany earned another shot at the women’s team title at the European Men’s & Women’s Team Championships with an exciting win over Spain on Saturday in Kazan.
The 2012 champions staged a fine comeback from 0-2 down to beat the Carolina Marin-led Spain 3-2, and will face defending champions Denmark in the final.
Marin gave Spain the start they expected with a 21-14 21-6 rout of Fabienne Deprez, and Beatriz Corrales made it 2-0 with a comfortable win over Luise Heim, 21-18 21-12.
Germany fought back in their doubles, with Isabel Herttrich/Lara Kaepplein holding off Elena Fernandez/Lorena Usle 21-12 21-7. Yvonne Li (featured image) put the Germans level, storming past Sara Penalver Pereira 21-16 21-13.
It was up to Marin and Corrales to rescue Spain in the final match, but they were no match for the experienced German pair of Johanna Goliszewski/Carla Nelte, who catapulted Germany into the final with a 21-13 21-9 victory.
Defending champions Denmark had some early trouble from Russia, with Evgeniya Kosetskaya getting the better of Mia Blichfeldt in close to an hour, 22-20 15-21 21-9.
The rest of the Danish team stood strong under pressure, led by veterans Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl, who powered past Anastasia Chervyakova/Olga Morozova 21-12 21-9.
Line Kjaersfeldt was stretched by Natalia Perminova but completed the match in straight games, 21-14 22-20, before Maiken Fruergaard/Sara Thygesen wrapped up the tie for Denmark, beating Ekaterina Bolotova/Alina Davletova 21-17 21-10.
Denmark’s men have won every single European Championships title since the competition started in 2006. The six-time winners made their seventh final with a 3-1 result over Germany. Their opponents in the final will be England, who too made their way past France with a similar score.
Anders Antonsen was stretched in the opening match by Marc Zwiebler, but the young Dane came through 21-13 19-21 21-16. Mads Conrad-Petersen/Mads Pieler Kolding made it 2-0 beating Jones Ralfy Jansen/Josche Zurwonne 21-14 21-10.
Germany got back into the contest through Kai Schaefer, who beat Emil Holst 21-18 21-18, before Kim Astrup/Mathias Christiansen won a close match against Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Emil Seidel 21-17 25-23.
England had a creditable victory over France; Rajiv Ouseph led the way beating Brice Leverdez in the opening match. Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge made it 2-0 in the doubles. Lucas Corvee pulled one back for the French, but Peter Briggs/Sean Vendy came to England’s rescue, winning the tie with a 21-16 21-15 result over Thom Gicquel/Toma Junior Popov.