16 October 2023
The VICTOR Denmark Open offers an thrilling problem for gamers to financial institution essential Olympic qualification factors within the race to Paris 2024, in response to Badminton England Efficiency Director Morten Frost.
Three English doubles pairs are concerned and no shuttler is aware of the match fairly like Frost, who received the Denmark Open in his residence nation eight occasions within the Nineteen Eighties.
Ben Lane and Sean Vendy will fly the flag within the males’s doubles whereas Greg and Jenny Mairs, together with Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith, enter the primary spherical of the combined doubles within the Tremendous 750 occasion.
Frost is aware of the draw can be one of many harder challenges on the circuit however is assured of a robust displaying, regardless of some sickness which has curtailed preparations inside the squad.
“It’s at all times thrilling after we have the Tremendous 750 tournaments,” Frost stated. “It’s nice when now we have these actually powerful ones.
“It’s much more thrilling the truth that it’s within the Olympic qualification interval so it’s obtained a number of consideration.
“All people is on the market making an attempt to get factors as a way to qualify so it’s a tense race.
“From England, we solely have three entrants in and the combined doubles pairs have two very powerful attracts.”
What a outcome by Ben and Sean beating the no 8 seeds 2-0 within the first spherical of the Arctic Open Tremendous 500 💪🔥 Sadly each Lauren and Marcus and Jenny and Greg went right down to robust Malaysian opponents within the first spherical of XD ➡️ on to the following 🔥 #badminton #badmintonengland pic.twitter.com/QJmxdecyXW
— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) October 11, 2023
Greg and Jenny Mairs will face prime seeds Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong within the opening spherical, Olympic silver medallists at Tokyo 2020.
The Mairs pair can be trying to bounce again following defeat to Malaysia’s Tan Kian Meng and Lai Pei Jing on the CLASH OF CLANS Arctic Open powered by YONEX final week.
Smith and Ellis could have a equally tough job on their palms on the Area Fyn after being drawn to fifth seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
The Yonex Belgian Worldwide winners downed Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai within the group stage at Tokyo 2020 and can be out to trigger the same upset in Denmark.
“Each pairs are going through seed no.1 and seed no.5, two very established prime pairs,” Frost stated.
“Marcus and Lauren beat Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai on the Olympics and obtained to the quarter-final, which was a superb outcome for the 2 gamers.
“It’s a powerful job in the mean time to qualify on the planet rankings, they’re 29 and Greg and Jenny sit at 34.
“At this second in time, they’re a bit far out of qualification so we have to begin clocking up some good outcomes.”
Ought to Ellis and Smith recover from the first-round hurdle, they’ll face both Denmark’s Mathias Thyrri and Amalie Magelund or Malaysia’s Chen Tang Jie and Toh Ee Wei, the identical pair they misplaced 21-14 21-17 to final week on the Arctic Open.
To make it to Paris, gamers are required to make the highest 16 of the world rankings by the top of the qualification interval in April 2024.
After making the last-16 of the Arctic Open final week, males’s doubles pair Lane and Vendy sit teetering on the sting of a qualification berth in 18th and are available up towards a brand new Chinese language pairing in Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi.
Laborious luck for Sean and Ben as they exit the Arctic Open within the spherical of 16 after a troublesome battle ➡️ all deal with the Danish Open subsequent week 🔥#badminton #badmintonengland pic.twitter.com/ocJnPPI2zx
— Badminton England (@BadmintonEnglnd) October 13, 2023
Ought to they make it previous the primary spherical, Lane and Vendy will face prime seeds and world quantity two pairing Muhammad Rian Ardianto and Fajar Alfian of Indonesia.
Regardless of the prospect of developing towards the highest seeds, Frost believes the expertise of defeating Alfian and Ardianto on the Singapore Open in September will serve them nicely.
“The pair they play within the first spherical in Denmark is a comparatively new pair, they sit in 35 on the planet rating,” Frost added.
“They’ve misplaced fairly a couple of first rounds of their tournaments so it needs to be a risk to beat that pair.
“However then they can be up towards the highest seed from Indonesia.
“That’s a troublesome one however now we have overwhelmed them earlier than, even after they had been the world no.1, so it’s undoubtedly doable.”