DANISA Denmark Open 2019 is a badminton tournament which will take place at Odense Sports Park in Odense, Denmark from 15 to 20 October 2019. It has a total purse of $775,000. It is known to be one of the worlds biggest tournament with all the stars participating.

Men’s singles
Top-seeded is the last years winner of the men’s singles and also ranked as the worlds best – Kento Momota. Since he made his comeback in mid-2017 after just over a year of quarantine for illegal gambling in his native Japan, he has dominated the men’s singles category. He is known for his explosive movements on court and his unpredictable style of play. He has won several major badminton tournaments including two World Championships titles (2018 & 2019), two Asian Championships titles (2018 & 2019) and one All England title (2019) – all in all a great performance. His latest victory was at Korea Open where he won the final in straight games against Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen. He will in the first round meet Wong from Hong Kong who is currently ranked worlds no. 36. Momota is clearly seated to win this match with great confidence. Second-seeded is worlds no. 2 Chou Tien-Chen. Latest victory was when he clinched the men’s singles title at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Open in September. At last years Denmark Open he finished second after Momota. We are certain that both players will go a long way in the tournament and hopefully give a lot of excitement to the audience!

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Third-seeded is Shi Yuqi. At last years Denmark Open he was defeated aleady in the openers. Shi injured his left ankle halfway through his match against Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the Indonesia Open Super 1000 this year, and suffered exits at both the Japan Open and the ongoing Thailand Open. He tried to make a comeback at the China Open but ended up being booed by the audience and loosing 21-5, 21-9 in just 15 minutes to his opponent. This clearly showed that he was not fully able to move around court. “I think the match was a bit ugly but nonetheless it’s a first step for me, I’m sure I’ll get better,” said the 23-year-old, who reached the World Championships final last year and was seeded third at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium in Changzhou. Whether or not he is ready for the Denmark Open will show. He will in the first round meet Mark Caljouw from the Nederlands.

Women’s singles
Top-seeded ion this category is Akana Yamaguchi from Japan who is only 22 years old and ranked currently as the worlds best. After a fabulous July, Akane was brutally dumped out of the World Championships in R1. It was a gloomy sight for all her supporters who will want her to rediscover the touch that got her to World #1. Yamaguchi appeared to still be struggling with a recent hip injury and at times seemed hesitant to make a full stretch to retrieve the shuttle. She will in the first round meet worlds number 27 Cheung from Hong Kong. We all hope that Yamaguchi is ready to give her all!
Second-seeded in this category is Chen Yufei from China who is currently ranked worlds third best. Fourth seed Chen Yufei scored nine points in a row in the deciding set to beat Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark to enter the women’s singles semifinals of the Badminton World Championships but unfortunately lost to Sindhu in the semifinals. Yufei has a really good playing style, but we have also seen her losing matches who she was suppose to win – how will she manage in this tournament?

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Third-seeded is Nozomi Okuhara who is well known for her speed, agility and endurance. She won a bronze medal in the 2016 Olympics. She became the 2017 world champion in Glasgow, Scotland after defeating India’s P. V. Sindhu in the finals. She will in the first round meet Busanan from Thailand who is currently ranked worls no. 17. This will indeed be an exciting match to see.

Men’s doubles
Top-seeded are Gideon and Sukamuljo from Indonesia. They are currently ranked as the worlds best in this category. They are often referred to as “The Minions” because of their height below average badminton players. He and Gideon were awarded the BWF Best Male Players of the Year for two years in a row after collected seven Superseries titles in 2017 and nine World Tour titles in 2018. At the World Championships they suffered a shock second-round defeat to Choi Sol-gyu and Seo Seung-jae. What exactly went wrong is not clear but if the Minions want to compete well in this tournament they have to be more ready.
Second-seeded are Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan – christened ‘Daddies’ by their legions of Indonesian fans. This year they manages to clinch their third World Championships title in Basel. “We are very grateful for this victory. May this be a good sign for us for our future matches,” Ahsan said. The victory was the second for the Indonesians against the Japanese, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi, after the 2019 Indonesia Open victory. “This year has brought us two sweet victories, the All England and now this. I hope we can use the momentum to work harder for the next championship,” Hendra said, referring to the world’s oldest badminton tournament.

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Women’s doubles
Top-seeded are Matsumoto and Nagahara from Japan who is currently ranked as the worlds best. It has been a phenomenal year for Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara. The Japanese duo kept their feet on the pedal following their famous win at the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2018 and were rewarded with the world No.1 ranking this year. The ranking was a reflection of their consistency: this year, they have been in three finals (winning one, the Singapore Open) and three semifinals – a strong follow-up to the second half of the 2018 season, when they won the French Open and were runners-up twice in China. What is it about their partnership that has made them so successful? Nagahara believes part of the reason could be that they have different personalities that match up well. “I’m a bit impatient but Matsumoto is more relaxed and does things at her own pace. We have different qualities, so we are well matched in covering each other’s good and bad qualities,” says Nagahara. Her partner agrees. “Well, our characters are totally different but they blend together to produce our best playing style,” says Matsumoto. The pair also defended their World Championship title earlier in Basel this year and became the first Japanese to repeat as badminton world champions. In the first round they will meet Ponnappa and Reddy from India who is ranked worlds no. 19.

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Second-seeded in this category is Fukushima and Hirota from Japan. Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota defended their Indonesia Open women’s doubles title on Sunday by defeating Japanese compatriots and reigning Olympic champions Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi. They will in the first round meet Fruergaard and Thygesen from the host country Denmark.

Mixed doubles
Top-seeded and currently worlds best are Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiong. They completed their conquest of Super 1000 events this year, winning the VICTOR China Open 2019. This was their sixth title of the year from six finals, and 18th overall. Their three Super 1000 titles in a calendar year – the first such achievement on the HSBC BWF World Tour – now presents a new frontier for other players and pairs who wish to join their elite company. “Of course we are happy to have won, we didn’t expect to win all Super 1000 titles this year, so we are extremely happy,” said Huang Ya Qiong. In the first round they will meet Puavaranukroh and Supajirakul from Thailand who is currently ranked worlds third best which indicates that we will get a really exciting match from two pair with extremely well performance.

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Second-seeded in this category is Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping. They became second in this years world championships after Zheng and Huang. in the first round they will meet Rankireddy and Ponnappa from India. They stunned Indonesia’s world no 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round of China Open and have proven to be a good pair and definitely a pair to be taken seriously.

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