Battling for first place in group D, Denmark and Malaysia were head 2 head in the hot arena in Bangkok. Mens Singles 1 could have been a final in a big tournament, because Viktor Axelsen faced legend Lee Chong Wei.
Lee on fire:
Not seen this level from Lee in many years, from the beggening you could see that his level and pace were a bit higher than usual and Viktor was struggling behind. 21/9 in set 1 and Lee were all over Axelsen, no chance for him to keep the pace. Second set were a thriller, and in the end Lee took the win winning 21/19 showing crazy level – Lee WAS on fire…
Mads Mads Mads Mads Maaaaads:
2 x Mads from Denmark had all the pressure in their shoulders, fighting to level the score against top pair Got/Tan. Set 1 very very even all the way up to 20/20, but then Denmark made easy mistakes throwing the set away 24/22. Next 2 sets things turned around, with Denmark in control. 2 x Mads were very cool and were relaxed on court, while Got/Tan showed tom many negative signs and shaking heads. Denmark took home the match with 21/15 in both 2nd and 3rd set.
World no. 25 Vittinghus (and the winning factor last time Thomas Cup was played where Denmark won) was up against world no. 45 Lee from Malaysia, and everything looked according to plan in set 1. Vittinghus in control until 15/11, then many easy mistakes and bad decisions were suddenly what came out of Vittinghus´ racket. Lee took the set 21/18. Vittinghus could feel the pressure, and from the beginning of 2nd set Vittinghus was transformed, now in total control not leaving Lee any chances at all. BUT BUT at 16/6 everything fell apart again, loosing 15/2 from that point. So Lee took the set 21/18, really amazing comeback from Lee, not seen many times in top badminton.
2 x Mathias came through:
Veteran and top world class player Mathias Boe had to be the experienced one today, playing with young partner Mathias Christiansen, surely a future star from Denmark. The Danes had to get to know each other because they don’t usually play together, Boe playing with Carsten Mogensen normally but Mogensen not in the danish squad due to illness. Set 1 were very close with nervous play from both sides. The Malaysians Teo/Chia also not a regular pairing were playing really well, and taking that set 21/19. Next 2 sets Denmark were dominating mostly and also secured a thriller in the last match of the team match. They won 21/10 and 21/10 in 2nd and 3rd set. Jan O Jorgensen and Iskander Zulkarnian were up next in the decider.
OMG what a long and hard match!:
The 2 guys were testing each other in the beginning, and Jan O not playing up to normal standard. He has been away many month due to injury and getting back in shape. Set 1 surely showed that the dane were far from top shape. Iskander took it easy winning 21/16. Jan O then started showing glimpses of his past level, winning 2nd set 21/17. 3rd set was all Jan O and Denmark shouting for Jan, and it all worked out for Denmark in the end winning 21/14, and Denmark then took the team match 3-2.
Denmark take on Korea in the quarterfinal and Malaysia take on Indonesia, will be exiting to follow tomorrow.