Reigning European junior boys champion Anders Antonsen boosted home representation in the men’s singles event at the Yonex Denmark Open by battling through the qualifying tournament today.
The 19-year-old faced the challenge of Sweden’s Mattias Borg to earn a spot in the main draw of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Super Series event at the Arena Fyn in Odense.
A strong display from Antonsen saw him emerge as a straight games 21-14, 21-9 victor to join his compatriots Viktor Axelsen and Jan Ø. Jørgensen, the second and third seeds, in the tournament.
Kim Bruun was unable to add further to the Danish contingent after he fell to an 11-21, 21-19, 21-19 loss to Lucas Claerbout of France.
Another three game match saw Malaysia’s Wei Feng Chong come from behind to beat Norway’s Marius Myhre to reach the main draw.
The final qualifying match saw Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab earn a straightforward 21-15, 21-15 win over Estonia’s Raul Must.
Home players were able to claim three of the four main draw spots up for grabs in the women’s singles qualifying.
Amalie Hertz Hansen earned a thrilling 22-20, 25-27, 21-19 victory over Slovakia’s Martina Repiska in the highlight of the day’s action.
She was joined in advancing by Julie Dawall Jakobsen, who won an all-Danish match with Sofie Holmboe Dahl by a 21-12, 21-11 scoreline.
A hat-trick of home successes was completed by Julie Finne-Ipsen after her 21-10, 21-10 triumph over Switzerland’s Nadia Fankhuaser.
South Korea’s Na Young Kim earned the main draw spot by beating Denmark’s Irina Amalie Andersen 10-21, 21-13, 21-16.