Danish Open: Day 1
Danish Open Review
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All favourites still in
Lausanne, Switzerland, 22 November 2002. All the favourites are still alive in Women’s Singles at the Farum Danish Open.
RYU is nr. 21 in the Pro Tour Standings, but she still has a chance to qualify for the Grand Finals in Stockholm. In the next round she will face SONG Ah Sim (HKG).
The two top seeded Chinese ZHANG Yining and LI Nan both won their 2nd round matches easily.
World Champion is out
Lausanne, Switzerland, 22 November 2002. The young Swede Magnus MOLIN has lived a quiet live at the Pro Tour in 2002 and he has also been sliding down the World Ranking, but at the last Pro Tour event this year, he really made himself heard.
“I never expected to win this match. I have only met WANG once before , and I lost, but today my service returns were very good. When I won the first games, I got more and more confident, and I am very happy to go to the third round” says MOLIN who will now meet doubles partner Jens LUNDQVIST.
MOLIN’s victory was not the only upset in the 2nd round. Two of the top Koreans LEE Chul Seung and OH Sang Eun stumbled, and OH losing was actually something the Danish crowd liked. OH was competing with young Dane Michael MAZE in qualifying for the Grand Finals, and since MAZE went through to the 3rd round he is likely to be the first Dane ever in the singles at the Grand Finals.
Sensation in doubles
Lausanne, Switzerland, 22 November 2002. The Danish spectators witnessed another sensational upset, when top seeds MA Lin and KONG Linghui (CHN) fell out already in the first round of Men’s Doubles.
In the other end of the draw the 2nd seeds RYU Seung Min/LEE Chul Seung (KOR) had a tough time as well. They were down 0-3 against Lars HIELSCHER/Torben WOSIK (GER), but they turned things around, evened to 3-3, and in the 7th they walked through to 11-1 to win the match.
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