Europeans dominate mixed doubles
Already in this tournament's 2nd round, european players dominated - at least by numbers, with 11 of 16 pairings coming from Europe. On the current penultimate day of tournament, this distribution of playing countries hasn't really changed.
In the first semifinal game, Thom GICQUEL/Delphine DELRUE from France meet TAN Kian Meng/LAI Pei Jing from Malaysia. In a rather short match (39mins), the French take victory with 21-19 and 21-10. Especially in the second game, the young French players (born 1998 and 1999) act confidently and are visibly enjoying the rallies. TAN and LAI react with strong offenses again and again, but particularly DELRUE's outstanding defensive strikes are not to be overcome.
The second semifinal promises a european winner by default: Mathias CHRISTIANSEN/Alexandra BØJE (DEN) go against Marcus ELLIS/Lauren SMITH (ENG). The Danes manage to win the first game rather straightforward with a score of 21-16. In the second game, CHRISTIANSEN/BØJE keep losing points and ELLIS/SMITH catch up. Unfortunately, the English give away a couple of possible game points towards the end of the second game. CHRISTIANSEN/BØJE thus win the semifinal by 21-16, 23-21.
After this outcome of the semifinals, tomorrow's finals will put France and Denmark up against each other. Therefore it's set that, like many of the years before, it will be a european pairing who inscribes themselves into the winner's "Golden Book".