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Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen’s 15-year partnership in badminton came to an end during the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019. In an unfortunate turn of events, the Danish duo crashed out of the tournament in the second round. This loss adds to the disappointment for Danish men’s doubles, as the fifth seeds Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen also fell to Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.

A Session of Expected Outcomes

Fortunately, the evening session of the tournament saw no surprises, with all the favored names progressing to the next round. Notable victories include women’s singles second seed Nozomi Okuhara, women’s doubles fourth seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, and men’s singles second seed Shi Yuqi, who all secured their spots in the quarterfinals with straight-games victories.

Zhou Haodong celebrates a point with Han Chengkai

A Thrilling Match

The most thrilling match of the session took place between young Chinese pair Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong and Chinese Taipei’s Liao Min Chun and Su Ching Heng. Liao and Su fought hard, even saving a match point in the second game to take the match to a third game. In the end, Han and Zhou emerged as the winners after a late charge, with a final score of 21-14, 20-22, 21-19.

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The End of an Era

All eyes were on the second-round match between Boe/Mogensen and Takeshi Kamura/Keigo Sonoda. This match held significance as it marked the last tournament for the two-time All England champions, Boe and Mogensen. However, Kamura and Sonoda showed great skill throughout the 40-minute encounter, defending astutely and pressuring the Danes at the net. Despite their best efforts, Boe and Mogensen were defeated, with a final score of 21-14, 21-16.

Reflecting on the Journey

After the match, Mogensen shared his thoughts, stating, “It has been 15 great years, and we’ve won a lot of times. I had a crazy accident in Russia, and we fought back and won titles and became No.1 again. We’re the most winning pair in Danish history, so that’s something to be proud of.” Boe added, “Of course, it’s not nice that we lost today, but that’s how it is. We won a lot, and it’s time to be proud of what we’ve achieved. We have a lot of respect from our opponents around the world, and that’s something to be proud of.”

The Path Ahead

Kamura/Sonoda will now face Han Chengkai/Zhou Haodong in the next round, while Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik will compete against Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan.

Fun Fact

Boe/Mogensen had previously defeated Kamura/Sonoda and held a 4-2 record going into the All England tournament.

Other Noteworthy Results

  • Women’s doubles world champions Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara overcame a tough challenge from Korea’s Kong Hee Yong/Kim So Yeong with a final score of 24-22, 21-14.
  • Men’s singles sixth seed Viktor Axelsen secured a victory against Lu Guangzhou, with a final score of 21-19, 21-16.
  • Women’s singles defending champion Tai Tzu Ying displayed her dominance by swiftly defeating Beiwen Zhang in just 31 minutes, with a final score of 21-15, 21-14.
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The Talking Point

Aaron Chia expressed his confidence after defeating Astrup and Rasmussen, saying, “We’ve beaten them twice before, but beating them here gives us greater confidence because this is the All England, and we are now in the quarterfinals. Hopefully, we can keep going and beat the other top pairs.”

FAQs

Q: Where did the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 take place?
A: The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 took place at an undisclosed venue.

Q: Who won the women’s singles second round match?
A: Nozomi Okuhara, the women’s singles second seed, won her second-round match.

Conclusion

The YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships 2019 has witnessed thrilling matches and unexpected outcomes, with Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen bidding farewell after a successful partnership. As the tournament progresses, fans eagerly await the next round to see who will emerge as the ultimate champions.

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