Wednesday, 22 May 2024

BWF World Tour: Fredrik Sogaard and Rasmus Kjaer Make Canada Open Final

Frederik Sogaard and Rasmus Kjaer of Denmark reached the final of the YONEX Canada Open 2023, marking their first appearance in the HSBC BWF World Tour title match since their partnership began 15 months ago.

With a hard-fought victory against Japanese third seeds Akira Koga and Taichi Saito, Sogaard and Kjaer secured their spot in the final. The match was a thrilling battle, with the Danes winning 21-17, 14-21, 21-19 at the Markin-MacPhail Centre.

For Sogaard, a silver medalist at the 2015 World Junior Championships, the achievement brought a rush of emotions. Reflecting on their journey, he said, “It’s been a long road for Rasmus and me. We’ve had to compete in many smaller tournaments to get here. This is only our third Super 500 event, so it means a lot.”

Sogaard and Kjaer joined forces in March 2022 and quickly made an impact by winning their very next tournament, the Polish Open. They followed it up with victories at the Dutch, Welsh, and Canadian Internationals, as well as the Denmark Masters this year.

It wasn’t until January that they had the opportunity to play their first Super 500 event after successfully qualifying for the Indonesia Masters. Their second Super 500 appearance at the Thailand Open in May ended in a first-round exit, but their determination paid off in Jakarta when they defeated Liu Yu Chen and Ou Xuan Yi.

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“We’ve performed well in some of the smaller tournaments. We’ve had close matches against some of the top pairs in the World Tour, but we just needed that breakthrough,” shared Kjaer. “The win against Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in the second round gave us the confidence boost we needed.”

Reaching the final puts Sogaard and Kjaer closer to their ultimate goal. They will face compatriots Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, who defeated Olympic champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, in the final.

“Our ranking is important to us. We’re striving to break into the top 32 and play in the biggest tournaments,” explained Kjaer.

FAQs

Q: How did Frederik Sogaard and Rasmus Kjaer qualify for the YONEX Canada Open 2023 final?
A: Sogaard and Kjaer secured their spot in the final by defeating Japanese third seeds Akira Koga and Taichi Saito.

Q: What does reaching the final mean to Frederik Sogaard and Rasmus Kjaer?
A: Reaching the final is a significant achievement for Sogaard and Kjaer, as it marks their first appearance in the HSBC BWF World Tour title match since their partnership began 15 months ago.

Q: How did Sogaard and Kjaer’s journey in the tournament unfold?
A: Sogaard and Kjaer performed well in smaller tournaments and had close matches against top pairs in the World Tour. Their breakthrough came in the second round when they defeated Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han.

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Q: Who will Sogaard and Kjaer face in the final?
A: Sogaard and Kjaer will face compatriots Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the final of the YONEX Canada Open 2023.

Summary

Frederik Sogaard and Rasmus Kjaer of Denmark have reached the final of the YONEX Canada Open 2023, their first appearance in the HSBC BWF World Tour title match since their partnership began 15 months ago. Their journey to the final has been marked by success in smaller tournaments and close matches against top pairs in the World Tour. Reaching the final is an important milestone for Sogaard and Kjaer, who aim to break into the top 32 and play in the biggest tournaments. They will face compatriots Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the final. For more information, visit Carnegiecentre.com.