Roth & Evans set up mouth-watering men’s singles final
Fabian Roth and home hero Scott Evans stuck their heads above to parapet today in Dublin to set up a mouth-watering final at the FZ FORZA Irish Open.
Roth (pictured above) has had a fantastic return from injury with a series of Grand Prix semi-finals and an international challenge final appearance back in Prague in September. However, the young German is still hunting that illusive win and it certainly is not far away for the 2013 European junior champion.
The Irish fans will be hoping it will not be this week that Roth gets that breakthrough win as Scott Evans has looked in amazing form this week blowing away Pablo Abian in today’s semi-final. The Irishman won the mental battle today against the experienced European Games Champion and on form this week will go into the final as favourite.
Roth ended the run of young Dane Kim Bruun and in typical Fabian Roth fashion came back from a set down to claim his final spot.
Another year another Irish final for Finne-Ipsen and Soby
Circuit finals have become the norm for Rikke Soby and Julie Finne-Ipsen (pictured above). The Danes will want to add an international challenge win to their series win in Norway last month and after two challenge defeats in the last 12 months, including the runners up spot in Dublin last year, the Danes will certainly be motivated to correct that statistic.
The Danes controlled their 2-set win over Ponnappa and Reddy today and will now meet French pair Lefel & Tran who beat pair Brown and Walker in the very final match on semi-finals day.
Line Kjaersfeldt had a mid-set meltdown against recent Scottish Open champion Mette Poulsen losing the second set 21-8 to her compatriot. Kjaersfeldt then regained her composure to justify her top seeding winning the deciding set as she hunts her second Irish Open title.
Only Shuo Yun Sung stands in Kjaersfeldts way and the Dane will go into the final as hot favourite.
Tabeling and Seinen the unlikely but deserving finalists
Dutch duo Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen (pictured above) have been one of the finds of the season so far on the European circuit. The Dutch pair were underdogs in their semi-final against Efler and Seidel but a combination of clever play and an injury to Seidel late in the final set conspired to send the Dutch to the final.
If they were underdogs today they will certainly be rank outsiders in tomorrow’s final as hot pre-tournament favourites Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen will be odds on to lift the title.
German duo Zurwonne and Jansens will have an opportunity to land their third title of the year and will be slight favourites after coming through against compatriots Beck and Kaesbauer.
For all results from semi-finals day in Dublin click HERE
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Article and images by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe