Two titles in a row for the Danish players
Joel Eipe, Mette Poulsen and Rasmus Messerschmidt (Denmark) are on a roll: With the Norwegian International, they won a second title in a row after the Hungarian International of last week. Joel Eipe and Mette Poulsen did this in mixed doubles, while Rasmus Messerschmidt won the men’s singles.
Eipe and Poulsen won the Norwegian international without any game loss. Remarkable about their tournament run is that they mostly faced their compatriots, except for the semi-finals.
That did not stop Eipe and Poulsen from losing focus. Also the final was a convincing win of 21-12 21-14 over Mathias Moldt Baskjaer and Marie Louise Steffensen.
Unfortunately, Poulsen did not repeat her winning run of Hungary in women’s singles. In the quarterfinals, she lost to An Se Young (South Korea)
Read: Messerschmidt moves into top 10 after victory in Hungary
Good thrills for Messerschmidt
Also Rasmus Messerschmidt has been very dominant for the past two weeks. In Hungary he already kept almost everyone short, except for his compatriot Victor Svendsen in the final.
Norway was not that different: Messerschmidt won everything in straight games till the semi-final stage. During this round he played a very long and intense match against another compatriot David Kim, but also this match ended in his advantage.
Messerschmidt did not seem tired from this match on the next day. While Luis Enrique Penalver (Spain) is known as a fast and long endurance player, Messerschmidt did not let it come that far. In two games he mastered Penalver on court and secured his title at the Norwegian International.
An overview of the finals
Joel Eipe/Mette Poulsen beat Mathias Moldt Baskjaer/ Marie Louise Steffensen: 21-12 21-14
Rasmus Messerschmidt (Denmark) beat Luis Enrique Penalver (Spain): 21-12 21-16
Gabrielle Bᴓje/Marie Louise Steffensen (Denmark) beat Helina Ruutel/Kati-Kreet Marran (Estonia): 21-12 21-17
Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae (South Korea) beat Mads Emil Christensen/Kristoffer Knudsen (Denmark): 21-12 21-13
Sim Yu Jin (South Korea) beat Kim Ga Eun (South Korea): 21-8 18-21 21-16
Find all the results of the Norwegian International 2018 here.