Three days of badminton at world class level – three days in which the field of participants became smaller and smaller. The best players in their disciplines and age groups lived up to their role as favourites and, with a few exceptions, prevailed.
Today, Saturday morning at 10:00, the round of 16 matches in the mixed were played. The only remaining European representative was the Danish mixed with Mike Vestergaard and Sofie Rojkjaer. They delivered exciting rallies, but could not keep up against the strong Chinese Zhu Yi Jun and Liao Li Xi. They were eliminated in two sets.
Now the 150 spectators in the Sportforum Berlin are waiting for the semi-finals. It continues at 3 pm. The Chinese players in particular came on strong in the last round and put their opponents in their place. This means that eight Chinese pairs are still in the running for the crown at the YONEX German Junior 2023. The all-Chinese semi-finals in the mixed and men’s doubles are likely to be particularly exciting. There, the feathered ball will be hit over the net again. Anecdote: The previous record of balls used in one match is 19 (!!). Let’s see if this record can be broken.
Your GJ team
photos: Henriette Leber