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Danish Delight at the Victor Dutch International

There was a lot of excitement and attention surrounding the Victor Dutch International tournament and with the cut-off point for the Olympics occurring at the tournaments end, there was a lot riding on this event.

This was one element in bringing out a large crowd to the event and the fans who attended were rewarded with some sparkling badminton. There is no doubt that tournaments bring their own degree of pressure and excitement but when Olympic and European Circuit places are depending on the results, there is an extra edge to proceedings.

The Males Singles tournament was taken by Hans-Kristian Vittinghus from Denmark. The player entered the event as an unseeded player and his triumph was a shock yet richly deserved. Overcoming Wu Yunyong in two sets allowed the Danish star to take home the plaudits and prize from the event. A 21-12, 21-18 victory was a fair indication of his dominance and there could be no complaints about the final result.

The Ladies tournament was decided by Larisa Griga, defeating Yu Wakita from Japan in the final. The Ukrainian made up for a defeat in last years final with a two set victory this time around. A 21-19, 21-19 victory was the margin for Griga and just like the Men's final, the match result was a fair reflection of the game.

The Womens Doubles was an infinitely more challenging match-up between teams from Russia and Poland. After three intriguing sets, Augustyn and Kostiuczy had the upper hand over their Russian opponents and the 21-16, 11-21, 21-13 triumph took the title to Poland.

The Mixed Doubles final may have lacked the same excitement and tension as the Ladies Doubles but the 21-15, 21-12 victory for Rasmus Bonde and Helle Nielsen was warmly received. The Danish duo was fully deserving of their straightforward victory and added to their nation's success in the Men's Singles event.

Sadly the Danish team couldn't add another triumph to their list as the Germans took control of the Men's Doubles event. Rasmus Bonde made it to the final again as he and his partner Kasper Henrik took the first set 21-13. Their German opponents upped their game in the second set and leveled the match with a 21-16 result which took the match to a third and deciding set. Kristof Hopp and Ingo Kindervat took the title for Germany by winning 21-18 in the deciding set and ended hopes of a Danish triple success.

There may have been some disappointment at the number of players who had withdrawn from the Victor Dutch International but there was still much to enjoy. Two wins and a final defeat would no doubt have the Danish team looking back at the event with much pleasure and give them confidence for later events.

With the jostling for positions and tournament points now at an end, the top badminton players can now settle into playing for real at the summer tournaments. The qualification battle has been exciting to watch but there is every hope that the actual events may be well worth looking forward to!

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