Wednesday, August 21, 2019
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTON PHOTO
Germans Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel blew open the third quarter of the men’s doubles draw, taking down fifth seeds Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe. With the two upsets ringing through the St. Jakobshalle Basel, it looked like a dangerous session for other favoured players.
However, there were no more mishaps for the seeds in the opening session, with Chou Tien Chen, Tai Tzu Ying, Pusarla V Sindhu and Beiwen Zhang easing into the third round.
Patience Pays Off
It was heavy going in the men’s doubles, with quick winners hard to come by as the shuttle played slow. If the Koreans were steadier than Gideon and Sukamuljo in the top quarter, the Germans showed the same virtues in the opposite half of the draw. Lamsfuss and Seidel got a lead and held it in the decider. The Japanese found their sharpness too late, coming to within a point of equalising, but the Germans showed great opportunism on their fourth match point, dashing to the net and grabbing the winner at 21-17 20-22 21-19.
“We just kept our focus. I was really tired as I had two tough matches yesterday, but it was just about keeping on fighting till the end,” said Lamsfuss.
“If you’re mentally ready for this, it’s quite good,” added Lamsfuss, speaking about the slow conditions. “And with this slower hall, we can play a lot of defence. We don’t have to rush so much, because we can just play high from close to the floor, so I like to play here.”
“I think the conditions are tough if you are the favourite, because you want to get the attack through but it’s difficult, because your opponent can defend well. It’s easier for the underdogs, because they’re ready to fight hard. But of course I think the World Championships are different, it’s most important tournament of the year and everyone wants to win so it’s more pressure for the top seeds.” – Marvin Seidel, after the German upset of fifth seeds Endo and Watanabe.