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Denmark and Germany live up to expectations

Denmark and Germany qualified for the European Men and Women’s Team Championships finals in Amsterdam on Saturday.

The Championships double up as qualifiers for the Thomas and Uber Cups Finals in Wuhan, China from May 20-27 and the top four men’s teams and top three women’s teams will all qualify automatically for the Finals.

Denmark continued their perfect record in the men’s tournament when they crushed England 3-0 in their semi-final tie. They had earlier defeated Poland by the same margin in the quarter-finals while also registering 5-0 sweeps of Sweden and Scotland in the group stages.

Denmark got their first point when England’s Rajiv Ouseph (above), retired injured after losing the first game 21-19 to Jan O Jorgensen.

Former world No. 1s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen then made it 2-0 when they defeated Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis 21-13, 21-13, before Hans-Kristian Vittinghus sealed the deal with a come-from-behind 13-21, 21-18, 21-18, victory over Carl Baxter.

Germany, inspired by Marc Zwiebler (left), clinched their place in the final with a 3-1 victory over Russia. Zwiebler had given the second seeds the lead with a 21-12, 22-20 victory over Ivan Sozonov.

Meanwhile, the Danish ladies showed they were still a force to be reckoned with when they hammered a strong Russian team 3-0 to confirm their place in the Uber Cup Finals.

After scrapping past Ukraine 3-2 in Friday’s quarter-finals, the Danes were in no mood for a repeat performance.

Former All England champion Tine Baun made up for her loss to Carolina Marin of Spain by trouncing Anastasia Prokopenko 21-9, 21-12, in only her second match of the Championships.

Malaysia Open winners Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl then made it 2-0 when they swept aside Anastasia Chervaykova-Nina Vislova 21-15, 21-16. Karina Jorgensen made it a clean sweep when she defeated Tatjana Bibik 24-22, 16-21, 21-16.

Holland got off to a brilliant start against Germany when Judith Meulendijks stunned Juliane Schenk 21-17, 21-19. However, that was as good as it got for the Dutch and Sandra Marinello-Birgit Michels (right), Olga Konon and Johanna Goliszewski-Schenk all won their matches in straight games to give Germany the win.

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