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Marie Roepke takes after legendary mum, Lene Koppen, who won the women’s title in the inaugural world championships in 1977.
ODENSE (Denmark): Being the daughter of the first women’s singles world champion Lene Koppen is no pressure for Denmark’s Marie Roepke.
Koppen won the women’s title in the inaugural world championships in 1977, as well as the mixed doubles title with Steen Skovgaard the same year.
She has long retired but her daughter – doubles shuttler Roepke is still happy to carry on the family tradition.
“Well she’s still pretty well known among the Danes and everyone knows her,” said the 26-year-old Roepke.
“I would go around and people will know me because of her.
“But although she was a great player, she was never involved in my badminton career … she leaves that all to the coaches. To me, she’s just my mother.
“And I certainly can’t compare myself with her because she has achieved so much more.
“Plus, I never really got into singles … I was better at doubles and that’s how it is now.”
Roepke, alongside partner Line Damkjaer Kruse certainly gave the home crowd much to cheer about at the Denmark Open with a rousing performance to beat sixth seeds Ma Jin-Zhong Qianxin of China 22-20, 16-21, 21-15 in the second round.
It was certainly a welcomed performance for the second ranked Danes – currently No. 49 in the world but once as high as No. 14, as there is a lack of quality Danish players coming through.
They will face fellow Danes and favourites Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl in the quarter-finals.
“I wouldn’t say it was our best performance … I’ve had better, but it certainly ranks among the top three,” said Roepke.
“It’s fun to play with the Chinese because they are just so good.
“They change their partnerships a lot but at the end of the day they’re still good and it was nice to beat them.
“It’s also good for our partnership because we split last May and only got back together earlier this year as we certainly need the ranking points,” added Roepke.
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