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Top seed Peter Gade-Christensen ended a nine-year jinx when he bagged his first title in Singapore by crushing compatriot Kenneth Jonassen 21-10, 21-14 in the final of the US$170,000 five-star Aviva Open Singapore badminton championships at the Indoor Stadium on Sunday.
After coming agonisingly close in the Finals in Jakarta two years ago, Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen believes that his team powered by old hands are back with greater passion and to take another shot at becoming the first European winners of the Thomas Cup.
Malaysia are not the only ones looking for potential world-beaters in badminton to replace their seniors. European badminton powerhouse Denmark are no different. And the top Danish player, Peter Gade-Christensen, is taking matters into his own hands.
Denmark's Peter Gade-Christensen believes he is fighting for the future of badminton, as well as to avenge last year's final defeat by Lin Dan, in the All-England Badminton Championships, which begin here today.
AFTER the migraine attack, no one gave Peter Gade-Christensen a ghost of a chance to win the Malaysian Open title but the Dane rose to the occasion yesterday to play one of the best matches of his career to emerge as the champion for the second time.
Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei did not disappoint the home fans when he survived a ferocious onslaught from Peter Gade-Christensen of Denmark to reach the men's singles final of the Malaysian Open at Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil yesterday.
The confidence and cool demeanour of Denmark's Peter-Gade Christensen and China's Lin Dan at the All-England badminton championships so far is sending shivers down the spine of their rivals in Birmingham.