KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 3 Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen are looking to end a dismal year by gunning for their fourth straight Super Series Finals title.
The veteran Danish pair were in top form as they tore apart South Koreans Ko Sung-hyun-Lee Yong-dae, who are competing in their last tournament as a pair, to win their Group B tie 21-16, 21-19.
Boe-Mogensen, buoyed by the win, are now looking forward to their second Group B match against Japan’s Hiroyuki Endo-Kenichi Hayakawa.
The Japanese also got off to a winning start, but not before being given a run for their money by compatriots Hirokatsu Hashimoto-Noriyasu Hirata. Endo-Hayakawa won 19-21, 21-19, 21-12.
“Well, we always play to win but there’s no pressure on us since we’ve already won this tournament before,” said the 33-year-old Boe.
“But we are really competitive and since we’ve tasted glory in the Super Series Finals, we always want to win again.
“We’ll just take it one match at a time ... we need to prepare well for our next opponents as the Japanese pair are very skilful.”
The 30-year-old Mogensen also said that it was nice to beat Sung-hyun-Yong-dae, although the Koreans have not played together for a long time.
“They’ve only been playing together since October but they still practise together and know each other well, which still makes them very dangerous opponents,” said Mogensen.
“They are still one of the best pairs in the world ... we have lots of respect for them and to beat them is a real bonus.”
On a separate note, Boe was also irked by the absence of a proper warm-up hall for the players.
“It is irritating because the best eight players in the world are here but our basic needs are not met. These are the things that must be done right,” said Boe.
“While it is a concern, let’s leave it at that and move on because this has been a great year for badminton.”
In a Group A match, South Korea’s Kim Ki-jung-Kim Sa-rang got off to a flying start by beating All-England champions Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan 23-21, 13-21, 21-18.
“I think we got our strategy wrong in the third game and we were unable to adapt,” said Zihan.
“Now, we’ll have to regroup and focus on our next opponents – Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia. They will be tough opponents on home ground.”