Danish pair beat world champs to top group (pic)

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Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

KUALA LUMPUR: Friday the 13th is usually unlucky, or so they say.

But it didn’t matter to Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

The tenacious Danes played a superb balanced game to rack up a 21-11, 16-21, 21-15 win over the world No. 1 from China.

It was their first win in five attempts and it earned them top spot in Group B.Denmark’s world No. 2 women’s pair of Christinna Pedersen-Kamilla Rytter Juhl. They were all smiles after finally getting the better of world champions Wang Xiaoli-Yu Yang for the first time.

“I thought we played really well. We had to play if we wanted to beat the world champions,” said Pedersen with a wide grin.

“This is a special win for us … beating the Chinese pair for the first time.

“I’m also hoping to be just as lucky in the mixed doubles … to go for my second world champion scalp,” added Pedersen, who will partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen against Indonesia’s Tontowi Ahmad-Liliyana Natsir.

More importantly, Xiaoli-Yu Yang are condemned to second spot in the group and could be drawn to face compatriots Ma Jin-Tang Jinhua in the semi-finals.

Ma Jin-Jinhua were in top form as they thrashed Japan’s Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi 21-12, 21-15 to top Group A.

Under the new format, group winners do not automatically face the other group’s runners-up. A redraw will be made, with the group winners avoiding one another.

This means Pedersen-Juhl could still meet Xiaoli-Yu Yang, three-time champions from 2010-2012.

“Yes, we could still face the Chinese pair but at least now we will know how to tackle them,” said Juhl.

“I believe this draw system is a lot fairer …the Chinese players will not be able to manipulate the draw so much.”

In other matches, South Korea’s Jang Ye-na-Kim So-young dumped Indonesia’s Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth-Rizki Amelia Pradipta of Indonesia 21-16, 21-16 to finish second in Group A.

In mixed doubles, Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei defeated England’s Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock 21-15, 21-17 in Group A.

That means Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying just need to avoid defeat against Indonesia’s Markis Kido-Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth in order to make the semi-finals.

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