Canada Open: New Partnership Continues to Blossom

Three tournaments, three finals. Jesper Toft and Amalie Magelund’s dream start as a pair continued as they made their third straight final since coming together last month.

After winning the FZ FORZA Nantes International Challenge 2024, they made the final of the YONEX US Open last week, finishing runners-up, and now they are in the hunt for yet another title as they dismantled Chinese Taipei’s Chen Cheng Kuan/Hsu Yin-Hui 21-19 21-14.

“I’m out of words right now,” said Toft, whose earlier partnership with Clara Greversen took them to No.34. “A final again, we were also in the final of the US Open. Right now it’s difficult to find words to describe it. When we got the first game we said to each other, let’s just breathe, try to get a feeling of being relaxed. If you’re nervous it’s hard to play the right shots.

Jesper Toft and Amalie Magelund

“We’ve worked for this for a long time back home and now we’re our here and getting the wins… so many positive things to say about Amalie.”

His partner chipped in – “It’s our third tournament, so it’s pretty new, but I feel every match we improve our game and our communication and we keep getting better and better. So it’s amazing to get all these wins at the start of this partnership.”

They will however expect a difficult final, against compatriots Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra BØje, who too overcame Chinese Taipei opponents. The top seeds had an easy opening game against Ming Che Lu/Hung En-Tzu but found it harder in the second: 21-4 21-15.

“We played well today especially in the first,” said Christiansen. “We struggled a bit in the second but we had a three-four point lead all the way. We’ve played three good matches here, but tomorrow we play our colleagues so it’s a bit different because we know each other so well.”

Good Day for Denmark

» Denmark had a good day, with Line Højmark Kjaersfeldt outlasting Nozomi Okuhara and defending champions Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen making their fourth final of the year.

» Kjaersfelt will take on Busanan Ongbamrungphan, who beat home hope Beiwen Zhang, while Astrup/Rasmussen are up against Ben Lane/Sean Vendy.

Alex Lanier

» The men’s singles final will pit 2022 champion Alex Lanier against sixth seed Koki Watanabe, while the women’s doubles will feature US Open champions Rin Iwanaga/Kie Nakanishi against Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Yin-Hui/Lin Jhih Yun.

What They Said

“I felt I needed to be strong on court and maybe he was a bit tired after yesterday’s match, so I knew it’s going to be hard but I needed to be calm and just show him that he has no chance to win easy.” – Alex Lanier, after beating Priyanshu Rajawat.

“It’s OK if you’ve lost one game but it’s how you perform after that. This is a huge victory in terms of getting back to the level we want to perform after a really bad start.” – Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

“I really believed in myself. I had a shaky start and didn’t feel I had a good touch, but I just worked my way into the match and I felt she got a bit insecure and I tried to push on from there.” – Line Kjaersfeldt, after beating Nozomi Okuhara for the first time in eight matches.

“It was a lot about ourselves. We know that when we are playing our best, moving fast, playing control, we showed that today and we played one of our best games. Danish pair (Astrup/Rasmussen) have been on good form last year, but we showed our level is up there, and we can compete with any pair in the world.” – Sean Vendy

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