The 2013 Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold was an exciting tournament with ten YONEX players advancing to the final and taking four titles home. The winners are Nichaon Jindapon (VT70) of women’s singles, Mads Pieler Kolding (ARC11) of men’s doubles, Eefje Muskens (VT70) of women’s doubles and Michael Fuchs (VT80)/Birgit Michels (NR700FX) of mixed doubles.
Nichaon, a 22-year-old Thai player, took her first Grand Prix title at YONEX Canada Open 2013 in July. Throughout the tournament in Saarbrücke she exhibited her steady performance and didn’t lose any sets. Now capturing her first Grand Prix Gold title she defeated Linda Zetchiri with 21-13, 21-13 in the final.
The London Grand Prix Gold winners and No. 1 seed Michael/Birgit faced No. 2 seed English duo Chris Adcock (VTZF)/Gabrielle White (VT80) in the final. The German duo controlled the game resulting in their opponents making more mistakes. They won the title with a score of 21-19, 21-15.
In the quarterfinalists at the YONEX OPEN JAPAN 2013 in September, Mads Pieler, defeated fellow Danish players Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Kim Astrup Sorensen by 21-11, 21-16 to take the title.
In the women’s doubles, Netherlands player Eefje and her partner Selena Piek defeated No. 1 seed Johanna Goliszewski (NR800)/Birgit Michels in the quarterfinal, 21-18, 21-17. Showing a solid performance throughout this event they won the final against Malaysian players Ng Hui Ern (VT80)/Ng Hui Lin (TI10), 22-20, 21-15.
YONEX GmbH (Deutschland) produced a cool video for a badminton promotion featuring Marc Zwiebler (ARC11), who became runner-up at the Bitburger Open and Birgit. Take a look from the video below to see for yourself.
Tournament Results – Finals
Chou Tien Chen (TPE) def. Marc Zwiebler (ARC11)(GER) 13-21, 21-18, 21-15
Nichaon Jindapon (VT70)(THA) def. Linda Zetchiri (BUL) 21-13, 21-13
Mads Pieler Kolding (ARC11)/Mads Conrad-Petersen (DEN) def. Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Kim Astrup Sorensen (DEN) 21-11, 21-16
Eefje Muskens (VT70)/Selena Piek (NED) def. Ng Hui Ern (VT80)/Ng Hui Lin (TI10)(MAS) 22-20, 21-15
Michael Fuchs (VT80)/Birgit Michels (NR700FX) def. Chris Adcock (VTZF)/Gabrielle White (VT80) (ENG) 21-19, 21-15
Jindapon's image is from the All England 2013.
The image of Fuchs & Michels is from London GPG 2013.
Kolding's image is from the Denmark Open 2013.