Yesterday was almost Jan O Jorgensen’s last international match. The match against youngster Toma Junior Popov was a testament to what badminton meant for Jorgensen.
Jorgensen won the match 21-16, 10-21, 21-14. The match had everything, drama, excitement, great rallies and emotions.
After the Dane lost the second game to the Frenchman, it was a scare for the Danish fans as it might be the last time they were seeing Jorgensen play on the international stage.
Told his coach he couldn’t do it.
During the second game mid-game interval, according to BWF commentator Steen Pedersen, Jorgensen told his coach Kenneth Jonassen that if the match went the full distance, he might not have the energy to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
But in the third game, Jorgensen found his rhythm and his experience was shown through and through against young Popov.
In the post-match interview with Sport tv2, Jorgensen said, “It’s crazy. I struggled a bit with the passionate will to win, which has been natural to me as long as I could remember. It is wild to suddenly miss this desire.”
On the other hand, Hans Kristian Vittinghus also has a minor scare in his match against youngster Lakshya Sen of India.
Vittinghus won the match 15-21, 21-7, 21-17.
“Lakshya, are you okay?”
Young Lakshya Sen looked to sail through the first game with a score of 15-21, which gave the home crowd a sigh. But in the second game, he started to look really shaky and seemed like there was no game plan to approach the new game.
When he trailed 3-18 in the second game, the umpire of the match Fabio Betto said, “Lakshya, are you okay? You have to do your best.”
Jim Laugesen said this comment from the umpire was one of the strangest things he had ever seen in a match.
Vittinghus agreed to this “strange” comment and said, “I think it was something strange. But he did it in the best respect to be ready for the third set…It was clear to everyone (including the umpire) that Lakshya was not doing his best there. He did not do everything he could.”
Vittinghus denied any match-fixing related ideas and said the match was not something that was fixed between him and the young Indian.
“Of course, there should be money involved, but I can promise that there was not.”