Did I write this? I must have been completely nuts!
I guess there must be something to this home advantage. All are playing very inspired, only Diehl was nervous in the first set and finally found her composure whilst Stolzenbach completely lost hers. Pang looked like he was wondering "what the bleep am I doing here anyway" ...
But let's not forget the SF will be vs Germany first:
MS Ivanov/Malkov vs Zwiebler
WS Diehl/Prok/Perm vs Schenk/Konon
MD Ivanov-Sozonov vs Kindervater-Schoettler
WD Sorokina-Vislova vs Goliszewski/Schenk-Michels
XD Ivanov/Sozonov-Sorokina vs Fuchs-Michels
Originally Posted by demolidor
While we're at it SF Denmark vs England
MS HKV/Axelsen vs Ouseph
WS Kjaersfeldt vs Walker
MD Boe-Mogensen vs Adcock-Ellis
WD Juhl-Pedersen vs Smith-White (Wallwork-White?)
XD Fischer-Pedersen vs Adcock/White? Langridge/Olver?
Lineups are posted already:
XD:Fischer-Pedersen vs Adcock/Wallwork MS: Axelsen vs Ouseph WS: Kjaersfeldt vs Walker MD:Boe-Mogensen vs Adcock-Ellis WD:Juhl-Pedersen vs Olver-Smith
I guess White must be injured or something(?) ...
XD: Sozonov-Sorokina vs Fuchs-Michels MS: Ivanov vs Zwiebler WS: Diehl vs Schenk MD: Ivanov-Sozonov vs Kindervater-Schoettler WD:Sorokina-Vislova vs Michels-Schenk
Yes the home factor certainly plays a part. Even the Danish coach said in the interview that he considered Russia to be the biggest challengers to Denmark because of a strong team and the advantage of playing at home. And just like it was no coincidence that Henri Hurskainen played the tournament of his life when the EC was held in...Sweden.
I think Ivanov will win in 2 sets over Marc Zwiebler, who struggled a lot today. Schenk will secure the 1st and only point for Germany, as Ivanov and Sozonov secures the win in MD.
But who knows... If Germany could steal a win in the very important 1st match, the XD, they might be able to upset Russia.