Denmark’s Peter Hoeg Gade had to work extra hard to pass Men’s Singles first round test when he defeated Brice Leverdez of France in a tough fashion at the India Open Super Series 2012 on Wednesday, April 25, in India.
The World Number 4 Peter Gade, who is the second seed in the India Open, managed to win against the in-form Leverdez in a rubber-set game that took 70 minutes of top quality badminton from both contestants.
Peter Gade started it well and took the opening set easily but lost the second game with a tight score.
However, the second seeded Danish took the final set with a convincing margin and advanced into the next stage.
On the other hand, Leverdez delivered a gutsy performance against his higher ranked Danish opponent but failed to play well in the deciding game and lost the encounter with a decent margin.
In the opening set, it was Peter Gade who sailed smoothly by playing remarkable game. He was on a different level and did not let his opponent to find a good flow at any stage in the game.
Until the break, Peter Gade took a sensational lead of 11-6 on the board.
After the interval, the second seeded Danish continued his inspiring performance in the game and won the opening set with a terrific margin of 21-11.
In the second game, Leverdez changed his style of play as he became aggressive and pushed his rival on the back foot by playing well at net. Until the break, both shuttlers were toe-to-toe on the board.
After the break, Peter Gade tried to dominate the pace but his French opponent was quicker this time. The Danish shuttler lost the game with a tight score of 19-21.
In the deciding set, Peter Gade changed his tactics and played with precision by keeping the bird low at net.
He was in superb control and maintained his upper hand over his lower ranked French opponent until the break.
After the interval, the Danish remained on track without facing any problem and took the set with a 21-12 score on the board.
Peter Gade won this thrilling battle in three games with an interesting margin of 21-11, 19-21 and 21-12.