PETALING JAYA: Germany finally ended their 49-year wait for the mixed doubles title in the Denmark Open after Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich beat England’s Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock 18-21, 21-11, 21-14 in the final.
Their predecessors Wolfgang Bochow and Marieluise Wackerow won the same title way back in 1971.
Earlier, the world No. 17 ousted England’s Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith – en route to becoming only the second German winners in the tournament’s history.
And Lamsfuss and Herttrich have vowed not to rest on their laurels as they set their sights firmly on repeating their success in the future championships with a stronger field.
The Odense meet featured a lacklustre field with nine of the world’s top 10 pairs from Asia giving the meet a miss because of Covid-19 concerns.
World No. 9 Ellis-Smith were the only top 10 pair in the fray.
Lamsfuss said they have got to beat the Asian heavyweights in order to become the best.
“No, definitely not,” Lamsfuss responded when the pair were asked if the victory ‘can’t get much better than that’ in an interview with Badminton Europe.
“In the future, we have some other pairs from Asia as well. Of course we’re happy, but we need to step up against these really good Asian pairs.”
Lamsfuss-Herttrich, who won the 2018 Swiss Open for their other World Tour title, have a poor record against top Asian rivals.
Of the current world top 10 pairs, they had only beaten Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva Oktavianti, the world No. 4, in the opening round of Indonesian Open last year.
Lamsfuss-Herttrich have lost a combined total of five times against Malaysia’s world No. 7 Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying and No. 12 Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie.
They did, however, won against world No. 11 Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing in the last 16 of the Japan Open last year.