Wengberg scoops home win in Borlange
After the premature departure of top seed Thomas Johansson from the Ericsson Swedish Open in Borlange, Rasmus Wengberg knew the hopes of the home nation were resting on him. Wengberg did not let the Swedish fans down, seeing off fellow seeds Bonnsak Polsana and Dicky Palyama en-route to the final. Faced with the unseeded Korean Lee Hyun II for the title, Wengberg always looked the likely winner, and took the title 15/12, 15/11, ending the tournament without conceding a single game. Hope of a "singles double" for Sweden were dashed by Japan's Kanako Yonekura, top seed in the event and on good form after her success in the Korea Open earlier this year. She trounced third seed Marina Andrievskaya in the semis 11/7, 11/1 and then went on to face second favourite Sujitra Ekmongkolpaisarn of Thailand, for the title. In an epic clash, the Korean eventually emerged victorious, but not after she was pushed to the limit by Ekmongkolpaisarn - final score 11/9, 10/13, 13/10. Better luck for Thailand in the Men's Doubles. With the early exit of the top two seeds, Axelsson and Jonsson of Sweden and Lamp and Blackburn of Australia, this paved the way for a third and fourth seed final. Thailand's Kitikul and Sudhisodi and Denmark's Rasmussen and Lamp contested the final, after both pairs came through tough semi-final matches. However, it was the Thai pair who were the stronger, taking the title in straight games, 15/8, 15/11. A successful tournament for Denmark's Jane Bramsen - she contributed to two doubles titles. In the Women's Doubles with partner Pernille Harder she faced tough Japanese opposition from Yoshiko Iwata and Haruko Matsuda. A closely-fought two games saw the Danes come out on top, 15/12, 17/15. An all-Scandinavian final saw Bramsen and Jonas Rasmussen take on second seeds Fredrik Bergstrom and Jenny Karlsson. After an energy-sapping semi-final bout with Denmark's Lamp and Harder, the Swedish pair had little left to give, and Bramsen and Rasmussen were the champions in straight games, 15/6, 17/14.