The old adage goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but when you’re 37 years old and continuing to win Superseries titles, the old tricks will certainly do very nicely.
That’s certainly how Mathias Boe has been feeling anyway, with the Dane winning his 16th Superseries title in Korea last week – showing once and for all that age is just a number.
Seeded as tournament favourites, it was no surprise to see he and partner Carsten Mogensen atop the podium, defeating second seed Indonesians Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in a 62-minute epic.
With victory came a third title for the Danish pair, following up their success from 2014 and 2009 – becoming the first men’s doubles duo to win the competition three times.
And with this their second Superseries title of the year after Singapore Open success, the question now becomes how many more Boe can claim.
With a combined age of 71, Boe and Mogensen did the damage against the Indonesian team offering plenty of talent as well as youth, sitting in their 20s in stark contrast to the opposite side of the net.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Korean singles champions PV Sindhu and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting are aged just 22 and 20 respectively in what is perceived to be a younger players’ game.
But Boe in particular has thrown that idea out of the water, with the London 2012 silver medallist and double world medallist continuing to show talent in abundance.
Not only that, longevity within matches is also continuing to shine at its very best, with three of his five matches in Korea lasting longer than 50 minutes, including two three-game epics in the semi-final and final each taking more than an hour.
But the two aren’t done there either, returning straight to the court for the Japan Open this week, overcoming England's Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge in their tournament opener.
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