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Pedersen primed for place in badminton history

Danish shuttle star Christinna Pedersen is on the cusp of reaching a landmark 40th BWF World Superseries final - and it could come as soon as next week if she reaches the summit of the DANISA Denmark Open.

The feat would be made all the more special given that Pedersen will be playing on home soil and the Dane certainly has form, emerging victorious an incredible 18 times in the 38 finals she has played so far.

Pedersen has chalked up all these appearances in just nine years, first making it to a gold-medal match in the mixed doubles at the 2008 edition of the Denmark Open.

Competing in both mixed and women’s doubles, the 31-year-old has made it to BWF World Superseries finals in 12 countries across three continents.

But there is no place like home and that first final nine years ago was an all-Danish affair as Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen took on Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

Two years later, Pedersen and Juhl would begin a formidable doubles partnership, but this time they were on opposite sides of the net as Fischer Nielsen and his partner took gold in a dominant 21-14 21-17 win.

The Danish mixed doubles duo qualified for the BWF World Superseries Finals for the first time the following year after a stellar run of form.

They faced plenty of experience in Indian Commonwealth medallists Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta, but still managed to claim the crown.

After she teamed up with Juhl, reaching finals became something of a routine for Pedersen and nowhere was this more evident than at the 2012 BWF World Superseries Finals, where she played in both the mixed doubles and women’s doubles competitions.

The six-time European champion was victorious with Fischer Nielsen once more, but fell just short in the women’s doubles against two-time world champions Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli.

Though she has long been established on the BWF World Superseries stage, Pedersen’s success at the YONEX All England only came to fruition last year, when she and Fischer Nielsen made it to the final of the tournament for the first time.

They faced Indonesian shuttlers Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto and were forced to settle for silver after losing 12-21 17-21.

Pedersen followed this up with another final in 2017, this time with Juhl, and again occupied the second step on the podium after an 18-21 13-21 defeat to Chang Ye-na and Lee So-hee.

But this month, the two-time Olympic medallist lines up with Juhl in the women’s doubles and Mathias Christiansen in the mixed doubles at the DANISA Denmark Open, giving her two chances to reach that historic 40th final.