Scottish Open Finals Day: Classy Christophersen Dances His Way to Victory

By RJ Mitchell

MADS CHRISTOPHERSEN has singled out his consistency as the key to his Scottish Open Men’s Singles victory.

The dancing Dane, who celebrated his 21-16, 21-14 victory over India’s Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian by throwing a few shapes John Travolta would have been proud of, negotiated all matches at the Emirates without dropping a set.

Now having added the Scottish Open to the Welsh Open he won in December our new champion said: “It’s good to be back on top by winning the Scottish Open and adding that to the Welsh. I feel like I have been very consistent throughout this tournament and I have not dropped a set in the Scottish and that is very pleasing.

“There were some tough guys I had to beat like (Jan) Louda (No.2 seed) and I felt like I controlled things well.

“In the final the consistency in my game, especially during the second set when there were periods I was struggling, was good and I just stuck with it and worked my way back into it to regain the momentum.”

In a battle of power versus stealth the Dane proved just to accurate for his Indian opponent and although Subramanian threatened to turn things around in the second set when he moved 11-9 clear Christophersen changed things up tactically.

Explaining this, the Scottish Open champion shared: “I felt I could stay in the defence and I was not so afraid of his hard attack so that made me more comfortable than if he’d had a big smash.

“Going deep to his forehand I just felt it was a safe shot in that moment, also to test his patience to see if he made mistakes, but really I felt he could not hurt me from there.

“So I felt secure when I was lifting but he did get stronger in the second set and it made me change things up again.

“But I felt strong when I needed to be.”

When it came to the origins of his dancing career there was also an interesting reveal from the champion: “I danced when I won as I had danced when my German team won the Bundesliga and they wanted to see me dance again!

“I hope the crowd liked it and it’s just something different and a bit of fun.”

One that went down very well with an appreciative audience.

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