Ironically, however, the two made trip to Germany shortly after what could be considered their only frustrating result so far in 2023, a fifth-place finish at the European Championship, which kept them out of the podium at the continental event for the first time in their careers.
The Olympic champions have been in great form in Hamburg this week and that continued on Saturday, when they overcame Germans Paul Henning and Sven Winter in straight sets (21-14, 21-14) in the quarterfinals.
“We’re super hungry to fight back and show our best level here in Hamburg,” Mol said. “Last year I was sick and couldn’t play here, which was a big shame because it’s a great event and we have some great memories at the Am Rothenbaum. It’s great to be back and we’re very happy to be in the semifinals again.”
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To Nicolai and Cottafava, on the other hand, the semifinal appearance in Hamburg is the first for the two in an Elite16 event this season. The Italians started the season with inconsistent results, but are now in what’s arguably their best moment in 2023, having won bronze at the Edmonton Challenge and finished fourth at the European Championship within the last month.