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Denmark Open: Marin storms into the finals

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(Image Source: Twitter) Denmark Open 2020

The semi-final matches of Danisa Denmark Open 2020 started at 2 PM local time at Odense.

The first seeded women’s doubles pair of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan booked their berth at the finals of the Denmark Open 2020. They comfortable edged past Christine Busch and Amalie Schulz 21-18 21-6 in 37 minutes.

Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota
(Image source: Twitter) Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota

In the second match of the day, Olympic Champion Carolina Marin stormed into her first-ever Denmark Open final. Yvonne Li of Germany was completely outclassed by the Spaniard in 34 minutes 21-17, 21-11. Carolina Marin has never won the Denmark Open. Will she be able to do this time? We’ll know tomorrow!

Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England beat the Danish youngsters Joel Eipe and Rasmus Kjaer 22-20, 21-16 in 51 minutes. The Danes had created a major user when they beat senior compatriots and home favourite for the title, Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen.

Mayu and Nagahara were in great form. They beat the Stoeva sisters 21-17 in the first game. The second game did no have the Stoeva sisters having many options to play. The Japanse had taken a huge lead of 10-5. The Bulgarian sisters struggled to change their tactics and counter the Japanese. The Japanese kept winning rallies with attacks and creating openings, which the Bulgarians failed to do. The Japanese just did not let any shuttle drop on their side of their court. They won the second game 21-8.

The 23-year old Dane Rasmus Gemke put up a brilliant performance at his home ground. The Japanese Kenta Nishimoto had not much in his armoury to beat the young Dane. Gemke started well taking a 6-3 lead. He mixed deception well with attack and pace. His shots were precise and well placed. Nishimoto was struggling to innovate and seemed slower. His body language showed signs of fatigue and disappointment with the way the was playing.  Rasmus won the first game 21-14.

Rasmus Gemke Denmark
(Image Source: Twitter) Rasmus Gemke

Nishimoto played better in the second game, playing some precise shots, constructing rallies and capitalising on Gemke’s gave weak returns. But it was already too late into the second game when Kenta seemed to have found his rhythm. Gemke won the second game 21-17. He ended Denmark’s 10-year long wait to see a Danish in the finals of the men’s singles event of the Danisa Denmark Open. It was 10 years ago when Jan O Jorgensen, the Danish who played the last match of his career yesterday, had won the Denmark Open title.

It was Nozomi Okuhara’s second straight semi-final at Denmark Open and Michelle li’s first semi-final at Denmark. Okuhara is known to be one of the fastest players, best retrievers with a rock-solid defence in the women’s singles category despite her short stature. Michelle Li struggled to keep up the pace with the Japanese. The first game was an easy win for the Nozomi 21-10. The second game was similar, Michelle li had no answers to confident Okuhara. The Japanese thumped the Canadian 21-10, 21-7.

With both Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara in sizzling form, the women’s singles final is surely going to be exciting.

Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov defeated Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in 57 minutes 21-15, 18-21, 21-14. The English mixed doubles pair of Chris and Gabby Adcock edged past France’s Julien Maio and Lea Palermo 21-12, 22-20.

The match between the 2nd seed Chou Tien Chen and 3rd seed Anders Antonsen was phenomenal. The opening game was closely contested, both players working hard and making each other work. Unforced errors were few. The whipping sound of racquets filled the stadium. Anders broke into the lead with 5 straight points to 17-13. Chou then managed to pick up a few points. Anders stormed ahead to 20-16. He converted on the second opportunity with a perfect down the line straight smash to Chou’s forehand.

Antonsen gained a considerable lead of 10-4 with a few errors from Chen and some good net-play. The net was a weak area of Chen and Anders used it to his full advantage. The Dane was in complete control of the second game. He had an amazing defence to today, maintaining a low centre of gravity, despite being a tall athlete. Antonsen closed the second game 21-15.

It is the first time in 12 years that it will be an All Denmark affair in the men’s singles final.

England’s Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith attempt to make their first Denmark Open final today.

Here are the matches of the finals to be played on 18th October 2020, Sunday, 3:30 PM IST onwards

  • Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge vs Vladimir Ivanov/ Ivan Sozonov
  • Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota vs Mayu Matsumoto/ Wakana Nagahara
  • Carolina Marin vs Nozomi Okuhara
  • Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock vs (Yet to be confirmed)
  • Rasmus Gemke vs Anders Antonsen
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