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Denmark Open : Srikanth crashes out, Marin through to the semi-finals

Denmark OPen Srikanth Kidambi Chou Tien Chen quarterfinals
(Image Source: Twitter) Kidambi Srikanth to face Chou Tien Chen in the quarterfinals of Denmark Open 2020

Kidambi Srikanth was in a form not often seen before the lockdown. Srikanth surely played some phenomenal badminton against the second-seeded Chou Tien Chen in the quarter-final of the Danisa Denmark Open. The Indian took the first game in a nail-biting encounter ending 22-20. The game went neck-to-neck, keeping the viewers on the edge of their seat.

Chou outclasses Srikanth in the second game, winning it 21-13. Srikanth seemed out of rhythm and baffled to come up with answers. He kept up the pace until the mid-game interval, but Chou’s attack was too good and he stormed off with the game in no time.

The decider was a closely fought by both until the mid-game interval. Chou committed a few errors and Srikanth played some well-constructed rallies that fetched him a few points before Chou won the match 22-20, 13-21, 16-21.  Although Srikanth lost the match, his game spoke volumes. It did show he was capable of playing at the elite level in upcoming tournaments and beating the best.

Also, Read Denmark Open: Kidambi Srikanth advances to the quarterfinals, Lakshya Sen goes down fighting

Marin and Okuhara through to the Semi-finals

Carolina Marin Denmark Open
(Image Source: Twitter) Carolina Marin survived an American scare

The second and third seeds in the women’s singles category, Nozomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin respectively made it past the quarter-final hurdle. Okuhara had it easy, beating Julie Dawall Jakobsen in 29 minutes, 21-6, 21-12. The Spaniard, on the other hand, Survived a scare from the American, Beiwen Zhang. Zhang was retrieving shots well and gave Marin a tough time in the first game. She won it, Julie Dawall Jakobsen, in 29 minutes, 21-6, 21-12 without breaking much sweat. However, Marin found her rhythm and took away the second game 21-17. Zhang lost to Marin on fitness as she seemed to tire out in the third game. When Marin realised that she just played it calmly and took away the third game 21-14 in a match that lasted an hour and 3 minutes.

A Marin-Okuhara final is likely if they win their respective semi-final games.

Semi-final matches to watch out for:

  • Carolina Marin vs Yvonne Li (around 2:30 IST)
  • Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge vs Joel Eipe/Rasmus Kjaer (around 3:30 IST)
  • Gabriela/Stefani Stoeva vs Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (around 4:30 IST)
  • Rasmus Gemke vs Kenta Nishimoto(around 5:30 IST)
  • Nozomi Okuhara vs Michelle Li (around 6:30 IST)
  • Anders Antonsen vs Chou Tien Chen (around 7:30 IST)

The matches will be played on 17th October 2020. Live telecast begins at 1:30 PM IST on Star Sports Network, Hotstar and BWF TV.

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