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Denmark Open Finals: Okuhara clinches the title in 56 minutes of top-class badminton


The finals of Danisa Denmark Open at Odense took off with a thrilling men’s doubles match between Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England and Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia. It was a close match throughout. The Russians, owing to their physique and height had a great advantage on their attack. Ivanov rained smashes down the Englishmen. Chris and Marcus were really good at the net and put pressure with an attack from the frontcourt.  Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge triumphed 20-22, 21-17 and 21-18 in an hour and 14 minutes.

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Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge became the first English pair in 45 years to win the men’s doubles title at the Denmark Open. (Image Source: Twitter)

Women’s Doubles

It was a repeat of the world championships finals in the women’s doubles category.  World Champions Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara were up against compatriots Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota.

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Yuki and Sayaka were the only former winners of the Denmark Open playing the finals today. It was a comfortable win for the first seeds Sayaka and Yuki, 21-10. Tables turned in the second game with Mayu And Nagahra upping their ante. They took the second game 21-16.  The first seed came back in the decider, winning it 21-18, winning their second Denmark Open title.

Women’s Singles

In the most awaited women’s singles final, Nozomi Okuhara and Carolina Marin displayed some top-quality badminton. It was something missing for over 200 days now. In a match that lasted 56 minutes, Nozomi Okuhara outshined the Rio Olympic champion 21-19, 21-17. Okuhara was moving very well and doing what she does best, retrieving shots well and exploiting openings. Marin seemed impatient and wanting to finish rallies faster with her aggressive play. It did not work very well for her. In pursuit of playing precise shots, she made errors. The rallies were all high paced and high intensity with elite quality shots.

Nozomi Okuhara winner Denmark Open
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Mixed Doubles

It was a surprise winner in the mixed doubles category. The German pair of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich upset the second-seeded Chris and Gabrielle Adcock. The Germans had a historic win of a title of such prestige for the first time, after the battle of 50 minutes ending 18-21, 21-11 and 21-14.

Men’s Singles

The final match of the day was the men’s singles final, one, the home fans looked forward to the most. The 23-year-old Danes had assured their home country of a first men’s singles title since 2010. Jan O Jorgensen had last won it in that year.

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The opening game was a close encounter throughout. However, it was the lower-ranked Rasmus Gemke who took away the opening game 21-18 in 28 minutes. Antonsen took the lead in the mid-game interval of the second game 11-9. It went point-to-point again, with high pace and intense rallies with attack. But Antonsen had a marginal lead of about 2 points post the interval. Antonsen put some pressure on Gemke and kept up his lead despite lapsing for a bit. He won the game 21-19 after Gemke made errors.

In the third game, Antonsen leapt to take the lead and exploited body smashes to his advantage, leapt across the cot, attacking every shuttle. He went into the lead 11-6 to change sides. Antonsen kept widening the gap between the scores to 19-10, as Gemke barely had answers to his compatriot anymore.  Anders Antonsen won the match 18-21, 21-19 and 21-12 becoming the first Dane in 10 years, after Jan O Jorgensen to win the men’s singles title at home.

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