Carolina Marin eases her way into maiden Denmark Open final

The reigning Olympic champion registered a comfortable win for her maiden Denmark Open final where she will take on Nozomi Okuhara for the title.

By Naveen Peter ·

Olympic champion Carolina Marin made it to her first Denmark Open Super 750 event final with a 21-17, 21-11 win over Germany’s Yvonne Li.

In a match that lasted for just over 30-minute mark, the three-time world champion was in her element as she barely put a foot wrong to finally make it to the final in Denmark after three prior semi-final appearances.

"I don't care about the score, but I do care about the feeling today being back on court. I followed my game plan in every point,” Carolina Marin said.

"Perhaps in the final game I felt more relaxed, and I made some mistakes for Yvonne to take advantage of. I really focused on the second game,” the Spaniard reflected.

Marin will take on the former world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan who registered a dominant 21-10, 21-7 win over Canada’s Michelle Li to make her way into the final.

Nozomi Okuhara of Japan registered a comfortable win over Canada’s Michelle Li in the semi-final of Denmark Open. Photo: Badmintonphoto - Courtesy of BWF

Starting on the attacking front, Carolina Marin didn’t let her foot off the pedal as she dominated the opening game. Quick to race to an 11-6 lead at the mid-game interval, the Spanish ace kept her opponent guessing with her powerful strokes and smart court play.

Though Yvonne Li, a two-time German national champion, did her best to close the gap post the break, Carolina Marin remained in control as she wrapped up the game without much trouble. 

The German was quick to get off the blocks in the second game. With her drop shots drawing Carolina Marin to the net, Yvonne Li created enough openings to score a few quick points. But the Spaniard replied quickly to pocket seven straight points to take an 11-6 lead at the mid-game interval. 

From there on, it was all about maintaining her lead, which Carolina Marin did with ease to make her way into Sunday’s final.

The final, however, will be a close one given the way Nozomi Okuhara raced her way to a straight-games win in her semi-finals tie.

Beginning on a confident note, the Japanese shuttler toyed with Michelle Li, using her guile and the repertoire of shots to win points at will.

As the match progressed, Nozomi Okuhara looked threatening. She didn’t give her opponent any room to create an opening and sealed the match.

Antonsen vs Gemke in Denmark Open final

The men’s half will see an all-Danish clash with Rasmus Gemke taking on the reigning European champion and compatriot Anders Antonsen for the Denmark Open title.

Rasmus Gemke beat sixth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 21-14, 21-17 while Anders Antonsen got the better of a high-flying Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-17, 21-15

The women’s doubles, meanwhile, will be a repeat of the 2019 world championships final with an all-Japanese tie in the offing.

The world No. 2 women’s doubles pair of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan made it to another final of the season with a convincing 21-18, 21-6 win over Denmark’s Christine Busch and Amalie Schulz.

They will face the reigning world champions and compatriots Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan, who beat Bulgaria’s Stoeva sisters — Gabriela and Stefani 21-17, 21-8.

Among men, the Rio Olympics bronze medallist Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England will be eyeing their first BWF Tour title of the season when they take on former All England Open champions Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia.

Denmark Open 2020 semi-final results

Men

Singles: Rasmus Gemke (DEN) bt Kenta Nishimoto (JPN) 21-14, 21-17; Anders Antonsen (DEN) bt Chou Tien Chen (TPE) 21-17, 21-15.

Doubles: Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge (ENG) bt Joel Eipe/Rasmus Kjær (DEN) 22-20, 21-16; Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov (RUS) bt Ben lane/Sean Vendy (ENG) 21-15, 18-21, 21-14

Women

Singles: Carolina Marin (ESP) bt Yvonne Li (Ger) 21-17, 21-11; Nozomi Okuhara (JPN) bt Michelle Li (CAN) 21-10, 21-7.

Doubles: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN) bt Christine Busch/Amalie Schulz (DEN) 21-18, 21-6; Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (JPN) bt Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva (BUL) 21-17, 21-8.

Mixed doubles: Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock (ENG) bt Julien Maio/Lea Palermo (FRA) 21-12, 22-20/ Mark Lamsfuss/ Isabel Herttrich (GER) bt Marcus Ellis/ Lauren Smith (ENG) 21-18, 21-18.