The clash between Axelsen and Chen Long
Axelsen beat compatriot Anders Antonsen 24-22, 21-12 for his first semi-final appearance after coming back from persistent back and leg pain since July this year while Chen Long beat Chou Tien Chen 21-17,21-17 in the quarter-finals. Viktor Axelsen missed the opportunity for a final spot in the tournament as he lost in three sets to Chen Long from China, who has previously won the tournament four times. Chen Long, who has won the tournament four times, won with digits 12-21, 21-14 and 21-19 in a third set, with Axelsen otherwise ahead of most of the time and forging a big lead. But Chinese Chen Long came again and pressed the Dane to the last. At the very end of the set, he got ahead and won the match. “It’s not good enough that I threw that lead. It’s so dissapointing” Victor said. Viktor Axelsen could have played the finals at the Denmark Open for the first time if he had won. Not since 2010 has a Danish men’s single won the Denmark Open. At that time Jan Ø. Jørgensen won. Instead, this year will be a blast between Chen Long and worlds best Kento Momota.
The world champion Momota and Sugiarto – who won?
Momota, the top seed and world number one, beat Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto 21-12, 21-19. Defending champion Kento Momota of Japan will face China’s Chen Long in the men’s singles final at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Denmark Open in Odense, after both came through their last-four encounters today. Chen has won five of his previous nine meetings with Momota, but lost when they last played each other in the semi-finals of the BWF China Open in September.
The action of Spanish women’s singles champion Carolina Marin and Japanese Okuhara
Carolina Marin failed to step into the final round because she got defeated by third seed from Japan, Nozomi Okuhara, with a score of 21-18, 12-21, 16-21. This match lasted a whole 75 minutes. In addition to stopping Marin at the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament, this defeat to Okuhara was also the first in the last three meetings. Overall, Okuhara narrowly won 7-6 over Marin.
Nozomi Okuhara immediately kicked off by winning five consecutive points to immediately make a distance with Carolina Marin at the beginning of the first game. Carolina Marin won the first game after a great come back with a minor percentage in mistakes made. Carolina Marin was able to equalize before finally being able to corner the number of Nozomi Okuhara with a score of 10-9. The Japanese representative was able to take control of the game by always leading in the acquisition of numbers to close the second interval with a score of 11-6. After the break, Nozomi Okuhara again added to the lead after the Carolina Marin dropshoot hit the net only. The challenge carried out by Carolina Marin did not produce results so the advantage increased for Nozomi Okuhara to 14-7. Without much difficulty, Nozomi Okuhara won the second game with a score of 21-12. Nozomi Okuhara made it to the 2019 Denmark Open final after winning the third game with a score of 21-16.
Tai, meanwhile, was leading 21-14, 14-11 when her opponent, second-seeded Chinese Chen Yu Fei, retired from an ankle twist.
The Minions will meet the Daddies in the finals
Unmitigated, the opponent defeated by Mohammad Ahsan / Hendra Setiawan was last year’s Danish Open runner-up, Takeshi Kamura / Keigo Sonoda. The Japanese representative was defeated by Ahsan / Hendra through a game of three games with a score of 21-19, 19-21, 21-15. In the final match, the duet nicknamed The Daddies will meet fellow countryman who is also the defending champion of the Denmark Open, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. With this result as well, Indonesia certainly has three representatives in the final round and won one title.
Kamura / Sonoda then reached the game point at 20-16, but Ahsan / Hendra still hadn’t given up. They managed to save three game points from Kamura / Sonoda to change the score to 19-20. However, not yet equalizing the score and forcing the setting point to occur, Kamura / Sonoda had already reached the point of victory. When leading the score 19-11, Ahsan / Hendra suddenly lost focus. As a result, Kamura / Sonoda scored four consecutive points to change the score to 15-19. Do not want to repeat the mistake, Ahsan / Hendra immediately returned to focus their competition. The Daddies won the second game as well as the match after picking the last two points in a row.
Womens doubles in the final
Korea has another women’s doubles partnership to rival the dominance of Japan and China with Baek Ha Na and the experienced Jung Kyung Eun winning through to their first major final together on the HSBC BWF World Tour. They used the fast speed of the shuttle to their advantage as they threw Japanese world champions and top seeds Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara off their game. The final score reading 19-21 21-12 21-15. Jung, who has made two previous finals at the DANISA Denmark Open with former partner Shin Seung Chan, including victory in 2015, said it was great to be back in Odense and playing well. “Something fits well with me here in Denmark. The atmosphere is great and I think we can play well in the final, too.” Baek added: “After the first game, we relaxed and focused more on playing our game and not about the result. Jung was really aggressive in the second and third and forced the Japanese players into a lot of mistakes.” They now play All England and China Open champions Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan in the final.
The Chinese pair have been in the wars this week with Jia revealing post-match she had taken a blow to the knee at 7-7 in the third and Chen was nursing the flu.“It was a really tough match particularly with my partner Chen being sick. I was also hit on the side of the knee but I should be ok. So yes, there were some difficulties throughout but we were able to fight and we are quite proud of that.”
Victory in the mixed doubles
The Denmark Open badminton tournament became even more exciting when Praveen Jordan / Melati Daeva Oktavianti made it through to the finals of the 2019 Denmark Open. The Indonesian mixed doubles successfully defeated a pair from Taiwan Wang Chi-Lin / Cheng Chi Ya 21-12 and 21-12. In the first game, Praveen / Melati didn’t have much trouble facing Wang / Cheng. The sixth seeded badminton athlete in the tournament also won 21-12 over the opponent. Entering the second set, Wang / Cheng gave fierce resistance. Several times Praveen / Melati keteteran face the opponent’s game that began to press. One after another points in the second game. However, Praveen / Melati began to control the game and managed to conquer Wang / Chen with a 21-12 victory, just like the first game. Praveen / Melati goes to the final and will face Huang Dongping and Wang Yilyu tomorrow.
Get an overview of all the matches here