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Rasmus Gemke’s heroic fight not enough against the quality of Kento Momota

October 18, 2019 11:51 Published by

 

Rasmus Gemke wasn’t successful in killing off another giant at DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR. The dane pushed the world champion in an ecstatic match, but wasn’t able to advance to the semifinals.  

 

In a very entertaining match the world champion managed to defeat the Danish hope Rasmus Gemke. The atmosphere in the arena was more than electric, but it wasn’t enough for the 22-yeard old Dane. In the two players’ second ever meeting between, the left-handed Japanese won in a thrillingly, 21-14, 21-23, 21-14.

After the match Rasmus Gemke explained that is was one of the hardest matches he has ever played.

– I’m tired. I was very close to my limit physically. Especially my hip caused me problems, he said after the match.

You can follow all the results from DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR here

Momota played with a lot of quality from the start of the match, but Gemke succeeded in following the speed of the Japanese in the early exchanges. Both of them were patient which resulted in a lot of long points.

However, the quality of the world number one proved too much at times in the first game. Gemke started to have too many unforced errors and the Japanese superstar pulled away and won the first game comfortably.

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Both players played well in the second game. Momota started to pull away, but a spell of good points from Gemke brought him back in the game. At one point the young Dane won six out of seven points. The Dane never stopped fighting, and succeeded in finding an answer against Momota’s impressive offensive. He managed to win the second game to the delight of the Danish crowd.

– I was very focused. It was a really an important moment. I had to be ready for the next point, Gemke explained about his game winning moment.

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Gemke started the third game very well and got an early 4-1 lead. At times, it even seemed to frustrate the world champion. However, Momota proved why he is the world number one and closed out the match in impressive fashion. The two players walked out to a standing ovation from the whole crowd.

Despite the loss, Rasmus Gemke was proud of his effort in the tournament and will indeed take a lot of positives with him.

– It gives me faith in that I can compete with the very best players in the world, Gemke told after the match.

Momota faces Tommy Sugiarto in the semifinals.

Watch the entire schedule for all the semifinals right here