Semifinals summary: Crowd favorite Axelsen defeated – exciting games ahead tomorrowOctober 19, 2019 8:02
A nerve-wracking day at DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR is over. The arena was filled with amazing badminton from all the best players. Now we know all the finalist at the tournament.
The first match of the day was a nerve-wracking one between Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara. Compared to the quarterfinal yesterday, where the Olympic champion Carolina Marin defeated 17 years old An Se Young, it was World’s number four Japanese Nozomi Okuhara who was strongest today. Okuhara made it through to the final by winning 18-21, 21-12, 21-16. In the final she is going up against last years DENMARK OPEN winner and Worlds number one, Tai Tzu Ying.
Tai Tzu Ying went straight to the final, but it was only after one and a half set. Her opponent Chen Yu Fei had to leave the match after a bad accident where she wrecked her ancle. Tai Tzu Ying won the match 21-14, 14-11. This is what the Taiwanese said about the upcoming final:
– It’s going to be a difficult match. I imagine I’m going to run a lot, but I will fight to the end.
The two semifinals in the women’s doubles were to marathon games who both lasted more than an hour. In the end, it was Chen/Jia Yi Fan who beated Worlds number two Fukushima/Hirota and Baek/Jung who beated World’s number one Matsumoto/Nagahara. It was a big surprise that the Korean double, who is Worlds number 23, managed to beat World’s best Matsumoto/Nagahara.
In the mixed double category, we saw two superior Indonesians. Jordan/Oktavitanti smashed their Taiwanese opponents. It was tighter in the second semifinal where Wang/Huang took the last place in the final after winning 21-15, 15-21, 21-11.
Gideon/Sukamuljo went straight into the final after a comfortable 21-16, 21-11 victory against Taiwanese Lu/Yan.
The two last matches of the day were in the men’s singles category.
The World champion Japanese Kento Momota was facing Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto. The favorite from Japan was exceptional in the first set. Sugiarto put some pressure on Momota in the second set, but the World’s number one showed class and won the match 21-12, 21-19.
The crowd favorite Viktor Axelsen was going up against Chen Long. The Danish Viking has never been in a Denmark Open final. Chinese Chen Long has won the tournament four times. The crowd was cheering for Axelsen and he came out brilliantly in the first set and won 21-12.
Chen Long showed why he is one of the best players in the World in the second set where he made a stunning comeback and won the set 21-14. Axelsen took the lead in the third set, but Chen Long kept making comebacks. It was a thriller to the end but Chen Long showed an amazing coolness and won the third set 21-19 and sent out the Danish crowd favorite.
Of course, the Danish starplayer was disappointed efter the match.
– Many things went wrong in the last set. I think Chen Long played better than me. I made too many easy mistakes and took bad decisions. I’m happy that I’m back at this high level, but right now I’m extremely disappointed that I lost after such a close match, Viktor Axelsen said after the match.
The crowd in Odense have all the best ahead for all the finalist will go head to head tomorrow.