Anders Antonsen clinched the Denmark Open title in a pulsating 74-minute contest against fellow countryman Rasmus Gemke 18-21, 21-19, 21-12 in a final that left both shuttlers barely able to walk out the court.
Anders Antonsen and Rasmus Gemke set up an all-Danish men’s singles final at the Denmark Open after both shuttlers recorded victories over their opponents in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Anders Antonsen took another step towards the Denmark Open final, but his victory over Jan O Jorgensen was probably his most difficult emotionally as he ended his team-mate’s career with a 21-12, 21-10 victory in the quarter-finals.
K.Srikanth and Chou Tien-chen, who are among favourites to clinch the Denmark Open men’s singles title, will meet for a place in the semi-finals after the Indian saw off Canada’s Jason Anthony 21-15, 21-14 to set-up the plum tie.
Top seeds Chou Tien-chen and Anders Antonsen both lived up to the billing at the Denmark Open with comfortable opening round victories in straight sets to book their places in the men's singles second round.
The much awaited Denmark Open kicked off without any glitch late Tuesday and Carolina Marin was one of the seeded shuttlers to stamp her authority in the opening round.
With defending champion Kento Momota and several top stars out of the picture, the Denmark Open, which begins on Tuesday, presents an opportunity for other men's singles shuttlers.
The Denmark Open was further deprived of quality participation after Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P. Kashyap withdrew from the Super 750 event, which is scheduled to begin on October 13th.
The Denmark Open was dealt a massive blow after two-time defending champion Kento Momota pulled out of the competition, along with 14 other Japanese shuttlers due to concerns over the Covid-19 situation in Europe.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) are confident they will make up for lost time next year, beginning with the Asian leg in Bangkok in January that will see three events played back-to-back to restart the stalled 2020 season.