Carolina Marin to Play Nozomi Okuhara in Denmark Open Final

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Carolina Marin to meet Nozomi Okuhara for the 16th-time in the Demark Open final. (photo: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)
Carolina Marin to meet Nozomi Okuhara for the 16th-time in the Demark Open final. (photo: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

Odense: The 16th career meeting between World No. 6 Carolina Marin and World No. 4 Nozomi Okuhara has come true, generating big anticipation among badminton fans worldwide and creating the perfect climax to the Denmark Open final on Sunday.

The No. 2 seed Marin overpowered Yvonne Li of Germany 21-17, 21-11 in the semi-final in just 34 minutes.

“I started to get my feeling back on the court. I was following my game plan, even though I made some mistakes in the second set,” said Marin.

Despite her dominance in European badminton, Marin has never won the Denmark Open. She will take on No. 2 seed Nozomi Okuhara on Sunday.

Another women’s singles semi-final saw Okuhara squeezed through with a 21-10, 21-7 win against 4th-seeded Michelle Li of Canada.

Nozomi Okuhara in action at Denmark Open. (photo: scanpix, AP)
Nozomi Okuhara in action at Denmark Open. (photo: scanpix, AP)

In women’s doubles, as predicted by Japan’s badminton head coach, Park Joo Bong last Sunday, Japan would be able to bring home the 2020 Denmark Open women’s doubles crown. In the all-Japanese women’s doubles final, No. 1 seeds Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota will battle No. 2 seeds Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara for the Denmark Open title.

Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota defeated Denmark pair Christine Busch/Amalie Schulz 21-18, 21-6 in the semi-final while Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva of Bulgaria 21-17, 21-8 on Saturday.

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