Carolina Marin, Rasmus Gemke advance at SaarLorLux Open

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Carolina Marin battles through the first-round test at SaarLorLux Open. (photo: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)
Carolina Marin battles through the first-round test at SaarLorLux Open. (photo: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images)

Saarland: A dominant Carolina Marin started her 2020 SaarLorLux Open campaign with a comfortable win over Bulgaria’s Hristomira Popovska on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Spaniard barely broke a sweat as she strolled to a straight-sets victory, 21-9, 21-6 in 19 minutes.

It was Marin’s first match since losing the Denmark Open final to Nozomi Okuhara on Oct 18, 2020, and the top-seeded player will meet Fabienne Deprez of Germany in the second round.

In another women’s singles first-round match, No. 3 seed Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland made to work hard by Line Christophersen of Denmark before overcoming the Dane 21-14, 13-21, 21-18 in 44 minutes to next meet Linda Zetchiri of Bulgaria.

The men’s singles competition saw World No. 17 Rasmus Gemke from Denmark prevailed in a grueling three-set encounter against compatriot and World No. 83 Kim Bruun on Wednesday, winning 21-17, 17-21, 21-18 in the longest match of the day which lasted 71 minutes.

Gemke will take on Max Weisskirchen of Germany on Thursday.

Earlier in the afternoon, Denmark’s World No. 42 Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus suffered a surprise 17-21, 19-21 second-round defeat by France’s Toma Junior Popov.

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