The USD 750,000 Super 750 tournament, Denmark Open, the only world tour event happening this year in a calendar thrown haywire by the Covid-19 pandemic, is all set for finals day. In men’s singles, Anders Antonsen and Rasmus Gemke defied their negative head-to-head records over their semifinal opponents to set up an all-Danish men’s singles final at the Denmark Open 2020. The hosts were thus assured of their first men’s singles title since 2010, when Jan O Jorgensen – who, incidentally, retired on Friday, captured the crown.
The third seed Antonsen went into his semifinal against Chou Tien Chen having won only one of eight previous clashes, while Gemke had never won a match in three against Kenta Nishimoto.
Antonsen defeated the Taipei in straight sets 21-17, 21-15. Chou admitted he’d been outplayed tactically by Antonsen. “He had a new plan for me. He played with a different tempo, different skill, so it was tough to play. It was tough from the back court. He wasn’t very fast, but his tempo was good, and it was tough to follow. But it was a good tournament, and I will go back to training harder,” said Chou.
Antonsen seemed pretty happy with his performance. “I played a solid match today. I had a good defence. I was maybe the smarter player on court today. I didn’t make that many mistakes. Even though he speeded me many times, I was confident going into the match that I had a good chance. But you never know, Chou is a tough player, really smart, hard to beat. I guess (Rasmus) Gemke is underdog for tomorrow’s final, but there are many emotions going into a match like that. The challenge will be to stay calm,” said Antonsen.
Earlier, Rasmus Gemke turned the tables on Kenta Nishimoto, beating him for the first time in four matches, 21-14 21-17, and reaching his first major final.
In the women’s singles, Carolina Marin and Nozomi Okuhara lock horns in the final. Both of them enjoyed an easy straight sets outing over their opponents. “I decided to attend the Denmark Open because Marin was attending too, so I am happy I have reached the final and will be able to play against her. I would like to enjoy the game against Marin and I would like to show what I have been working on during the break from competing,” said Okuhara.