The 2016 olympic champion Carolina Marin made it to her first-ever Denmark Open Super 750 event final with a 21-17, 21-11 win over Germany’s Yvonne Li.
The reigning Olympic champion registered a comfortable win to move into her first-ever Denmark Open final. In a match that lasted for just over 30-minute mark, the three-time world champion was in her element as she barely put a foot wrong to finally make it to the final in Denmark after three prior semi-final appearances.
“I don’t care about the score, but I do care about the feeling today being back on court. I followed my game plan in every point,” Carolina Marin said. “Perhaps in the final game I felt more relaxed, and I made some mistakes for Yvonne to take advantage of. I really focused on the second game,” the Spaniard reflected.
Carolina Marin started on the attacking front and didn’t let her foot off the pedal as she dominated the opening game. Quick to race to an 11-6 lead at the mid-game interval, the Spanish ace kept her opponent guessing with her powerful strokes and smart court play. Though Yvonne Li, a two-time German national champion, did her best to close the gap post the break, Carolina Marin remained in control as she wrapped up the game without much trouble.
The German was quick to get off the blocks in the second game. With her drop shots drawing Carolina Marin to the net, Yvonne Li created enough openings to score a few quick points. But the Spaniard replied quickly to pocket seven straight points to take an 11-6 lead at the mid-game interval. From there on, it was all about maintaining her lead, which Carolina Marin did with ease to make her way into Sunday’s final.
Returning to the court after a seven-month break, Carolina Marin has looked in fine touch through the Denmark Open. She will be hoping to build on her form when she fights it out for her first title of the season next.