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Denmark Open: Yvonne Li in semifinals

ODENSE, OCT 17 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 10/17/2020 12:54:40 PM IST

German Yvonne Lis dream run continued as she made the semifinals of the DANISA Denmark Open 2020, with her second three-game win in a row, reports BWF Fansite.

Li fought off a deficit in the third game to thwart Belgium’s Lianne Tan 15-21 21-12 21-17.

“I can’t really believe it,” said Li. “I knew I had a chance, but I knew the opponents are as strong as me; maybe I’m a little bit the favourite. But I played three games yesterday and today, so it was a hard fight. I’m glad that I mentally overcame such close matches. In the past, in close matches, I’ve lost more than I’ve won them. Maybe I’ve become a little more mature!”

Li faces Carolina Marin, who also struggled in her quarterfinal, against Beiwen Zhang.

The Spaniard wasn’t as sharp as usual but after she’d taken the second game, Zhang started to wilt physically and Marin pulled through comfortably in the end, 17-21 21-17 21-14.

“I didn’t feel good today at all. My movement wasn’t good and I was struggling, but I told myself to keep fighting. It is one of those days when things don’t go very well. Yesterday I played so much better. Maybe this feeling is because we haven’t played competition in many months,” said Marin.

Young Danes make impact

Teenaged duo Christine Busch and Amalie Schulz were among the young Danish pairs to steal the show on quarterfinals day at the DANISA Denmark Open 2020.

The two 19-year-olds were nearly out of the opening game as they faced five game points against Scotland’s Julie Macpherson/Ciara Torrance, but a spirited spell helped them grab the advantage. They got more confident as the match progressed, and sealed their place in the semifinals, 22-20 21-19.

They will take on top seeds Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota for a place in the final.

The Japanese had a fight on their hands against combative English duo Lauren Smith/Chloe Birch but edged through 13-21 21-16 21-19.

Eipe/Kjaer On Fire

Denmark also had a lot going for them in men’s doubles, with Joel Eipe/Rasmus KjÆr continuing their spirited run, but another Danish pair, Jeppe Bay/Lasse Molhede, nearly downed Vladimir Ivanov/Ivan Sozonov. The seventh seeded Russians held off the feisty Danes 15-21 21-13 21-19.

“It was a very tough match for us because in the opening game, their tactics worked against us and after our previous two strong matches against Ireland and England, we had some difficulties,” said Ivanov.

Like the hosts, England too had a successful session, with fifth seeds Marcus Ellis/Chris Langridge and Ben Lane/Sean Vendy clinching semifinal places in opposite halves.

In mixed doubles, third seeds Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock staved off a strong challenge from compatriots Gregory Mairs/Victoria Williams in three games.

 

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