For the first time in two years Carolina Marin will play the finals of the BMW World Tour Super 750 badminton tournament.
The Rio 2016 Olympic gold medalist beat the reigning two-time world champion Akane Yamaguchi 21-14, 21-18 in the first semi-final of the French Open women’s singles on Saturday (October 29).
Marini took 47 minutes to beat the Japanese and will face the winner of the Chinese He Bing Jiao and Chinese Taipei Tai Tzu Ying.
After recovering from an ACL injury that prevented her from defending her Olympic title in Tokyo, the Spaniard won the European Championship crown in April.
The last time the 29-year-old played a BWF World Tour Super 750 final was in Odense, Denmark in October 2020.
In his best win since returning to the ring, Marin dominated throughout, changing the direction and tempo of the game against a more exhausted opponent.
Yamaguchi had halted the Marlin’s progress to the podium in recent tournaments, including the World Cup in Tokyo in August, but this time Marry won the county sport and his joy was evident in the triumphant shouts as he played.
Marin will seek his 35th career title on Sunday (October 30) against the winner of the second semi-final later on Saturday.
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At the same time, Rasmus Gemke beat Hong Kong, China’s Li Chuk Yew in straight sets 21-18 21-14 to reach the men’s final on Sunday (October 30).
Both players came off energy-saving battle games in the previous round with Gemke, ranked 16th in the world, beating the world championship silver medalist. Kunlavut Vitidsarn Thailand (14-21 21-18 21-11).
Lee came up against a tenacious world no.15 Lu Guang Tzu of China (21-14 11-21 21-18), but the Dane will be hoping to go one better than his previous last appearance at the 2020 Denmark Open, where he finished runner-up.
Gemke’s opponent will either be his compatriot, the reigning Olympic and world champion Victor Axelsen or Japan’s 2018 Youth Olympic Games bronze medalist, Kodai Naraoka who play later on Saturday.
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Double – results
In the first mixed doubles of the day, the world champion of the People’s Republic of China Zheng Si Wei and: Huang Ya Qiong: It took 37 minutes to defeat the German pair and world bronze medalists Mark Lumfuss and: Isabel Lohau 21-16 21-16.
Zheng and Huang will play the winner Robin Tableling and: Selena PeakEuropean bronze medalists from Holland or Rehan Naufal Kusharjanto and: Lisa Ayu Kusumavati Indonesia. The latter beat the home favorites Tom Jickel and: Delphine Delroux in front of a raucous crowd in the previous round. That match will take place later on Saturday.
Men’s doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and: Chirag Shetty India defeated Korea Republic Choi Solgyu and: Kim Won Ho winning 21-18 21-14. They will play either England in Sunday’s final Ben Lane and: Sean: Wendy or Chinese Taipei Lu Qing Yao and: Young Po Han.
Women’s doubles. Mayu Matsumoto and: Nagahara Wakana beat compatriots Fukushima Yuki and: Hirota Sayaka 21-14 25-23 to advance to Sunday’s final and South Korea into the final Baek Ha Na and: Lee So Hee are you out with malaysia? Tan Pearly and: Tina Muralitharan for the right to join them on Saturday afternoon.