Anders Antonsen defeated Chou Tien Chen to set up an all Danish men’s singles final at the ongoing Danisa Denmark Open 2020. He will face compatriot Rasmus Gemke in tomorrow’s final.
Anders Antonsen systematically picked apart Chou Tien Chen in the match which lasted 54 mins. (Scoreline: 21-17, 21-15 )
2020 All England runner-up Chou had been solid throughout the tournament, but looked a little lost today against the near-perfect play from Antonsen.
The Dane looked extremely sharp every minute of the match. Chou had no reply to Antonsen’s accurate slices and half smashes. BWF commentator Gillian Clark pointed out, “His (Antonsen) acute-angled smashes are doing the damage.”
Most of the net exchanges were also won by Antonsen. At 16-12 in the second game, the umpire faulted Antonsen for crossing the net. Slow motion video replay revealed otherwise. But Antonsen was too sharp and focused to let a wrong call hold him down.
Tomorrow’s final against Gemke will ensure that a home player lifts the men’s singles title at the Denmark Open after 10 years. The last Danish men’s singles player to win was in 2010 when Jan O Jorgensen won the title. And it has been 12 years since an all-Danish final after Peter Gade vs Joachim Persson in 2008.