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Carolina Marin on top form as she reaches Japan final
Date: 9/15/2018 1:36 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
Three-time world champion Carolina Marin has stormed into the final of the DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open 2018.

Olympic champion Carolina Marin eased past China's Chen Yufei 21-12, 21-13 in Saturday’s semi-final of the 750.000 Dollars event to move into her second career final of the Japan Open.

Marin will face on Sunday Japan's 2017 world champion Nozomi Okuhara, 23, who beat Aya Ohori also from Japan in straight games 21-12, 21-12.

Marin is seeking her first BWF World Tour 2018 title of the year.

The Spaniard became the first woman to win three badminton world titles after an emphatic victory over P.V. Sindhu of India in Nanjing last month. The 25-year-old added the 2018 crown to her 2014 and 2015 titles, as well as the Olympic gold she won in Rio 2016.

Momota ends Axelsen’s title defense 

Top seed Viktor Axelsen lost to Japanese world champion Kento Momota in the semi-finals of the Super 750 event. Momota, ranked fourth in the world, beat the title holder from Denmark in two games 21-18, 21-11. 

The 24 year-old European Champion will play at the China Open ($1,000,000) in Changzhou next week.

The DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open 2018 finals:

MS: Kento Momota (JPN) - Khosit Phetpradab (THA)
WS: Carolina Marin (ESP) - Nozomi Okuhara (JPN)

MD: Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sukamuljo (INA) - Li Junhui/Liu Yuchen (CHN)
WD: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN) - Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN)
XD:  Zhen Siwei/Huang Yaqiong  (CHN) - Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (CHN)
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