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Anders Antonsen was on top form against his compatriot in the second round of the men's singles today (Credit Badminton Photo).
Just two Europeans left in China
Date: 9/19/2019 11:27 AM
Published by : Tom Hazlewood
There’s now just two Europeans left standing at the VICTOR China Open after the end of day three in Changzhou.

In a tough day for Europe, the only positives left for the continent is the progression of Spain's women’s singles star Carolina Marin and Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in the men’s singles category.

Marin was first to the stage at the Olympic Sports Centre where she faced Beiwen Zhang (USA) in the second round in her quest to retain the women’s singles title.
She made what could have been a tough task against the American look easy as she coasted to a 21-17, 21-12 win to book her spot in the quarterfinals.

Marin’s win means she will now face the eighth seed of Bing Jiao He of China in the last eight Friday.

Doubles woes
Despite the success in the singles it was the doubles where Europe lost all eight matches across the three disciplines on day three.

The likes of mixed doubles eighth seeds Lauren Smith and Marcus Ellis and the Stoeva sisters, Gabriela and Stefani in the women’s doubles were amongst the players that lost out.

Both Smith and Ellis and Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen took their respective matches all the way in the third game but none of them quite had enough to make it to day four.

An all Danish affair
The only other European that will take part in day four is Anders Antonsen after he came through an all Danish affair in the second round of the men’s singles after his match against Rasmus Gemke.

Antonsen was expected to get the better of his unseeded compatriot and there was no love lost from the Dane as he strolled to a straight game victory.

The number eight seed took charge of the game right from the off to take the win 21-15, 21-11 to book his spot against second seed Chen Tien Chou in the last eight Friday.

See the full draw for day four of the VICTOR China Open
here
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