Denmark Open: Carolina Marin goes down fighting to Akane Yamaguchi, misses spot in final
The reigning Olympic women's singles gold medallist and two-time world champion was unable to overcome the diminutive but powerful Yamaguchi, who equalled her head-to-head record against the Spanish great at 2-2.
Odense: Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin nearly pulled off yet another nail-biting victory at the Denmark Open Superseries but ended up going down 15-21, 21-19, 18-21 to Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-final at Odense.
The reigning Olympic women's singles gold medallist and two-time world champion was unable to overcome the diminutive but powerful Yamaguchi, who equalled her head-to-head record against the Spanish great at 2-2, on Saturday reports Efe.
The eighth-seeded Japanese won the first game and took a lead in the second but Marin bounced back strongly to clinch the second game.
Marin rallied on the strength of accurate and powerful smashes – some struck at speeds of up to 322km (200 miles) per hour – and errors by Yamaguchi to force the decider.
The Spaniard, who was struggling with a thigh injury took a medical timeout before the start of the third game.
Wearing a bandage when she returned to the court, Marin's movement was clearly restricted but she continued to fight for a fourth straight third-game victory and a berth in the final.
Yamaguchi, however, showed her mettle as well to hold on for a tough victory against a ferocious competitor.
India's Ajeetesh Sandhu opened with a solid three-under 69, even as compatriot Shubhankar Sharma fought back superbly on the second nine to card two-under 70 in the first round of the Dutch Open golf tournament.
The 18-year-old Briton became the first qualifier in history to win a Grand Slam when she defeated 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday.
Last home standing: Only one property survives volcanic disaster in La Palma, dubbed a ‘miracle house’
As molten lava continued to overflow from the cracks of Cumbre Vieja, a few drone images captured a white house with a brown roof standing tall