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The glorious return

It was a glorious return to competition for Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, who claimed her first title since 2018 having reached seven finals without victory.  

She overcame Carolina Marin, 21-19, 21-17, after the Spanish stars’ inconsistent performance cost her the crown.  

Okuhara said: “I’m happy! Long time no see for a title!  

Compared to other opponents, Marin is faster and has a harder attack. I was focussed on defence and footwork and my feet moved very well today. Overall the match went well for me.” 

The men’s singles clash was certainly one to remember – a 74-minute duel which ended with both sides unable to walk easily off court.  

In the all-Danish clash, it was third seed Anders Antonsen who just scraped the win, taking the title 18-21, 21-19, 21-12.  

The mixed doubles saw fourth seeds Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich of Germany push England’s Chris and Gabby Adcock all the way to claim a 18-21 21-11 21-14 victory.  

It was their third career title and judging by their strong performance, it certainly will not be their last.  

In the men’s doubles, England’s Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis found their way onto the top step of the podium after a strong performance against Russian duo Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov. 

They won 20-22 21-17 21-18 and Ellis encapsulated what the victory meant to them both: “It’s been an amazing week, we’re just so glad to be back.  

That’s the main thing, obviously we are ecstatic that we won, but just to be back competing, that’s the best feeling in the world.” 

 

It was an all-Japanese affair in the women’s doubles, with top seeds Yuki Fukushima and Savaka Hirota just toppling Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, 21-10, 16-21, 21-18.