COPENHAGEN, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- World-class Badminton resumed in Denmark Tuesday after more than half a year's break as the Denmark Open, the prestigious Super 750 tournament, found its participation list marred by the withdrawal of many big names.
The Danisa Denmark Open 2020 is currently being staged at the Odense Sports Park in Odense, in central Denmark from October 13 to 18. The total prize money being contested amounts to 750,000 U.S. dollars.
Even before the tournament started, most players from Asia had already confirmed they would not participate.
Even Denmark's Viktor Axelsen was absent as the World number 2 was forced to stay home and continue his recovery from a minor ankle operation.
Despite the star player absences, the Denmark Open still managed to serve up some thrilling rallies on its opening day.
Most notably in the men's singles, Ramus Gemke was forced to draw on all his international experience to fight off a challenge from an unranked Spaniard, Luis Enrique Penalver.
An expected stroll into the next round turned into a tight three-set opening encounter with Gemke saving face and ultimately triumphing in 67 minutes, 15-21, 21-17, 21-16.
In the women's singles, Carolina Marin brushed aside her opponent Natalia Perminova in 28 minutes, 21-7, 21-15. The Russian was simply no match for the hungry Spaniard playing in her first competitive tournament in several months.
Elsewhere, an all British female doubles clash between Scotland's Macpherson and Torrance, and England's Moore and Williams saw the unlikely and unranked Scots triumph over the English pair. It took two sets for the Scots to take the match, 21-12, 21-19.
The day's major men's doubles clash saw English duo Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge push themselves against the inspired Danish pairing of Daniel Lungaard and Mathias Thyrri.
The Danes were decidedly unlucky and threatened a minor upset until their English opponents sealed the victory in two sets 21-19, 21-15. Enditem