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Madrid. As the first Dane, Anders Antonsen advanced to the finals at this year’s European Badminton Championships.
Antonsen won 21-16, 19-21, 21-15 over Frenchman Toma Junior Popov in Friday’s semifinal.
In the first set, Antonsen was only behind once at 0-1. Since then, the Dane checked the set, even though the Frenchman was getting in touch a couple of times.
Toma Junior Popov, who knocked out Hans Kristian Vittinghus in the quarterfinals, was well in the second set.
Antonsen threw an 8-5 lead, and then Popov was in the lead most of the way.
However, there was contact at 19-19 before Popov won two points in a row and equalized to 1-1 in sets.
In the third set, Antonsen again controlled the events on the field, after Popov had otherwise come ahead 3-0.
Antonsen equalized to 5-5 and then came in front with 15-8. Despite a number of French reductions, Antonsen secured a place in the final.
/ ritzau /