Japan's Kento Momota edged closer to the successful defence of his men's singles title at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Denmark Open, after beating home player Rasmus Gemke in the quarter-finals in Odense today.
Momota, the top seed and world number one, battled to a hard-fought 21-14, 21-23, 21-13 win at Odense Sports Park in this BWF Super 750 tournament.
Next up for the two-time reigning world champion is Indonesia's Tommy Sugiarto, who defeated Thailand's Sitthikom Thammasin 21-17, 21-19.
Also through to the semi-finals is fifth-seeded Chinese Chen Long, the reigning Olympic champion, following a 21-17, 21-17 victory over second-seeded Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen.
Standing between Chen and a place in the final is seventh-seeded Dane Viktor Axelsen after he overcame fellow home player Anders Antonsen, the fourth seed, 24-22, 21-12.
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In the women's singles event, second-seeded Chinese Chen Yu Fei advanced to the last four by beating Japan's Sayaka Takahashi 21-9, 21-7.
Chen will now go on to face defending champion Tai Tzu Ying after the fourth-seeded Taiwanese defeated Japan's Aya Ohori 21-16, 21-12.
Another player progressing to the semi-finals was third-seeded Japanese Nozomi Okuhara, the 2017 world champion, on the back of a 21-17, 21-8 win at the expense of the United States' Zhang Beiwen.
Awaiting Okuhara in the semi-finals is Spain's three-time world champion and reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marín, who ended the run of 17-year-old South Korean An Se Young after coming from behind to take a thrilling match 18-21, 21-19, 21-18.
Competition is due to continue until Sunday (October 20).