Axelsen entered the ultimate of the Malaysia Open | Jobs Punch

World primary Viktor Axelsen stayed on target to defend his Malaysia Open title because the Dane defeated Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 21-7, 21-15 on Saturday to achieve the 2023 season opener’s last.

The 29-year-old made gentle work of his opponent within the 46-minute match, working the Japanese world quantity 26 everywhere in the courtroom, main 11-0 within the opening recreation.

Tsuneyama, 26, pushed again within the second recreation and managed to match the 2022 Malaysia Open winner within the first few factors, however Axelsen pressured his solution to victory.

“I felt comfy in a short time. I entered with a great feeling and continued it all through the match. I’m glad with my efficiency,” mentioned Axelsen.

Axelsen mentioned he expects “a tricky match” in opposition to Japan’s Kodai Naraoka in Sunday’s last, who knocked out Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn.

Naraoka and Axelsen beforehand confronted off on the December World Tour Finals in a semifinal that Axelsen gained.

The Japanese participant defeated world ninth-ranked Vitidsarn in a 113-minute semi-finals – the longest of the day – sealing a 21-17, 19-21, 21-17 victory.

The match had a number of episodes the place the umpire was seen to combine up the scores and stopped Naraoka from taking a brief water break whereas each gamers have been limping from exhaustion.

The 21-year-old, who has thus far performed a complete of 362 minutes in 4 matches, mentioned “the desire to win” overcame the fatigue.

“One other robust match within the last. I’ll eat and relaxation effectively to arrange in opposition to Axelsen,” mentioned the world quantity seven.

Alternatively, the ladies’s singles will face Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in opposition to South Korea’s An Se-young within the last.

A beat reigning Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei 21-12, 19-21, 21-9, whereas Yamaguchi defeated Taiwanese Tai Tzu Ying 21-18, 21-16 after 41 minutes of play.

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