KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15, 2023 (AFP): World primary Viktor Axelsen stayed heading in the right direction to defend his Malaysia Open title because the Dane defeated Japan’s Kanta Tsuneyama 21-7, 21-15 on Saturday at night time (January 14) to succeed in the 2023 finish of the season opener.
The 29-year-old made mild work of his opponent within the 46-minute match, working the Japanese world quantity 26 everywhere in the courtroom to take an 11-0 lead within the opening sport.
Tsuneyama, 26, pushed again within the second sport and managed to match the 2022 Malaysia Open winner within the first few factors, however Axelsen pressured his technique to victory.
“I felt snug in a short time. I arrived with a very good feeling and continued it all through the match. I’m glad with my efficiency,” stated Axelsen.
Axelsen stated he expects “a tricky match” towards Japan’s Kodai Naraoka in Sunday’s last, who defeated Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn.
Naraoka and Axelsen beforehand confronted off on the December World Tour Finals in a semi-final 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 had been limping from exhaustion.
The 21-year-old, who has up to now performed a complete of 362 minutes in 4 matches, stated “the desire to win” overcame the fatigue.
“It is going to be one other robust match within the last. I’ll eat and relaxation effectively to arrange towards Axelsen,” stated the world quantity seven.
Then again, the ladies’s singles will face Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi towards 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. – AFP