Viktor Axelsen Storms Into Indonesia Open Final With Win Over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia

Viktor Axelsen Storms Into Indonesia Open Final With Win Over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia

Excelson claimed victory 19-21, 21-11, 23-21, later calling the match “tough.”AFP

Badminton world number one Victor Axelsson advanced to the final of the Indonesian Open in a tough, fast-paced match in Jakarta on Saturday, defeating Malaysia’s rising star Li Zhijia. Both players started the match firmly in front of the almost complete Astura Senian field but Lee outscored his opponent with an aggressive fire shots in the first game. Axelsson bounced back to claim the second before going below the decisive as Lee kept up the pressure on the Tokyo gold medalist until the last point.

The top-ranked Dean eventually claimed victory 19-21, 21-11, 23-21, later calling the match “tough.”

“Honestly, it was really hard to control today (the game). However, I’m really proud to be back (in the second and third sets),” Axelson told reporters after his victory.

In the women’s singles, world number two Tai Zhou Ying advanced to the final after a thrilling bout against fourth-seeded Chen Yufei of China.

The Taiwanese star had already stumbled to lose by a large margin in the first game but she managed to regain her composure and won the match 10-21 26-24 21-12.

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In the final, Tai will face off against unseeded Chinese player Wang Zhi, who knocked out compatriot Bing Jiao 21-15, 21-10 in his semis.

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