Danish Axelsen clinches Indonesia Open badminton title

DailyTimes  |  Nov 29, 2021

DENPASAR: Olympic gold medallist Viktor Axelsen clinched the Indonesia Open men’s singles title after beating Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew in the final on Sunday. The 27-year-old scored a victory against Loh 21-13, 9-21, 21-13 in an intense 59-minute game in the badminton tournament held on the palm-fringed holiday island of Bali. Axelsen’s victory came after his compatriot Anders Antonsen was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury in his right chest. In the men’s doubles, hometown heroes Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukomuljo won the title after defeating Japan’s Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi who stunned them in the final of Indonesia Masters a week earlier. The world’s number one, affectionately known by fans as The Minions redeemed themselves from last week’s defeat by beating the Japanese pair 21-14, 21-18 in a 38-minute game.In the women’s singles, South Korea’s An Se-young secured the title after beating second-seeded Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand 21-17, 22-20. The 19-year-old An also won the women’s singles title at the Indonesia Masters last week. In the women’s doubles, Indonesia’s Olympics gold medalists Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu suffered defeat against Japan’s Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida 19-21, 19-21.

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