World news – Axelsen a victory before defending the title of All England


Birmingham: Viktor Axelsen is just one win away from defending his All England Open title when Danish shuttle Anders Antonsen beat compatriot Anders Antonsen in the semi-finals 16: 21, 21: 7 and 21: 17.

The 27-year-old Axelsen lost his previous game against Antonsen in Thailand in January. The former world champion came from behind for the third time in four games and won the semifinals.

« It means a lot to me, » Axelsen said, according to Xinhua News. « The All England is one of the biggest tournaments on the tour. It’s one of those tournaments that you really want to win. I won it last year and now I have a chance to win it again. »

Axelsen will meet the Malaysian Lee Zii Jia, who reached the final of the competition for the first time after defeating the Dutch shuttle service Mark Caljouw 21: 13 and 21: 17.

On Friday, last year’s semi-finalist Lee beat Japan’s No. 1 World Kento Momota in two games, reaching the last four for the second time in as many years.

Momota’s teammates in other categories also do well. The men’s, women’s and mixed doubles finals are played between Japanese couples.

Nozomi Okuhara prevailed against Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand with 16:21, 21:16, 21:19 and prevailed against the Thai pornpawee Chochuwong in the women’s singles.

Several teams such as China and South Korea skipped the competition due to concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, Indonesian players and Turkey international Neslihan Yigit had to retire from the competition after the first round on Wednesday because they had to self-isolate after a passenger traveling on the same flight tested positive for Covid-19 was.

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