Top seed Viktor Axelsen advances to Badminton Indonesia Masters semi-finals | badminton news



JAKARTA (Reuters) – World number one badminton Viktor Axelsen advanced to the Indonesia Masters semi-finals after beating Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka-long on Friday.
The Danish player secured his place in the semi-finals after defeating Ng 21-13, 21-9 in a 39-minute match which took place at the Istora Senayan sports arena in Jakarta.
In the semi-final, Axelsen will face local favorite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting who beat Malaysian rising star Lee Zii Jia 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 in a 69-minute match.
“Tomorrow against Ginting is going to be tough…but I can’t wait,” Axelsen told reporters after the game.
In women’s singles, Tokyo Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei secured a top-four spot after beating Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-11, 21-15 in 40 minutes.
“Today’s match went well, my opponent was a bit impatient so I performed better,” Chen told reporters.
Meanwhile, India’s commuter ace PV Sindhu pulled out of the competition after being outplayed by Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon 21-12, 21-10.
In men’s doubles, local heroes Kevin Sanjaya Sukomuljo and Marcus Gideon earned a place in the semi-finals after a tight race against Malaysian duo Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin.
The reigning world champions, affectionately dubbed ‘The Minions’ by fans, beat opponents Malaysia 10-21, 21-11 and 21-18 in 51 minutes.
The Indonesia Masters is the first tournament for Gideon after undergoing surgery to remove a small bony growth in his ankles in April.
After the Indonesia Masters, the Indonesia Open is scheduled to start on June 14 and last until June 19.
Back-to-back tournaments were highly anticipated after nearly three years without a live audience in the Indonesian capital due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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