Badminton number one Axelsen wins Indonesia Masters title

Danish badminton ace Viktor Axelsen clinched the men's singles title at the Indonesia Masters on Sunday, beating Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen in straight sets.

Danish badminton ace Viktor Axelsen clinched the men's singles title at the Indonesia Masters, beating Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen in straight sets.   -  AP

Danish badminton ace Viktor Axelsen clinched the men's singles title at the Indonesia Masters on Sunday, beating Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen in straight sets.

The world number one beat Chou 21-10, 21-12 in a 41-minute match held at the Istora sporting arena in Jakarta.

"I love playing here in Istora and I always dreamt of winning a tournament at Istora. It's a legendary venue, so to have done that is something that is really special to me," 28-year-old Axelsen told reporters.

Axelsen's victory came after he downed home favourite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the semi-finals.

In the women's singles, China's Chen Yufei overcame Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon to win her first title since her gold medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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She defeated Ratchanok, who won the Indonesia Masters women's title in 2020, in a 74-minute three-set match 21-16, 18-21, 21-15.

"I am very pleased to get the gold medal today. I faced some difficulties during the game but I'm very pleased to overcome them and secure the win," world number four Chen said.

Chen secured a place in the final after defeating compatriot He Bingjiao 21-17, 21-14 in the semis.

After the Indonesia Masters, the Indonesia Open is set to begin on June 14 and will last until June 19.

The back-to-back tournaments were highly anticipated by badminton fans after almost three years without live audiences in the Indonesian capital due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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