Indonesia Open Badminton LIVE: Badminton world number one Viktor Axelsen on Saturday secured a place in the Indonesia Open final after toppling Malaysian rising star Lee Zii Jia in a tight, fast-paced encounter in Jakarta. Follow Indonesia Open Badminton LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN
Both players started the match strongly in front of a near-full Istora Senayan arena but Lee edged out his opponent in the first game with an aggressive volley of quick-fire shots.
The top-ranked Dane eventually claimed victory 19-21, 21-11, 23-21 later describing the match as “tough”.”To be honest, it was really hard to control (the game) today. However, I am really proud that I came back (in the second and third sets),” Axelsen told journalists after his win.
In the women’s singles, world number two Tai Tzu-ying booked a spot in the final after a thrilling match-up against China’s fourth-seeded Chen Yufei.
The Taiwanese star stumbled early on to lose the first game by a wide margin but managed to gather herself and take the match 10-21, 26-24, 21-12.
In the final Tai will meet Chinese unseeded player Wang Zhiyi who knocked out compatriot He Bingjiao 21-15, 21-10 in their semi.
Indonesia Open Badminton LIVE: Axelsen powers into Indonesia Open final with win over Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia, to face Zhao Junpeng in summit clash