Japan Open: Viktor Axelsen and Carolina Marin take Tokyo titles

AFP

Sports, Badminton

Lee won the Japan Open six times including last year, narrowly took the second game.

Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen returns to Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in their Japan Open final on Sunday (Photo: AFP)

Tokyo: World champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark beat Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei on Sunday to clinch his first Japan Open title.

Axelsen, who defeated two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan of China to bag the world title in Glasgow last month, edged out Lee 21-14, 19-21, 21-14 in the men’s singles final.

Lee won the Japan Open six times including last year, narrowly took the second game but the Dane put in a brilliant performance to triumph in the third.

Spain’s Carolina Marin, last year’s Olympic gold medallist, overwhelmed He Bingjiao of China in the women’s singles final 23-21, 21-12.

Japan’s Rio Olympics gold medallists Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo beat South Korea’s Kim Ha-Na and Kong Hee-Yong 21-18, 21-16 in the women’s doubles final, to the delight of local fans.

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