World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen wins the Indonesia Masters

Viktor Axelsen of Denmark won the men’s singles championship at the Indonesia Masters on Sunday, defeating Chou Tien-Chen of Taiwan in straight sets.

In a 41-minute encounter in Jakarta’s Istora sports stadium, the world number one defeated Chou 21-10, 21-12. “I adore playing in Istora and always wanted to win a tournament there.”

“It’s a renowned theater, so to have done it is very significant to me,” Axelsen, 28 years old, told reporters.

Axelsen won in the semi-finals after defeating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, a local favorite.

Chen Yufei of China defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in the women’s singles to earn her first championship since winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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In a 74-minute three-set match, she beat Ratchanok, the 2020 Indonesia Masters women’s champion, 21-16, 18-21, 21-15.

“I am overjoyed to get the gold medal today.” “I had several challenges throughout the game, but I’m glad I was able to overcome them and win,” said Chen, ranked fourth in the world.

Chen advanced to the final after beating compatriot He Bingjiao in the semi-finals 21-17, 21-14.

Following the Indonesia Masters, the Indonesia Open will begin on June 14 and go until June 19.

After almost three years without live audiences in the Indonesian capital owing to the coronavirus outbreak, badminton enthusiasts were looking forward to the back-to-back events.