Marin and Axelsen win Japan titles
Date: 9/24/2017 9:27 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

Carolina Marin ended a two-year Superseries title drought as she overwhelmed He Bingjiao 23-21, 21-12 on Sunday to celebrate her first Yonex Japan Open victory.

The No. 5-ranked Spaniard collected her 6th Superseries trophy overall. “It was very important to win the first game and to show her, in the beginning of the second game, that she doesn’t have any chance to come back to beat me“, Marin said after the final.
Axelsen wins his first Japan Open title and takes #1 spot

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

Axelsen edged out Lee 21-14, 19-21, 21-14 in the men’s final. Lee narrowly took the second game but the Dane put in a brilliant performance to triumph in the third. Axelsen won in Tokio his third Superseries career title.

“I am really happy to perform at this high level after the World Championships. I think I have showed these last couple weeks that, when I play my best and I am in good place both physically and mentally, I am a strong competitor for these titles. I am really proud. My dreams are coming true, winning these tournaments, especially the World Championships and becoming world No.1 as well,” said the 23-year old to BWF’s website

“I don’t like to focus too much on the world rankings. I know that if I keep my head in the game that the rankings will give me the reward. I just try to focus on the tournaments and the results and the ranking will of course follow.”
Japan’s Rio Olympics gold medallists Ayaka Takahashi and Misaki Matsutomo beat 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 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

But Japanese male duo Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko suffered a 21-12, 21-15 defeat at the hands of Indonesians Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the men’s doubles final.

In the mixed doubles, Chinese pair Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping overpowered Takuro Hoki and Sayaka Hirota of Japan 21-13, 21-8.

The next BWF Superseries tournament will take place in Paris, the Yonex French Open (24 - 29 October).

For all results from today’s finals in Tokyo click HERE.

Article by Manuel Rösler. Photo by BadmintonPhoto (LIVE).

The Sunday’ finals:

MS:Viktor Axelsen (DEN) - Lee Chong Wei (MAS) 21-14, 19-21, 21-14
WS: Carolina Marin (ESP) - He Bingjiao (CHN) 23-21, 21-12
MD: Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sukamuljo (INA) - Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko (JPN) 21-12, 21-15
WD: Misaki Matsutomo/Ayaka Takahashi (JPN) - Kim Ha Na/Hee Yong Kong (KOR) 21-18, 21-16
XD: Wang Yilyu/Huang Dongping (CHN) - Takuro Hoki/Sayaka Hirota (JPN) 21-13, 21-8

Previous Yonex Japan Open champions from Europe:

2016: Kamilla Rytter Juhl/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
2015: Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen (DEN)
2008: Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen (DEN)
2007: Tine Baun (DEN)
2005: Jens Eriksen/Martin Lundgaard (DEN)
2004: Mia Audina (NED)

2003: Camilla Martin (DEN)
1999: Peter Gade (DEN)
1998: Peter Gade (DEN)

Watch the highlights of today's Yonex Japan Open finals:

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