Denmark's Viktor Axelsen
Axelsen storms into China Open final
Date: 11/18/2017 8:52 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
Viktor Axelsen has stormed into the China Open final with a 21-12, 21-17 win over Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong. Axelsen (23) will face Chen Long in Sunday’s final, the world No.1 chasing his fourth Superseries title.

World No 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark will play the reigning Olympic champion and Chinese superstar Chen Long in Sunday's mouth-watering final of the 700.000 Dollars event in Fuzhou.

Axelsen, the current world champion and top seed in China, needed just 39 minutes to defeat unseeded Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong 21-12, 21-17 in their one-sided semi-final on Saturday. Axelsen is just one win away from his maiden China Open triumph.

„It feels good. It’s always nice to play finals at big Superseries tournaments. I am looking forward to going on court tomorrow. It’s a new game tomorrow. I believe I'll have a chance - but Chen Long is playing really well this week. It’ll be great to play in front of a Chinese audience“, Axelsen said to DR Sporten.

Chen Long, 28, holds a strong advantage in his meetings with Axelsen, beating the Dane seven times and losing to him only once.

Current Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain was stunned by 19-year-old Gao Fangjie 21-19, 21-19 in one hour. 

Boe/Mogensen finds champions form

It took the world No 2 pair Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen only 48 minutes to get rid of the Indonesians Ahsan/Saputro 22-20, 21-12 on Saturday to advance to the China Open finals for the fourth time.

In Sunday’s finals the Danes will be up against the top seeds, Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia. The Danes hold a 4-2 win-loss record against Gideon/Sukamuljo  but he lost their only most recent meeting at the DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open in straight games.

Christiansen/Pedersen through to maiden Superseries final

In the mixed doubles category, Denmark’s Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen continued their remarkable run this week by reaching their first Superseries final. Standing between  Christiansen/Pedersen and the title are the fifth seeds Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong of China, who defeated Tang Chun Man/Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong 21-13, 18-21, 21-15.

The finals:

MS: Viktor Axelsen (DEN) - Chen Long (CHN)
WS: Akane Yamaguchi (JPN) - Gao Fangjie (CHN)
MD: Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN) - Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sukamuljo (INA)
WD: Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan (CHN) - Hye Rin Kim/Lee So Hee (KOR)
XD: Mathias Christiansen/Christinna Pedersen (DEN) - Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong (CHN)

Click here for all results of the China Open 2017. 

Recent China Open champions from Europe:

2016: Jan Ø. Jørgensen (DEN)
2012: Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN)
2011: Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen (DEN)
2005: Nathan Robertson/Gail Emms (ENG)
2004: Jens Eriksen/Mette Schjoldager (DEN)
2003: Lars Paaske/Jonas Rasmussen (DEN)

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