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Axelsen finished runner-up in Indonesia
Date: 7/8/2018 9:07 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
Japan’s Kento Momota clinched his second Indonesia Open title on Sunday after defeating world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark. Momota - world number 8 - eased past the world champion after 37 minutes of play in two games 21-14, 21-9. The second place means Axelsen’s best career result at the Indonesia Open.

Viktor Axelsen: "I made too many mistakes. I couldn’t find my length"

World number one Axelsen praised Momota's performance after their final. “Kento played way better than I did. I made too many mistakes. I couldn’t find my length. The result was a combination of me not playing my best and Kento playing really well.” 

“He is in the best form but hopefully I can come back and challenge him“, Axelsen told BWF.

Two titles for host nation Indonesia

The titles in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles went to the host country Indonesia as Marcus Fernaldi Gideon/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir took the titles on home soil.

In the women's singles, first seed Tai Tzu Ying claimed her second tournament victory after beating China's Chen Yufei 21-23, 21-15 and 21-9.

Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota of Japan bagged the women's doubles title after beating compatriots Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara 21-14, 16-21 and 21-14.

Recent Indonesia Open champions from Europe:

2014: Jan Ø. Jørgensen (Denmark)
2014: Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen (Denmark)
2010: Robert Mateusiak/Nadiezda Zieba (Poland)
2000: Camilla Martin (Denmark)
2000: Joanne Goode/Donna Kellogg (England)
2000: Simon Archer/Joanne Goode (England)

Indonesia Open 2018 finals results:

MS: Kento Momota (JPN) - Viktor Axelsen (DEN) 21-14, 21-9
WS: Tai Tzu Ying (TPE) - Chen Yufei (CHN) 21-23, 21-15, 21-9
MD: Marcus Gideon/Kevin Sukamuljo (INA) - Takuto Inoue/Yuki Kaneko (JPN) 21-13, 21-16
WS: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota (JPN) - Mayu Matsumoto/Wakana Nagahara (JPN) 21-14, 16-21, 21-14
XD: Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir (INA) - Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (MAS) 21-17, 21-8

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