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Quarterfinals set in Malaysia
Date: 1/9/2020 2:25 PM
Published by : Alan Raftery
Second round at the Malaysia Masters did not disappoint and was a good day for Europe’s two former singles world champions, Carolina Marin and Viktor Axelsen. 

Marin, overcoming her tricky opening round against Akane Yamaguchi, faced Cai Yan Yan from China, a player who on both previous encounters forced the Spaniard to work hard for her win in three-game matches. This time however, Marin was able to hold her lead for the majority of the match and win 21-16, 21-18. Saina Nehwal, who defeated the Korean sensation An Se Young today, awaits Marin in the quarterfinals. 

Viktor Axelsen continued his positive play in the second round against Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto, winning the opening game 21-6. Nishimoto then really took the game to the tall Dane, increased the rally length and created a five-point lead. Axelsen, however, dug in and found the pressure points to regain the lead and work a path to 21 points. The game ended 21-17. 

Axelsen, the fifth seed, will now play the fourth seed Chen Long, in what will be a revenge for last year’s defeat in Kuala Lumpur. 

A Euro-mix
The European mixed doubles road to Tokyo is becoming a close affair. The Dutch pairing of Robin Tabeling and Selena Piek have taken a big leap forward after downing two rival pairs in Malaysia. In the first round, they overcome the Syed Modi International champions, Alimov and Davletova, and today it was the Danish pair of Mathias Christiansen and Alexandra Bøje. 

This was their first match against each other, and it took an up and down three-game battle to separate them. The final score was 21-18, 11-21, 21-10. Tabeling and Piek will now face the Chinese second seeds, Wang Yi Lyu and Huang Dong Ping. 

No joy for Jorgensen
After one hour of play, Jorgensen just came up short against Huang Yu Xiang in a tight and tactical three-game match. Both players were buoyed by their big wins in the first round. Jorgensen defeated Lin Dan, while Huang knocked out the eighth seed Anthony Ginting. 

Jorgensen would have felt confident coming into this match, as he has had the upper hand in their two previous matches. This showed in the opening game, confidently winning 21-14. The second game was flipped on its head, and despite a late surge from Jorgensen, Huang took the game 21-19. 

In the deciding game, Jorgensen at one point was 12-5 up, but Huang came back strongly in the latter stages, achieving an eight-point run, to then secure the win, 21-18. 

For the full results and fixtures, click here.

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