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Axelsen, Tai into Thailand Open finals

24 Jan 2021, 13:44 GMT+10

BANGKOK, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Denmark's Viktor Axelsen continued his strong run to defeat Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien-Chen in the men's singles semifinals at the Thailand Open badminton tournament on Saturday, while women's single favorites Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu-Ying and Spain's Carolina Marin will meet in the finals.

Top-ranked Tai marched into the final after winning 12-21, 21-12, 23-21 over Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, while former world No. 1 Marin defeated South Korea's An Se Young 21-19, 21-15.

Tai lost to Marin in the recent final of the Yonex Thailand Open. She said after the semi-final: "For tomorrow, my main issue is managing my unforced errors and from watching Marin's matches, I can say she's very fast and I'll try to keep up."

In the men's draw, Danish shuttler Hans-Kristian Vittinghus won 21-19, 21-8 over his fellow countryman Anders Antonsen to set up a championship meeting with Axelsen.

South Korean teams triumphed in the women's doubles as Lee So-Hee and Shin Seung-Chan, the winning pair over Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, will meet Kim So-Yeong and Kong Hee-Yong, who defeated Malaysia's Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean in the semis.

The men's doubles semi-finals ended with Malaysian pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik beating India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, and the former will face Chinese Taipei's Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin in the finals.

In the mixed doubles, Thai pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai knocked out India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, while South Koreans Seo Seung-Jae and Chae Yoo-Jung beat Hoo Pang Ron and Cheah Yee See from Malaysia in the semis.

As in other recent major Badminton tournaments in Thailand, top-ranked players from China and Japan decided to not participate in consideration of a new surge of COVID-19 cases in Thailand.

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