Shaky Axelsen survives badminton nail-biter

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen celebrates beating South Korea's Heo Kwang-hee in their men's singles quarter-final match at the 2022 Thomas and Uber Cup badminton tournament in Bangkok on Thursday. (Photo: AFP)
Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen celebrates beating South Korea’s Heo Kwang-hee of their males’s singles quarter-final match on the 2022 Thomas and Uber Cup badminton event in Bangkok on Thursday. (Picture: AFP)

Badminton world champ Viktor Axelsen fended off a gutsy assault from South Korea’s Heo Kwang-hee in a three-game thriller at Thailand’s Thomas Cup on Thursday night time.

Denmark and South Korea had been vying for a semifinal spot and earlier Japan knocked Taiwan out of the competitors 3-2, as Kento Momota smashed rival Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-13.

Axelsen, a 28-year-old Dane, began the primary recreation with confidence however misplaced momentum with a bout of unforced errors, permitting Heo — who’s ranked thirty first on this planet — to gallop away to grab victory 21-13.

Within the second, Heo, 26, stayed on the Tokyo Olympic gold medallist’s tail however some electrifying bounce smash photographs from Axelsen helped him mount a comeback and equalise: 21-17.

The ultimate recreation was topsy turvy with scores levelled on 10 events, as a visibly pissed off Axelsen kicked a shuttlecock and yelled in rage after dropping a degree following the interval.

Axelsen managed to regain composure however gave away a couple of match factors earlier than lastly developing trumps 21-19 after 67 minutes of play.

“I am not likely happy with my very own efficiency as we speak. However I’ve bought to say my opponent made it laborious for me,” Axelsen stated, praising Heo’s assault and general recreation.

The motion was equally spicy on the following court docket as Indonesia’s fifth-ranked Anthony Ginting and China’s Zhao Jun Peng — thirty eighth on this planet — did battle for an epic 80 minutes.

Ginting held on to assert the match 21-12, 25-27, 21-17, as Indonesia and China had been battling it out for an opportunity to play Japan on Friday.

Malaysia and India had been contenders for the remaining berth, as sixth-ranked Lee Zii Jia was victorious over his Indian counterpart Lakshya Sen, who’s ninth on this planet: 23-21, 21-9.

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon hits a return in opposition to India’s Pusarla V Sindhu throughout their ladies’s singles quarter-final match on the 2022 Thomas and Uber Cup badminton event in Bangkok on Thursday. (Picture: AFP)

Earlier, India crashed out of Thailand’s Uber Cup after ladies’s badminton famous person Pusarla V Sindhu got here up quick in opposition to native crowd favorite Ratchanok Intanon, 27.

Thailand will now progress to the ladies’s semi finals in opposition to China, whereas Japan will meet Korea on Friday.

Spurred on by a rowdy crowd, eighth-ranked Intanon — a former world champion — fought again from one recreation all the way down to beat Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Sindhu 18-21, 21-17, 21-12, as Thailand defeated India 3-0.

Gentle on her toes, Intanon’s technical expertise helped her battle the extreme drift on court docket.

“I do know she is an attacking participant… I used to be making an attempt to be myself,” Intanon instructed reporters.

Fourth-ranked An Se-young from South Korea triumphed over Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt — who’s 14th on this planet — 18-21, 21-15, 21-18. Korea triumphed over the Danish ladies 3-0.

Earlier, Japan knocked out Indonesia 3-0, as world primary Akane Yamaguchi noticed off Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying — a day after a shock loss to Bilqis Prasista, a teenage Indonesian rookie ranked 333rd on this planet.

Tai — ranked second on this planet — pushed her Japanese 24-year-old opponent to a few video games however misplaced 10-21, 21-19, 19-21.

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