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31 Jan, 2021
Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai notched up their third successive title
in Bangkok as they took home the Mixed Doubles Title at the HSBC BWF World Tour
Finals, even as Viktor Axelsen and Carolina Marin lost their opportunity in the
men’s & women’s singles, respectively.
the final match of the evening the home team squared off against Seo Seung
Jae/Chae Yujung. They took the tight first game before surrendering the second
one with relative ease. It set up a thrilling finale in the third game, and the
winners of both the Thailand Open championships in the previous weeks made
lightwork of their South Korean opponents to take home the third title in three
8-21 21-8 the final score for the Thai champions.
men’s singles Anders Antonsen produced a remarkable fightback to win the title
against his countryman and hot favorite Viktor Axelsen. Viktor had been in
superb form in all of the three weeks in Bangkok and was widely anticipated to
take home the title in the season ending tournament. And yet Antonsen clearly had
other ideas and he produced a stunning performance in the final game to ward
off the challenge from Viktor.
lost a tight opening game, Viktor game back roaring to take the second game. He
took the first five points of the game before Antonsen could get on the board
and led 11-1 at the halfway mark. The third game stayed tight for the most part
before the challenger opened up a brief lead with a string of five straight
points. And despite Viktor’s best efforts Antonsen held off the challenge and
took home the third major title of his career, and certainly the biggest so
the women’s singles, Carolina Marin lost to Tai Tzu Ying in a thrilling finale
to the proceedings in Bangkok. Playing the third consecutive finals, the two
players battled hard in the opening exchanges before Carolina put turned up the
gears to open up a sizeable lead. She comfortably took home the opening game
and it looked like Carolina was on course for a troika of wins in Bangkok.
Tai Tzu ran away with the second game to set up a tantalizing finish. And it
went right down to the wire. At 19-17 in the third game, it looked like
Carolina had the title in her sights, but Tai Tzu brushed past the Olympic
champion to take the title 21-14 8-21 19-21 in an hour and seven minutes.
Doubles arguably produced the upset of the day with challengers Lee Yang/Wang
Chi-Lin defeated the much more accomplished Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra
Setiawan. Playing against, their self-confessed idols, the pair from Chinese
Taipei clearly had no fear of the big stage or opponents. They cast aside the
Indonesians 21-17 23-21 in just 37 minutes to win their first ever World Tour
women’s doubles, it was an all-South Korean affair as Lee So Hee/Shin Seung
Chan took on Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Young. A pulsating tie went from one side to
another, and the former pair eventually took the honours in an hour and thirty-two
minutes of scintillating action.