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The World Championships semifinals are here
Date: 8/26/2022 6:15 PM
Published by : Thomas Fuchs (BEC)
Viktor Axelsen in men’s singles as well as Mark Lamsfuss/ Isabel Lohau will be fighting for the finals tomorrow at the BWF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. 

Quarterfinals day was opened by Ben Lane and Sean Vendy (England) taking on Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, from Indonesia. The English, who had beaten the no.1 seed Gideon/Sukamuljo (Indonesia) yesterday, were hoping to repeat their outstanding performance from the day before but the Indonesian pair appeared to be too strong today, pacing past the English 21-11 21-16 in only 29 minutes. 

Viktor Axelsen showed once more an impressive performance beating Anthony Ginting from Indonesia 21-10 21-10. 

"Today was a really good game for me. Ginting is obviously an opponent that I respect a lot. We have played many matches against each other over the last few months but I was really focused. I was ready mentally and physically, and I'm very happy about the outcome", said Axelsen. He added, that he is not done yet in Tokyo: "I still feel I have a lot in the tank, tomorrow is a new match, a new day."

In the men’s singles semifinals, Axelsen will play against Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) who won against Jonatan Christie (Indonesia) in the quarterfinals 14-21, 21-11, 22-20, finishing the game with a massive seven-point run after being down 15-20 in the decider.

For Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Lohau, a dream came true as they secured their first World Championships medal today. In a stunning match against Tang Chung Man and Tse Ying Suet (Hong Kong), the European Champions from Germany battled their way into the semifinals winning 21-13, 13-21, 21-19. 

“This is very emotional, it’s an amazing feeling! It was a lot of fun on court. I think you could see us smile”, said Mark Lamsfuss after beating the Hong Kong pair for the first time. 

“We want to win. We also believe that we can do it and when we play like this, we can beat anyone”, said Isabel Lohau who is looking forward to tomorrow’s match against Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino (Japan).

The fourth European player to compete in the quarterfinals today was Carolina Marin. After an extraordinary win yesterday, Carolina did not manage to win a strong-playing Akane Yamaguchi that was also loudly supported by the home crowd. 

“I made some mistakes. Sometimes this is how life is”, said Marin after losing 17-21 17-21. Even if the three-time world champion did not get a medal this year, she could still take some positive things from her performance at the world championships 2022: “I think I’m on the way to get back to my top level.” 
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