Two-time world champion Carolina Marin had to battle hard to beat Yui Hashimoto of Japan in a three-game thriller to advance into the Yonex Japan Open second round and keep alive her hopes of an fourth Superseries title.
The Spaniard lost to Hashimoto in this year’s Indonesia Open Superseries. Today, she won 27-29, 21-15, 21-18 in a dramatic Tokyo evening session to reach the second round of the 275.000 Dollars event. The Japanese talent was on the verge of an upset as she led in the latter stage of the final game. However, Marin turned on the class and ran away with the game. She will next face Sayaka Takahashi in the last 16 on Thursday.
Marin, who is the number one seed in Japan, said that she had a very bad day, and added that she is looking very much forward to playing better badminton tomorrow.
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Viktor Axelsen advanced to the second round of the Japan Open on Wednesday. The Danish hopeful eased to the next round defeating India’s Ajay Jayaram in just 28 minutes. Axelsen, the world number six will now meet his compatriot Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the second round of the competition.
“It was a comfortable victory against Ajay today! I'm happy with my performance and think I played a good first round match”, Axelsen wrote on his official Facebook page.
Jørgensen pulled out with infection
European Champion Jan Ø. Jørgensen pulled out of the event with an infection. The world number two player wrote on his social media channels: “Almost since I got home from the World Championships, I have been sick and struggling with a really hardcore stomach infection. I have not been able to train properly at all as I have lost weight and don’t have any energy. I am still not feeling well and I am really sad to miss one of my favourite tournaments on the tour – the Japan Open.”
Former European European Champion Marc Zwiebler crashed out of tournament after a surprising defeat to Ihsan Maulana Mustofa of Indonesia. The German number one shuttler lost in three games 15-21, 21-18, 18-21.
Seventh seeds Chris and Gabby Adcock of England easily defeated Korea’s Shin Baek Choel/Yoo Jung Chae 21-17, 21-12 and fifth seeds Joachim Fischer/Christinna Pedersen rolled over Akira Koga/Koharu Yonemoto 21-14, 21-11.
Strong Danish performance in the men’s doubles
Denmark men’s doubles pairs proved too strong today for their favoured Asian opponents. Mads Conrad and Mads Kolding beat fourth seeds Chai Biao/Hong Wei of China in straight games 21-10, 21-19 while their colleagues Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen defeated the number eight seeds, Lee Sheng Mu/Tsai Chia Hsin of Taiwan (21-14, 22-20). Also Olympic silver medalists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen are through to the last 16 stage as they beat Liu Xiaolong/Qiu Zihan of China 21-17, 21-17.
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Article by Manuel Rösler. Photos by BadmintonPhoto.