Men’s world primary Viktor Axelsen had his aura of invincibility shaken Friday on the season-ending badminton World Tour Finals in Bangkok with a shock loss to India’s H.S. Prannoy. The defeat was solely the third this 12 months for the dominant 28-year-old Dane, who ultimately succumbed 14-21, 21-17, 21-18. But Axelsen — who received gold on the Tokyo Olympics final 12 months — nonetheless advances to Saturday’s semi-finals albeit along with his confidence barely bruised.
The Badminton World Federation shifted its $1.5 million flagship occasion to the Thai capital’s Nimibutr Arena after unique host China dropped the event as a consequence of its powerful Covid restrictions.
Prannoy had nothing to lose in Friday’s conflict after two losses earlier within the week meant he was ineligible to advance to the following spherical.
Axelsen began sturdy, successful the primary sport 21-14, and regarded like he was cruising in the direction of a straight-games victory as he took a four-point lead early within the second.
But the 30-year-old Prannoy, ranked twelfth on this planet, didn’t hand over and after the interval clawed his manner again to assert the second sport 21-17.
Prannoy — who helped India make historical past in May once they hoisted the Thomas Cup for the primary time — then deployed intelligent web work to construct a bonus within the remaining sport, placing Axelsen underneath strain and resulting in a 21-18 win.
In the opposite males’s group, Indonesian hotshot Anthony Ginting booked himself and compatriot Jonatan Christie semi-finals berths after notching up a hat trick of victories.
Christie’s advance to the following stage was depending on Ginting beating Singaporean Loh Kean Yew.
Seventh-ranked Ginting upstaged world quantity three Loh 21-12, 23-21.
“I’m really, really feeling happy and grateful,” Ginting advised reporters after the match, joking that Christie owed him one.
Japan’s Kodai Naraoka rounded out the boys’s semi-finals line-up after knocking over China’s Lu Guang Zu 21-19, 21-15.
In the ladies’s draw, badminton world primary singles star Akane Yamaguchi noticed off a risk from Indonesian newcomer Gregoria Mariska Tunjung to ebook a spot within the semis 21-15, 13-21, 21-18.
He Bing Jiao from China clocked her third win of the event, overpowering native hope Busanan Ongbamrungphan from Thailand 8-21, 22-20, 21-13 to advance.
And Olympic champion Chen Yufei knocked out Korean younger gun An Se Young in straight video games 21-16, 21-12.
Play remains to be underway in Bangkok to spherical out the semi-final draw.
Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying and Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon will battle it out later Friday for the final spot within the subsequent stage of the event.
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