Danish badminton genius Viktor Axelsen pulled off a stunning victory defeating Taiwan’s Chou Tien-Chen in straight sets to secure the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Masters on Sunday, June 12. The world No. 1 beat Chou 21-10, 21-12 in a 41-minute match held at Jakarta’s Istora Senayan sporting arena.
Axelsen defeated home favorite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in the semi-finals to enter the finals. The 28-year-old Axelsen told reporters that he loved playing in Istora and had always dreamt of winning a tournament at this legendary venue, and to have done that was something special to him.
In the women’s singles, China’s Chen Yufei, a gold medalist at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, won her first title after she defeated Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, who won the Indonesia Masters women’s title in 2020. Chen sealed a place in the final after beating fellow citizen He Bingjiao 21-17, 21-14 in the semis. After her win, the world no.4 said, “I am very pleased to get the gold medal today. I faced some difficulties during the game but I’m very pleased to overcome them and secure the win”.
After the Indonesia Masters, the Indonesia Open is set to commence on June 14 and culminate on June 19.