Wednesday, 22 May 2024

BWF News

The battle for Men’s Singles supremacy took an unexpected turn at the OUE Singapore Open 2017 with the surprising defeat of Viktor Axelsen. As the No.3 seed and the tournament favorite, Axelsen’s loss to journeyman Wong Wing Ki on centre court at Singapore Indoor Stadium shook up the competition. Axelsen, who had previously performed impressively in India, appeared lackluster and unable to control the match against Wong. Despite the disappointment, Axelsen acknowledges that there are lessons to be learned from this defeat and vows to continue working hard for future tournaments.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s Singles clash, fans were on the edge of their seats watching Pusarla V Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara battle it out in a reminiscent match of their Rio 2016 semi-final. Pusarla emerged victorious after a nail-biting deciding game. While Okuhara was disappointed to have come so close to victory and falter at the crucial moment, she remains determined to continue her journey back to a high standard of play.

In Women’s Doubles, Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, fresh off their victory in Kuching, suffered defeat at the hands of Korea’s Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee. As for Men’s Doubles, Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong are looking to redeem themselves after a slow start to the season.

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One of the most intriguing stories of the tournament revolves around Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, as they aim to replicate last year’s success of Ratchanok Intanon by dominating three tournaments in three weeks.

The OUE Singapore Open 2017 has already provided exciting matches and unexpected outcomes, keeping badminton fans on the edge of their seats.