Friday, 14 Jun 2024

Denmark Open 2021: Axelsen and Yamaguchi Triumph on Home Soil

The recently concluded Denmark Open in Odense witnessed Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen clinching the title in the men’s singles category, while Akane Yamaguchi emerged victorious in the women’s singles draw.

Axelsen, carrying the hopes of the home crowd, reached the final without dropping a game after defending champion Anders Antonsen was eliminated in the second round. In the showpiece event, Axelsen faced top seed Kento Momota, who had also enjoyed an impeccable run. Momota took an early lead by winning the opening set 22-20. However, Axelsen mounted a remarkable comeback, winning the next two sets 21-18, 21-12 to claim his first Denmark Open title.

In the women’s event, Yamaguchi secured a Japanese victory after top seed Chen Yufei withdrew from the tournament. Yamaguchi, the highest seed in the draw, fought back from a game down twice to reach the final. She faced fifth seed An Se-young, who had ended Kirsty Gilmour’s impressive run in the semifinals. Se-young took the opening game but eventually faded, allowing Yamaguchi to take control. With a commanding lead of 16-5 in the decider, Se-young was forced to retire, granting Yamaguchi the win.

Japanese players also tasted success in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles categories. Unseeded duo Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi caused a minor upset by defeating home favorites Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the men’s doubles final. Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino emerged as the champions in the mixed doubles, defeating the second-seeded Thai pair Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

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The Denmark Open showcased thrilling badminton action and demonstrated the immense skill and talent of the players. Fans can look forward to the upcoming YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships, scheduled to take place from 16th to 20th March 2022 at Utilita Arena Birmingham. Secure your tickets today and don’t miss out on witnessing the world’s best players in action.

FAQs

Q: Who won the men’s singles title at the Denmark Open 2021?
A: Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen emerged victorious in the men’s singles category.

Q: Who won the women’s singles title at the Denmark Open 2021?
A: Akane Yamaguchi clinched the title in the women’s singles draw.

Q: Which Japanese players had success in the doubles categories at the Denmark Open 2021?
A: Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi won the men’s doubles title, while Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino claimed victory in the mixed doubles category.

Summary

Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen and Akane Yamaguchi emerged as the winners in the men’s and women’s singles categories, respectively, at the Denmark Open 2021. Axelsen showcased his resilience by mounting a comeback to defeat top seed Kento Momota in the final. Yamaguchi fought back from a game down to secure victory against An Se-young. The tournament also witnessed Japanese success in the men’s doubles and mixed doubles categories. Fans can now look forward to the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships in March 2022. Get your tickets today and experience the excitement of world-class badminton.

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