Thursday, 13 Jun 2024

NEWS

Stop all the clocks, rewrite the record books. Witness the intense showdown between Lee Zii Jia and Viktor Axelsen in the final at YONEX All England. Fast-paced rallies set the tone, with Lee taking an 11-10 lead at the set interval. The first set witnessed no player winning more than four consecutive points, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats. After a neck-and-neck battle, Lee emerged victorious, narrowly clinching the set at 29-29.

The second set followed a similar pattern, showcasing the players’ masterful drop shots and remarkable touch. Axelsen took a slight lead at 11-9 during the interval, leaving spectators in awe of the tightly contested match. What made this clash even more intriguing was the previous meeting between the two, where Axelsen dominated with a 15-21 4-21 victory at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals.

Surprisingly, Axelsen’s matches throughout the week went to three sets, while Lee had not required a third set until this point in the tournament. With Lee leading at 18-14 in the second set, victory seemed within reach. However, Axelsen staged a remarkable comeback, winning five consecutive points to take a 19-18 lead. Lee responded with a powerful smash, determined not to let this opportunity slip away.

As the score reached 20-19 in favor of Axelsen, the tension heightened. Ultimately, Axelsen clinched the second set with a net tumble falling in his favor, winning 22-20. The third set, although not as closely contested, showcased Lee’s dominance, with an 11-5 lead at the interval and ultimately sealing the match with a commanding 21-9 victory.

Tham Khảo Thêm:  BWF News

Lee’s sensational performance defied expectations, defeating the reigning champion and showcasing his immense talent on the world stage. At just 22 years old, with a career-high ranking of 10, Lee has undoubtedly marked his spot as a rising star in badminton. Expect to see more thrilling finals and titles from this Malaysian prodigy in the near future.