Denmark Open: Viktor Axelsen edges through as Lee Chong Wei crashes out

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Viktor Axelsen made to work by qualifier Wei Nan in the 2017 Denmark Open second round. (photo: AP)
Viktor Axelsen made to work by qualifier Wei Nan in the 2017 Denmark Open second round. (photo: AP)

Odense: Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia slumped to a surprise loss at the Denmark Open second round as Viktor Axelsen and Son Wan-Ho battled into the quarter-finals.

Favorite to win in front of home crowd, Viktor Axelsen had to dig deep to progress to the quarter-finals by defeating Wei Nan of Hong Kong 17-21, 21-10, 23-21. Axelsen is set to face No. 8 seed Kidambi Srikanth of India next.

Men’s singles No. 1 seed Son Wan-Ho didn’t have things all his own way as he got past spirited local player Anders Antonsen 20-22, 21-14, 21-18 in an 81 minutes battle. Son will meet H. S. Prannoy of India on Friday.

Lee Chong Wei, the seventh seeded Malaysian who won the event in 2005 and 2012, struggled with his shots throughout as H. S. Prannoy progressed 21-17, 11-21, 21-19 in 63 minutes.

In men’s doubles, No. 1 seeds Mathias Boe/Carsten Mogensen of Denmark came from 10-15 in the third set to see off Or Chin Chung/Tang Chun Man of Hong Kong 21-23, 21-8, 21-19 in 88 minutes. Boe/Mogensen will play qualifiers Kasper Antonsen/Niclas Nohr for a spot in the semi-final.

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