Barcelona: After a slow start of the 2019 season, Viktor Axelsen seemed to have regained his form with strong defense and fast attacks by defeating No. 3 seed Anders Antonsen in the Barcelona Spain Masters final on Sunday.
The No. 1 seed Viktor Axelsen was clearly familiar with Antonsen’s play style as he kept hitting the shuttlecock to Antonsen’s backhand baseline and that strategy was paying off. Axelsen was able to either score point directly through Antonsen’s backhand baseline or use that opportunity to trigger his next move of killing the shuttlecock either through a cross court net shot or a direct smash.
Axelsen eventually claimed his first title of the year with a 21-14, 21-11 win over Antonsen.
In men’s doubles, scratch pair Lee Yang/Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan picked up their first international title as a pair by overcoming Kim Won Ho/Seo Seung Jae of Korea 21-8, 23-21.
“It’s really cool! I didn’t expect to win an international title especially this was our first partnership. We played really well in the first set in term of rotation and speed. The championship really boosted our confidence,” said Wang Chi-Lin.
“We were playing with a clearer strategy. In the past, I had to slow down the rhythm and return to the backcourt when attacking, but now I am able to speed up and spend more time in the frontcourt,” said Lee Yang.
In the all-Danish women’s singles final, No. 2 seed Mia Blichfeldt dominated the proceeding by outlasting No. 4 seed Line HøJmark Kjaersfeldt 21-14, 21-14.
Meanwhile, Korean shuttlers were able to pick up the mixed doubles and women’s doubles title through Seo Seung Jae/Chae Yujung and Kim So Yeong/Kong Hee Yong.