Viktor Axelsen Faces Li Shifeng in Singapore Open Semis

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Viktor Axelsen dominates the quarterfinal match against Leong Jun Hao. (Photo: Xinhua)
Viktor Axelsen dominates the quarterfinal match against Leong Jun Hao. (Photo: Xinhua)

Singapore: Viktor Axelsen is set to take on Li Shifeng in the semifinals at the 2024 Singapore Open.

This follows a confident victory over Malaysian Leong Hun Jao, whom he defeated in two sets in the quarterfinals.

Highlights of Viktor Axelsen vs. Leong Jun Hao in the 2024 Singapore Open quarterfinals:

Axelsen who had never faced Leong before, did not seem bothered by the twist he sustained on Thursday, quickly taking control of the match to beat Leong 21-12, 21-11.

The Dane quickly took control in the first set. By the mid-game interval, Axelsen was leading 11-6, and he comfortably secured the set.

In the second set, Leong kept up well. It was 11-10 at the interval, but then Axelsen turned up the intensity, leaving the Malaysian with no chance thereafter.

Li Shifeng on the other hand, saw off home favorite Loh Kean Yew 21-19, 21-16 on Friday.

Chou Tien Chen will meet Shi Yuqi in another men’s singles semifinals.

In men’s doubles, last week’s Malaysia Masters champions Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen are well on their way to another great result in another BWF World Tour tournament when they showed a dominant victory over Malaysians Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik 21-10, 21-14.

The Danish duo got off to a flying start and led 9-2 and 14-4 on their way to winning the first set.

In the second set, the Danes took the lead early, going up 5-1, before Chia and Yik fought back a bit to make it 11-7 at the mid-game interval.

The Malaysians reduced the score to 10-11, but then Astrup/Rasmussen started to lead and never looked back.

Astrup/Rasmussen will play Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto in the semifinals.

Alfian/Ardianto overcame World No. 2 Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang 21-17, 21-9 to make the final four.

He Ji Ting/Ren Xiang Yu will clash with Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi in other men’s doubles semifinals.

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