Familiarity breeds success in Thailand

PETALING JAYA: Familiar faces stamped their mark in the Toyota Thailand Open as four out of the five winners bagged the titles for the second time in a row at the Impact Arena in Bangkok yesterday.

The winners were Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen (men’s singles), Spaniard Carolina Marin (pic) (women’s singles), Taiwan’s Lee Yang-Wang Chi-lin (men’s doubles) and local favourites Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (mixed doubles).

Axelsen showed the disparity in class against his compatriot Hans-Kristian Vittinghus with a 21-11,21-7 victory.

The poor physical condition of Vittinghus certainly made it easier for the world No. 4 in a lop-sided final.

It was tougher for Marin but she pulled off the right tricks to beat world No. 1 Tzu-ying in a repeat final.Fans will be hoping to see the return of players from Japan and China to spice up the competitions ahead of the August Olympic Games in Tokyo and the World Championships in Denmark in November.

Japan and China did not send their players to Thailand due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Japan withdrew the entire team after their star Kento Momota tested positive for the virus while China were unable to participate because of their government’s travel ban.

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