PETALING JAYA: Viktor Axelsen and Carolina Marin are shaping up well in their bid to emerge as the European men and women singles champions respectively.
Dane Axelsen showed he is a class above his peers in the region when he trounced Thomas Rouxel of France 21-14,21-15 in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles event in the European Championships in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Friday.
He takes on Kalle Koljonen of Finland, who dumped third seed Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 21-15,21-19, for a place in the final.
Marin, who is eyeing her fifth title in a row, had an easy ride to the semi-finals after her quarter-final opponent Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark conceded a walkover.
The Spaniard will play Neslihan Yigit of Turkey next.
Men’s singles: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Thomas Rouxel (Fra) 21-14,21-15; Kalle Koljonen (Fin) bt Rasmus Gemke (Den) 21-15,21-19; Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) bt Mark Caljouw (Ned) 21-19,17-21,21-15; Anders Antonsen (Den) bt Brice Leverdez (Fra) 21-12,21-13.
Men’s doubles: Kim Astrup-Anders Rasmussen (Den) bt Christo Popov-Toma Popov (Fra) 21-12,19-21,21-9; Mark Lamsfuss-Marvin Seidel (Ger) bt Ben Lane-Sean Vendy (Eng) 21-15,17-21,21-19; Vladimir Ivanov-Ivan Sozonov (Rus) bt Matthew Clare-Max Flynn (Eng) 21-11,21-13; Marcus Ellis-Chris Langridge (Eng) bt Jones Jansen-Peter Kaesbauer (Ger) 16-21,21-12,26-24.
Women’s singles: Carolina Marin (Spa) bt Line Kjaersfeldt (Den) w.o.; Neslihan Yigit (Tur) bt Yvonne Li (Ger) 21-16,21-16; Kirsty Gilmour (Sco) bt Lianne Tan (Ger) 18-21,21-13; 21-14; Line Christophersen (Den) bt Julie Jakobsen (Den) 21-9,21-8.
Women’s doubles: Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) bt Amalie Magelund-Freja Ravn (Den) 21-12,21-17; Maiken Fruergaard-Sara Thygesen (Den) bt Aline Muller-Jenjira Stadelmann (Sui) 21-16,21-14; Selena Piek-Cheryl-Seinen (Ned) bt Alexandra Boje-Mette Poulsen (Den) 17-21,21-19,21-12; Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith (Eng) bt Linda Efler-Isabel Herttrich (Ger) 21-10,21-14.
Mixed doubles: Marcus Ellis-Lauren Smith (Eng) bt Sam Magee-Chloe Magee (Irl) 21-7,21-11; Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) bt Ronan Labar-Anne Tran (Fra) 12-21,21-16,21-12; Mark Lamsfuss-Isabel Herttrich (Ger) bt Robin Tabeling-Selena Piek (Ned) 21-8,21-12; Rodion Alimov-Alina Davletova (Rus) bt Thom Gicquel-Delphine Delrue (Fra) 21-18,21-18.