The Axe-terminator

PETALING JAYA: Debutant Ng Tze Yong (pic) created a sensational upset over world no. 1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to storm into the All England quarter-finals.

World No. 28 Tze Yong fought brilliantly to score his biggest career win with a 21-15, 9-21, 23-21 victory in 69 minutes in a thrilling men's singles second round match at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham yesterday.

The rubber game was nerve-wracking as the Olympic champion Axelsen fought back when he was trailing 15-19 and went on to take the lead 20-19.

Instead of crumbling under pressure, the 22-year-old Tze Yong stood solid to pull off the stunning win in only his first meeting against Axelsen in an international stage.

Birmingham has turned out to be a lucky charm for Tze Yong as he went on to win the silver medal in the individual event at the Commonwealth Games last year in his debut.

Tze Yong will next play China's world No. 14 Li Shifeng for a place in the semi-finals.

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Badminton , Ng Tze Yong , All-England , Birmingham


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