Badminton Indonesia Masters 2022: Olympic champions Axelsen and Chen clinch singles titles

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen and China's Chen Yufei both extend their career records against the runners-up, Chou Tien-chen and Ratchanok Intanon respectively, to 15 wins and 2 losses in Jakarta.

By ZK Goh

Viktor Axelsen and Chen Yufei continue to add to their impressive trophy cabinets.

The Olympic badminton champions showed the kind of form that propelled them to gold medals last summer in Tokyo by clinching the respective singles titles at the BWF Indonesia Masters 2022 at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday (12 June 2022).

In doing so, both Denmark's Axelsen and Chinese shuttler Chen extended already-one-sided career head-to-head records against their opponents to 15 wins and 2 defeats.

Axelsen needed just 41 minutes to secure a comfortable straight-games victory over his rival, third-seeded Chou Tien-chen of Chinese Taipei.

The Dane wrapped up proceedings 21–10, 21–12 against the world number four, clinching his third individual title of the season in the process.

He had previously clinched victory at both the prestigious All England Open, as well as at the European Championships in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Chen was tested by Thailand's Ratchanok Intanon, who was seeking a rare victory over the Chinese.

The Olympic champ was taken to a third-game decider before she finally saw off Intanon's challenge 21–16, 18–21, 21–15.

For Chen, triumph in Jakarta marks a first individual tournament victory since she won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games, and her first on tour since claiming the Malaysia Masters trophy in January 2020.


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