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Roundup: Axelsen, Yamaguchi attain third spherical at badminton worlds

TOKYO, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) — Top-seeded Viktor Axelsen cruised to the third spherical of the lads’s singles on the World Badminton Championships on Tuesday, whereas reigning champion Akane Yamaguchi received her first match to begin the title protection on residence courtroom.

Denmark’s Axelsen scored 5 straight factors to take the primary set 21-19 when trailing 19-16, and received the second set 21-10 to get rid of Mark Caljouw of the Netherlands.

Axelsen has misplaced just one match on tour this season, and the Tokyo Olympic champion is taken into account the favourite for the match after returning to his “blessed land”.

“I’m really happy that I managed to turn it around, it’s good to be in the third round and I’m really looking forward to it,” stated Axelsen.

China’s Shi Yuqi, who returned to motion on the match after a 10-month suspension, took 46 minutes to down Rasmus Gemke of Denmark 21-13, 21-16 and attain the final 16.

The 2018 worlds finalist rated his efficiency “7 out of 10”, one level greater than his first-round present.

“I played much better than the first match, although this is still a long way from my best badminton,” he stated.

On the ladies’s aspect, Yamaguchi, who loved a bye within the opening spherical, defeated Indonesia’s Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 21-12, 21-15, and can face compatriot Sayaka Takahashi subsequent spherical.

This match is seen as revenge after Yamaguchi misplaced to Tunjung within the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Masters final month.

“I never felt that I had any breathing space until toward the end of the second game. It was more about dealing with my opponent than me going on the attack,” the native favourite stated.

Chinese gamers He Bingjiao and Wang Zhiyi, who had each acquired byes into the second spherical, received their first matches within the match.

Ninth-seeded He defeated American Iris Wang 21-13, 21-7 and can face Spanish three-time world champion Carolina Marin, who eradicated Canadian Zhang Wenyu 21-16, 21-14.

eleventh seed Wang superior with a victory over Denmark’s Line Christophersen 21-15, 21-14, and her subsequent opponent shall be compatriot Han Yue.