Viktor Axelsen and Carolina Marín bagged their second successive Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour titles, winning in the respective men’s and women’s singles events at the Toyota Thailand Open just a week after claiming their Yonex Thailand Open title. Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai also won their successive titles in the mixed doubles events.
Axelsen became the first Danish player to win the Thailand Open in men’s singles, bagging $ 70,000 prize after dominating the final against Hong Kong’s seventh seed, Angus Ng Ka Long 21-14, 21-14. Last week, the Danish shuttler also won in straight games against Long 21-14, 21-14 in a neat 44 minutes of the Yonex Thailand Open. The double victory in Thailand was Axelsen’s ninth and tenth on the World Tour.
In the women’s singles, Olympic champion and fifth seed Carolina Marin once again won against Chinese Taipei’s top seed Tai Tzu Ying 21-19, 21-17 to clinch the Toyota Thailand Open women’s singles title. In the same hall last week, the Spaniard beat the top seed in just 42 minutes by a comfortable score of 21-9, 21-16 to claim the Yonex Thailand Open women’s singles title.
“I feel extremely happy. Two victories in two weeks, it’s an amazing way to start the year,” Marin said. “I said to myself and my team that for 2021 I was going to be a new player, with a new mindset with more focus on the game. I wanted to keep improving my game. We have two big goals for this year – the Olympics and the World Championships, so it’s going to be an important year.”
Meanwhile, Thai duo Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai beat fourth-seeded South Koreans Seo Seung-Jae and Chae Yu-Jung 21-16, 22-20 to win the mixed doubles badminton title at the Toyota Thailand Open. The Thai duo claims their back-to-back titles for the first time, winning the Yonex Thailand Open last week – their first victory in the World Tour Super 1000 mixed doubles titles.
In the men’s doubles, seventh-ranked Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin of Taiwan also made it back-to-back titles in 36 minutes against Malaysia’s ninth-ranked Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik 21-13, 21-18. Finally, the all-Korean women’s doubles final was won by sixth-ranked Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong, beating fourth-ranked Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan 21-18, 21-19.
Both the Yonex and Toyota Thailand Open events were part of three back-to-back tournaments in Bangkok. The Thailand Open is a so-called Super 1000 tournament, which is the highest level on the International Badminton Federation’s World Tour. The BWF World Tour Finals is next and is scheduled to run from Wednesday (January 27) to Sunday (January 31).