Viktor Axelsen, the Olympic champion in badminton, won the Japan Open 2023 championship on Sunday, July 30, defeating Indonesian sensation Jonatan Christie.
Axelsen, the current world number one from Denmark, won in consecutive games, 21-7, 21-18, live on Olympic Channel through Olympics.com (territorial limitations apply).
Axelsen has won three BWF championships this year.
An Se Young of the Republic of Korea, ranked second in the world, defeated He Bing Jiao of the People’s Republic of China, ranked fifth, without dropping a set to win the women’s singles competition. The final score was 21-15, 21-11.
The Korean has won seven championships this year. Kim So Yeong and Kong Hee Yong of Korea won the women’s doubles match by defeating top-seeded Chen Qing Chen of the People’s Republic of China 21-17, 21-14 in the championship match.
Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Li won the men’s doubles competition.
Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino won the mixed doubles, giving the Japanese crowd something to cheer about.
The BWF Japan Open is a Super 750 tournament on the 2023 BWF World Tour, where competitors may gain ranking points towards qualifying for Paris 2024.
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