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Marin, Axelsen claim Thailand Open titles

Reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin bolstered her chances of defending her title in Tokyo later this year after claiming the Thailand Open by beating top seed Tai Tzu-ying in Bangkok yesterday.

Despite having a cold, fourth seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark was electric in the men’s final against eighth-ranked Angus Long of China’s Hong Kong, claiming the title with a 21-14, 21-14 victory. Spaniard Marin, 27, a former world No. 1, was an imposing force with razor-sharp smashes, clever net work and an unmatched level of aggression and agility as she steam-rolled her 26-year-old opponent from Chinese Taipei 21-9, 21-16 in 42 minutes. The first non-Asian women’s player to win an Olympic badminton gold, Marin has faced an uphill battle to recover from a January 2019 knee injury in time to defend her crown in Tokyo. The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments in Bangkok culminating in the World Tour Finals from January 27. The next tournament begins tomorrow.


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