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The Danish world number 1 was not at 100% when he failed to qualify for the quarterfinals at China Open. Axelsen struggled with back pain and breathing problems against Ginting from Indonesia.

It was 1-1 between Viktor Axelsen and Anthony Sinisuka Ginting before the two entered court today. The Dane had defeated runner-up from Japan Open, Khosit Phetpradab, in first round while Ginting sent out one of the big ones, Lin Dan. Sadly for today’s match it was obvious to see that Axelsen wasn’t fully fit.

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Axelsen struggled with back pain and also held his hand to his chest several times during the match as if he couldn’t breathe properly. Midway thought second game he required medical assistance but he finished the match anyway. Little could he do to prevent a second round exit though.

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You also got to give credit to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting who played a stable match and took his chances to qualify to the quarterfinal. After three quarters of an hour is was over and the Indonesian had won with 18 and 17. Lin Dan in first round and Viktor Axelsen in second – that’s an okay start on China Open for the Indonesian player who will be 22 in a month.

Other Europeans out after close match

The British couple, Chris and Gabrielle Adcock, also failed to move on in China Open. The two were up against Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai for the fourth time in their career, still lacking a victory against them. And the Adcocks were off to a good start today.

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In a first game where the British duo was ahead all the way they won 21-17. Maybe today was the day they would get their first victory against the Thais?! But no, Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai came back in second game, which they won 25-23 after a very close fight from 10-10.

The decider was more a less a reversed copy of first game and the Thais were in control all the way. From 0-2 down they gained a solid lead, which Chris and Gabrielle Adcock never caught up with again. After 63 minutes Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai had added on to their head-to-head against the British duo; 4-0 now.

European clash

Europe was sure to get at least one pair into the quarterfinals as one of the men’s doubles was between Danes and Germans. Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen faced Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel in the fourth clash between the two pairs.

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Astrup and Skaarup had won the previous three encounters and today was no different story. Lamsfuss and Seidel could not keep up with the high level from the Danes and in just 26 minutes Denmark’s third ranked men’s double was through to next round. Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen won with two times 9.

The Stoeva sisters from Bulgaria, Gabriela and Stefani, are also through to the quarterfinals, unfortunately on a sad background. They were up against the 7-seeded Koreans Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan who unfortunately had to withdraw at 5-4 for the Stoevas.

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Europe has two more shots in the bag for a spot in the quarterfinals. Evgeniya Kosetskaya from Russia who is playing one of the locals He Bingjiao now, and then Jan Ø. Jørgensen who is facing Chen Long later today.


Results from second round of China Open:

MS: Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Indonesia vs. Viktor Axelsen, Denmark (1) 21-18 21-17
MS: Shi Yuqi, China (2) vs. Lee Hyun Il, Korea 19-21 21-18 21-15
MS: Son Wan Ho, Korea (4) vs. Wong Wing Ki Vincent, Hong Kong 21-16 21-16

WS: Gao Fangjie, China vs. Nitchaon Jindapol, Thailand 22-20 21-18
WS: Akane Yamaguchi, Japan (2) vs. Aya Ohori, Japan 18-21 21-14 21-17

MD: Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, Denmark (8) vs. Mark Lamsfuss/Marvin Emil Seidel, Germany 21-9 21-9

WD: Yuki Fukushima/Sayaka Hirota, Japan (1) vs. Dong Wenjing/Feng Xueying, China 21-7 21-12
WD: Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva, Bulgaria vs. Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan, Korea (7) 5-4 retired

XD: Yuta Watanabe/Arisa Higashino, Japan vs. Tontowi Ahmad/Liliyana Natsir, Indonesia (3) 21-12 14-21 21-12
XD: Zheng Siwei/Huang Yaqiong, China (1) vs. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa, India 21-14 21-11
XD: Dechapol Puavaranukroh/Sapsiree Taerattanachai, Thailand vs. Chris Adcock/Gabrielle Adcock, England 17-21 25-23 21-16


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