8/27/2017 12:38:46 PM

Denmark's Axelsen enters World Championships final



Glasgow, Scotland: Denmark's Viktor Axelsen became the first male player from Europe since Peter Rasmussen in 1997 to enter the final of the BWF World Championships while Japan's Nozomi Okuhara ended Saina Nehwal's campaign in Glasgow on Saturday.

Axelsen, a bronze medallist in the 2014 edition of the showpiece event in Copenhagen, knocked out China's Chen Long 21-9, 21-10 in 39 minutes for his second career victory over the defending champion.

Axelsen was surprised by the ease of his progress and the towering 23-year-old said his focus was sharp as he bids to emulate compatriot Rasmussen who won the title 20 years ago.

"I can't believe I just beat Chen Long in straight games," Axelsen said. "I'm so proud right now, but I'm not done yet. I have another match... I will start preparing."

Nehwal, looking to improve on her second-place finish in the 2015 World Championships in Jakarta, saw her challenge fade after a strong opening game, as seventh seed Okuhara pulled away for a 12-21, 21-17, 21-10 win.



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