Australian Open Superseries: Another Superseries Title for Marin; Viktor Runner-Up after Tight Final

In its second year as a Superseries tournament, the Australian Open came to a close on May 31st, and proved stage for a series of impressive performances from YONEX shuttlers.

In women’ singles, Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEEDSHB-02LX) earned herself another Superseries title, this time winning against former World No. 1 Wang Shixian. The World Champion and recent Malaysia Open Superseries Premier winner was matched by her Chinese opponent at times, but never led. Despite the tight final score of 22-20 21-18, Carolina kept herself two or three points ahead of her opponent.

Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX) was the men’s singles runner-up after an impressive run. The unseeded Viktor defeated two seeded opponents—Lin Dan (VOLTRIC Z-FORCE Ⅱ LD, SHBSC6LDEX) and Jan O. Jorgensen (VOLTRIC 80 E-tune, SHBSC6iEX)—to reach the final. Against fellow Dane Jan, Viktor pulled off an impressive and clean game with big smashes against his seasoned opponent. Without once being led by his senior, Viktor closed the match at 21-17 21-15. Viktor proceeded to show impressive performance against No. 1 seed Chen Long, just nearly grabbing a victory over the Chinese shuttler. The second game saw Viktor led by five points, but the 21-year-old shuttler grabbed nine connective points to turn the game around, levelling the match. The final game proved tight, with Viktor giving the World No. 1 a run for his money. The final score came to 21-12 14-21 21-18.

The Indonesia Open commences tomorrow, so be sure to keep your eyes on YONEX shuttlers and their further achievements.

2015 Australian Open Results

Men’s Singles Final

[1] Chen Long (CHN) def. Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX)(DEN) 21-12 14-21 21-18

Women’s Singles Final

[3] Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEEDSHB-02LX)(ESP) def. [5] Wang Shixian (CHN) 22-20 21-18