COPENHAGEN — The 2019 Badminton Denmark Open saw a swath of second-round action across all categories on Thursday.
In the men's singles, two Danish players raised the roof and made the headlines.
Danmark's Viktor Axelsen significantly improved his game during a compelling second-round victory against Khosit Phetpradab from Thailand.
The Dane put a lackluster first round behind him by comfortably dismantling his Thai opponent's game on his way to victory: 21-13, 21-15.
Chen Long is China's sole remaining representative in the men's singles
Denmark's Ramius Gemkte, ranked 22nd, also raised his performance by employing a superior tactical game against his hard-hitting world number six ranked opponent Jonathan Christie.
The Dane's guile sent the Indonesian home in a two-set thriller: 21-17, 23-21 and booked himself a place in the quarterfinals, albeit against the world number one Kento Momota.
Further action in the men's singles saw China's Chen Long, ranked 5th, defeat India's Sameer Verma in a two-set display of domination 21-12, 21-10.
However, Chen Long is China's sole remaining representative in the men's singles.
The women's singles had its share of drama but coming from South Koreans.
India's major hope P.V. Sindhu, an Olympic silver medalist, lost to talented 17-year-old South Korea's Se Young An 21-14, 21-17.
In another match, South Korean Sung Ji-hyun was unfortunately forced to withdraw injured from her match in the third set against Beiwen Zhang from the United States.
India's major hope P.V. Sindhu, an Olympic silver medalist, lost to talented 17-year-old South Korea's Se Young An 21-14, 21-17
Meanwhile, China was guaranteed a quaterfinal berth in the women's singles thanks to an all China match-up in the second round between Cai Yanyan who proved no match for the more powerful Chen Yufei by two sets: 21-14, 21-10.
In the men's doubles, Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong of China brushed aside their Indian opponents Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty 21-16, 21-15 to go through to the next round.
They are joined by Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan when they defeated the Japanese pairing of Yukiko Takahata and Yukiko Takahata in a three-set melodrama of a match 21-17, 16-21 and 21-16.
In the mixed doubles, China saw three pairs through.
Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping overcame Indonesia's Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja to win 21-19, 16-21, 21-12.
The world's number one pair of Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong beat Takuro Hoki and Wakana Nagahara of Japan 21-15, 23-21 and will meet He Jiting and Du Yue in the next round.
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