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Swiss Open 2021: Unstoppable Marin and Axelsen clinch titles, Tan/Thinaah on cloud nine

The most awaited day of the Swiss Open 2021, the finals had finally arrived. St Jakobshalle, Basel was all set for the final showdowns. The match lineups were all enthralling. Let’s see how the matches went across the five categories.

Men’s Singles

Viktor Axelsen Swiss open final
Image Source: Badminton Europe Facebook | Axelsen Dominated Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the men’s singles final of the Swiss Open

Viktor Axelsen continued his unstoppable form as he comfortably beat the 19-year-old Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn in straight games 21-16, 21-6 in 47 minutes. It was a shaky start for Axelsen as he had a trial in the first game. The pace of the game was slow, had longer rallies.

It seemed like Axelsen wanted to test waters, study his opponent and tire him out. We saw Axelsen’s strategy work out as he clinched the first game and completely dominated the second, giving Kunlaut no chance. The Thai too run out of steam in the second game as he failed to keep up longer rallies and started losing points.

With that, Axelsen won his third final of 2021, the Yonex Swiss Open. He had earlier won the Yonex Thailand Open. Toyota Thailand Open and finished runner-up in the BWF World Tour Finals.

Women’s Singles

Swiss Open final Carolina MArin
Image Source: Badminton Europe Facebook | Carolina Marin

In the women’s singles finals, it was a scintillating performance by Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin against PV Sindhu. The Spaniard was completely in control of the game as she absolutely outclassed the reigning world champion. Sindhu’s defense was weak, Marin’s smashes were power-packed, and found the lines and Sindhu’s body with no or weak returns.

It was an anti-climactic one-sided match with Marin winning 21-12, 21-5, as the women’s singles final, the repeat of the Rio 2016 final was the most awaited match of the day with a possible spectacular show of intense attacking games.

Also Read: The historic clash between PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin- Rio Olympics Final, 2016 : A throwback

Mixed Doubles

Thom and delphine
Image Source: Badminton Europe Facebook | Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue win in the Swiss Open finals

Sixth seed Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue of France finally won a title after a month of promising performances. They achieved a first World Tour Super 300 title for France in the category. They had a great run at the BWF world tourn finals in January as well. In 47 minutes of play, they beat Alexandra Boje and Mathias Christiansen of Denmark 21-19, 21-19.  In the second game, they came back from a trail of 14-10, when they seemed to be losing, they just bounced back and strode their way to the title.

It was a dreamy week for the Danish pair as they stunned the first seeds, Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the quarterfinal, and then the third seed Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith in the semi-final to make it to the finals. Unfortunately for them,  they couldn’t pull off another upset in the final.

Women’s Doubles

Thinaah and Pearly tan
Image Source: Badminton Europe Facebook | Thinaah and Pearly Tan

In the women’s doubles finals of the Swiss Open 2021, a young pair of Thinaah Muralitharan and Pearly Tan of Malaysia took down the third-seeded sister pair of Bulgaria, Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva. In 42 minutes Tina and Tan outplayed their opponent with a brilliant attack, 21-19, 21-12.

Both the pairs have had a wonderful week. The Stoeva sisters showed the doors to the first seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand 21-16, 21-14. Pearly and Thinaah dismissed Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean, second seeds of Malaysia in three thrilling games 10-21, 21-14, 21-16.

Thinaah And Tan became the first Malaysian women’s doubles pair in over two years to win a BWF World Tour title.

Men’s Doubles

kim astrup anders rasmussen
Image Source: Badminton Europe Facebook | Kim Astrup, and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen

Sixth seeds from Denmark, Kim Astrup, and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen were spectacular this week as they won the title in 41 minutes beating the German pair of Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel, 21-16, 21-11

Mark and Marvin had earlier beaten the first seeds, Aaron Chi and Soh Wooi of Malaysia. Kim and Anders outclassed the second seeds Satwik and Chirag from India In three thrilling games.

In the finals, however, Kim and Anders put up a flawless performance as they broke into the defense of their German opponent with their precise and powerful attack.

Also Read: Swiss Open Semi-final 2021: PV Sindhu will face Carolina Marin in the final, Srikanth and Chirag-Satwik suffered defeat



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