Dane Axelsen ends Dan China's Dan Lin's record dream

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 28, 2017

Ultimately, Okuhara drew first blood with the first game at 21-19.

Axelsen is the third Dane to claim the men's singles crown.

Axelsen, who emulated compatriots Peter Rasmussen and Flemming Delfs, was in disbelief after his power-packed show floored the 33-year-old great in Glasgow, Scotland. "Lin Dan is an idol for me", added the world number three, who has beaten Lin four times in seven meetings.

Sindhu, who has been in a rampaging form ever since her Rio Olympics final defeat to Spain's Carolina Marin, had earlier clinched her maiden Super Series Premier title at China Open a year ago before winning the India Super Series in April.

"I was shaking like a little child inside..."

At the end of the match, the 23-year-old Axelsen clutched his head in disbelief and then collapsed onto the court.

As to his future, he was unclear.

Okuhara's fast-paced game also curbed Sindhu's aggressive strokes, denting the Indian's chances of scoring winners. "Playing the finals, and at this level is comparatively different". After that, I have no plans.

Sindhu however, was quick to point out that overall the World Championships turned out to be very satisfactory for India.

The Rio Olympic silver-medallist gave it her all in the breathtaking final of the women's singles event, but she had to eventually settle for the silver at the World Championships. "The role he (Gopichand) has played has been great".

"Chen Long and Lin Dan have won all the major championships and they inspire me". Some people say I am too tall for singles, but I know I can improve.

"She was never easy and each time we play against each other, there are tough and long rallies". Because, at the end of the day, people remember the victor, nobody talks about who came second.

"Nothing like that. Having played in the Rio final, I am conscious of the demands of such an important game".

"I saw she was exhausted too, so I believed I had the advantage". "My attitude got me through". Sindhu equalised at this point but Okuhara took the game 21-19.

But the Indian started to irritate both the crowd and the umpire by going for the towel and taking too much time between shots.

Saina Nehwal had lost to the Eventual victor, earning her a bronze medal for appearing in the semi-final. As Saina struggled with her injuries, Sindhu came through the ranks and stormed into the final of the Rio Games previous year, forcing people to sit in front of their TV sets and cheer her in the quest for a gold.

Lack of adequate time to recover after a late night match affected Saina Nehwal's performance in the semifinals, feels her coach Vimal Kumar, who called for ideal scheduling of matches in big ticket events such as World Championship and Olympics. Today, I changed my strategy and tried to keep her moving more, ” she said.

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