BWF Sudirman 2023 Quarterfinals Highlights – Axelsen’s retirement and Japan’s thrilling win

Korea, Japan, Malaysia and host China win all four quarter-finals at Sudirman 2023

BWF Sudirman 2023 Quarterfinals highlights as Viktor Axelsen retired injured against Lee Zii Jia while this year’s semifinals will feature All-Asian teams.

We update on the daily basis all the latest outcomes of the inaugural event taking place at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre in Suzhou, China from May 14 to May 21, 2023.

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BWF Sudirman Cup Quarter Finals

Quarterfinals’ Highlights

Korea were the first team to seal their progress into the final four after their victory 3-1 Chinese Taipei.

The lead was early stored as An Se Young’s women’s singles win over Tai Tzu Ying, before Lee Yang and Ye Hong Wei retired in the second game of their men’s doubles clash to seal Korea’s place in the final four.

The unfortunate left ankle injury caused Lee Yang’s disappointed withdrawn as Chinese Taipei struggled to earn a point.

Chou Tien Chien was the only winner who beat Lee Yun Gyu to make it 1-1.

Axelsen’s injury

Meanwhile, Malaysia booked their place with a 3-1 win over Denmark, but there was a catch as the European nation’s top player, men’s world number one Viktor Axelsen, retired injured from his men’s singles clash with Lee Zii Jia.

Malaysia beat Denmark as Viktor Axelsen retired in injury
Malaysia beat Denmark as Viktor Axelsen retired in injury

It’s hard to say that the Malaysia’s ace was fully satisfied after his counterpart limped out just a few points in the anticipated clash.

The World No.1 appeared to suffer from hamstring injury which eventually forced his retirement just five minutes into the opening game.

Zii Jia’s win double the lead for Malaysia as Chen Tang Jie-Toh Ee Wei had earlier won the opening game 15-21, 21-14, 21-7 against Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje in the mixed doubles.

After the game, the Danish ace revealed his scan result on twitter:

“The MRI scan I went though yesterday showed what we expected, which is a muscle strain in my left hamstring. I’m therefore not able to be on court for the next time being and will miss the next few tournaments. I’m taking one day at a time and I’m looking forward to…”

China continued to impress

Meanwhile, reigning champions and host of this year event, produced another whitewash as they beat Indonesia 3-0 in their tie.

Chen Yu Fei was the one who sealed China’s winning point to be semifinalist

China beat Indonesia 3-0 in their tie, with Chen Yu Fei sealing the winning point to move into Saturday’s semi-finals.

China secured spot in semifinal
China secured spot in semifinal

Japan and Thailand thrilled the fans

The most entertained clash must be Japan vs Thailand as the pair produced a tense encounter.

Japan’s duo of Mens’ doubles Hoki Takuro and Kobayashi Yugo came from a game down to beat Kittinupong Kedren and Dechapol Puavaranukroh 19-21, 21-10, 21-18 and book the semi-final spot.

Japan managed to pick themselves up and edge Thailand to make the semifinals of the TotalEnergies BWF Sudirman Cup Finals 2023.

As a result of the quarterfinals, the following teams have advanced to the BWF Sudirman Cup Semi-Finals:

  • Korea
  • Japan
  • China
  • Malaysia

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