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New Year refresh for world stars

For Viktor Axelsen, this was his first time on a tournament court since he claimed the 2020 YONEX All England title in March, before the world went into lockdown.

Not only has there been a global pandemic, but he also welcomed a baby daughter and had ankle surgery during that year too.

He enjoyed some consistent performances throughout the week in Bangkok and secured victory over Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, 21-14, 21-14.

It was also a welcome return to court for Spain’s Carolina Marin, who stormed to victory against Chinese Taipei top seed Tai Tzu Ying, 21-9, 21-16.

It had been a tough year for Marin who sadly lost her father last year, and she wanted to return to the court and enjoy her matches.

Her power and speed returned with gusto and we cannot wait to see what this next week brings for the 2015 YONEX All England champion.

There was home success for top seeds in the mixed doubles, as Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai toppled Indonesian second seeds Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, 21-3, 20-22, 21-18.

In the women’s doubles, Indonesia’s fifth seeds Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu overcame home duo Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai, 21-15, 21-12.

The men’s doubles final saw Chinese Taipei sixth seeds Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin beat Malaysia duo Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong in a three-game epic battle, 21-16, 21-23, 21-19.

We now look to the TOYOTA Thailand Open which gets underway on Tuesday, with some exciting matches coming our way!

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