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Axelsen and 11 Malaysians reach main draw

Former world junior champion Viktor Axelsen (below), made it a great debut at the Yonex All England on Tuesday when he qualified for the maindraw after winning both his qualifying matches.

Also through to the first round are 11 Malaysians with Lim Yin Loo reaching the tournament proper in the women’s and mixed doubles.

Other Malaysians to have qualified are Liew Daren and Chong Wei Feng (men’s singles), Mohd Zakry Abdul Latiff-Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari and Goh V Shem-Teo Kok Siang (men’s doubles), Goh Liu Ying with Yin Loo and Ng Hui Ern-Ng Hui Lin (women’s doubles) and Ong Jian Guo with Yin Loo (mixed doubles).

Axelsen, meanwhile, who is playing in the tournament for the first time, was made to work overtime by Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon and Eric Pang, who both took him to rubber games.

The Dane beat Suppanyu 21-9, 21-23, 21-11 while he outgunned Pang 21-19, 13-21, 21-17.  

“I think I performed well. It was a tense match and also a tough one,” said Axelsen about the tie against Pang.

“I played well in the first game and was shaky at time. I was a big nervous in the third when leading.

“I’m happy about my victory and look forward to the first round. It’s my first time in the All England and it is special. My goal was to qualify for the maindraw and I will do my best tomorrow (against Kenichi Tago).”

Yin Loo was lucky to only play one qualifying match in the mixed doubles. She and Jian Guo were supposed to meet the winner of the Chayut Triyachart-Yao Lei-Cho Gun Woo-Kim So Young match.

Chayut-Yao Lei, however, were promoted to the main draw while their South Korean opponents withdrew from the tournament, meaning the Malaysians’ victory over Johannes Schoettler-Sandra Marinello was enough for them to make it to the first round.

Meanwhile, the Ng sisters Hui Ern-Hui Lin (left), were all excited after upsetting Canada’s Nicole Grether-Charmaine Reid 21-18, 22-20, in the second qualifying round to reach the maindraw. They had earlier defeated Americans Eva Lee-Paula Lynn Obanana 21-19, 21-18.

“We could have played much better, but we still managed a win so that is good,” said Hui Ern.

“We we slightly nervous and didn’t want the match to go into a rubber game (when it was 19-19). But, we kept calm as we won the first game.”

Asked if being sisters helped their partnership, the girls replied in unison: “There is a good and. We know what to expect, but we sometimes get annoyed with each other.”

The Ng sisters will meet Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi of Japan on Wednesday.

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