Ginting started well, keeping his high pace and intensity to claim the first game, but Axelsen’s steadiness would wear him down. At 10-7 in the third the Indonesian had the edge; all it took was a couple of uncertain shots and Axelsen was all over him in a flash. Even the sureshot winners were returned, and Ginting had yet again run into a wall.
“I think our match today was really intense,” said Ginting. “It was quite tough from beginning until the end, but I think the key was the last game because Axelsen was on the better side and he could play his strokes. I tried so hard in the last part of the second game. I won a lot of points, but he played really patiently. He is tall, he can move around the court quite well, and his defence and attack are really good.”
Axelsen, who is in the running for his fifth title of the season, was a satisfied man at the end, having shut down every window that Ginting had tried to open.
“It was an intense match today. Ginting played a great match. This is the third time we’re playing each other in four or five weeks. So obviously, we know each other well by now. However, I’m really, really happy that I managed to win this match, with these conditions here, it’s a bit of an advantage for his style of game. However, I managed to really control it well, especially in the last two games in the end. So I’m really happy about that. And super, super excited to be playing again tomorrow.
“I think I just try to take one day at a time, one match at a time, one point at a time. And so far it has been really nice. I don’t have any injuries or whatsoever. So it makes it a little bit easier to maintain and to recover well, so I’m just trying to put everything into it and play my heart out. And that’s what I’m gonna do.”
♦拉哈尤/西蒂激战三局，以14-21 21-13 21-16逆转战胜凡晨组合，挺进四强。