Thomas and Uber Cup: Viktor Axelsen-led Denmark thrash Algeria 5-0; Japan women breeze past Canada

World badminton number one Viktor Axelsen led Denmark's Thomas Cup 5-0 demolition of Algeria on Monday, as Japan's women also breezed past Canada without dropping a set.

AFP May 21, 2018 15:52:11 IST
Thomas and Uber Cup: Viktor Axelsen-led Denmark thrash Algeria 5-0; Japan women breeze past Canada

Bangkok: World badminton number one Viktor Axelsen led Denmark's Thomas Cup 5-0 demolition of Algeria on Monday, as Japan's women also breezed past Canada without dropping a set.

Thomas and Uber Cup Viktor Axelsenled Denmark thrash Algeria 50 Japan women breeze past Canada

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen in action. AFP

Axelsen was in unforgiving form, losing just 12 points in a 16-minute destruction (21-4, 21-8) of Youcef Sabri Medel to begin the rout of Algeria.

Anders Antonsen dispatched Mohamed Abderrahime Belarbi 21-5, 21-9 in the second singles match, while Denmark's doubles pairs also blitzed their unfancied rivals.

Elsewhere in Group D, Malaysia steamrolled Russia 5-0 with Lee Chong Wei setting the tone in the first game during a 21-9, 21-6 win against Vladimir Malkov.

Nozomi Okuhura got Japan's women off to another flyer, beating Canada's Michelle Li 21-16, 21-17, and helping her country prevail 5-0 for the second day in a row.

Japan's women are tipped to unseat China at this year's Uber Cup, with a strong singles and doubles line-up.

But China, who have relinquished the cup only once in the last 10 tournaments, made a strong start to their defence, dominating France 5-0.

Olympic champion Liu Xueri made a successful 21-9, 21-13 return from a knee injury against Katia Normand.

China's men, who are looking to banish an embarrassing quarter-final loss on home soil in 2016, resume their Thomas Cup campaign against France on Monday evening

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