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Axelsen claims first title of 2020 as Team Yonex enjoys successful Spanish Masters

Date
26 February 2020

With the YONEX All England 2020 just over three weeks away, Denmark's Viktor Axelsen warmed up for the prestigious tournament by claiming his first men's singles title of the year at the Barcelona Spain Masters. Axelsen, currently sitting fifth in the BWF Rankings, overcame 18-year-old Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21-16 21-13 in a battle between two former world junior champions to retain the crown he also won here in 2019. 

There was further glory for Team Yonex's Danish contingent, as men's doubles pairing Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen beat fellow Team Yonex player Wang Chi-Lin and his partner Lee Yang 21-17, 21-19 to also claim their first BWF Tour title of the season.

In the women's singles, home favourite Carolina Marin was unable to claim her first win on home soil, losing out 21-11, 16-21, 18-21 to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand. In the women's doubles, the Bulgarian Stoeva sisters couldn't capatilise after taking the first game against Indonesia's Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu, who eventually prevailed 18-21, 22-20, 21-17 in a tightly contested affair.

21 year old Frenchman Thom Gicquel registered his first appearance in a Tour event final since July of last year alongside Delphine Delrue in the mixed doubles, where they fell short  to South Koreans Kim Sa Rang and Kim Ha Na, losing out 21-15, 11-21, 10-21. 

Player Equipment:

Viktor Axelsen


Racquet: Duora Z-Strike
String: AEROBITE
Shoes: Power Cushion 65 Z2 
Grip: AC402 Towel Grip

Kim Astrup

Racquet: Astrox 88S
String: AEROBITE BOOST
Shoes: Power Cushion 65 Z2 
Grip: AC102 Super Grap

Anders Skaarup Rasmussen:

Racquet: Astrox 88D
String: BG80
Shoes: Power Cushion 65Z
Grip: AC402 Towel Grip

Carolina Marin

Racquet: Nanoflare 700
String:AEROBITE BOOST
Shoes: Aerus 3 Ladies
Grip: AC102 Super Grap

Wang Chi-Lin

Racquet: Nanoflare 700
String: BG80
Shoes: Power Cushion Infinity
Grip: AC102 Super Grap

Gabriela Stoeva

Racquet: Duora 7
String: BG80
Shoes: Eclipsion Z ladies
Grip: AC102 Super Grap

Stefania Stoeva

Racquet: Astrox 77
String: BG80
Shoes: Eclipsion Z ladies
Grip: AC102 Super Grap

Thom Gicquel

Racquet: Nanoflare 800
String:BG80
Shoes: Power Cushion 65 Z2 
Grip: AC102 Super Grap

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