28. Aug, 2017
Viktor Axelsen beats Lin Dan: 22-20, 21-16
The 23-year-old shuttler from Denmark cannot believe it! Lin Dan has finally lost a final after 12 years and five World Championships in between.
Axelsen smartly took advantage of the Chinese's slow returns and played crosscourt drives to further unsettle him. Lin took a 20-18 lead in the opening game but succumbed to the Dane's attacking strokes to lose four points on the trot. In the second game, Axelsen used his quick footwork to his advantage to push a defensive-looking Lin towards the tramlines and eventually won the match in straight games.