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Kunlavut powers into Tokyo final

Thai rising star faces top seed Viktor Axelsen for men’s world championship

Kunlavut Vitidsarn hits a return against Zhao Junpeng of China during their men’s singles semi-final match at the Badminton World Championships in Tokyo on Saturday. (AFP Photo)

Kunlavut Vitidsarn will battle it out against top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark for the world men’s singles badminton title in Japan today.

The Thai rising star, who is seeded 16th this week, defeated Zhao Junpeng of China 22-20, 21-6 in 43 minutes in the semi-finals of the BWF World Championships on Saturday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.

Kunlavut had knocked out Singaporean defending champion Loh Kean Yew in the quarter-finals on Friday.


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