Favourite wins in Basel

Viktor Axelsen (DEN) and Carolina Marin (ESP) asserted their position as favourites and each won in two sets. Viktor beat the only 19-year-old Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn (21-16/21-6) and Carolina the Indian Sindhu Pursala V. (21-12/21-5).

While the first sets were still relatively even, the second sets were a show of power.

For Viktor it was the second victory in Basel after 2014.
In the men's doubles, the victory went to the slightly favoured Danes Kim Astrup/ Anders Skaarup Rasmussen (21-16/21-11). Their two German opponents Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel produced too many own errors from halfway through the second set and could not turn the match around.

A surprise in the women's doubles. Not the two athletic Bulgarians Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva but the young pair from Malaysia prevailed (19-21/12-21). Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muratliharan may look like two 15-year-old teenagers, but they are already 20 and 22 years old and won their first major tournament as outsiders. It was the first ever victory by a Malaysian women's doubles team in the history of the Swiss Open.

In the Mixed, the French pair Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue continued their winning run. They already showed a top performance at the tournaments in Thailand in January, which they crowned in Basel with the final victory over the Danish pairing Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje ((21-19/21-19).

Although no spectators were allowed at the tournament, the matches were followed worldwide on the internet and on TV. Eight nations were represented in the five finals - more than ever before.

The next big tournament will take place in Birmingham in 10 days: the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships. Can Viktor defend his title from last year there?