Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen and Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan won the men’s and women’s singles titles in contrasting fashion at the Indonesia Open on Sunday. Axelsen beat Zhao Jun Peng of China in a final that proved considerably more straightforward for the Dane than his semi-final against Lee Zii Jia had been. After emerging a 19-21, 21-11, 23-21 victor in that last-four battle with the Malaysian, he told the BWF World Tour website it was “one of the craziest matches I’ve been in”. The final was plain sailing by comparison, going the world No 1’s way 21-9, 21-10 and giving him his 27th win in a row, a week after he lifted the Indonesia Masters crown. “It’s not easy to play at this level on consecutive weeks, so I’m happy about that,” he told the BWF site. “For sure I had to dig really deep [in the semi-final]. Lee Zii Jia played an amazing match and it was an intense encounter. I’m really happy I pulled through and also won the final today, because I did use a lot of energy yesterday.” The women’s final was a closer affair as Tai fought it out with Wang Zhi Yi of China. Tai lost the first game 23-21 before recovering to take the next two 21-6 and 21-15. Nami Matsuyama and Chiharu Shida of Japan beat compatriots Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota to win the women’s doubles, China’s Liu Yuchen and Ou Xuanyi beat Choi Sol-gyu and Kim Won-ho of South Korea to take the men’s doubles, and the mixed doubles title went to China’s Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong, who beat Japan’s Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino. On Saturday, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) revealed there would be an additional four stops on the BWF World Tour from 2023 to 2026. The 31-event new World Tour calendar, which includes the year end BWF World Tour Finals, will see more Super 1000, Super 750, and Super 500 tournaments, bringing greater prize money opportunities for players. “More tournaments give us a fantastic opportunity to enhance the sport’s reach around the world, not only in established territories, but into new ones as well. It also allows for more players to enter our elite circuit and gain valuable experience,” Thomas Lund, the federation’s secretary general, said. “We were very encouraged by the large number of high-quality bids we received and that bodes well for a bigger and better tour across the next four years. It enables us to commit to higher prize money, greater coverage on television and online, and spectacular presentation, all contributing to an enhanced world-class sports product that we seek.” China win three golds at badminton’s Indonesia Masters Among the changes, the Malaysia Open will join the All England Open, China Open, and Indonesia Open as the tour’s highest-level Super 1000 tournaments. The India Open and Singapore Open have been bumped to Super 750 status. Existing Super 750 hosts from China, Denmark, France, and Japan have maintained their status. Additional tournaments in Australia, Canada and Finland will be added to the Super 500-level events already in Hong Kong China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and an additional new host in Japan.