A former world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth blew two game points in the second game to lose 7-21, 20-22 to Axelsen in the men's singles summit clash.
India Open Highlights, Kidambi Srikanth vs Viktor Axelsen: Kidambi Srikanth lost to his superior seeded opponent.
The proposal, which would have seen players compete against each other in the best of five 11-point sets instead of the current set up of three 21-point sets, failed to pass.
Hyderabad Hunters overcame a fighting Bengaluru Blasters 4-3 in a thrilling summit clash to claim their maiden title at the third Premier Badminton League (PBL) on Sunday.
Bengaluru Blasters set up a potentially explosive championship match with Hyderabad Hunters after notching up a hard-fought victory over Ahmedabad Smash Masters in the second semifinal of the third Premier Badminton League on Saturday.
PV Sindhu-led Chennai Smashers beat Bengaluru Blasters 3-2 to keep their slim hopes of advancing to the knockout stages alive
PV SIndhu's stiffest test in Group A will come from Japan's Akane Yamaguchi, Kidambi Srikanth will have open his campaign against World No.1 Viktor Axelsen.
Olympic champion Chen Long delighted the home crowd as he defeated world number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark to win the China Open for a fourth time on Sunday.
As many as 10 Olympic medalists and eight medalists from the recently concluded BWF World Championships have confirmed their presence in the PBL league, which will be held in December.
With this victory, Axelsen enjoys a 3-2 head-to-head lead over Srikanth in five meetings, having won the last three duels.
Viktor Axelsen, who won a bronze on home soil three years ago, said he will keep chasing his dream of winning the gold at World Championship.
Saina Nehwal staved off a challenge from Hong Kong's Cheung Ngan Yi in their women's singles trump match, while Kidambi Srikanth stunned Rio bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen in the men's singles tie to guide Awadhe Warriors home
Carolina Marin had to dig deep before seeing off Ashwini Ponnappa in the final match of the evening as Hyderabad Hunters beat Bengaluru Blasters 4-3
Hyderabad Hunters defeated Bengaluru Blasters 4-3 in a thrilling Premier Badminton League match on Saturday. Catch the highlights of the PBL 2017 match in Bengaluru