The final will take place on Sunday.
Earlier, Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying came back from an error-prone defeat in the first game, to win her crucial Trump match and keep the Smash Masters alive in the tie.
The World No.1 beat a fighting Kristy Gilmour 2-1 in the women’s singles, the third match of the contest, to give her side a 3-2 advantage on points.
Tai Tzu took the early lead at 4-2 but soon started making too many mistakes, allowing Gilmour to catch up 6-6. She almost looked helpless, as Gilmour kept picking up easy points, to lose the opening game.
She fell behind in the second game too, giving Gilmour a whiff of victory. But then she was suddenly on song, smashing with accuracy to level the scores at 12-12 before going to clinch victory.
Tai Tzu dominated the third game, racing away to a 8-5 lead. She wrapped up the remaining points quickly to wrap up the win.
Axelsen, however, levelled the tie at 3-3, getting the better of H.S. Prannoy in the second men’s singles. It proved to be an easy 15-11, 15-14 victory, even though he had to douse a rousing fight from Prannoy in the second game.
The tall Dane even had to ward off a game point after the two players matched each other all the way till 13-13.
Kim Sa Rang and Sikki Reddy beat Law Cheuk Him and Kamilla Rytter Juhl 15-12, 13-15, 15-9 to the delight of the Blasters’ fans.
Sourabh Verma set the ball rolling for the Smash Masters, overcoming Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng 2-1 for the first point. The World No.17 smashed his way to an easy 15-2 win the opening game.
The second game was much tighter, with Chong Wei defending a lot more confidently. Sourabh fell behind at 6-9 but caught up with a flurry of strokes at 13-13. They exchanged one more point each to make it 14-14.
But Chong Wei came up with a perfect smash to win it.
Sourabh was back at his best in the decider, even though Chong Wei stayed with him till 9-9. Sourabh picked up a four-point lead to change the momentum. He eventually won 15-10.
The Blasters jumped ahead to a 2-1 lead in the men’s doubles, with Kim Sa Rang and Mathias Boe taking the extra Trump point.
The Hong Kong-Denmark duo were on top right from the start, with Boe controlling the contest from the back of the court.
They beat Lee Chun Hei Reginald and K. Nandagopal 15-13, 15-12.
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