Viktor Axelsen remains the favourite in the men's singles ©Getty Images

Denmark's Viktor Axelsen continued his strong start to 2021 by thrashing Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia in the second round of the round-robin in the men's singles at the 2020 Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals.

The number one seed and the victor of the Yonex and Toyota Thailand Opens earlier this month, thumped the Malaysian 21-15, 21-4, all but confirming his spot in the semi-finals.

Chinese Taipei's Chou Tien Chen also won in straight games in Group A by a 21-19, 21-11 scoreline against Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

In Group B, another Danish player Anders Antonsen, defeated Hong Kong's Angus Ng Ka Long 21-19, 21-16, while Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei defeated India's Kidambi Srikanth in straight games 19-21, 21-9, 21-19.

Spain's Olympic champion Carolina Marín also looks to be safely through after a 21-16, 21-13 win over Canada's Michelle Li in the women's singles.

Marín also won the women's singles titles earlier this month in Bangkok, like Axelsen did.

Thailand's third seed Ratchanok Intanon defeated India's PV Sindhu 21-18, 21-13, while fourth seed An Se-young of South Korea sealed victory against Russia's Evgeniya Kosetskaya 21-13, 21-17.

The big upset in the women's singles came when unseeded Thai player Pornpawee Chochuwong defeated the second seed, Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying 21-17, 21-11 to go top of Group B.

Chinese Taipei top seeds Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin defeated England's Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in the men's doubles 21-14, 21-18, while Malaysia's Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi defeated the English pair of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge 21-19, 21-18.

In Group B, Russians Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov defeated Malaysian second seeds Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik 21-19, 21-16, while South Koreans Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung-jae defeated third seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Malaysia 21-19, 21-16.

Indonesian top seeds in the women's doubles, Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu are top of their group with a win over Malaysians Vivian Hoo and Yap Cheng Wen 21-17, 21-7,  while South Korea's Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan won 21-15, 21-17 against Malaysia's Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean.

Group B saw English fourth seeds Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith defeat Germany's Linda Efler and Isabel Herttrich 20-22, 21-16, 21-12 and South Korean second seeds Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong defeat Thailand's Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-12, 21-14.

Finally, France's Thom Gicquel and Delphine Delrue were the only seeds to win in the mixed doubles today with a 21-17, 21-9 win over Malaysia's Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie, while Indonesians Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Widjaja defeated German second seeds Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich 15-21, 22-20, 21-15.

Group A saw Indonesia's Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti defeat English top seeds Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith 22-20, 21-19, while South Korea's Seo Seung-jae and Chae Yujung defeated Thai third seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai 21-17, 21-17.