Viktor Axelsen

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Viktor Axelsen
Personal information
Country  Denmark
Born (1994-01-04) January 4, 1994 (age 23)
Odense, Denmark
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Years active since 2010
Handedness Right
Men's singles
Career record 252 wins, 102 losess
Career title(s) 11
Highest ranking 2 (19 January 2017)
Current ranking 3 (13 April 2017[1])
BWF profile
Updated on 7 February 2017.

Viktor Axelsen ([ˈʋiktəɐ̯ aksəlsən]; born January 4, 1994) is a badminton player from Denmark. He earned his first European crown in May 2016 beating compatriot and defending champion Jan Ø. Jørgensen with 21–11, 21–16 in the final. He was the 2010 World Junior Champion, beating Korea's Kang Ji-wook in the final to become the first ever European player to hold the title. In 2011, he lost the world junior title to Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli, coming in second place.

Career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Axelsen was born in Odense. In October 2010 he claimed his first international senior title at the age of just sixteen, winning the Cyprus International. A few weeks later he entered his first Super Series event in singles, the Denmark Open 2010; making it through the qualifying stages before losing out to compatriot and eventual winner Jan Ø. Jørgensen in the second round. He won the 2010 BWF World Junior Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico.

2011[edit]

Axelsen secured gold at the European Junior Championships, defeating teammate Rasmus Fladberg 21–8 17–21 21–13 in the final. He took a silver medal at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships.

2012[edit]

Viktor Axelsen finished runner up at the French Open in Paris, losing in the final to Daren Liew 18–21, 17–21. He also won a bronze medal at the 2012 European Badminton Championships losing the semi-final in three games to Sweden's Henri Hurskainen 21–18, 18–21, 17–21.

2014[edit]

Axelsen has won the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold in early month of 2014 beating China's Tian Houwei in the final 21–7, 16–21, 25–23. Axelsen won a bronze medal at the 2014 BWF World Championships and also a bronze medal again at the 2014 European Badminton Championships.

2016[edit]

Axelsen finished runner-up at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold losing in the final to India's Srikanth Kidambi 15–21, 21–12, 14–21.

Axelsen finished runner-up at the Australian Open Super Series losing to Chen Long of China in the final 12–21, 21–14, 18–21.

Axelsen finished runner-up at the Japan Open Super Series losing to Lin Dan of China in the final 19–21, 21–16, 19–21.

Axelsen earned his first European crown in May 2016 beating compatriot and defending champion Jan Ø. Jørgensen with 21–11, 21–16 in the final of the 25th edition of the European Championships, the first in France at La Roche sur Yon. Viktor Axelsen was also part of the historic Danish team winning the first ever Thomas Cup title in 2016. Axelsen won five of his six played singles matches in the team tournament, also against Indonesia's experienced player Tommy Sugiarto in the final (21–17, 21–18) setting up a dramatic and historic 3–2 victory for Denmark over Indonesia. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Viktor won the bronze medal by beating Lin Dan from China 21–15, 12–21, 21–17. Misbun Sidek was his personal trainer 6 month before the Olympics in Rio.

Achievements[edit]

Individual titles[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in final Score Result
2017 India Open Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–13, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2016 BWF World Superseries Finals China Tian Houwei 21–14, 6–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2016 European Championships Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 21–11, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2016 India Open Japan Kento Momota 15–21, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Copenhagen Masters Denmark Anders Antonsen 21–10, 21–15 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2015 BWF World Superseries Finals Japan Kento Momota 15–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Japan Open China Lin Dan 19–21, 21–16, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Australian Open China Chen Long 12–21, 21–14, 18–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 India Open India Srikanth Kidambi 21–18, 13–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Swiss Open India Srikanth Kidambi 15–21, 21–12, 14–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Copenhagen Masters Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 22–20, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2014 Swiss Open China Tian Houwei 21–7, 16–21, 25–23 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2013 Copenhagen Masters South Korea Lee Hyun-il 21–13, 21–16 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2013 Denmark International Finland Ville Lång 21–17, 21–8 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2013 Dutch International Netherlands Eric Pang 24–22, 21–12 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2012 French Open Malaysia Daren Liew 18–21, 17–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Spanish Open Spain Pablo Abián 21–11, 7–21, 21–9 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2011 Swedish International Stockholm Spain Pablo Abián 19–21, 6–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Cyprus International France Simon Maunoury 21–10, 21–11 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2010 Swedish International Stockholm Indonesia Indra Bagus Ade Chandra 15–21, 12–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
Junior Tournaments
2011 World Junior Championships Malaysia Zulfadli Zulkiffli 18–21, 21–9, 19–21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 European Junior Championships Denmark Rasmus Fladberg 21–8, 17–21, 21–13 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2010 World Junior Championships South Korea Kang Ji-wook 21–19, 21–10 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
2009 European U17 Championships Denmark Kim Bruun 21–19, 17–21, 21–17 1st, gold medalist(s) Champion
Key
BWF World Championships
BWF World Superseries Premier
BWF World Superseries
BWF Grand Prix Gold
BWF Grand Prix
BWF International Challenge
BWF International Series

Personal life[edit]

In addition to his native Danish, Axelsen is also a fluent speaker of English and Mandarin[2] .

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