Anders Antonsen (born 27 April 1997) is a Danish badminton player. He won the gold medal at the 2015 European Junior Championships in the boys singles event, and at the same year was awarded the European Young Player of the Year. Together with the national team, he won the European Men's Team Championships in 2016 and 2018; also European Mixed Team Championships in 2017 and 2019. Antonsen was the champion at the 2019 Minsk European Games, and the silver medalists at the 2017 European Championships, and the 2019 World Championships.
|Born||27 April 1997|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (176 lb)|
|Career record||179 wins, 53 losses|
|Highest ranking||5 (27 August 2019)|
|Current ranking||5 (27 August 2019)|
Antonsen started his career in badminton at six years of age in Kastanievej, Viby. Together with his brother Kasper Antonsen, they learned from his father who worked at one of the badminton clubs in Denmark.
He made his international debut at the 2013 Forza Denmark International tournament. In 2015, he won the European Junior Championship, defeating German player Max Weißkirchen with a score of 21–9, 15–21, 21–9 in the final. In the same year, he also won several tournaments such as Dutch International, Belgian International, and Irish Open, and awarded the 2015 European Young Player of the Year.
In 2016, he won his first Grand Prix, the Scottish Open Grand Prix. In the same year, he also won several other tournaments such as the Spanish International, Austrian Open, and Swedish Master.
In 2017, he won the silver medal at the European Championship after being defeated by Rajiv Ouseph of England with a tight score of 19–21, 19–21. He also reached the semifinals in two Super Series tournaments, the Yonex French Open 2017 where he lost to Kenta Nishimoto from Japan with a score of 17–21, 15–21, and later the Yonex-Sunrise Hong Kong Open 2017 where he was defeated by Rio Olympic 2016 gold medal winner Chen Long from China with a score of 14–21, 21–19, 17–21.
In 2018, Antonsen was chosen to be part of the Danish Thomas Cup team and won a bronze medal. At the Denmark Open Super 750 tournament, he managed to reach the semifinals but was defeated at that stage by Chinese Taipei player Chou Tien-chen with a score of 21–19, 11–21, 12–21.
Play for the Aarhus AB, Antonsen won the National Championships title three times in a row from 2017-2019. He won the BWF World Tour title at the 2019 Indonesia Masters, defeating 2018 World Champion and then World number 1 Kento Momota from Japan in the final with a score of 21–16, 14–21, 21–16. He emerged as the men's singles champion and took the gold medal at the 2019 Minsk European Games beat Brice Leverdez of France in the final with the score 21–19, 14–21, 21–10. At the 2019 Indonesia Open a Super 1000 tournament, Antonsen managed to step into the final round but he had to be satisfied as runner-up after losing to Chou Tien-chen with a score of 18–21, 26–24, 15–21. Antonsen captured the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships in Basel, Switzerland, lost to the first seeded, the reigning champion Kento Momota in straight games 9–21, 3–21.
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2019||St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland||Kento Momota||9–21, 3–21||Silver|
|2019||Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus||Brice Leverdez||21–19, 14–21, 21–10||Gold|
|2017||Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark||Rajiv Ouseph||19–21, 19–21||Silver|
European Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2015||Regional Sport Centrum Hall, Lubin, Poland||Max Weißkirchen||21–9, 15–21, 21–9||Gold|
BWF World Tour (1 title, 2 runners-up)Edit
The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.
|2019||Indonesia Open||Super 1000||Chou Tien-chen||18–21, 26–24, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Spain Masters||Super 300||Viktor Axelsen||14–21, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Indonesia Masters||Super 500||Kento Momota||21–16, 14–21, 21–16||Winner|
BWF Grand Prix (1 title)Edit
|2016||Scottish Open||Soong Joo Ven||22–20, 21–15||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series (6 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2016||Spanish International||Kanta Tsuneyama||14–21, 22–20, 21–18||Winner|
|2016||Austrian Open||Kanta Tsuneyama||21–9, 21–17||Winner|
|2016||Swedish Masters||Mattias Borg||21–12, 21–10||Winner|
|2015||Irish Open||Lucas Claerbout||21–18, 22–20||Winner|
|2015||Polish International||Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin||12–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Belgian International||Christian Lind Thomsen||21–18, 21–17||Winner|
|2015||Dutch International||Yuhan Tan||21–11, 22–20||Winner|
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