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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.

Anders Antonsen
Personal information
Country Denmark
Born (1997-04-27) 27 April 1997 (age 22)
Aarhus, Denmark
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]
Years active2013
HandednessRight
CoachKenneth Jonanssen
Men's singles
Career record187 wins, 57 losses
Highest ranking3 (12 November 2019)
Current ranking3 (12 November 2019)
BWF profile

Career summaryEdit

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2016, he won his first Grand Prix, the Scottish Open Grand Prix.[5] In the same year, he also won several other tournaments such as the Spanish International, Austrian Open, and Swedish Master.[6][7]

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.[8] 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,[9] 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.[10]

In 2018, Antonsen was chosen to be part of the Danish Thomas Cup team and won a bronze medal.[11] 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.[12]

Play for the Aarhus AB, Antonsen won the National Championships title three times in a row from 2017-2019.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17]

AchievementsEdit

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 St. Jakobshalle, Basel, Switzerland   Kento Momota 9–21, 3–21   Silver

European GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2019 Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus   Brice Leverdez 21–19, 14–21, 21–10   Gold

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark   Rajiv Ouseph 19–21, 19–21   Silver

European Junior ChampionshipsEdit

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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,[18] 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.[19]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
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

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Scottish Open   Soong Joo Ven 22–20, 21–15   Winner
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (6 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

Career overviewEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Antonsen Anders". Minsk 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  2. ^ Jørgensen, Martin (9 February 2018). "Far Antonsen laver pølsemix, mens sønnerne spiller DM-semifinaler" (in Danish). Lokalavisen Aarhus. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  3. ^ Røsler, Manuel (4 April 2015). "'Singles double' as Denmark lift 4 from 5 titles". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  4. ^ Røsler, Manuel (17 April 2016). "Europe's top players and officials acknowledged in Slovenia". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  5. ^ Burke, Michael (26 November 2016). "SCOTTISH OPEN 2016 – Antonsen's 1st is one of 3 for Denmark". Badzine.net. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  6. ^ Ehlig-Jensen, Thomas (19 June 2016). "Anders Antonsen går hele vejen ved Spanish International" (in Danish). BadmintonBladet. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  7. ^ Røsler, Manuel (16 March 2016). "Anders Antonsen continues great run of form". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Antonsen efter nederlag: Jeg kan spille mod de bedste" (in Danish). Herning Folkeblad. 30 April 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Drømmestart var ikke nok - Antonsen misser French Open-finale" (in Danish). TV 2 Sport. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  10. ^ Vandevorst, Elm (26 November 2017). "HONG KONG OPEN 2017 SF – Mad(s)men and AA". Badzine.net. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  11. ^ Kjær Hansen, Lasse (15 May 2018). "Thomas Cup-profiler: Bliv klogere på de danske herrespillere" (in Danish). Badmintonpeople.dk. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Antonsen taber tæt semifinale til verdens nummer fire" (in Danish). TV 2 Sport. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  13. ^ Kudsk, Kasper (9 February 2019). "Tre DM-titler på stribe for Anders Antonsen" (in Danish). Århus Stiftstidende. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  14. ^ Sukumar, Dev (27 January 2019). "Antonsen Has the Answers – Indonesia Masters". Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Anders Antonsen sikrer European Games-guld" (in Danish). TV 2 Sport. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 30 June 2019.
  16. ^ Rasmussen, Jonas Kildegaard (21 July 2019). "Kenneth Jonassen om Antonsen-finale: Det var verdensklassebadminton" (in Danish). Badminton Denmark. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Chanceløs Antonsen får japansk badmintonlektion i VM-finalen" (in Danish). DR. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  18. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.

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