Viktor Axelsen (born 4 January 1994) is a Danish badminton player. He was the 2017 World Champion and the bronze medalist at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He won the 2010 World Junior Championships, beating Korea's Kang Ji-wook in the final to become the first ever European player to hold the title. Axelsen was crowned European men's singles champion in 2016 and 2018.
Axelsen at the 2018 Indonesia Masters
|Born||4 January 1994|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Career record||360 wins, 132 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (28 September 2017)|
|Current ranking||4 (17 March 2020)|
Axelsen was born in Odense, and at six years old, his father introduced him to badminton, playing the games at the Odense badminton club. He lived with his father after his parents divorced, then lived alone in Copenhagen at the age of 17 and joined the national team. His father Henrik Axelsen ran a small advertising agency for a number of years, but now works full time as a manager for his son, and his mother Gitte Lundager has a shop in central Odense with a hairdressing salon, cosmetics and fashion clothing. He was named as 2004 Player of the Year by Odense badminton club.
2006–2011: Early career and World Junior titleEdit
Axelsen achievements begin when he won the National junior event in the boys' singles and doubles in his age group in 2006 and 2008. He later emerged victorious at the 2009 German Junior and also at the European U17 Championships. He made his debut in the senior international tournament at the 2009 Denmark Open played in the men's doubles event with Steffen Rasmussen.
In January 2010, Axelsen who played from the qualification round manage to reach the finals at the Swedish International tournament, and finished as the runner-up after lost to Indra Bagus Ade Chandra in straight games 15–21, 12–21. He competed at the World Junior Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, claimed the boys' singles title by defeated the No.1 seed, China's Huang Yuxiang in the quarterfinals, India's B. Sai Praneeth in the semis and Kang Ji-wook of Korea in the final. In October. 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.
In 2011, 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, lost the title to Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli, coming in second place.
2012–2014: First Grand Prix title, European and World bronzeEdit
In early 2012, Axelsen moved to Valby, in Copenhagen, and began to training at Brøndby elite center. 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 Championships losing the semi-final in three games to Sweden's Henri Hurskainen 21–18, 18–21, 17–21.
In 2014, Axelsen has won his first Grand Prix title at the Swiss Open, 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.
2015–2016: European champion, Olympic bronze, and Superseries titleEdit
In 2015, Axelsen finished runners-up at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, three Super Series events India Open, Australian Open, and Japan Open. He qualified to compete at the Super Series Finals held in Dubai, and again finished as the runner-up. Axelsen featured in Denmark winning team at the European Mixed Team Championships in Leuven, Belgium. At the Sudirman Cup, the team finished in the quarter finals lost 2–3 to Japanese team, where he played in the second matches. He ended the 2015 season ranked as world number 6.
In 2016, 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. He 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, he won the bronze medal by beating Lin Dan from China 21–15, 12–21, 21–17.
2017: World champion, second Superseries Finals title, World number 1Edit
In 2017, Axelsen won the World Championship in Glasgow in two sets against Lin Dan (22–20, 21–16) and became the third Danish player to ever become a world champion (Peter Rasmussen 1997 in Glasgow & Flemming Delfs 1977 in Sweden). Axelsen, with a record of 4–3, is the only top twenty player to hold a winning record against Lin Dan, head-to-head.
Axelsen followed up his victory in Glasgow by winning the finals of the Japan Open tournament in Tokyo over Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in three sets on September 23, propelling him to the top of the BWF World Rankings.
2018–2019: Second European Championships titleEdit
In 2018, Axelsen participated in the European Men's and Women's Team Badminton Championships and got a gold after suffered from a foot injury. He represented Denmark in the 2018 Thomas & Uber Cup. In the group stage, he defeated Vladimir Malkov from Russia and from Algeria. In the group stage match against Lee Chong Wei, he lost by two straight games 9–21, 19–21. In the quarter finals match against South Korea, he defeated Son Wan-ho, but he lost to the favorite and former world no. 2, Kento Momota in semi finals. Denmark was then eliminated in semi finals but not the defending champion of 2016 Thomas & Uber Cup. In August, Axelsen was unable to defend his world title where he was defeated by two-time World Champion and reigning Olympic Champion Chen Long in the quarter finals.
2020: All England Open titleEdit
Axelsen started the season by competing in Indonesia Masters. He finished as the semi-finalists after lost to home player the seventh seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in two straight games. In February, he managed to defend his title in Barcelona Spain Masters after beat the Thai youngster Kunlavut Vitidsarn in straight games 21–16, 21–13. In March, he won the prestigious tournament All England Open, making history as the first European and Danes to lift the men's singles trophy since 1999.
|2016||Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Lin Dan||15–21, 21–10, 21–17||Bronze|
BWF World ChampionshipsEdit
|2017||Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Lin Dan||22–20, 21–16||Gold|
|2014||Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark||Lee Chong Wei||9–21, 7–21||Bronze|
|2018||Palacio de Deportes de Huelva, Huelva, Spain||Rajiv Ouseph||21–8, 21–7||Gold|
|2017||Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark||Anders Antonsen||17–21, 16–21||Bronze|
|2016||Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France||Jan Ø. Jørgensen||21–11, 21–16||Gold|
|2014||Gymnastics Center, Kazan, Russia||Jan Ø. Jørgensen||11–21, 13–21||Bronze|
|2012||Telenor Arena, Karlskrona, Sweden||Henri Hurskainen||21–18, 18–21, 17–21||Bronze|
BWF World Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2011||Taoyuan Arena, Taipei, Taiwan||Zulfadli Zulkiffli||18–21, 21–9, 19–21||Silver|
|2010||Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico||Kang Ji-Wook||21–19, 21–10||Gold|
European Junior ChampionshipsEdit
|2011||Energia Areena, Vantaa, Finland||Rasmus Fladberg||21–8, 17–21, 21–13||Gold|
BWF World Tour (5 titles, 3 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.
|2020||All England Open||Super 1000||Chou Tien-chen||21–13, 21–14||Winner|
|2020||Spain Masters||Super 300||Kunlavut Vitidsarn||21–16, 21–13||Winner|
|2020||Malaysia Masters||Super 500||Kento Momota||22–24, 11–21||Runner-up|
|2019||India Open||Super 500||Srikanth Kidambi||21–7, 22–20||Winner|
|2019||All England Open||Super 1000||Kento Momota||11–21, 21–15, 15–21||Runner-up|
|2019||Spain Masters||Super 300||Anders Antonsen||21–14, 21–11||Winner|
|2018||Indonesia Open||Super 1000||Kento Momota||14–21, 9–21||Runner-up|
|2018||Malaysia Masters||Super 500||Kenta Nishimoto||21–13, 21–23, 21–18||Winner|
BWF Superseries (4 titles, 7 runners-up)Edit
The BWF Superseries, launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007, is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries has two levels: Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries features twelve tournaments around the world, which introduced since 2011, with successful players invited to the Superseries Finals held at the year end.
|2017||BWF Super Series Finals||Lee Chong Wei||19–21, 21–19, 21–15||Winner|
|2017||China Open||Chen Long||16–21, 21–14, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2017||Japan Open||Lee Chong Wei||21–14, 19–21, 21–14||Winner|
|2017||India Open||Chou Tien-chen||21–13, 21–10||Winner|
|2016||BWF Super Series Finals||Tian Houwei||21–14, 6–21, 21–17||Winner|
|2016||India Open||Kento Momota||15–21, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2015||BWF Super Series Finals||Kento Momota||15–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Japan Open||Lin Dan||19–21, 21–16, 19–21||Runner-up|
|2015||Australian Open||Chen Long||12–21, 21–14, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2015||India Open||Srikanth Kidambi||21–18, 13–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2012||French Open||Liew Daren||18–21, 17–21||Runner-up|
BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|2015||Swiss Open||Srikanth Kidambi||14–21, 24–22, 21–8||Runner-up|
|2014||Swiss Open||Tian Houwei||21–7, 16–21, 25–23||Winner|
BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit
|2013||Denmark International||Ville Lång||21–17, 21–8||Winner|
|2013||Dutch International||Eric Pang||24–22, 21–12||Winner|
|2011||Spanish Open||Pablo Abián||21–11, 7–21, 21–9||Winner|
|2011||Swedish International Stockholm||Pablo Abián||19–21, 6–21||Runner-up|
|2010||Cyprus International||Simon Maunoury||21–10, 21–11||Winner|
|2010||Swedish International Stockholm||Indra Bagus Ade Chandra||15–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
In addition to his native Danish, Axelsen is also a fluent speaker of English and Mandarin. Viktor also has his webshop called Viktor Axelsen Collection. He was inspired because many fans asked him for his merchandise, so at the end he decided to start a webshop where fans can get it.
Record against selected opponentsEdit
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- "'Viktor-ious' Danes Dominate – Finals: European Championships 2016". Badminton World Federation. 2 May 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
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- "Viktor Axelsen" (in Danish). Fyens Stiftstidende. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- "丹麦羽球新星：学北京腔将近两年 偶像是林丹". www.chinanews.com (in Chinese). 19 October 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Stockholm, Frank. "Stor i slaget Viktor Axelsen saetter sin serv som han vil". www.udogse.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Sukumar, Dev (3 May 2010). "Players – Axelsen – Hope springs anew for Denmark". Badzine.net. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Bendix, Lasr (24 January 2010). "Gennembrud for fynsk badminton-es" (in Danish). Fyens Stiftstidende. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Sachetat, Raphael (17 October 2010). "Cyprus Int'l – Axelsen is "Just too strong"". Badzine.net. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- Vandevorst, Elm (1 November 2010). "Denmark Open 2010 Finals – Jorgensen's First". Badzine.net. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Zápasy o titul mistra Evropy". Český badmintonový svaz. 24 April 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Viktor Axelsen var sølle tre bolde fra at vinde ungdoms-VM" (in Danish). Politiken. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- Røsler, Manuel (28 October 2012). "Strong European performances in Paris". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- Nielsen, Erik (20 April 2012). "Axelsen ude af EM" (in Danish). DR. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- Røsler, Manuel (17 March 2014). "Adcocks and Axelsen triumph at Swiss Open". Badminton Europe. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- Vording, Frederik Alexander (28 August 2017). "Verdensmesteren kommer hjem: Her kan du hylde Viktor" (in Danish). TV 2 Lorry. Retrieved 17 February 2019.
- "Viktor Axelsen (DEN)". www.yonex.com. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
- Pavitt, Michael (14 February 2015). "Denmark and England win thrillers to reach final of European Mixed Team Badminton Championships". www.insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
- Røsler, Manuel; Phelan, Mark (16 February 2015). "Denmark claim 15th title". www.badmintoneurope.com. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
- Liew, Vincent (15 May 2015). "Sudirman Cup: Japan eliminates Denmark 3-2". www.badmintonplanet.com. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
- BWF. "Lin's head-to-head record against other players". TournamentSoftware.com. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
- Agence France-Presse (24 September 2017). "Viktor Axelsen wins first Japan Open title". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
- "Axelsen shut out of semifinals at 2018 BWF World Championships". www.xinhuanet.com. 3 August 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
- Rahmani, Nadhira (18 January 2020). "INDONESIA MASTERS SF – Antonsen in hunt for repeat title". www.badzine.net. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Busk Stie, Hans-Henrik (23 February 2020). "Viktor Axelsen vinder Spain Masters for andet år i træk". sport.tv2.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Raftery, Alan (15 March 2020). "Viktor Axelsen is the All England champion: It is a dream come true!". www.badmintoneurope.com. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
- "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.
- "Danish Badminton Player Speaks Chinese During Olympics (English + Chinese subs 中英字幕)". youtube.com. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
- VA, Collection. "Viktor Axelsen Collection".
- "Viktor Axelsen Head to Head". bwf.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
- Viktor AXELSEN at BWF.tournamentsoftware.com
- Viktor AXELSEN at BWFbadminton.com
- Official website (in English)
- Profile at BadmintonEurope.com
|Awards and achievements|
| Danish Sports Name of the Year