Viktor Axelsen

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.[1] 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.[2] Axelsen was crowned European men's singles champion in 2016 and 2018.[3]

Viktor Axelsen
Viktor Axelsen - Indonesia Masters 2018.jpg
Axelsen at the 2018 Indonesia Masters
Personal information
Country Denmark
Born (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 26)
Odense, Denmark
ResidenceValby, Denmark
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Years active2010
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Career record360 wins, 132 losses
Highest ranking1 (28 September 2017)
Current ranking4 (17 March 2020)
BWF profile

Early lifeEdit

Axelsen was born in Odense, and at six years old, his father introduced him to badminton, playing the games at the Odense badminton club.[4][5] He lived with his father after his parents divorced, then lived alone in Copenhagen at the age of 17 and joined the national team.[6] 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.[7]

CareerEdit

2006–2011: Early career and World Junior titleEdit

 
Viktor Axelsen at 2010 Dutch Open

Axelsen achievements begin when he won the National junior event in the boys' singles and doubles in his age group in 2006 and 2008.[7] He later emerged victorious at the 2009 German Junior and also at the European U17 Championships.[8] He made his debut in the senior international tournament at the 2009 Denmark Open played in the men's doubles event with Steffen Rasmussen.[4]

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.[9] 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.[8] In October. he claimed his first international senior title at the age of just sixteen, winning the Cyprus International.[10] 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.[11]

In 2011, Axelsen secured gold at the European Junior Championships, defeating teammate Rasmus Fladberg 21–8, 17–21, 21–13 in the final.[12] He took a silver medal at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships, lost the title to Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli, coming in second place.[13]

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.[5] Axelsen finished runner-up at the French Open in Paris, losing in the final to Daren Liew 18–21, 17–21.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] Axelsen won a bronze medal at the 2014 BWF World Championships and also a bronze medal again at the 2014 European Badminton Championships.[17]

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.[18] Axelsen featured in Denmark winning team at the European Mixed Team Championships in Leuven, Belgium.[19][20] At the Sudirman Cup, the team finished in the quarter finals lost 2–3 to Japanese team, where he played in the second matches.[21] 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).[17] Axelsen, with a record of 4–3, is the only top twenty player to hold a winning record against Lin Dan, head-to-head.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

AchievementsEdit

Olympic GamesEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Lin Dan 15–21, 21–10, 21–17   Bronze

BWF World ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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

European ChampionshipsEdit

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
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,[28] 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.[29]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
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.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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
  Superseries Finals tournament
  Superseries Premier tournament
  Superseries tournament

BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

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

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
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 Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (4 titles, 2 runners-up)Edit

Men's singles

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

Personal lifeEdit

In addition to his native Danish, Axelsen is also a fluent speaker of English and Mandarin.[30] Viktor also has his webshop called Viktor Axelsen Collection.[31] 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.

Career overviewEdit

Record against selected opponentsEdit

Record against year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi finalists, and Olympic quarter finalists. Accurate as of 17 March 2020.[32]

ReferencesEdit

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Pernille Blume
Danish Sports Name of the Year
2017
Succeeded by
Caroline Wozniacki