Viktor Axelsen (born 4 January 1994) is a Danish badminton player. At the 2017 BWF World Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland, he became the World Champion by beating Lin Dan in straight sets. 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. Axelsen earned his first European crown in May 2016 beating compatriot and defending champion Jan Ø. Jørgensen in the final.
Axelsen at the 2018 Indonesia Masters
|Born||4 January 1994|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Career record||305 wins, 119 losses|
|Highest ranking||1 (28 September 2017)|
|Current ranking||3 (16 April 2019)|
Axelsen was born in Odense, and at six years old, his father introduced him to badminton, playing the games at the Odense badminton club. His achievements begin by winning the boys' singles title in 2009 German Junior and also at the U-17 European 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 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.
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.
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 Badminton Championships losing the semi-final in three games to Sweden's Henri Hurskainen 21–18, 18–21, 17–21.
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.
In 2015, Axelsen finished runners-up at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, Australian Open Super Series, and Japan Open Super Series, losing in the final to Srikanth Kidambi, Chen Long, and Lin Dan respectively.
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. Misbun Sidek was his personal trainer 6 months before the Olympics in Rio.
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.
In 2018, Axelsen won a match against Wang Tzu-wei in Chennai during the Premier Badminton League which was held on Jan 5, 2018 in Nehru Stadium. 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 Algeria. In the group stage match against Lee Chong Wei, he lost by two sets:9-21,19-21. In the quarter finals match against South Korea, he defeated Son Wan-Ho, but he lost to the favourite 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 2018, Axelsen has 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.
|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 TourEdit
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||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|
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 PrixEdit
|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/SeriesEdit
|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 got inspired because lots of fans asked him for his merchandise, so at the end he decided to start a webshop where fans can get his merch.
Record against selected opponentsEdit
Axelsen head to head against selected opponents:
- Chen Long 3–12
- Lin Dan 4–3
- Tian Houwei 2–0
- Shi Yuqi 2–1
- Chou Tien-Chen 9–1
- Jan Ø. Jørgensen 3–3
- Rajiv Ouseph 6–1
- Lucas Corvee 2–0
- Brice Leverdez 4–0
- Marc Zwiebler 2–2
- Wong Wing Ki 4–3
- Srikanth Kidambi 4–3
- Sai Praneeth 4–1
- Jonatan Christie 2–0
- Taufik Hidayat 1–0
- Tommy Sugiarto 4–2
- Misha Zilberman 2–0
- Kento Momota 2–11
- Lee Chong Wei 3–11
- Mark Caljouw 1–0
- Son Wan-ho 6–5
- Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 4–0
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