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Danish Young Gun Viktor Axelsen Shines at Yonex Denmark Open 2013


In a thrilling display of skill and determination, Viktor Axelsen, the rising badminton star from Denmark, delighted his home crowd in Odense with a spectacular performance at the Yonex Denmark Open 2013. Facing off against his European counterpart, Marc Zwiebler of Germany, Axelsen showcased his maturity and talent, defeating his senior rival in straight games. This victory not only demonstrated Axelsen’s potential but also highlighted the depth of talent among Danish players in the tournament.

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Axelsen’s Impressive Victory

Axelsen’s match against Zwiebler was a testament to his ability to handle pressure. Despite Zwiebler’s efforts to prevent Axelsen from unleashing his powerful smashes, the young Danish player remained composed and saved two game points to secure the win. With this triumph, Axelsen has earned a second-round showdown with defending champion Lee Chong Wei from Malaysia.

Danish Delight Continues

The Denmark Open proved to be a joyous occasion for the home crowd as another native, Mathias Boe, in partnership with Carsten Mogensen, cruised to victory in the Men’s Doubles category. Boe and Mogensen defeated Kevin Dennerly-Minturn and Oliver Leydon-Davis from New Zealand, ensuring a place in the next round. Their next challenge will be against Poland’s Lukasz Moren and Wojciech Szkudlarczyk.

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Schenk’s Experience Triumphs

Juliane Schenk, a Women’s Singles finalist from last year, displayed her experience and strategic prowess to outwit Han Li, a promising young Chinese player. After a tough first-game loss, Schenk managed to regain her footing and level the match. The third game was a tense battle, with both players neck-and-neck until Schenk clinched victory, winning 17-21, 21-17, 21-19. Schenk’s well-earned win highlighted the competitive nature of matches against Chinese opponents.

China’s Dominance

China, known for its badminton prowess, showcased its dominance at the Denmark Open with 14 victories on the first day. Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian, and Wang Xin impressed in the Women’s Singles category, while Chen Long, Du Pengyu, and Yuekun Chen proved their mettle in the Men’s Singles category. Although recent China Masters winner Wang Zhengming suffered an early exit, Japan’s Kenichi Tago provided an upset by defeating him 11-21, 21-18, 21-18.

Indian Performance Shines

Saina Nehwal, the defending Women’s Singles champion, led a strong Indian performance at the tournament. Nehwal dispatched Stefani Stoeva from Bulgaria in a commanding victory and will face Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour in the next round. Other Indian players, Kashyap Parupalli, Ajay Jayaram, and Guru Sai Dutt, also secured wins in their respective matches. However, there was a setback as PV Sindhu, the World Championships bronze medallist, lost to Japanese veteran Eriko Hirose in a hard-fought battle.

Tournament Highlights

Several new partnerships were formed in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles categories, with notable performances from Fu Haifeng and Hong Wei of China, who defeated sixth seeds Kim Ki Jung and Kim Sa Rang from Korea. Lee Yong Dae and Yoo Yeon Seong from Korea faced a tough challenge against Denmark’s Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding but ultimately emerged victorious. Tang Jinhua and Bao Yixin from China were tested by Indonesia’s Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari in an intense match that resulted in a close victory for the Chinese pair. Additionally, Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand, the recently-crowned Women’s Singles World champion, returned to the court with a resounding win over Michelle Chan Ky from New Zealand.

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  • Q: How did Viktor Axelsen perform in his match against Marc Zwiebler?

    • A: Viktor Axelsen displayed maturity and determination, defeating his senior rival in straight games.
  • Q: How did Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen fare in their Men’s Doubles match?

    • A: Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen won convincingly against Kevin Dennerly-Minturn and Oliver Leydon-Davis from New Zealand.
  • Q: Who were the standout players from China at the Denmark Open?

    • A: Li Xuerui, Wang Yihan, Wang Shixian, and Wang Xin impressed in the Women’s Singles category, while Chen Long, Du Pengyu, and Yuekun Chen showcased their skills in the Men’s Singles category.


The Yonex Denmark Open 2013 kicked off with intense matches and outstanding performances from talented players around the world. Viktor Axelsen’s impressive display, along with the successes of Mathias Boe and other Danish players, set the stage for an exciting tournament. With powerhouses like China making their mark and Indian players showcasing their skills, the competition promises to be fierce. Badminton enthusiasts can look forward to more thrilling matches as the tournament progresses.

For more information on the Yonex Denmark Open 2013 and other badminton events, visit Carnegiecentre.