AFTER going via a tricky 2022, Denmark’s males’s singles shuttler Anders Antonsen (pic) began the brand new yr with an encouraging win.
Antonsen struggled with accidents final yr and solely performed in 5 World Tour tournaments which resulted in him falling from No. 3 to No. 30 within the newest world rankings.
The 25-year-old is the second finest participant in his nation behind the world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen a yr in the past however now he finds himself behind world No. 21 Rasmus Gemke within the pecking order.
Yesterday, Antonsen put apart his horrible yr by exhibiting nice willpower and spirit to return again from a match all the way down to beat the world No. China’s 27 Weng Hongyang 8-21, 22-20, 21-19 within the first spherical on the Axiata Area.
It was a formidable victory for the Dane towards the Chinese language dubbed ‘the brand new Lin Dan’.
Antonsen, who has proven indicators of revival, was relieved when the victory got here.
“I struggled with the courtroom situations within the first match. Within the second recreation, I performed nicely.
“I am blissful to get this win after scuffling with damage for a very long time.
“I nonetheless lack the agility of the sport, so this victory may be very large for me,” stated Antonsen.
Antonsen is now wanting to proceed rebuilding his kind and health however has a tricky job when he subsequent faces world No. 4 of Indonesia’s Anthony Ginting within the second spherical.
“Will probably be tough towards Anthony however I’ll do every thing to win,” Antonsen promised.
Anthony holds the benefit towards Antonsen, with the latter shedding 4 of their previous 5 encounters.
The latter, nevertheless, took the lead of their final assembly within the 2021 Sudirman Cup.