PETALING JAYA: Who can break Viktor Axelsen’s dominance (pic) in Denmark in 2023?
The singles shuttler confirmed that he’s badminton’s biggest Viking warrior by ending his marketing campaign this 12 months in spectacular vogue after successful his fourth World Tour Finals crown, equaling the report held by former worldwide Lee Chong Wei.
That is the eighth Open title for the participant who reigns as world No. 1 all year long.
In reality, solely three gamers have defeated the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games champion this season – India’s Lakshya Sen (German Open semi-finals), Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew (Denmark Open quarter-finals) and India’s HS Prannoy (Finals group stage) ).
However it was a hard-fought victory over Japan’s Kodai Naraoka within the semi-finals that earned him such reward.
Axelsen, who will flip 29 on January 4, escaped from the jaws of defeat, making a comeback within the second match to defeat the 21-year-old Naraoka 21-23, 21-19, 21-18.
“I dodged a bullet (in his victory over Naraoka). Kodai might have gone by,” mentioned Axelsen at www.bwfworldtourfinals.bwfbadminton.com.
“I’d say that the match was one in every of my most troublesome of the entire 12 months.
“There’s all the pieces – good video games, unhealthy video games and lots of psychological video games, too. It has all the pieces the game has to supply, and I am glad to be part of it. I’ve lots of respect for Kodai and he has a vivid future.
Naraoka, with out the nationwide No. 1 Kento Momota, actually stepped up.
He will probably be a thorn within the flesh of Axelsen in addition to the opposite male solo gamers.
Axelsen can even must keep watch over India’s military of singles gamers like Lakshya and Prannoy. They’ve abilities, expertise and dedication and have a tendency to strike when the least is predicted of them.
Former world champion Kean Yew, Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia and Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie of Indonesia may also defeat the Dane however they have to first overcome their cold and hot efficiency on the worldwide stage.
With a extra constant exhibiting, they’re set to make the boys’s singles affair an attention-grabbing one.
Zii Jia, for one, wants extra consistency.
“The 12 months 2022 won’t be very satisfying even when I finish the 12 months as World No. 2.”
“I’ll Taiwan for a coaching camp (Dec 19-25). Hopefully, I can enhance my self-discipline, bodily and psychological energy for the brand new 12 months.
China’s previous and new troopers should additionally not be forgotten.
Former All-England champion Shi Yuqi marked his comeback by successful the Denmark Open and Australian Open this 12 months. Look ahead to him to take his recreation to a different stage subsequent 12 months.
Lu Guangzu (15), Zhao Junpeng (18) and Li Shifeng (26) are ready for the platforms to indicate their price and have grow to be robust opponents to beat.
Then there are spoilers like Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand, Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan, Danish Anders Antonsen.
Who is aware of, if Kento Momota can return to type, the boys’s singles will probably be much more thrilling subsequent 12 months.
We’ll get a style of what is in retailer for subsequent 12 months when all these gamers collect on the Malaysian Open on the Axiata Area from January 13-18.