Viktor Axelsen
Axelsen at the 2018 Indonesia Masters
Personal information
CountryDenmark
Born (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 30)
Odense, Denmark
ResidenceDubai, United Arab Emirates[1]
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Years active2010–present
HandednessRight
Men's singles
Career record527 wins, 150 losses
Highest ranking1 (28 September 2017)
Current ranking1 (16 January 2024)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  Denmark
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2020 Tokyo Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Rio de Janeiro Men's singles
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2017 Glasgow Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2022 Tokyo Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Copenhagen Men's singles
Sudirman Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Kuala Lumpur Mixed team
Thomas Cup
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kunshan Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Wuhan Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Bangkok Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Aarhus Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Bangkok Men's team
European Games
Gold medal – first place 2023 Kraków–Małopolska Men's singles
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2016 La Roche-sur-Yon Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2018 Huelva Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 2022 Madrid Men's singles
Silver medal – second place 2021 Kyiv Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Karlskrona Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2014 Kazan Men's singles
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Kolding Men's singles
European Mixed Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Leuven Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2017 Lubin Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2019 Copenhagen Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2021 Vantaa Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2023 Aire-sur-la-Lys Mixed team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Moscow Mixed team
European Men's Team Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Amsterdam Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2014 Basel Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2016 Kazan Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2018 Kazan Men's team
Gold medal – first place 2020 Liévin Men's team
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guadalajara Boys' singles
Silver medal – second place 2011 Taipei Boys' singles
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Vantaa Boys' singles
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Vantaa Mixed team
BWF profile

Viktor Axelsen (born 4 January 1994) is a Danish badminton player who is the current number one ranked men's singles player in the world.[2] He is a two-time World Championship gold medalist, defeating Lin Dan in 2017 final and Kunlavut Vitidsarn in 2022 final. He is also the reigning Olympic Champion, having won at the 2020 event.[3]

He won the 2010 World Junior Championships, beating South Korea's Kang Ji-wook in the final to become the first ever European singles player to hold the title.[4] Axelsen is a three-time European champion, having won the title in 2016, 2018 and 2022.[5]

Early life

Axelsen was born in Odense, to Henrik Axelsen and Gitte Lundager. At six years old, his father introduced him to badminton, playing the games at the Odense badminton club.[6][7] He lived with his father after his parents divorced, and then lived alone in Copenhagen at the age of 17 and joined the national team.[8] His father ran a small advertising agency for a number of years, but now works full time as a manager for his son. His mother has a shop in central Odense with a hairdressing salon, cosmetics, and fashion clothing. He was named the 2004 Player of the Year by the Odense badminton club.[9]

Career

2006–2011: Early career and World Junior title

Viktor Axelsen at 2010 Dutch Open

Axelsen's achievements began when he won the National junior event in the boys' singles and doubles in his age group in 2006 and 2008.[9] He later emerged victorious at the 2009 German Junior and also at the European U17 Championships.[10] He made his debut in the senior international tournament at the 2009 Denmark Open playing in the men's doubles event with Steffen Rasmussen.[6]

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 losing to Indra Bagus Ade Chandra in straight games 15–21, 12–21.[11] He competed at the World Junior Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, claimed the boys' singles title by defeating the No.1 seed, China's Huang Yuxiang in the quarter-finals, India's B. Sai Praneeth in the semis and Kang Ji-wook of Korea in the final.[10] In October, he claimed his first international senior title at the age of just sixteen, winning the Cyprus International.[12] A few weeks later he entered his first Super Series event in singles, the 2010 Denmark Open; making it through the qualifying stages before losing out to compatriot and eventual winner Jan Ø. Jørgensen in the second round.[13]

In 2011, Axelsen secured gold at the European Junior Championships, defeating teammate Rasmus Fladberg 21–8, 17–21, 21–13 in the final.[14] He took a silver medal at the 2011 BWF World Junior Championships, losing the title to Malaysia's Zulfadli Zulkiffli, coming in second place.[15]

2012–2014: First Grand Prix title, European and World bronze

In early 2012, Axelsen moved to Valby, in Copenhagen, and started training at Brøndby elite center.[7] Axelsen finished runner-up at the French Open in Paris, losing in the final to Liew Daren 18–21, 17–21.[16] 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.[17]

In 2014, Axelsen won his first Grand Prix title at the Swiss Open, beating China's Tian Houwei in the final 21–7, 16–21, 25–23.[18] Axelsen won a bronze medal at the 2014 BWF World Championships and also a bronze medal again at the 2014 European Championships.[19]

2015–2016: European champion, Olympic bronze, and Superseries title

In 2015, Axelsen finished runners-up at the Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold, and 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.[20] Axelsen featured in Denmark's winning team at the European Mixed Team Championships in Leuven, Belgium.[21][22] At the Sudirman Cup, the team finished in the quarter finals lost 2–3 to Japanese team, where he played in the second matches.[23] 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, including the match 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 1

In 2017, Axelsen won the World Championships in Glasgow in straight games 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).[19] Axelsen, with a record of 4–3, is the only top twenty player to hold a winning record against Lin Dan, head-to-head.[24]

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 23 September, propelling him to the top of the BWF World Rankings.[25]

2018–2019: Second European Championships title

In 2018, Axelsen participated in the European Men's and Women's Team Badminton Championships and got a gold after suffering 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 and failed to defend the title in the 2016 event. 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.[26]

2020: All England Open title

Axelsen started the season by competing in the Indonesia Masters. He finished as the semi-finalist after losing to home player the seventh seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in two straight games.[27] In February, he managed to defend his title in the Barcelona Spain Masters after beating the Thai youngster Kunlavut Vitidsarn in straight games 21–16, 21–13.[28] In March, he won the All England Open, making history as the first European and Dane to lift the men's singles trophy since 1999.[29]

2021: Olympic gold, first Denmark Open title and "Male Player Of The Year" award

Axelsen participated at the European Mixed Team Championships in Finland, and helped the team to win the gold medal.[30] In March, Axelsen entered the All England Open as the defending champion. He reached the final, but lost to 6th seed Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia in a grueling 3-game match (29–30, 22–20, 9–21).[31] He then took part at the Kyiv European Championships, advanced to the final, but the organizers decided to cancel the finals, since Axelsen tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, he was barred from playing the final match with his compatriot Anders Antonsen and was awarded a silver medal.[32] He won the gold medal in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, beating the defending champion Chen Long in straight games in the final and without dropping a single game in the entire tournament.[33]

In October, he won the Denmark Open title, defeating the top seed and world no.1 Kento Momota in a thrilling final match in three games. The match lasted 93 minutes. This was Axelsen's only second ever victory over Momota in their sixteen encounters.[34] He then won his second super 1000 title of the year at the Indonesian Open by beating Singapore's Loh Kean Yew.[35] For his achievements, Axelsen regain the number 1 spot at the BWF World ranking and have been named the 2020/2021 BWF Male Player of the Year.[36][37] He then won the season ending of the 2021 BWF World Tour Finals, beating the current Eddy Chong Most Promising Player, Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final in straight games, adding another victory to his undeniably successful year.[38]

The following month, Axelsen crashed out in the first round to the eventual World Champion Loh Kean Yew in the World Championships, losing 21–14, 9–21, 6–21 in 54 minutes.[39]

2022: Second World Championship title and "Male Player of The Year" award

Axelsen started the 2022 season as the world number one on the BWF World Ranking.[40] He reached the semi-finals of the German Open 2022 where he narrowly lost in three games (13–21, 21–12, 20–22) to Indian player Lakshya Sen.[41][42]

On March 20, Axelsen won the All England Open in convincing fashion without dropping a single game in the entire tournament. He defeated Lakshya Sen in the finals (21–10, 21–15).[43]

On 30 April, Axelsen won his third European Championship by defeating compatriot Anders Antonsen, 21–17, 21–15, in Madrid, Spain. He joined Flemming Delfs, Poul-Erik Høyer and Peter Gade as Danish three-time winners in men's singles.[44] Despite the win, Axelsen was not satisfied with the win, saying that there were many silly mistakes from both players.[45]

On July 3, Axelsen won the Malaysia Open for the first time by defeating Kento Momota 21–4, 21–7 in the final, becoming the first Dane to win the event in 15 years.[46] The next day, Axelsen withdrew from the 2022 Malaysia Masters, which was the next event on the tour.[47] Axelsen then withdrew from the Singapore Open, taking a break in Singapore before moving on to the World Championships in August.[48]

In August, Axelsen won the World Championships, defeating Thailand's three-time world junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final, 21–5, 21–16.[49] This was a second world championships title for Axelsen, adding on to the gold medal he won in 2017.

In mid October, Axelsen took part in his home event as the defending champion, the Denmark Open. In the quarterfinals, he lost to his training partner and former world champion Loh Kean Yew in a tame defeat, losing 17–21, 10–21 in just 30 minutes.[50] Prior to this match, Axelsen had held a 39 match-winning streak, and his only loss in 2022 so far was to a narrow loss to Lakshya Sen in the German Open semi-final.[51] After the match, Axelsen declared that he did not play up to his usual standard, going as far to describe his own play as "embarrassing", apologizing to the home crowd for his performance in the interview.[52]

However, he won the French Open title, a week after the Denmark Open. He defeated Rasmus Gemke in the final, in straight games 21–14 21–15, without dropping a game in the entire tournament.[citation needed] For his amazing performance in this year, only losing two completed matches, he was crowned as the BWF Male Player Of The Year, for the 2nd time after winning it last year.[53] In the World Tour Finals, which had initially been scheduled in Guangzhou but was later moved to Bangkok, number one seed Axelsen went on to become champion after defeating Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in straight sets, 21–13 21–14, ending 2022 with year-end number 1 ranking, 6 titles, and only 3 losses (out of 55 matches).

2023: Continued domination despite recurring injuries — World Tour Finals title and three Super 1000 titles

In the inaugural tournament and Super 1000 event of the year, Malaysia Open, Viktor Axelsen successfully defended his championship title by defeating opponents Rasmus Gemke, Liew Daren, Kenta Nishimoto, and finalist Kodai Naraoka, dropping only one game in the opening round against Gemke. In the three matches leading up to the title, Axelsen did not concede a game or more than 7 points in the opening games. Subsequently, Axelsen participated in the Indian Open, a Super 750 event, where he encountered minimal resistance en route to the final. Notable victories over Srikanth Kidambi, Shi Yuqi, and Rasmus Gemke secured his place in the championship match where he was bested by the eighth seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the final, with a final score of 20-22, 21-10, 12-21.

In the All England Open tournament held in March, Axelsen faced an upset exit in the second round, losing to unseeded Ng Tze Yong in a closely contested three-game match. Later the same month, he advanced to the semi-finals of the Swiss Open but was defeated by Chou Tien-chen in two games. Participating in the Sudirman Cup, Axelsen helped the Denmark team reach the quarter-finals. However, Denmark suffered a 1-3 loss to Malaysia, with Axelsen sustaining a left hamstring injury during the first game against Lee Zii Jia. This injury occurred just after approximately 5 minutes of play with the score tied at 4-4.[54]

Consequently, Axelsen opted out of the Singapore Open in June, citing the need for rehabilitation due to his muscle strain. He claimed on Twitter that the Badminton World Federation intended to fine him $5,000 for his absence, while he was engaged in recovery. However, the BWF dismissed his statement as "inaccurate and out of context".[55] Later in the same month, despite just recovering from his injury, Axelsen participated in the Indonesia Open, a Super 1000 event, in which he successfully defended his title by overcoming opponents Weng Hongyang, Wang Tzu-wei, Chou Tien-chen, and the second-seeded local favorite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. Notably, Axelsen achieved these victories without dropping a single game.

Moving to July, Axelsen secured a significant victory by winning the European Games men's singles title for the first time. In the final, he triumphed over the fifth-seeded Christo Popov after a three-game battle. Due to fatigue, Axelsen opted to withdraw from the Canada Open.[56] Nonetheless, he continued his winning streak by claiming victory in the Japan Open, a Super 750 event. Axelsen achieved this feat by defeating opponents Lin Chun-yi, Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo, Prannoy H. S., Kodai Naraoka, and the fifth-seeded Jonatan Christie.

Entering the world championship as the top seed and defending champion, Axelsen experienced an unexpected loss to the ninth seed Prannoy H. S. in the quarter-finals. Subsequently, in September, he secured his maiden China Open title, marking his third Super 1000 title of the year. The victory came in a 2-0 win over the host nation opponent, Lu Guangzu, in the finals. Axelsen strategically withdrew from the Artic Open to preserve his energy for the Denmark Open, held in his birthplace city, Odense. Despite advancing to the second round and defeating Magnus Johannesen, he retired from the tournament.

In the French Open, Axelsen faced another setback, retiring prematurely in the first round against Ng Ka Long due to injury. Facing potential ineligibility for the World Tour Finals due to recurring injuries and retirements throughout the year, Axelsen made a comeback in November, clinching the inaugural Japan Masters title by defeating Shi Yuqi in the final. This Super 500 tournament featured the participation of all top 10 players, and Axelsen's victory propelled him to the fifth position in the race to the World Tour Finals, securing his eligibility for the event.

During the World Tour Finals, Axelsen finished second in the group stage with a single loss to Shi Yuqi. In the semi-finals, he comfortably defeated his compatriot Anders Antonsen in two games. Advancing to the final, Axelsen faced Shi Yuqi once again, overcoming an earlier defeat and the strong support of the host nation for his opponent. In a remarkable achievement, Axelsen secured his third consecutive World Tour Finals title, a feat previously accomplished only by Lee Chong Wei. The notable win at the World Tour Finals secured Axeksen a record prize of US$200,000. This propelled him ahead of the accomplished An Se-young to claim the top spot as the highest prize money earner on the circuit for the year for the second time in a row, amassing a total of US$645,095, more than any other player in history.[57]

2024

Participating in the inaugural tournament of the season Malaysia Open, Axelsen advanced to the semi-finals after defeating Loh Kean Yew, Lee Cheuk Yiu, Ng Ka Long, respectively. In the semi-finals, he lost to Shi Yuqi after three games despite an early lead of 5-1 in the final game, therefore failing to defend his championship.

Personal life

In addition to his native Danish, Axelsen is also a fluent speaker of English and Mandarin, giving himself a Chinese name of 安賽龍.[58]

In August 2021 Axelsen decided to leave the Danish national team in Copenhagen and move with his family from Denmark to Dubai. There he could train at the NAS Sports Complex (Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex).[59] Axelsen himself stated several reasons for the move to Dubai; for instance shorter travel time to most events in Asia, which allows him more remaining time to rest or warm-up. Another reason was the health factor since he suffers from asthma and acute rhinitis. This makes it more comfortable in Asia than in Europe, especially Denmark, which tends to be cooler and where his allergy can be triggered faster by things such as flower pollen, dust, or animal dander. And the other reason is the family factor. Axelsen wants to have more time with his family.[60]

Axelsen's girlfriend, Natalia Koch Rohde, gave birth to a baby girl named Vega Rohde Axelsen on 15 October 2020.[61][62] On 7 October 2022, she gave birth to her second baby girl named Aya Rohde Axelsen.[63] Her father Henrik Rohde, who was headcoach of the winning Skovshoved team in the Danish league in 2017, since moving to Dubai, is also helping with the coaching of her husband Viktor Axelsen.[64]

Achievements

Olympic Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2016 Riocentro – Pavilion 4, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil China Lin Dan 15–21, 21–10, 21–17 Bronze
2020 Musashino Forest Sport Plaza, Tokyo, Japan China Chen Long 21–15, 21–12 Gold

BWF World Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2014 Ballerup Super Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 9–21, 7–21 Bronze Bronze
2017 Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland China Lin Dan 22–20, 21–16 Gold Gold
2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21–5, 21–16 Gold Gold

European Games

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2023 Arena Jaskółka, Tarnów, Poland France Christo Popov 16–21, 21–16, 21–11 Gold Gold

European Championships

Men's singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2012 Telenor Arena, Karlskrona, Sweden Sweden Henri Hurskainen 21–18, 18–21, 17–21 Bronze Bronze
2014 Gymnastics Center, Kazan, Russia Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 11–21, 13–21 Bronze Bronze
2016 Vendéspace, La Roche-sur-Yon, France Denmark Jan Ø. Jørgensen 21–11, 21–16 Gold Gold
2017 Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark Denmark Anders Antonsen 17–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze
2018 Palacio de los Deportes Carolina Marín, Huelva, Spain England Rajiv Ouseph 21–8, 21–7 Gold Gold
2021 Palace of Sports, Kyiv, Ukraine Denmark Anders Antonsen Walkover Silver Silver
2022 Polideportivo Municipal Gallur, Madrid, Spain Denmark Anders Antonsen 21–17, 21–15 Gold Gold

BWF World Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Domo del Code Jalisco, Guadalajara, Mexico South Korea Kang Ji-Wook 21–19, 21–10 Gold Gold
2011 Taoyuan Arena, Taoyuan City, Taipei, Taiwan Malaysia Zulfadli Zulkiffli 18–21, 21–9, 19–21 Silver Silver

European Junior Championships

Boys' singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2011 Energia Areena, Vantaa, Finland Denmark Rasmus Fladberg 21–8, 17–21, 21–13 Gold Gold

BWF World Tour (23 titles, 6 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[65] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300, and the BWF Tour Super 100.[66]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2018 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Japan Kenta Nishimoto 21–13, 21–23, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Japan Kento Momota 14–21, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Spain Masters Super 300 Denmark Anders Antonsen 21–14, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 All England Open Super 1000 Japan Kento Momota 11–21, 21–15, 15–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 India Open Super 500 India Srikanth Kidambi 21–7, 22–20 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 Malaysia Masters Super 500 Japan Kento Momota 22–24, 11–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2020 Spain Masters Super 300 Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21–16, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 All England Open Super 1000 Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–13, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 (I) Thailand Open Super 1000 Hong Kong Ng Ka Long 21–14, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 (II) Thailand Open Super 1000 Denmark Hans-Kristian Vittinghus 21–11, 21–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2020 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Denmark Anders Antonsen 16–21, 21–5, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Swiss Open Super 300 Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21–16, 21–6 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 All England Open Super 1000 Malaysia Lee Zii Jia 29–30, 22–20, 9–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2021 Denmark Open Super 1000 Japan Kento Momota 20–22, 21–18, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Singapore Loh Kean Yew 21–13, 9–21, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2021 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 21–12, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 All England Open Super 1000 India Lakshya Sen 21–10, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Indonesia Masters Super 500 Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–10, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Indonesia Open Super 1000 China Zhao Junpeng 21–9, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 Malaysia Open Super 750 Japan Kento Momota 21–4, 21–7 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 French Open Super 750 Denmark Rasmus Gemke 21–14, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals Indonesia Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21–13, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Malaysia Open Super 1000 Japan Kodai Naraoka 21–6, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 India Open Super 750 Thailand Kunlavut Vitidsarn 20–22, 21–10, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2023 Indonesia Open Super 1000 Indonesia Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21–14, 21–13 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Japan Open Super 750 Indonesia Jonatan Christie 21–7, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 China Open Super 1000 China Lu Guangzu 21–16, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Japan Masters Super 500 China Shi Yuqi 22–20, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 BWF World Tour Finals World Tour Finals China Shi Yuqi 21–11, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF Superseries (4 titles, 7 runners-up)

The BWF Superseries, which was launched on 14 December 2006 and implemented in 2007,[67] was a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). BWF Superseries levels were Superseries and Superseries Premier. A season of Superseries consisted of twelve tournaments around the world that had been introduced since 2011.[68] Successful players were invited to the Superseries Finals, which were held at the end of each year.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2012 French Open Malaysia Liew Daren 18–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 India Open India Srikanth Kidambi 21–18, 13–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Australian Open China Chen Long 12–21, 21–14, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Japan Open China Lin Dan 19–21, 21–16, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 Dubai World Superseries Finals Japan Kento Momota 15–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 India Open Japan Kento Momota 15–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2016 Dubai World Superseries Finals China Tian Houwei 21–14, 6–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 India Open Chinese Taipei Chou Tien-chen 21–13, 21–10 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Japan Open Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 21–14, 19–21, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 China Open China Chen Long 16–21, 21–14, 13–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2017 Dubai World Superseries Finals Malaysia Lee Chong Wei 19–21, 21–19, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  Superseries Finals tournament
  Superseries Premier tournament
  Superseries tournament

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

The BWF Grand Prix had two levels, the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It was a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and played between 2007 and 2017.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2014 Swiss Open China Tian Houwei 21–7, 16–21, 25–23 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Swiss Open India Srikanth Kidambi 15-21, 21-12, 14-21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
  BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
  BWF Grand Prix tournament

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

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2010 Swedish International Stockholm Indonesia Indra Bagus Ade Chandra 15–21, 12–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Cyprus International France Simon Maunoury 21–10, 21–11 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2011 Swedish International Stockholm Spain Pablo Abián 19–21, 6–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Spanish Open Spain Pablo Abián 21–11, 7–21, 21–9 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Dutch International Netherlands Eric Pang 24–22, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2013 Denmark International Finland Ville Lång 21–17, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament

Performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semi-finalist; (QF) quarter-finalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

Team events 2010 2011
European Junior Championships NH B
World Junior Championships 6th A
Team events 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
European Men's Team Championships G NH G NH G NH G NH G NH
European Mixed Team Championships NH S NH G NH G NH G NH G NH G NH
Thomas Cup B NH QF NH G NH B NH B NH B NH
Sudirman Cup NH B NH QF NH QF NH QF NH QF NH QF NH

Individual competitions

Events 2010 2011 2012
European Junior Championships NH G NH
World Junior Championships G S QF
Events 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
European Championships B NH B NH G B G NH S G NH
European Games NH A NH w/d NH G NH
World Championships NH 2R B QF NH G QF A NH 1R G QF NH
Olympic Games DNQ NH B NH G NH
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Malaysia Open A 1R 1R 1R 1R QF 2R QF QF NH W W SF W ('22, '23)
India Open A QF F F W w/d W NH A F w/d W ('17, '19)
Indonesia Masters A NH 2R SF SF 2R W w/d A W ('22)
German Open A 2R 2R QF A 1R A NH SF A SF ('22)
All England Open A 1R 1R 1R QF QF QF w/d F W F W 2R W ('20, '22)
Swiss Open A 2R QF 2R W F A w/d NH W 2R SF W ('14, '21)
Spain Masters NH A W W A NH A W ('19, '20)
Malaysia Masters A W SF F NH w/d w/d W ('18)
Thailand Open A NH 1R A NH A W NH 2R A W ('20 I, '20 II)
W
Singapore Open A QF SF A 1R 2R 2R 1R A SF NH w/d w/d SF ('12, '19)
Indonesia Open A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1R 1R F w/d NH W W W W ('21, '22, '23)
Chinese Taipei Open A QF A NH A QF ('13)
Canada Open NH A NH A w/d
Korea Open A 2R 1R 1R w/d w/d 2R 2R NH A 2R ('13, '18, '19)
Japan Open A 1R 2R A 1R F QF W SF w/d NH w/d W W ('17, '23)
Australian Open A 1R F w/d w/d A NH A F ('15)
China Open A Q1 A 1R 2R QF SF F 2R 1R NH W W ('23)
Hong Kong Open A 2R 2R 2R QF 1R A w/d A QF NH 1R QF ('14, '19)
Arctic Open N/A NH N/A NH w/d
Denmark Open Q1 (MD) 2R QF 1R 2R 1R SF 2R QF 2R SF A W QF 2R W ('21)
French Open A 1R A F 1R QF 2R 2R w/d w/d SF NH 1R W 1R W ('22)
Hylo Open A 1R A w/d A 1R ('10)
Japan Masters NH W W ('23)
China Masters A 1R 1R A w/d QF NH w/d QF ('19)
Syed Modi International A NH A SF A NH A SF ('15)
BWF Superseries /
World Tour Finals
DNQ F W W DNQ RR F W W W W ('16, '17, '21, '22, '23)
Dutch Open A QF A NH N/A QF ('10)
London Grand Prix Gold NH SF NH SF ('13)
Year-end ranking 66 35 27 23 12 6 3 1 6 5 4 1 1 1 1
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Best

Career overview

Record against selected opponents

Record against Year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semi-finalists, and Olympic quarter-finalists. Accurate as of 16 January 2024.[69]

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Awards and achievements Preceded byPernille Blume Danish Sports Name of the Year 2017 Succeeded byCaroline Wozniacki