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Pedersen stops at the Danish national team
Date: 3/12/2019 9:26 AM
Published by : Badminton Denmark
A changed life situation gets one of Denmark's greatest Doubles to stop at the national team, with Christinna Pedersen ending her national career. It also means that there will definitely not be a comeback with Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

It can be difficult to point to a championship or an international top tournament that Christinna Pedersen has not won.
But with an All England title, several Denmark Open titles, five World Cup medals, two Olympic medals and several other big championships titles, the 32-year-old badminton player has now decided to stop at the National Elite Training Center in Brøndby.
However, she continues to play in the Danish badminton league.
Pedersen's career end in the national elite team happened after she has been stuck in the world summit for more than a decade, from where she has delivered Danish badminton fans and sporting unforgettable experiences.

On the other hand, new experiences on the private front have changed Pedersen's life situation, she explains.
- I have chosen to stop because my life situation has changed after I became a mother, and Kamilla has also decided to stop at the national team. It has not been an easy decision for me because of my very good partnership with Mathias (Christiansen).

- It has been such an exciting process that we have been through together in a relatively short time, but I also just have to be honest with myself and have to follow my heart. It would not be fair to Mathias or the association to continue when I feel that I no longer have the spark that has resulted in good results and titles I have won in the past. 

- It has, of course, been a really difficult decision, because badminton has filled a huge part of my life for many years and has given me incredibly much. There is no doubt that I will miss it, but I must also admit that in the recent months, I have had difficulties finding the same driving force that I have had before. 

- Badminton will still play a part in Kamilla's and my life, we will both continue in the Danish badminton league, Pedersen said.
Honorable team mate understands decision

Christinna Pedersen has been playing with Mathias Christiansen since the autumn of 2017, where they soon became internationally remarked with a second place at the China Open and Hong Kong Open and as winner of the India Open 2018.
The couple is ranked number 11 in the world today, but has previously been ranked fourth in the world rankings. Their last tournament together will be Swiss Open 2019, which kicks off on Tuesday.
Mathias Christiansen understands his partner's decision.
- Of course I am really sorry that Christinna has chosen to stop. I think we were doing something really exciting, and of course I was looking forward to starting an Olympic campaign with her in order to win a medal to Denmark, he said.

- But I have great respect for her decision. I know that it has not been easy and that it has been taken after thorough self-examination, and I am well acquainted with her situation.

- Christinna has supported me on the great international badminton scene, and I have learned a lot from her, which I am grateful for. Now, I have to look forward to a hopefully new and exciting project and chapter in my career.

- I wish Christinna and Kamilla all the best for their family life. 
Big loss for Danish badminton

For Badminton Denmark's sports director, Jens Meibom, Christinna Pedersen's career end in the national team comes as a surprise, which is a big loss for Danish badminton.
- It is of course a blow to our performance goals and especially Olympic ambitions, where we had hoped that Christinna and Mathias would struggle with the medals. At the same time, we naturally have both respect and understanding for her decision, and we want both her and Kamilla all the best in the future.

- We would also like to thank Christinna for all the great experiences and results she has given Danish badminton and Denmark. Her merits are exceptionally beautiful, and she is undoubtedly one of Denmark's biggest female players of all times, Jens Meibom said.
- Now, we have to look forward. As recent months have shown, elite sports are unpredictable, and we now have to relate to yet another new reality. We have already talked to Mathias about his future, but need a little more time before we can officially report something about the future Mixed Double constellations. 
Impressive results

As the sports manager points out, Christinna Pedersen has had a historical career. Here is a selection of some of the many impressive achievements that Christinna Pedersen has achieved in Women's and Mixed Doubles through her long-standing golden badminton career.
Nationally, Christinna Pedersen can boast of having obtained six times gold at Danish National Championships, including three in Women's Doubles with Kamilla Rytter Juhl.
She is also the second most successful Danish player ever to win the European Championships, with six European Championship titles - four in Women's Doubles and two in Mixed Doubles (Kamilla Juhl is the most winning Danish player with seven European Championships).
Throughout her career, Christinna Pedersen has performed at the highest level in the two Double categories. In the Mixed Double category, she delivered her greatest results in constellation with Joachim Fischer, with whom she played with for almost 10 years.
Among other things, an Olympic bronze medal as well as two World Cup bronze medals are on her success list. In addition, Pedersen/Fischer gathered 13 Super Series titles, including three Super Series final titles and four titles at the DANISA Denmark Open presented by VICTOR.
Besides, the couple reached 10 other finals in various Super Series tournaments.
At the latest Olympic Games in 2016, Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter achieved a silver medal, which was presented to them by H.K.H. Crown Prince Frederik.
The following year, the pair landed bronze at the World Cup, just as they did in 2013. They also won a World Cup silver medal in 2015.
The couple won the All England last year, a few months before Kamilla Rytter Juhl, for natural reasons, took a break from the World Tour and the national team, which can now be considered the definite farewell of Juhl. 
In this connection, Badminton Denmark's sports director, Jens Meibom, stated that Christinna Pedersen/Kamilla Rytter Juhl is Denmark's unconditionally best Women's Double ever. 
Both Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl have also been given Badminton Denmark's profit sign, and together they have been voted as Player of the Year several times in Denmark, just as the couple has been nominated for the Sports Name of the Year twice.
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