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Viktor Axelsen: "It’s a dream come true for me"
Date: 9/3/2014 4:15 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

Denmark's youngster Viktor Axelsen has come a long way since winning the world junior title in 2010. The 20-year-old former European Junior Champion reached the semi-finals of the World Championships in Copenhagen for the first time after beating Taiwanese Chou Tien Chen 21-14, 21-14. He however lost tamely to Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei 9-21, 7-21 in last week's semi-final match.
 
But it is the manner he carried himself after the win over Tien Chen, which impressed even more. He exuded an air of confidence, knew what he was talking about regarding the technicality of the game – and showed that he has all the credentials to be a star player in the future.

“I felt the pressure mentally but I’m happy with the way I handled the game (against Tien Chen). It was not beautiful all the way but I’m happy to win,” said Axelsen.

Axelsen: I have been training hard
 
“Winning a medal is the most important result in my career. It’s a dream come true for me. I have been training hard to win at majors and reaching the semi-final is a breakthrough.”
 
Denmark singles coach and former top player Kenneth Jonassen said that Viktor’s transition from a junior to senior has been a successful one.
 
“Viktor handled his nerves very well. He is very good at communicating too ... if he has any problems with his game,” said Jonassen.
 
“Over the last four years, he has switched himself from a junior to a senior-based style player. Physically, he has improved hugely. Mentally, he is stronger. He is no longer like a junior – who tends to play based on how he feels and lacking in consistency.”

Article by Rajes Paul. Photo by BadmintonPhoto.

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