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Viktor Axelsen is the All England champion: It is a dream come true!
Date: 3/15/2020 4:16 PM
Published by : Alan Raftery
After falling in the final last year, the Dane has returned even stronger, making history as the first European to lift the men’s singles trophy since 1999. 

Fellow Dane and badminton legend, Peter Gade, won that year. Axelsen now joins Gade and all the big-name champions of this prestigious tournament in previous years, after defeating Chou Tien Chen in straight games, 21-13, 21-14. 

Lifting up the trophy and inspecting it with a beaming smile, Axelsen said. 

-A lot of legendary names on this one. It is a dream come true. Every badminton player dreams of winning the All England and right now I can say that I am the All England winner 2020. It sounds pretty good in my ears. I am so happy right now. 

Putting my name on this trophy is a big achievement
Axelsen displayed some great attacking badminton in the final, commenting on this, the former world champion stated.

-I think I managed to play really well today. In these finals it comes down to whether you can control your emotions and stick to the game plan. I managed to do that today and I am so happy about that. 

This is a significant moment for European badminton and something for Danes to celebrate. Axelsen commented on this by saying.

-Looking at the legendary Danish men’s singles players that have been doing well here, putting my name on this trophy is a big achievement. I do not know really what to say other than right now I have to enjoy this win. I am really happy and proud about my performance this week. 

Chou Tien Chen, who is the reigning Indonesia Open champion, shared a word on his opponent and what he will focus on after this experience. 

-It was difficult for me as he is really fast and was able to control me, so I need to work harder after this final, as this is the only way I can improve. He was better than me, but I will prepare more because I want to win a title here.

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