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Denmark vs. Japan 2-1
Date: 10/24/2019 10:36 PM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

All three Danish men’s singles players faced Japanese opponents in the second round of French Open, and two of them are ready for the quarterfinals.

The first matchup between Denmark and Japan included Viktor Axelsen (7) and Kanta Tsuneyama. Axelsen won the first game 21-9 before losing the second 21-11. In the third game the Danes was back on top, and the 2017 world champion made his way to the quarterfinals winning 21-15 in the decider.

- It was tough today. When you do well in the weekend it is hard to do well the week after. I am happy that I managed to step up in the end. I definitely felt a bit heavy, also due to good play from my opponent. I am not surprised that I needed three games to win this one. I lost to him in China, Axelsen stated.

Win for Antonsen
Anders Antonsen (4) was the second Danish men’s singles on court in Paris this Thursday afternoon, and the World Championships runner-up spend more than one hour on court beating Kenta Nishimoto in straight games 21-19 21-18.

- It was a tough two games match, but my body is feeling okay. I am proud to pull out as the winner, and I am happy that I won in two games instead of three. Today the venue was slow, and it was difficult for both of us to make points from the baseline, Antonsen said.

- It is great to be back here in France. It is a nice place to play and it is probably the closest we get to Istora Senayan (venue of Indonesia Open) in case of noise. The crowd is good at cheering so that is nice, Antonsen added.

Vittinghus almost beat Momota
The last Danish-Japanese matchup was between Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus and the defending world champion and world number one, Kento Momota.

Before the match Vittinghus told Badminton Europe that he was looking forward to face Momota, and from the beginning of the first game is was clear why. Vittinghus took the lead 12-6 and won a thrilling first game 21-17.

In the second game the Dane was still on top, and world number 29 had the lead at 19-16. From there it all turned. Momota won the second game 21-19, and in the third the energy was gone for the Dane. The world champion won the third game 21-4 and his winning streak is now 28 matches.

- I am very annoyed and a little bit sad that I could not close the second game. It is an issue I have every now and then against the top players. This was a good chance to beat Momota, Vittinghus said.

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