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European Junior Champion retires
Date: 11/14/2020 7:51 AM
Published by : Rasmus Bech(BEC)

Swedish star Emma Karlsson calls it a day.

In 2017, Emma Karlsson and Johanna Magnusson became the first Swedish players to win the European Junior Championships in 20 years, when they claimed the title in Mulhouse, France. Now the Swedish duo will walk in different directions: Emma Karlsson has chosen to retire.

- I felt that I have lost the motivation, energy to play and fun with the game, Karlsson, who turned 22 in May 2020, stated.

Is it for good or it is just to get a break?

- It is for good.

New focus
Just before the COVID-19 break, Emma Karlsson played what became her last international tournament. Karlsson and Magnusson lost in straight games to the reigning Olympic Champions, Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi at the All England, and her last match on home soil at the Swedish Open was the women’s doubles semifinals in January. 

Karlsson has been playing on the BEC Circuit and the BWF World Tour fighting against the best players in the world, but now it is time to change focus:

- For me the most important thing is that you are playing because it is fun and there are also other things I want to have time to do, Karlsson said.

The winner took it all
In 2017, Emma Karlsson and Johanna Magnusson entered the European Junior Championships as the top seeds, and the Swedes dominated the tournament. Karlsson and Magnusson only dropped a single game on their way to the title beating pairs such as Yvonne Li/Judith Petrikowski (Germany), Amalie Magelund/Freja Ravn (Denmark) and Alexandra Bøje/Julie Dawall Jakobsen (Denmark).

- The one big moment and result I will remember is the gold with Johanna at the European Junior Championships.

- It has been a pleasure to play with Johanna. I am very proud and honoured that I have been given the opportunity to play with her, and I wish her all the best in the future and will remember all our great badminton moments we had together, Karlsson said.

Emma Karlsson will be finishing her studies at Malmö University in Sweden, but that is the only plan she has for now.

Badminton Europe wishes the 2017 European Junior Champion a happy retirement.

Find all the international results of Emma Karlsson here

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