Tonny Ahm (formerly Olsen) was born 21 September 1914 and is the greatest female badminton player to this date when it comes to accumulating championships.
She took home as many as 25 national championships during a 25 year period- beginning in 1936 and ending in 1957. In addition, the won All England 12 times, twice of which were in the singles category which were played in the aftermath of the Second World War in 1950 and 1952, where she defeated another Danish player, Aase S. Jacobsen.
She won the women’s doubles six times, primarily with another Danish player, Kirsten Thorndahl. They got their hands on the trophy in 1947, 1948, 1950 and 1951. Only once, in 1949, did she experience losing the final in women’s doubles, when the English pair Betty Uber and Q.M. Allen broke her winning streak.
In mixed doubles Tonny entered many tournaments with the Dane Poul Holm with whom she won four All England championships in the years 1947, 1950, 1951 and 1952. This impressive record shows that Tonny actually achieved triple championship in All England, twice.
Tonny also won 12 national championships in women’s singles, nine in women’s doubles as well as four in mixed doubles. She played on the Uber Cup team when the women reached the final in 1957 and played for Denmark 30 times from 1934 to 1957.
Tonny is by far on of the greatest all-round badminton players the Danish badminton scene has ever had the pleasure of encountering.
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