Rising superstar Antonsen delivers an impressive victory against India’s SrikanthOctober 16, 2019 8:38
The Danish world No. 4, Anders Antonsen, continues his great form, as he beats India’s world No. 9, Kidambi Srikanth in the first round of DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2019 presented by VICTOR. A game that included plenty of marathon rallies, creative trick shots and world class badminton.
The Danish 22-year-old men’s singles, Anders Antonsen, won a difficult and exciting first game here at DANISA DENMARK OPEN 2019 presented by VICTOR, as he faced India star Kidambi Srikanth. A game which contained world class badminton from the beginning to the very end.
– Srikanth is a tricky player. We both wanted to play the frontcourt, which made it very difficult today, Antonsen said after the match.
The battle between the two badminton stars started off with several long and intensive rallies, where both players focused on being the most attacking player. Antonsen proved to be the most clinical of the two players by winning the first set 21-14, despite a close beginning to the set.
The second set also started with many long and hard duels. The Dane got of to a great start to the set, but Srikanth showed good fighting spirit and fought his way back in the set. Unfortunately for Srikanth his fighting spirit was not enough to beat Antonsen this evening, who won the second set in a close affair which ended 21-18.
– It was great to get started. It was great it went my way today. I am super positive and happy for my victory today, Antonsen said.
At last year’s DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR the young Dane impressed everyone by reaching the semifinals on home soil. Since last year the 22-year-old Dane have just kept improving his game. This have led to his highest ever world-ranking as world No. 4 and a silver medal at this year’s World Championships. According to Antonsen it is something special to play in Denmark in front of his home crowd.
– It is of course positive to play on home soil. I have been looking forward to play here again after I had a good experience here last year. I have been a bit nervous, but i take it as something positive because it shows how much I wanted this win, The Dane told.
Thursday, Antonsen will continue his quest to improve the good result from last year’s DANISA DENMARK OPEN presented by VICTOR.
In his second-round Antonsen will face Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen.