Viktor Axelsen loves being in India, enjoys audience passion for badminton

first_imgDenmark’s world No.1 Viktor Axelsen is currently in India playing in the Premier Badminton League for Bengaluru Blasters for the second season in a row.On Thursday night, Axelsen dazzled in front of the New Delhi crowd in his match against Delhi Dashers’ Tian Houwei of China and put up a dominating display for the audience that cheered and screamed behind him all the while.Earlier in the year, Axelsen had won the India Open Super Series in New Delhi after reaching his third final and he mentioned that it meant a lot.Axelsen says he enjoys playing in India and the people’s passion for badminton is “good to see.””It’s good, I love being in India. I think the fans here, especially at Siri Fort (Sports Complex) in Delhi, it’s really nice and everyone is really passionate for badminton, which is really good to see,” Axelsen said to IndiaToday.in.WATCH FULL VIDEOAxelsen entertained the crowd at Siri Fort with a no-look push and piruvet backhand shot and the world No.22 Chinese had no answers.”I’m most doing fun in training. I think it is very important to remember the fun things in badminton and that is to get shots like that,” Viktor explained the origination of those fancy strokes.Viktor began the game on a high note racing to a 5-2 lead. The Chinese tried to stop the juggernaut but Viktor eventually went into the break 8-6 with a brilliant drop at the net.Houwei attempted to counter Viktor’s backcourt forehands by playing an all-court game and hitting the lines but the Danish superstar easily negated it with his strong wristplay to win the opening game.advertisementViktor continued the same onslaught in the second game as well and Houwei had no answers. Viktor’s barrage of smashes rattled Houwei to the T and sealed the match for his side.Axelsen is currently the world No.1 and having won the World Championships and Dubai World Super Series Finals, the Danish has dominated with his all-round game.Having reached the peak, Axelsen shared that he prepares to add new things to his armoury all the time and looks to stay fit physically and mentally.”I try to prepare and make a good plan every time I am meeting a player and of course, I try to physically and mentally be in the right place when I go on court. So, it’s working out fine at the moment and I am doing a lot of other things (in training) and I am in a good place.”Axelsen will now head to Lucknow for a match against Mumbai Rockets on January 1, 2018 in the PBL.last_img

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