History was created in the men’s singles category today! Viktor Axelsen became the first singles player to win all Super 1000 titles in one World Tour calendar year. That makes a Super 1000 slam. Hans Vittinghus’ amazing run came to an end today. He was
The younger Dane, Viktor Axelsen, ranked number 4 in the world broke no sweat in emerging victorious over his senior, 35-year-old Hans Kristian Vittinghus. Hans, who had played the best badminton of his career over the last few days, could not maintain that on the day of the final as he faltered against Axelsen.
For Viktor, it was his 6th final in seven tournaments. Axelsen has been in great form, winning the Spain Masters 2020, All England 2020, and Yonex Thailand Open 2021, the last one, after having recovered after an injury. For Vittinghus this was his first Super 1000 final since 2014. Axelsen led the head-to-head 3-2. The last meeting between the two was in Malayasia Masters 2019, where Axelsen had won in straight games, closely fought. Prior to that, they had played each other in a BWF tournament back in 2015 and earlier.
Axelsen was in complete control of the game and Hans barely had any answers. He played a couple of good rallies in flashes, picking up brilliant points. However, they were few. The pace was mostly not very high, but Axelsen constructed rallies well moving his opponent around the court, creating opening and going for the kill. This worked for Axelsen. He won the match 21-11, 21-7 in 40 minutes.
Post-match, Vittinghus posted, “Little disappointed I could not fight until the end, but I did everything I could today. Tried different things, tried to stay in the game, but it was simply an impossible task. But hey, what a week. When I boarded the flight in Denmark for this trip I was looking at two weeks of quarantine and no matches as I was still on the reserves list for these events. So returning home with 3 wins against top 20 opponents and enough ranking points to basically secure a spot in all the big events feels pretty damn good! I’m on the right track once again – and already excited to go out there and compete when the next opportunity comes. Thanks for all of your support and messages this past week. Appreciate the love!”