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Aarhus. Viktor Axelsen and Anders Antonsen were Denmark’s two aces at the Thomas Cup, but in the semifinals the latter suffered a defeat to Indonesia’s Jonatan Christie, and it became expensive for Denmark.
With a cramp on the way, Antonsen had no more to give at the end of the third set, but it was not only fatigue that hampered the Danish world tree.
National coach Kenneth Jonassen says that Antonsen has struggled with a strain, which was also on the field on Saturday in Aarhus.
– He has struggled with a small strain up in the chest, which affects his smash. He can not tear through fully, says Jonassen.
– When you take into account that he lacks the last in his settlement, it is one of the small things that makes a difference.
From the outside, it also looked like Antonsen played somewhat consecutive large parts of the long three-set match, which ended up bringing Indonesia to 2-1.
With the pure world-class, Indonesia can muster in the men’s doubles, Antonsen’s match was a “must win” if Denmark were to reach the final. But there is no one in the Danish camp who will point to Antonsen as a scapegoat.
– Have I seen Anders play better matches in his career? Yes, I have enough. But I have never seen him dig so deep and go all the way, even though it was far from clear he should do it, it sounds from Kenneth Jonassen.
– I am super happy with his efforts. He went all in for the team and just did not cross the finish line.
It was also not difficult to spot that the 24-year-old Dane had completely emptied his body of energy.
He had to drop the meeting with the press after the match as his body was on the verge of going into violent spasm which he has been hit by before.
/ ritzau /
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