Axelsen eyes All England after Dubai Super Series success

The Dane, who is in the city to spearhead the Bengaluru Blasters’ challenge in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) starting from January 1, says he is keen to keep improving with each and every tournament.

“There is very little to choose at the highest level in the world of badminton especially amongst the top 10. You have to be on your toes,” says Axelsen.   -  Getty Images

Fresh from his Dubai BWF Super Series men’s singles title-triumph, which he feels is his biggest ever, Viktor Axelsen is now gunning for the All England championship glory in 2017 February.

The Dane, who is in the city to spearhead the Bengaluru Blasters’ challenge in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) starting from January 1, says he is keen to keep improving with each and every tournament.

“I am not the kind of player who would love to sit back on one big win. There is specific intent to moving up in the big league and I am pretty happy with the year-ending title in Dubai,” says the 22-year-old, who comes from a country which produced legends such as Marten Frost

“We grew up watching the great Frost and we all are aware of the kind of impact he has had on the young talent back in Denmark,” says 2016 Olympic Games bronze medallist.

“I would love to do what I am good at and not try to be sentimental about anything in particular. The first objective is always to give off my best,” points out the shuttler.

“There is very little to choose at the highest level in the world of badminton especially amongst the top 10. You have to be on your toes,” says Axelsen. “I repeat that winning All England title next year should be my biggest target and then think about the World championship in Scotland.”

“There will be real tough competition with the presence of the likes of Chen Long and Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan cannot be written off at any level. What is important is that there are pretty exciting young talent too which can stun the best in the world,” he adds.

Axelsen feels that PBL is a great and exciting event with a very interesting format. “I am really looking forward to this wonderful concept which the sport needs badly,” he concludes.