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Viktor Axelsen withdraws from Indonesia Open 2024 due to ankle injury

Published at :June 3, 2024 at 9:45 PM
Modified at :June 13, 2024 at 6:10 PM
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Axelsen suffered an ankle injury during the pre-quarterfinals at the Singapore Open 2024.

Defending champion Viktor Axelsen has announced his withdrawal from the Indonesia Open 2024, citing an ankle injury. The announcement was made public on X (formerly Twitter), where the reigning Olympic champion expressed his disappointment at missing the tournament in Jakarta.

Viktor Axelsen’s withdrawal has opened the opportunity for Leong Jun Hao who received the promotion. The Malaysian will face no #3 seed Jonatan Christie of Indonesia in the first round.

Axelsen, who won the Indonesia Open in 2023 by defeating local favourite Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in straight games, sustained the injury during his last-16 win over Lin Chun Yi at the Singapore Open 2024. The injury also forced him to miss the semifinals of the Singapore Open.

In his statement on X, Axelsen wrote, “Hi guys. I’ve been trying all I can to get ready for Indonesia Open, but unfortunately I’m not fit to play. Will miss playing here in Jakarta. I promise to be back soon again.”

The Danish shuttler had previously mentioned the injury in another post, stating, “During my 2nd round, I made a small rollover on my right ankle. Initially I felt fine and yesterday [against Leong] it was nothing but a bit of soreness.”

Axelsen recently claimed his first World Tour title of the year at the 2024 BWF Badminton Malaysia Masters in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (26 May). In the final, he overcame in-form shuttler Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia, 21-6, 20-22, 21-13, to secure the men’s singles crown.

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Axelsen’s withdrawal from the Indonesia Open comes as a blow to fans who were eagerly anticipating his title defense. The tournament, which attracts top players from around the world, will now proceed without the reigning champion.

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