2023 All England: day one review

by BWT Admin

The 2023 All England Open kicked off in dramatic style on Tuesday with some big shocks and an early scare for defending champion Viktor Axelsen.

The great Dane, a two-time champion at the Utilita Arena Birmingham, was under the cosh early on against Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong, dropping the opening game after a slow start.

However, the world No.1 rallied, and his quest for a fifth straight final – and third title – continued after a 19-21 21-15 21-11 triumph.

“I’m feeling pretty satisfied about how I played in the last two games especially,” said the Dane.

“Lee Cheuk Yiu is a tough opponent, and today was a tough game for me, but I’m happy I was able to step up and win comfortably in the second and third games.

“I tried to step up the pace a little bit, and I tried to control the rallies a little bit more. I was playing a little bit too slow and a little bit too cautious in the first game. I managed to turn it around.

“I’ve been doing really well here for many years, so hopefully, I can do well again this week.”

Read more at allenglandbadminton.com

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