Danes thrilled with Thomas Cup triumph

Denmark’s badminton team were in high spirits after defeating Indonesia 3-2 in the Thomas Cup final on Sunday at the Kunshan Sports Centre in China.

The victory makes Denmark the first European country to have won the tournament since its inception in 1949.

The hero for the Danes was Hans Kristian-Vittinghus, who won the decider beating Ihsan Maulana Mustofa 21-15, 21-7, this, after the matches were tied at 2-2 after Angga Pratama and Ricky Karanda Suwardi, downed Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the second doubles match.

In an interview after his win, Kristian-Vittinghus said he was extremely happy to have won the trophy for his country.

“I was quite nervous in the beginning but I am very happy that I handled it very well. I’ve been preparing and dreaming for this moment,” he said.

“To bring back home the Thomas Cup for the first time to Denmark, it is very hard to describe what I feel right now. But I am extremely happy with what I did for the team today.”

Viktor Axelsen, who defeated Tommy Sugiarto 21-17, 21-18 to put Denmark ahead in the opening singles rubber, said he was nervous but stayed calm to win.

“I was really nervous during the game, but I managed to stay calm in the end and that’s why I won,” said the 22-year-old.

Jan O Jorgensen, who downed Anthony Ginting 21-17, 21-12 to put Denmark back on a 2-1 lead after the Danes lost the first doubles match against Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, said his experience helped him to win against Ginting.

“I am very happy to succeed and give my country a point in the final. I didn’t play in the semi-finals against Malaysia as I kept losing, to Hsu Jen Hao (Taiwan) and Takuma Ueda (Japan).

“I think I have more experience than Ginting. I did not think much on winning so that I could control the game very well,” said O Jorgensen.