Axelsen: We need to focus

Axelsen knows that the competition will only get harder from here, but admitted that Denmark don't have their strongest side as Mathias Boe, Carsten Mogensen, Christinna Pedersen, Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Joachim Fischer Nielsen were all dropped for the tournament due to a sponsorship dispute. 

But, that didn't stop the third seeds from cruising to victory over England despite getting off to a bad start. 

Mads Pieler Kolding and Sara Thygesen lost 21-18, 21-18 in the mixed double event to Chris and Gabrielle Adcock. 

But, Axelsen levelled things up after he beat Rajiv Ouseph 21-12, 21-18 in a men's singles match. 

While the 21-year-old was not impressed with his performance against Ouseph, he admitted that getting a point for his team was what mattered most. 

"I was inconsistent against Rajiv, but quite glad with the way I finished the tie," Axelsen told reporters. "What’s important is that I managed to get a point for the team."

Mads Conrad-Petersen and Kolding gave Denmark the lead when they beat Adcock and Andrew Ellis 21-17, 21-17 in the men's double event. 

The Danes increased their lead to 3-1 when Line Kjaersfeldt triumphed over Fontaine Mica Chapman 21-14, 21-13 in the women's singles game. 

Denmark wrapped up their victory when Lena Grebak and Maria Helsbol defeated Adcock and Heather Olver 21-17, 18-21, 21-18 in the women's double match. 

Even though the Danish team are currently in the midst of a sponsorship dispute, Axelsen has called on his team-mates to stay calm and concentrate solely on beating Indonesia on Wednesday. 

"There are some problems in the Danish team now, but it’s important that we focused our attention and do our best in the championships," he said. "The team spirit is strong and we support one another along the way."

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