Viktor Axelsen withdraws as a result of well being issues

The India Open will begin in Delhi tomorrow (January 16) and the lineup for the event is definitely spectacular. Nonetheless, one athlete that followers will miss on the IG Stadium is Viktor Axelsen, who has chosen to withdraw from the occasion as a result of well being issues.

Axelsen, who has single-handedly dominated a lot of the males’s singles occasions he is performed over the past handful of years, was one of many headliners on the upcoming Tremendous 750. The Dane, who’s at present topping the world rating charts, kicked off his season earlier this month on the Malaysia Open.

The 30-year-old appeared his typical self in Kuala Lumpur final week earlier than he fell brief to China’s Shi Yi Qui after three grueling units within the semifinals. Taking to X (previously Twitter), Viktor Axelsen introduced his withdrawal from the India Open as a result of points together with his well being. He wrote:

“Hi all, after my match on Saturday I’ve been laying in bed ill and after talking with the medical team present here in Malaysia, I’ve been advised to get additional checkup. That means that I unfortunately won’t be able to travel and be present at India Open this year, which is rather disappointing as it has been a tournament where I’ve loved to play in front of the Indian badminton fans.”

India Open Tremendous 750: Viktor Axelsen’s absence clears the trail

Whereas followers is perhaps barely upset at Viktor Axelsen lacking the India Open, his absence definitely improves the nation’s probability for a title within the males’s singles occasion.

India has 4 gamers in motion on the males’s singles of the Tremendous 750, and within the prime half of the draw, Lakshya Sen and Priyanshu Rajawat will face one another of their opening spherical.

The winner of that encounter will face compatriot HS Prannoy within the spherical of 16, so long as he can get previous Chou Tien Chen in his first match. Had Axelsen been taking part in in Delhi, the winner of this conflict would have been compelled to cope with the large of their quarterfinals.

Within the backside half of the draw, the only Indian, Kidambi Srikanth will battle Lee Cheuk Yiu in his spherical of 32. If Kidambi can get previous Lee, he’ll almost certainly should tackle Thai seventh seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn within the pre-quarterfinals.