"French Sensation: Tomas Junior Popov Stuns World No. 1 Axelsen at 2024 European Badminton Championships"

Trang Napie

Wed Apr 17 2024

European Championships
Tomas Junior Popov
Viktor Axelsen
Olympic Games
Paris 2024
Anders Antonsen
Thom Gicquel
Delphine Delrue
Anne Tran
Margot Lambert

At the 2024 European Badminton Championships, French player Tomas Junior Popov caused a major upset by defeating the world's number one player, Viktor Axelsen, securing a spot in the final and earning a place in the men's singles event at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

Despite never having beaten Axelsen in their previous three encounters, Popov managed to break the streak with a stunning victory in the first set. Axelsen fought back, forcing the match into a deciding game. The world number one found himself trailing after a 7-7 tie, as Popov surged ahead to claim the victory with a score of 21-19, 17-21, 21-9. Meanwhile, Anders Antonsen secured his spot in the final with a dominant semi-final win over Joakim Oldorff.

The prospect of a historic European championship win for France looms large as Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue became the first French pair to clinch the European title by defeating Mathias Christiansen/Alexandra Boje of Denmark in the mixed doubles final. Anne Tran/Margot Lambert have a chance to add to France's gold medal tally by facing Gabriela Stoeva/Stefani Stoeva of Bulgaria in the women's doubles final.

The 2024 European Badminton Championships have seen unexpected twists and breakthrough moments, with Popov's victory over Axelsen setting the stage for a potentially first-ever men's singles title for France. As the competition continues, badminton fans eagerly anticipate more historic moments and fierce battles on the court.