Anders Antonsen celebrated the biggest result in his comeback from injury, as the Dane made the YONEX All England semifinals for the third time.
The Dane, whose last major semifinal was the DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open in September 2022, was a picture of steadiness, in contrast to his opponent Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who was by turns brilliant and erratic.
It was an emotional comeback for the Dane, who has battled months of chronic pain due to a persistent groin injury.
“It was emotional in the end,” said Antonsen. “I could sense tears in my coaches’ eyes. It was big for all of us. I’m not easy to work with. So it’s amazing. I’m so happy to experience this.
“It means a lot. To be back playing well, beating very strong opponents in all three rounds, I’m so satisfied. I’ve been through quite a lot, with injuries and tough times, and so to finally experience something like this is big for me.
“I’ve always been quite confident in my own abilities. But I have also doubted myself more than I’ve ever done before, for the last year or so. With a bunch of lesser results and injuries and stuff I started to doubt myself a little bit. But I’ve proven that I am still able to play with the absolute best.”
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