Lievin: Denmark remained undefeated at the 2020 European Men’s Team Championships when it secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Netherlands, clinching its 8th straight European Men’s Team Championships title on Sunday.
Denmark’s World No. 3 Viktor Axelsen got off to strong start by winning in straight sets against Netherlands’ World No. 32 Mark Caljouw 21-6, 21-16 in 34 minutes.
“I was a little tired from yesterday’s match. I have no chance if I am not 100% against Viktor,” said Caljouw.
“We made the final, and the team was tired. We do not have a big squad that we could change around,” added Caljouw.
In the first men’s doubles that followed, World No. 14 men’s doubles Kim Astrup/Anders Skaarup Rasmussen played brilliantly to down World No. 36 Jelle Maas/Robin Tabeling 21-13, 21-11 to give Denmark a 2-0 lead.
Denmark’s World No. 6 Anders Antonsen secured the title for Denmark by easing past World No. 142 Joran Kweekel 21-11, 21-14 in 38 minutes.
“I am really proud of my team and my country as we are the best team in Europe,” said Antonsen.
The Denmark men’s team was extremely dominant in Europe as they played the entire tournament without losing a single game.
Meanwhile, Denmark’s women’s team came back from 0-1, after Julie Dawall Jakobsen lost to Yvonne Li of Germany 21-19, 22-24, 16-21, winning the next three matches to beat Germany 3-1 and to claim their sixth European Women’s Team Championships title.