Copenhagen: Denmark's badminton mixed doubles champions Joachim Fischer and Christinna Pedersen have been named badminton players of the year 2011.

The pair was voted shortly after successfully defending their mixed doubles title at the Copenhagen Masters here on Thursday, a news agency reported.

They were named the best on a vote by badminton fans in a year when the pair also won the Denmark Open and French Open, as well as making the final and semifinals in the Super Series.

Denmark's top men's singles player, Peter Gade, who is currently ranked world No.4, as well as Danish men's doubles players Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen, were also nominated for the annual honour.

'We are really glad that so many have voted for us and we are happy that people like watching us play, especially since we won Denmark Open,' Pedersen said, commenting on the win.

Nielsen and Pedersen began their mixed doubles partnership in 2008, and are currently ranked No.3 in the world.