2016 Yonex Welsh International

Posted by Rob Short at 09:11 on 30 November 2016

Today sees the start of the 2016 Yonex Welsh International at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff and an exciting 4 days of competition is anticipated.

Pablo Abian

The no. 1 seed in the Men’s singles is Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Jen Hao but he will face stiff competition from 2010 and 2013 winner, Spain’s Pablo Abian and 2014 champion, Scotland’s Kieran Merrilees. France’s Brice Leverdez and Russia’s Vladimir Malkov will also offer a big threat. Welsh hopes are represented by Daniel Font, Will Kitching, Tsung Fong Mo, Andrew Jones and brothers Scott & Andrew Oates who all play in the qualifying rounds today.

2016 Yonex Welsh International

Previous winner and no.1 seed, Spain’s Beatriz Corrales returns to Cardiff where she will face strong competition from India’s Tanvi Lad and last week’s Scottish finalist, Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet. For Wales Gean Sou Mo plays in the qualifiers today and Jordan Hart and Aimee Moran will compete in the main draw tomorrow.

In the Men’s Doubles the new GB pairing of Peter Mills and Adam Hall were unlucky losers in last Sunday’s final in Scotland and will be looking to go one better this week. However there will be tough competition for the title from Belgium’s Matijs Dierickx & Freek Golinski, 2014 champions England’s Matt Nottingham & Harley Towler and Scotland’s Martin Campbell & Patrick Machugh. Welsh bothers Scott & Andrew Oates start their campaign in the qualifiers today.

In the women’s doubles, there is a welcome return to circuit duties for top seeded Russian duo Olga Morozova & Anastasia Chervyakova and if seeding runs to plan they should face off against Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva & Mariya Mitsova in the final. 

Poland’s Robert Mateusiak & Nadia Zieba are top seeded in the Mixed Doubles but English pairs Matt Nottingham & Lauren Smith and Ben Lane & Jess Pugh will also be pushing hard for the title. The Welsh brother and sister pairing of Tsung Fong & Gean Sou Mo compete in the qualifiers today. 

We are all looking forward to 4 days of top quality action.

For all the information about the tournament including the draws and results please click here.