2017 Yonex Welsh International

Posted by Rob Short at 02:11 on 21 November 2017

2017 Yonex Welsh International

Wednesday November 29th sees the start of 4 days of competition at the 2017 Yonex Welsh International at Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff with over 250 players from 30 countries competing from as far afield as India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Suriname.

The eve of the tournament sees 2 Yonex Super Demo events, one for schools in the afternoon and one for members in the evening and will include exhibition matches featuring Olympic Bronze Medallists, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge, European Bronze Medallists, Sarah Walker and Lauren Smith and Welsh Number 1, Jordan Hart. Local players will also get an opportunity to challenge the professionals.

Onto the tournament and in the Women’s Singles Welsh hopes rest with Jordan Hart, seeded 3 in the event, who meets Ireland’s Rachael Darragh in the 1st round of the main draw. After reaching the final in the recent Polish International before being edged out by Switzerland’s Ayla Huser, Jordan will be hoping to go one better this time around. Top seeds for the event are India’s Tanvi Lad and England’s Georgina Bland. Tanvi had a good run at the 2016 event before going out in the quarters to eventual finalist Shuo Yun Sung from Chinese Taipei and Georgina reached the semis of the recent Polish International before losing out to Jordan in a 3 set semi so both will be looking to mount a strong challenge for the title.

In the Men’s Singles England’s Sam Parsons and Scotland’s Matthew Carder head up the seeds. In the 1st round of the main draw Sam faces Slovenia’s Andraz Krapez and Matthew will play France’s Leo Rossi. Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen is seeded 7 and will be one to look out after an impressive year which has included reaching the quarters at the World Junior Championships and the semis at the Belgian International. Wales’ Will Kitching and Andrew Oates both compete in the qualifying rounds – Will plays Belgium’s Rowan Scheurkogel and Andrew, Ireland’s Jonathan Dolan, with both aiming to move through to the main draw.

The Welsh pairing of Gareth Cox and Scott Oates compete in the qualifying rounds of the Men’s Doubles and will face the winners of Denmark’s Oliver Lee Nowak & Jeppe Theisen and England’s William Jones & James Penver for a place in the main draw where they would face Scotland’s more experienced pairing of Matthew Carder & Ben Torrance. Top seeds for the event are Slovenia’s Miha Ivanic & Andraz Krapez and France’s Eloi Adam & Samy Corvee but the Irish pairings of Nhat Nguyen & Paul Reynolds and Mark Brady & Ciaran Chambers, who are seeded 3 and 4, will be aiming to upset those seedings. 

Germany’s Lisa Kaminski & Hannah Pohl and Belgium’s Lise Jaques & Flore Vandenhoucke are 1st and 2nd seeds in the Women’s Doubles. The German pair were winners at the 2017 Mauritius International and the Belgians won the recent Bulgarian International event but they will face strong competition from 3rd and 4th seeds, Norway’s Solvar Flaten Jorgensen & Natalie Syvertsen, who beat Jaques & Vandenhoucke at the Latvian International, and Ireland’s Sara Boyle & Rachael Darragh who reached the semis in the Lithuanian International earlier in the year.

The Anglo-Welsh pairing of James Ellaway & Chloe Le Tissier compete in the qualifying round of the Mixed Doubles and a victory against England’s William Jones & Lydia Ip would see them into the main draw where they would face another qualifying pair. Norway’s Fredrik Kristensen & Solvar Flaten Jorgensen and Poland’s Pawel Smilowski & Magdalena Swierczynska are the top seeds for the event but should expect strong competition from 3rd seeds, Ireland’s Ciaran & Sinead Chambers, who are regulars at the Cardiff event. 

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