2017 Yonex Welsh International - Finals Day

Posted by Rob Short at 02:12 on 3 December 2017

It has been a great week of badminton at the 2017 Yonex Welsh International and the semi-finals and finals of the tournament were no exception.

2017 Yonex Welsh International - Finals Day

Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen, just 17 years old, has already had an impressive year which has included reaching the quarters at the World Junior Championships and the semis at the Belgian International. India’s R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, had been out of action with an injury for over a year with his ranking dropping to over 900 but, on his comeback, he recently won the Bulgarian International Future Series and continued his good form here throughout the qualifying rounds and main draw. In the semi-finals, Nhat had seen off the challenge of Denmark’s Soren Hald 21-13, 21-15 and R.M.V had taken down the No. 1 seed, England’s Sam Parsons, in a pulsating 3 setter, 14-21, 21-18, 21-18 lasting over an hour so we were looking forward to an exciting final; we were not disappointed and Nhat eventually prevailed, edging R.M.V out in the 2nd set 23-21 to take the title.

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It was not to be for Wales’ Jordan Hart in the Women’s Singles as she was not able to repeat her successes from earlier in the week and went down to the No. 1 seed, India’s Tanvi Lad, 21-18, 21-9. However, it has still been a good week for Jordan and she should look upon her performances with great pride. Tanvi went on to meet France’s Marie Batomene, victorious against England’s Abigail Holden in 2 sets in the other semi-final, and proved to be too strong, running out a 21-15, 21-8 winner after an exceptional few days. 

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It has been a busy time for England’s Michael Roe, Oliver Bacazala and Jess Hopton as well as Nhat Nguyen and Denmark’s Soren Hald as they have been doubling up this week and all were involved in 2 semi-finals yesterday.

In the Women’s Doubles Jess and partner Atu Rosalina were unable to get past the No. 2 seeds, Belgium’s Lise Jaques & Flore Vandenhoucke, losing out 18-21, 17-21.  The Belgian pair, recent winners of the Bulgarian International event, then faced Poland’s Kornelia Marczak & Magdalena Witek, winners earlier in the day against Ireland’s Rachael Darragh & Sara Boyle, and came away with a victory in 2 sets to take the title.

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Jess enjoyed much more success in the Mixed Doubles. Teamed up with Michael they beat fellow English pair Oliver Baczala & Natasha Lado in the semi before taking the title 24-22 in the deciding set against Denmark’s Soren Hald & Pernille Bundgard, who themselves had eliminated the No. 1 pair, Norwegians Fredrik Kristensen & Solvar Flaten Jorgensen earlier in the day.

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In the Men’s Doubles Michael and Oliver advanced to the final after a close 3 setter against Soren Hald and Oliver Thomsen and Nhat and Paul Reynolds were edged out by No. 2 seeds, France’s Eloi Adam & Samy Corvee 19-21, 20-22 in the other semi. The final was the last match of the event and what a fitting finale; it was nip and tuck all the way over 3 exciting sets with Michael and Oliver eventually prevailing 21-23, 23-21, 22-20 to take the trophy in a match lasting almost an hour.

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And so the Yonex Welsh International comes to an end for another year. It has been a great event and we would like to thank all the players, coaches, staff, officials, volunteers and spectators for their involvement and efforts throughout the week. 

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2018 event!

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