Day 1 of the 2013 Yonex Welsh International

Posted by Rob Short at 09:11 on 28 November 2013

2013 Yonex Welsh International

Day 1 and the qualifying rounds brought some exhilarating play and closely fought matches across each of the 5 disciplines and an exceptional atmosphere. 

In the men’s singles, Kasper Lehikoinen (FIN) eased through both his qualifying matches against England’s Patrick Adair and Sam Dobson to move into the third qualifying round together with Ben Torrance (SCO) who came through 2 close 3 set matches against Finland’s Joonas Korhonen and 12th qualifying seed Jacob Maliekal (RSA).  

In the women’s singles, 6th qualifying seed Ekanerina Bolotova (RUS) beat England’s Kerri’s Scott and Scotland’s Emma Cook to earn her place in the last 32. 

In the men’s doubles Adam Hall and Gordon Thompson (SCO) came through against England’s Gregory Mairs and Michael Roe 21-17, 26-24 in a tight two setter, and then had a walkover over 4th qualifying seeds Gary Fox and Tom Wolfenden (ENG) to secure their place in the main draw. Sam Parsons and James Lauder (ENG) encountered a tight 3 set match against Maciej Poulakowski and Michal Rogalski (POL) with the English pair successfully moving into the next round where they again won in 3 sets 14-21, 21-19, 21-18 against fellow English pair Darren Adamson and Oliver Baczala to progress into the main draw.

The ladies doubles qualifying rounds saw Spain’s Blanca Ibeas and Manuela Diaz, England’s Tsui-Yee Lau and Paige Butler and Australia’s Renuga Veeran and He Tian Tang moving  into the last 32.

It was a day of mixed fortunes for Welsh players. Nic Strange and Jordan Hart beat 4th qualifying seeds Ben Lane and Jessica Pugh in three sets before losing out in another close 3 set encounter against Spain’s Pablo Abian and Blanca Ibeas 18-21, 21-19, 14-21. 

2nd qualifying seeds Aimee Moran and Conor Bambrick (ENG) won both of their matches against English opposition to qualify for the last 32. Moran also played in the women’s singles event, winning her first round match against England’s Sarah Preece but unfortunately falling at the second hurdle against England’s Jessica Hopton, losing in 3 sets 21-13, 4-21, 13-21. 

Jordan Hart had a tough match against England’s Elizabeth Cann going down in two close sets 21-16, 21-15 with Cann also winning her second qualifying match to secure her main draw place. 

Michael Kinnear won his first round match against England’s Andrew Kindred but lost in the second qualifying round to 11th qualifying seed Milan Ludik (CZE).

Badminton Wales is very much looking forward to Day 2 of the Championships and the enthralling matches it promises to bring.