Day 3 of the 2013 Yonex Welsh International

Posted by Rob Short at 01:11 on 30 November 2013

2013 Yonex Welsh International 3

Day 3 of the Yonex Welsh International Badminton Championships brought some exceptional play and with it the highs of triumph and the lows of defeat. 

The men’s singles saw Pablo Abian (ESP) book his place in the semi-finals by beating 4th seed Joachim Persson (DEN) in the round of 16 and Andre Kurniawan Tedjono (INA) in the quarter finals. Rhys Walker (ENG) caused an upset by winning his quarter final match against number 2 seed Dmytro Zavadsky (UKR) in a close 3 setter 12-21, 21-18, 21-19. No. 3 seed Misbun Ramdan Mohmed Misbun lost his quarter final match in 2 close sets to 8th seed Flemming Quach (DEN) seeing Quach move on to the semi-finals. Christian Lind Thomsen (DEN) continued his winning streak in the quarter finals beating Matthias Almer (AUT) 21-11, 19-21, 21-11.

Wales’ Carissa Turner was unable to progress past the last 16 losing her match to 4th seed Natalia Perminova who went on to win her quarter final match against Anna Thea Madsen (DEN) 21-17, 21-19. Kristina Gavnholt (CZE) won both her last 16 and quarter final matches against Victoria Slobodjanuk (RUS) and Panugu Riou (ENG) respectively. The semi-final was the next stop for Beiwen Zhang after beating Line Kjaersfeldt (DEN) and Nicola Cerfontyne (ENG) en route. No 1 seed Beatriz Corrales (ESP) earned her semi-final place beating Chloe Birch (ENG) and Ekanerina Bolotova (RUS) to get there. 

In the men’s doubles, 5th seeds Robin Middleton and Ross Smith (AUS) beat 1st seeds Chris Langridge and Peter Mills (ENG) in 2 sets 21-16, 21-19 and progressed to the semi-finals. Wales’ Dan Font and Scotland’s Michael Campbell lost in 3 close sets to Raymond Tam and Glenn Warfe (AUS) in the last 16. Tam and Warfe then went onto lose to Scotland’s Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh 18-21, 17-21. No. 3 seeds Christopher Coles and Matthew Nottingham booked their place in the semi-finals beating fellow English pair Ben Stawski and Scott P Williams in the last 16 and New Zealand’s Kevin Dennerly-Minturn and Oliver Leydon-Davis in the quarters. 6th seeds Niclas Nohr and Nikolaj Overgaard (DEN) earned their place in the last 4 by winning their quarter final match against Pak Chuu Chow and Bin Shen Tan (MAS) in 3 sets 21-15, 13-21, 21-9.

No.3 seeds Lena Grebak and Maria Hesbol (DEN) were unable to continue into the semi-finals being beaten by 7th seeds Anastasia Chervaykova and Nona Vislova (RUS) 21-17, 21-18. Scotland’s Imogen Bankier and Kirsty Gilmour’s success continued beating 8th seeds Jacqueline Guan and Groyna Somerville (AUS) en route to the semi-finals. He Tian Tang and Renuga Veeran (AUS) proved too difficult for 6th seeds Tatjana Bibik and Ekanerina Bolotova (RUS) with the Australians winning the quarter final 12-21, 21-16, 21-14. Sarah Thomas and Carissa Turner (WAL) were unable to beat 5th seeds Kesgya Nurvita Hanadia and Devi Tika Permatasari (INA) with the Indonesians also winning their quarter final match against England’s Alexandra Langley and Helena Lewczynska 22-20, 21-13. 

The mixed doubles event saw first seeds Chris Langridge and  Heather Olver (ENG), second seeds Vitalij Durking and Nina Vislova (RUS) and third seeds Anders Skaarup Rasmussen and Lena Grebak (DEN) all successfully progress into the semi-finals. The fourth pair to join them is Ben Stawski and Alexandra Langley (ENG) who came through a tough quarter final against Russian pairing Anatolij Yartsev and Evgeniya Kosetskaya 21-15, 13-21, 21-19.

So onto Saturday and the semi-finals and finals where further exciting encounters are anticipated.

You can keep up with all the results from the event on Tournament Software.