Glasgow Youth International Singles Results

Posted by Carissa Turner at 12:05 on 23 May 2017

The Glasgow Youth International Individual Tournament began on Saturday 20th May and was played across 4 venues in the morning.

The venues were:
National Badminton Academy - U13 and U15 Boys Singles
Scotstoun - U15 Boys and Girls Singles
Sir Craig Reedie Badminton Centre - U13 Girls Singles
Glasgow School of Sport - U13 Boys Singles

U13 Boys Singles

Arnav Patil and Adil Khan got the boys off to a good start by winning their first group stage matches. Arnav came back from a set down against Harry Bent to take the second and then pushed ahead early on in the third controlling the set right the way through to win 19-21 21-17 21-8. Adil had an easier time of it against Leo McMillan winning in straight sets 21-8 21-10,  however they  were both unlucky in their second matches as they lost in tough three set games. Thomas Morgan coped well with a late re-draw as he ended up changing groups. He was very unlucky in his first match which he lost 22-24 in the third and also had  a close match against 3/4 seed Samuel Jones of England which he lost 21-17 21-19, a performance he can surely be proud  of.

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And so it was left to Daniel Kite who had played extremely well the previous day in the team event and continued his form  in to the individual event where he coasted through the group winning both game 21-10 21-7 to advance to the elimination  rounds and Last 16 of the tournament, where he faced Samuel Jones from England who he also beat with ease in two sets
21-12 21-8.
Next up were the Quarter Finals where he would face Ireland's Matthew Cheung who was seeded above Daniel in 5/8. The rallies were  all long and fast paced and it was clear that having played one less game than Daniel that Matthew was feeling fresh. In the  end the team event and other games took their toll and Daniel lost 13-21 14-21 in 31 minutes.

U15 Boys Singles

Wales had three boys in this event; Michael Pritchard, Archie Bult and Daniel Clarke. 
First up on court was Daniel who returned to competition after almost a year out in March. He has done well since coming back having  competed well on the English circuit and winning the Mixed Doubles at the Junior Nationals and he wasn't about to ease off in Glasgow.  His first match was against Jamie McCash of Scotland, while Daniel didn't get off to the best of starts he turned things round in the  second set to win 21-18 and take that game to a third where he fought hard and dug in deep, however couldn't quite finish the game off and  lost 16-21. His next match would prove tougher again as he faced 9/16 seed William Atkin of England which he lost in two sets this time.  But Daniel can take some positives away from the matches as Atkin went on to reach the Quarter Final stages of the tournament.

Next up was Archie who faced Nathan Macpherson of Scotland. Archie got off to a great start, playing fantastically and taking the first set 21-13.  The next two sets however would go point for point between the two boys, a couple of missed opportunities in the second meant that the Scot  took the game 21-19. Archie didn't allow this to affect his focus though and he came out of the blocks fighting in the third set but again  the two boys were equally matched by each other and in the end luck was on Scotland's side as Archie lost the third set 24-22. This match took  its toll on Archie when he faced England's Nathan Moore and he couldn't find his rhythm as he lost in two sets.

It was now left to Michael Pritchard to keep the Welsh flag flying. He went in to the competition seeded 9/16 and topped his group by beating  Isaac Weire 21-14 20-22 21-13 in his opening match and Zack Schofield 21-8 21-12 to take him through to the knock out stages. In his last 16  match he faced 3/4 seed Axel Roberts of Sweden. Michael didn't let the Swede's seeding affect his nerves or concentration as he stuck to his  game plan and style of play. This tactic proved effective as he went on to win 21-18 21-18 to secure a place in the Quarter Finals. There he would  face Kenneth Cheung of Scotland who was also seeded 9/16. Having already exceeded his seeding Michael could relax and enjoy playing but it would  seem that the pressure and aspiration to reach the Semi Finals was a bit too much for Michael as despite playing some really good badminton he 
lost 21-15 21-14 bringing an end to the boys singles campaign.

Girls Singles

Saffron Morris, Freya Cottrill and Jasmine Owen were competing in the U13's event and Lowri Hart in the U15's.
Saffron and Freya were first up on court and both started strongly with Saffron winning her first set against Katrina Chan 21-13 and  Freya just missing out on taking hers 18-21 against Katie Stewart. However, the second sets did not go the same way as both girls weren't as competitive  meaning that Freya had lost and Saffron would go in to a third set. After regrouping at the interval Saffron regained concentration and blitzed  the third set winning 21-8.
Both Jasmine and Lowri had an easier time of things in their opening games as Jasmine beat Erin Bailey 21-6 21-9 and Lowri beat Emma Goddard  21-11 21-10. Lowri as 5/8 seed also eased through her next game against Rachel Wedlock 21-6 21-9 to top her group and go through to the knock  out stages. Saffron also had an easier second game as the seed in her group, Paranathi Koneru was injured. Saffron made quick work of that game and won 21-6  21-9.
Also on court at the same time was Jasmine who was batteling it out against 3/4 seed Sophie Watson of England. After dominating in the first 
set, winning 21-16 Jasmine continued her form in the second, but became nervous towards the end of the match and allowed a 5 point lead to slip away  from her. However, she managed to regain her nerve and fought back to win 25-23.

While Jasmine had a bye to the Quarter Finals, Lowri and Saffron had to play Last 16 matches.
Lowri faced Jodie Harris of Scotland and won comfortably 
21-11 21-15 in a game which she controlled from the beginning. Saffron however had a tough task ahead against 5/8 seed Sophia Noble of Ireland.  Saffron knew she was fighting an uphill battle against the tenacious Irish player but showed incredible fitness, determination and resilience which  you would normally expect of a player far older than Saffron. But in the end it came down to physical power and Saffron bowed out of the competition  with a 21-10 21-14 loss. 

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And so it was on to the Quarter Finals for the two remaining girls from West Wales. Jasmine was first up on court against 5/8 seed Mary Kong of Scotland.
As Scotland's number 2 singles player at U13's, Jasmine knew that this would be a tough match but she started well and drew on her experience from  the earlier rounds to take the first set 22-20. At 9-11 down in the second set interval Jasmine knew she would have to fight to gain the lead,  but Kong was not about to allow that to happen and won 21-17 to take it to a deciding set. After some tactical changes, Jasmine knew that she had to  rally and push Kong to the back before utilising her cross court attacking shots and played well to gain the lead earlier on. At 11-8 in the third  the tactics were to stay strong mentally and continue the rallying tactic even though she was tired. But it worked as Kong began to make mistakes and Jasmine won
21-17!

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Over in Scotstoun, Lowri was stepping on court against a physically strong, Kiara Henry of England. Lowri got off to a good start with the game going point for point most of the way, but not an ideal one as  she lost the first set 21-18. In true Lowri style she used this as motivation to come out of the interval hard and show Henry what she is truly made of.  She played an absolute stormer of a second set, stamping her mark with a 21-8 win showcasing her capabilities. Unfortunately however, due to a recent  back injury Lowri could not maintain her standard of play and keep up with the gruelling, fast paced, attacking rallies that would follow. Despite fighting tooth  and nail to the end Henry took advantage of the injury and closed out the third set 21-18 bringing Lowri's singles campaign, which she should be proud of, to an end.

semi

Sunday the 21st May saw the Semi Finals and Finals played at the National Badminton Academy and Jasmine Owen was the last remaining Welsh player in the tournament.
She would face Sophia Noble who had beaten Saffron and the second seed the previous day. Having some insight from Saffron's match was useful going in to the game  and Jasmine arrived at the hall by 8:15 to make sure she had a chance to have a hit and get used to it ahead of her match at 9:30 am.
This professional preparation paid off as Jasmine hit the ground running in the first set getting off to a great start. The game was incredibly competitive throughout  and at 15-18 down Jasmine managed to pull the game back in to her control to level it out at 19-19. But a long rally and missed forehand net opportunity saw Sophia have  set point and make use of it winning the first game 21-19. At the beginning of the second set it was clear that the disappointment of not converting the 19-19 rally had
affected Jasmine's mentality as Sophia took an early lead. At 11-4 Jasmine knew that she needed to fight hard but unfortunately the weekend's work took it's toll and  the points gap proved too big as Sophia went on to advance to the Final after a two set win. Jasmine showed great professionalism, fight and work ethic this weekend  and should be very proud of herself.

All players put in a great effort and should be pleased with their performances this weekend and use it as motivation to push on with their training over the summer.

We would like to thank the players, parents and coaches for their continued support and effort.

A full list of results can be found here.