Victor Welsh International 2018
Players from all over the world travelled to Sport Wales
National Centre in Cardiff for the annual Welsh International tournament last
month. Over 230 players from 28 countries battled it out over four days, from
28th November to 1st December, with some travelling as
far as Myanmar, Jamaica, and all over Europe. While there were no welsh
winners, the tournament was far from a failure for the sport in Wales.
Welsh number one Jordan Hart reached the semi finals of the tournament,
being knocked out by a very strong Clara Azurmendi in a hard-fought match.
Welsh pairing Kitching and Oates reached round two of the men’s doubles, along
with Martyn Lewis and his English partner. In addition to the successes of
these players, there were an increased number of welsh officials, without whom
the tournament would not have been possible!
There was a clear sense of excitement in the arena as the
tournament went on, with a larger-than-usual crowd present. During the finals,
mood lighting, music and noise from spectators added pressure to the
already-nervous players. As well as superior ability, the title would be
determined by how well the players could hold their nerve and perform under
Finals kicked off with mixed doubles, with English Clare and
Williams taking on Sjoo (Sweden) and Flynn (England). After two games, the
English pair were victorious and took home the first trophy of the day. Then,
it was women’s singles, with Spanish Clara Azurmendi taking on number one seed
Gayle Mahulette. After an exciting 3-game match, seventh-seed Azurmendi emerged
as champion, proving that ability on paper does not always determine the
outcome of a match. This exciting match preceded men’s singles, with number one
seed Luis Enrique Penalver beating Alex Lane in two games, living up to
expectations! Women’s doubles saw Scottish pair Macpherson and Newall beating
their Danish opponents in two games to take the trophy. The final event of the
tournament was men’s singles, seeing English pairing Hemming and Flynn triumph
over their Danish opponents to emerge victorious.
After the tournament was over, there was a genuine feeling of
success in the Arena. Badminton Wales would like to thank all officials,
players and spectators for playing their role in an extremely enjoyable
tournament. Over the next year, Welsh players will be training hard for their
opportunity to take home one of the trophies in next years international. Will Jordan Hart knock out the opposition? Or
will it be one of the Welsh doubles’ pairings? There are many exciting upcoming
events for Badminton Wales, which the success of the Welsh International will
help to drive forward.
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