A crucial week for Ireland’s leading Badminton stars . Day one brought mixed fortunes in Karlskrona Sweden as the European Badminton Championships got underway with Ireland represented in 3 of the 5 disciplines. The Europeans is one of the most prestigious tournaments of the year. With the Olympics being in the same season and qualification points up for grabs day one produced some fabulous opening matches.
The Irish have prepared well in the lead up to this event. From April 2nd to 6th players targeting the 2016 and 2020 games trained alongside Chloe Magee in her preparation for the Europeans. The camp looked at areas of Fitness Testing, On-court training, off-court Gym training, and Psychology of the game, having a winning attitude
Ireland kicked off in the Men’s Singles and Ladies Singles and will be represented today in the Mixed Doubles event and again in the Ladies singles.
Men’s Singles: First up on-court for the Irish was Irish number one Scott Evans World ranked 66 against Dmytro Zavadsky of Ukraine. The Ukraine number one is ranked 45 in the World and had been in good form in the lead up to this event. Evans had a nervous start to the game and did not settle well from the off. Dmytro demonstrated good patience throughout the first set and controlled the match taking the opening set 21-9. In the second set things picked up as Evans shot off to a 4-1 lead with an explosive period of play. Zavadsky came right back winning the next 4 points and continued his dominance over Evans. The Irish number one never found his form in this match and bowed out of the event 21-11 in the second set.
Ladies Singles: Next up for the Irish was Irish number one ladies singles player Chloe Magee World ranked 42 against Estonian Laura Vana of Estonia. Chloe settled well taking an 11-3 lead against Vana. From here her confidence continued to grow as the Dublin based 23 year old eased out a 21-9 opening set. In the second set Magee continued to show great composure and attacking qualities as she found winners from all over the court. Laura never had a chance to get back into the match as Magee took the second set and match with another single figure scoreline 21-9.
Magee commented “I feel in good shape, I have had great preparation with an intensive training camp with the national team and the support of the Irish institute of Sport. My fitness results are getting better and better and that is only going to help my badminton performances.”
Chloe now will face Natalia Perminova of Russia who pulled of a huge upset beating world number 44 Larisa Griga of Ukraine in an Epic three set match.
Mixed Doubles: In the mixed Doubles Irish number ones Chloe and Sam Magee world ranked 39 will meet the Russian combination of Sergey Lunev & Evgenia Dimova of Russia. The Russian pair demolished Serbian duo of Pavlovich & Simic 21-10 21-5 in only 17 minutes. The Irish pair will have to be on top form to compete against the powerful Russian combination.
Sam Magee has had some success at European level as he has previously won gold at U19 level. Sam and Chloe are currently on the reserve list for the Olympics and a good result in this match could help them for qualification for the London games.