Valuable ranking points were gained at the Swedish International Open where Ireland was represented in two quarter finals, at the weekend.
In a tournament that brought the best of Europe in the hunt of Olympic qualification Irish number one Scott Evans, in the men’s singles, and Irish number one doubles player Sam Magee in the Men’s doubles with his partner Mikkel Eljborn. Unfortunately for the Irish representatives the semis proved to be one step too far, however in the quest for Olympic qualification the points earned may prove invaluable.
Here courtesy of Badminton Ireland,we summarise the events from an Irish viewpoint.
First up for Scott Evans Irelands number one men’s Singles player was Israel’s number one Men’s singles player Milsha Zilberman. Scott took control of the match against the World no 75 from Israel winning with a comprehensive 2 set victory 21-15 21-19. Next up for Scott was Sylvain Ternon of France. Scott continued his good form and once again saw out the game with two straight sets taking 29 minutes to wrap up a 21-13 21-12 victory.
In the quarter final Scott faced his adversary of last week Raul Must of Estonia. Scott played well taking the opening set 21-17, the Estonian number one fought back and took the second set 21-13. In the final set with some really amazing long rallies due to the slow conditions, the Estonian, Must, kept ahead and took the final set 21-16.
First tournament of the New Year for Chloe Magee. Chloe faced a difficult opponent in Karin Schnaase of Germany. Chloe started well in this match leading the first set at 11. From this interval Schnaase found her form and came back to take the opening set 21-17. Chloe started the second set badly and despite a brief come back she was unable to stop Schnaase who went on to take the second set and match with a 21-12 score line.
In the mixed Doubles Chloe partnered up with her brother Sam stepped on court to renew battle against Kim Astrup Sorensen & Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark. These pairs have met on a number of occasions this season and each time it has been a close encounter. This match up followed the script with an exciting 3 set 51 minute match. Unfortunately on this occasion it would go in favour of the Danish partnership with a thrilling 21-19 final set score line.
Ireland’s number one doubles player Sam Magee with his Danish partner Mikkel Eljborn faced off against Anders Skaarup Rasmussen & Kim Astrup Sorensen of Denmark. In a fantastic display of badminton Sam and Mikkel had to fight hard to win the match 24-22 13-21 21-9 in a 42 minute match. Next up for Sam and Mikkel was the Belgium pair of Mattijs Dierickx and Freek Golinski of Belgium this time the Irish/Danish pairing were in complete control dominating the match throughout with a final score line of 21-8 21-17 taking the boys into the quarter finals.
This, for the boys was a much tougher test against the world number 22 ranked pairing of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia. Sam and Mikkel had an exciting start to the match taking the opening set 21-14. The Russians fought back straight away winning the next set 21-16. Sam and Mikkel did not start the third set well but edged back the match with only a few points separating the pairs at the interval. From here the Russian duo were very solid and won the match 21-13 in the third set.
Weekend results summary:
Swedish International 2012
Scott Evans (IRE) vs Misha Zilberman (ISR) Won 21-15 21-19
Scott Evans (IRE) vs Sylvain Ternon (FRA)Won 21-13 21-12
Scott Evans (IRE) vs Raul Must (EST) Lost 17-21 21-13 21-16
Chloe Magee (IRE) (6) Vs Karin Schnaase (GER) Lost 21-17 21-12
Sam Magee (IRE) & Mikkel Eljborn (DEN) Vs Anders Skaarup Rasmussen & Kim Astrup Sorensen (DEN)Won 24-22 13-21 21-9
Sam Magee (IRE) & Mikkel Eljborn (DEN) Vs Mattijs Dierickx & Freek Golinski (BEL) Won 21-8 21-17
Sam Magee (IRE) & Mikkel Eljborn (DEN) Vs Vladimir Ivanov & Ivan Sozonov (RUS) (2) Lost 21-14 16-21 13-21
Sam Magee & Chloe Magee (IRE) Vs Kim Astrup Sorensen & Line Kjaersfeldt (DEN) Lost 21-16 19-21 21-19