The Irish senior players have been busy in the last few weeks with a number of international events.
This week Scott Evans will be back on the court after his heroics in Rio. Scott is in qualification of the Danish Open premier super series event where he will face the very talented Anders Antonsen of Denmark. In a recent interview with Badminton Europe, the Dane stated his intent of reaching the top ten in the World in the next two seasons. Evans will hope to slow down the danes impressive run of form in what should be a thrilling match.
At the recent Dutch Open Joshua Magee was the player on form. Joshua reached two last 16 places with wins over Spoljarec of Croatia and Bracke of Belgium in the men’s singles. In the men’s doubles, Joshua partnered his brother Sam Magee and they beat Stipsits and Zirnwald of Austria to reach last 16. This was an important match with the upcoming European mixed team qualification to be held in Dublin, where these pairs will most likely go head to head again.
Sam and Chloe Magee were also in action in the mixed doubles, but unfortunately the Irish lost out to Gravholt and Fruergaard of Denmark. The Danish went all the way to the final but this was little consolation to Chloe Magee, who is now focusing solely on the mixed event. For full list of results from the Dutch open event click here.
These players will now get back to training before their next event in Paris, where the Magee’s will be joined by Irish number one Scott Evans in the French Super series event.
The Danish Junior was the tournament of focus for Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds. The young duo had recently looked very impressive with Nhat winning the singles and doubles title with Paul at the Autumn Open event held in Dublin.
In the men’s singles, Nhat won 5 rounds of singles, beating opposition from Sweden, France and England before he reached the final. The final itself didn’t disappoint as Nguyen battled against Toma Junior Popov of France. In a match that lasted an hour and 26 minutes, it was Popov who came out on top winning 24-22 in the deciding game. Nguyen also reached the quarter final of the doubles with Paul Reynolds where they lost out to the Grimley twins from Scotland. These players will now look ahead to the Finnish Junior event coming up after their trip to the Ulster Open this weekend. For a full list of results from the Danish Junior event click here.