Nguyen and Reynolds polish off with gold in Poland
25 September 2017
Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds have secured their first ever International senior title by winning the 2017 Polish International series event. The Irish pair who are still both in their teens defied all odds on Sunday by beating the number two seeds and much more experienced pairing of Daniel Benz and Andreas Heinz.
On their way to the final the Irish beat pairings from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine, and England before they met the seeded German pairing. The final itself was a tough contest with Nguyen and Reynolds winning the opening game 21-19. The Irish maintained a narrow lead throughout the second game but it took them 5 match points before they finally took the victory. After the win, Paul spoke to Badminton Europe
Towards the end it was very nervy” explained Reynolds “We squandered a few match points but always stayed composed. It was a big relief to finally close out the match in two games. We have put a lot of hard work into this victory and we will now push on and aim for bigger things”.
This result has come on a good run of form from the Irish with Nhat Nguyen reaching the semifinal of Belgium international challenge last week. In the same event, Scott Evans with his Swedish partner Amanda Hogstrom took silver in the mixed.
"It is great to see so many Irish players competing so well on the World stage. We are confident in the system we have in place in Ireland at the moment. The players have a great work ethic and our coaching team led by National coach John Quinn is putting in some great work. I am delighted to see these young players who have grown up training through our pathway breakthrough at Senior level. I am also looking forward to seeing these players and other Irish competitors in the upcoming International events" Performance Pathway coach Daniel Magee
For a full list of the Irish results from the event click here