Ireland had representatives in three disciplines at the 2019 World Championships.
First up for the Irish was Sam and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles. The Irish faced the Canadian pairing of Joshua Hurlburt-Yu and Josephine Wu. The Irish did not get their best play out in this match with the Canadians settling in very fast. Despite a late comeback in the opening game it was Yu and Wu who looked the stronger throughout the match. The Canadian pairing won the game 21-17 21-13 to progress to the last 32 where they challenged the number five seeds Chan Peng Soon Goh Liu Ying from Malaysia. The Malaysians beat the Canadian pairing 21-18 17-21 21-16 to progress to the last 16 of the event.
Next up for Ireland was Nhat Nguyen against number seven seed Srikanth Kidambi of India. Nhat started a little slow but managed to get some of his best play out towards the end of the opening game as he surprised Kidambi to steal it 21-17. In the second game Nhat led in the opening exchanges before the Indian who has formely been World number one regained his composure to take an 11-10 lead at the mid game interval. Kidambi at this point edged ahead before Nguyen started another comeback bringing the match to 16-17 and was applying some pressure on the seventh seed. Kidambi again took control and once he took the second game 21-16 he settled into his rhythm. The Indian stormed through the deciding game winning 21-6 but had to fight hard to get past the 19 year old Irish man to force the deciding game.
Last up for the Irish was Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds against Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling of the Netherlands. The Irish displayed some good badminton in patches of the match, that shows positive signs for the future. The Dutch pairings experience showed at the key times of the match and this was the difference as the pair took the win 21-12 21-12.
"This World championships proved to be a tough championship for our players. Our players showed some very positive signs against World Class opposition but also struggled to maintain high level of quality for long periods. We will go away and use this experience to help improve our overall level of play and will take the positives to build on. We seen great potential in the men's singles with Nhat displaying how he can play at a World top ten level, and this will be one of the positive memories for our team at this years championships. The 2019 Para Championships has got underway alongside this event so all eyes will move to that where Ireland have three Irish athletes competing." Hp Director Daniel Magee