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Nguyen narrowly loses out in AIG FZ Forza Irish Open semi-finals

Irish Olympian Nhat Nguyen lost out in a hard fought Irish Open semi-final against Mads Christorphensen from Denmark in one of the matches of the tournament. Both players traded points in the last game before the Dane pulled away towards the end. Whilst the Irish finals day crowd will be disappointed not to cheer for Nguyen in the final, there will be some brilliant games scheduled for the AIG FZ Forza Irish Open Finals

Mixed Doubles -  Tabeling / Piek (1 - Netherlands) vs  Mikkelson / Soby (2- Denmark)

Women's Singles - Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt (1- Denmark) vs Wen Chi Hsu (Chinese Taipei)

Men's Singles - Yeoh Seng Zoe (Malaysia) vs Mads Christophersen (5- Denmark)

Women's Doubles -  Chen / Somerville (Australia) vs Jille / Seinen (Netherlands)

Mixed Doubles - Chong / Tee (6- Malaysia) vs Easton / Russ (7- England)


Doors open for finals day ticket holders at 12:00 at National Indoor Arena. All spectators must supply their Covid-19 vaccination cert. First match starts at 13:05

For those not attending, TG4 coverage starts at 12:55


Nguyen storms into the Quarter Finals

Nhat Nguyen is through to the Quarter-Final after beating Joran Kweekel in the Last 16 21-14, 21-8. He will play Ng Tze Yong, number 6 seed from Malaysia in the Quarter-Final. The Irish Olympian was in great form, as he looks to carry momentum into the later stages of the competition.

Other notable results include 17 year old Sophia Noble who after a strong first day of qualification winning two matches, beat Spain’s Elena Lorenzo to reach the last before losing out to number 3 seed Hsuan-Yu Chen from Australia. In the Men's Doubles Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds lost in the final match of the day to Ondrej Kral / Adam Mendrek from Czech Republic in the last 16.

Quarter Finals will start tomorrow at 10am and Semi-Finals will commence at 5pm.

All matches will be streamed live on Badminton Europe TV.


AIG FZ Forza Irish Open Main Draw starts tomorrow; Noble qualifies for Main Draw

The AIG FZ Forza Irish Open Main Draw starts tomorrow, 18th November 2021. The Badminton Europe international challenge event has an extremely strong field in the Men's singles which includes Tokyo 2020 Irish Olympian Nhat Nguyen, who kicks off his tournament against Samuel Hsiao from Germany at 13:40. 

Three time Olympian Chloe Magee will pair up with her brother Joshua Magee in the mixed doubles. The pair are seeded 8th in the tournament, as Chloe seeks to replicate her Irish Open mixed doubles gold medal that she achieved with Sam Magee in 2018. Joshua and Chloe face the swiss pair Minh Quang Pham and Caroline Racloz at 09:40

Elsewhere in the Women's Singles, Sophia Noble was the big news story from qualification for Ireland as she won both of her singles qualification matches to reach the main draw where she will play fellow qualifier Elena Lorezo from Spain at 15:00

Finals day will be televised on TG4, with coverage starting at 13:00 on Saturday 20th November. The event is behind closed doors up to the finals day. Finals day tickets can be bought on Eventbrite


Irish Games to keep an eye on Day 1 of Main Draw:

Men's Singles:

Jonathan Dolan vs Lim Chi Wing (Malaysia) - 11:00

Nhat Nguyen (3) vs Samuel Hsiao (Germany) - 13:40


Women's Singles

Kate Frost vs Lauren Middleton (Scotland) - 13:00

Sara Boyle vs Gayle Mahulette (Netherlands, 4) - 12:20

Rachael Darragh vs Wen Chi Hsu (Chinese Taipei) - NIA Court 1

Sophia Noble vs Elena Lorenzo (Spain) - 15:00


Men's Doubles

Scott Guildea/Vincent Pontanosa vs Christopher Grimley/Matthew Grimley (Scotland,4) -15:00

Matthew Cheung/Sean Laureta vs Avinash Gupta/Brandon Zhi Hao Yap (England) - 15:40

Joshua Magee/Paul Reynolds vs Vinson Chiu/Joshua Yuan (USA) - NIA Court 1

Hruthindas Haridas/Jerry Noble vs Junaudu Arif/Muhammad Haikal (Malaysia) - 16:20


Women's Doubles

Kate Frost/Moya Ryan vs Rachel Andrew/Sarah Sidebottom (Scotland) - 17:00

Neasa Flynn/Orla Flynn vs Ashwini Bhat K./Shikha Gautam (India,4) - 19:40

Laura Comer/Sophia Noble vs Low Yeen Yuan/Valeree Siow (Malaysia) - 19:40


Mixed Doubles

Paul Reynolds/Rachael Darragh vs William Freer/Charlotte Freer (England) - NIA Court 1

Scott Guildea/Sophia Noble vs Sean Laureta/Orla Flynn - 09:40

Joshua Magee/Chloe Magee (8) vs Minh Quang Pham/Caroline Racloz (Switzerland) - 09:40


All matches will be streamed on Badminton Europe TV




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