Olympic qualification got back underway at the 2021 Yonex Swiss Open. Photo Credit for this article Badminton Photo
Two Last 16 finishes for Ireland
It was a fantastic start from Sam and Chloe Magee at the Swiss Open BWF World Tour Super 300 event. The Irish progressed to the last 16 after beating the English pairing of Callum Hemming and Victoria Williams 21-12 21-16. This was followed with an excellent performance from Moya Ryan and Kate Frost beating Annie Lado and Victoria Williams 21-12 9-21 21-17
Nhat Nguyen lost out to World number 34 Khosit Phetpradab. Nhat started well winning the opening game 21-12 and held a 14-12 lead in the 2nd game. Phetpradab regained control from this part of the match taking the second game 21-17 and closing out the third 21-8
Last 16 Matches
The Magee’s lost out to the number 7 seeds Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Hertrich 21-17 21-8. Kate Frost and Moya Ryan lost out in their last 16 match to World number 14 ranked pair Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva 21-8 21-8.
This was a positive return for team Ireland after a number of postponements and changes to events due to the ongoing pandemic.
Ireland create major upsets at the All-England Championships
Nhat Nguyen created a massive upset at the 2021 All-England Championships beating the World number 13 and number 8 seed Srikanth Kidambi of India 21-11 15-21 21-12 in his opening match.
Sam and Chloe Magee followed this up by creating another big upset beating the World number 11 pairing and number 5 seeds Goh Soon Huat Shevon Jemie of Malaysia
Last 16 Matches
It wasn’t to be for Nhat Nguyen in his last 16 match of the All-England Championships. Nhat lost out to Mark Caljouw of Holland
Sam and Chloe Magee lost out in their last 16 match of the All-England Championships to Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matstomo of Japan. The Japanese won the opening game 21-16, the Irish fought back to take the second game 21-19. In the deciding game the Irish kept fighting before eventually losing out 21-13.
Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds made their All-England debut against the Olympic bronze medallists Marcus Ellis and Chris Landgridge. The Irish played well during the match but lost out 21-14 21-13.
Rachael Darragh also made an All-England debut with Paul Reynolds in the mixed doubles. The pair faced Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith and again performed well before losing the match 21-12 21-11.
Orleans masters BWF Tour Super 100 event
Quarterfinals for Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds
Nhat Nguyen lost out in his opening round to Chico Wardoyo of Indonesia. Rachael Darragh lost out to Saina Nehwal in the Women singles. Sam and Chloe Magee lost out to Jansen & Ostermeyer of Germany in the mixed doubles. Reynolds and Darragh lost out to Wong and Lim Malaysia in an exciting 3 set match.
Magee and Reynolds then got the Irish back to winning ways beating Carraggi and Van Nieuwkerke of Belgium to progress to the last 16 of the Orleans Masters BWF Tour 100 event
The Irish then had a sensational win beating Klindt and Thøgersen of Denmark 21-19 21-14 to book their place in the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals the pair had to withdraw against Sean Vendy and Ben Lane after Paul picked up a back injury.
Dolan back to winning ways
The standout result for Ireland at the 2021 Polish Open came from Jonathan Dolan who beat Jacob Nilsson of Sweden 24-22 21-14 in his opening round before losing out in the last 16 to Daniel Nikolov of Bulgaria.
David Walsh and Adam McAllister lost in their opening matches of qualification of the singles event. Sara Boyle won her opening qualification match in the women singles and then lost out in a close match against Tanya Hemanth of India.
The Irish now go into a training block before the upcoming European Championships that will be held in Kyiv Ukraine. This year the event is both a championships and has points up for grab towards Olympic qualification.