Tough going for local players at Jamaica International Badminton Tournament
For the large part, locals had a tough time in competition on Thursday’s action of the Jamaica International Badminton Championships, which is being staged at the National Indoor Sports Centre.With action set to begin at 5 p.m. today, the tournament will today move into its semi-final stage, following yesterday’s quarter-final clashes.In men’s singles, Gareth Henry and Shane Wilson advanced from their second-round encounters on Wednesday. Henry defeated fellow Jamaican, Shaquille Palmer, 21-5, 21-17, while Wilson beat the up-and-coming Mathew Lee, 21-15, 23-21.Henry was scheduled to meet Portugal’s Pedro Martins in last night’s quarter-final. Martins defeated the number four seeded, Luka Wraber (Austria), 23-25, 21-13, 21-19 in round two.Wilson, in the meantime, was down to battle Austria’s David Obernosterer in the quarters.In other matches on Wednesday night, No. 1-seeded Osleni Guerrero (Cuba) defeated Rosario Maddaloni (Italy). Guerrero lost the first game, but recovered to defeat the Italian 16-21, 21-18, 21-8. Number two seeded Howard Shu (USA) defeated Dennis Coke (Jamaica) 21-14, 21-11.Guerrero (Cuba) was slated to face Hsu Jui Ting (Chinese Taipei), while the American, Shu, took on the Czech Republic’s Milan Ludik in last night’s quarters.In women’s singles, last year’s singles runner-up, Zuzana Pavelkova (Czech Republic), was lined up for a tough battle against No. 1 seed, Jeanine Cicognini (Italy). Cicognini defeated Jamaica’s Esther Reynolds, while Pavelkova beat another local, Alana Bailey, 21-6, 21-10 to advance to the quarter-final round.In the bottom half of the draw, No. 2 seed Elizabeth Baldauf (Austria) was down to face Lithuania’s Akvile Stapuasaityte in the quarter-finals. Baldfauf defeated Mexico’s Haramara Gaitan 21-16, 21-15, while Stapusaityte moved pass Jamaica’s Geordine Henry 21-5, 21-6.GORDON WINSIn other women’s singles matches, fourth seed Telma Santos (Portugal) defeated Shezelle Mctyson (Jamaica), 21-7, 21-7; Iesha Gordon (Jamaica) defeated fellow Jamaican Taina Daley 18-21, 21-19, 21-11 to move the quarter-finals. Gordon was matched against Santos (Portugal), while Jamaica’s Mikaylia Haldane had booked a ticket to play Mariana Ugalde last night.In men’s doubles, the action started yesterday in the quarter-finals, with number one seed Castillo/Munoz (Mexico) against Jamaica’s Anglin/Barham, while No. 2-seeded Dierickx/Golinski (Belgium) face Jamaica’s top pair, Henry/Palmer.Jamaicans played better in mixed doubles, where the top Jamaican pair, siblings Geordine and Gareth defeated the Valentine/Daley combination to reach the quarter-final, while Katherine Wynter teamed up with Denis Coke to beat Sean Wilson and Christine Leyow.The finals will be played tomorrow, also beginning at 5 p.m.