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Mauritius takes 2017 Uganda International
Badminton Open championship

By Ronald Ssekandi KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Mauritian George Julien Paul has won the men’s singles title at the 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship that ended on Sunday.

Paul benefited after Uganda’s top player Edwin Ekiring was injured in the second game and could not continue.

The Mauritian player won 21-19 in the first set, but was on the losing side 7-11 in the second before Ekiring retired with a swollen knee.

“I feel very bad that after working so hard to get to the final, I have been unable to complete the game because of injury,” Ekiring told Xinhua.

Paul stopped Italy’s Rudolf Dellenbach 21-14, 21-19 in the semifinals, while Ekiring saw off Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik of Jordan 21-10, 21-19.

In the women’s singles final, Shamim Bangi was in good form, winning the title for the first time as she defeated Jordanian Domou Amro 21-9, 21-16.

Amro had caused a major upset in the quarterfinals when she stopped the top seed and the world No. 98 Hadia Hosny of Egypt 21-9, 21-14.

“This is a dream come true and I am happy to start the season with this victory,” a happy Bangi told Xinhua.

Paul and Aatish Lubah were on the losing side in the men’s doubles 21-8, 21-14 to the strong Indian pair of Francis Alwin and Kona Tarun.

The women’s doubles final saw Egypt’s Doha Hany/Hadia Hosny beat Evelyn Siamupangila/Ogar Siamupangila of Zambia 21-10, 21-10.

Jordanian pair Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik/Domou Amro beat Ahmed Salah/Menna Eltanany of Egypt 16-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the mixed doubles final.

The event, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, attracted players from Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, DR Congo, Mauritius, Egypt, France and Italy.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Foreign players dominate Uganda international badminton championship

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Foreign players have continued to show dominance as the 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship reached the crucial stage on Saturday.

In the men’s singles, three foreign players have qualified for the semifinals, while two have made it to the semis in the women’s singles.

Uganda’s Edwin Ekiring qualified for the semifinals after he stopped Egypt’s Ahmed Salah 21-16, 24-22 in the men’s singles. Ekiring will face Jordan’s Ahmad Aishannik in the next stage.

The tournament’s top seed Georges Julien Paul also qualified for the semifinals after he beat Jordan’s Mohd Naser Mansour Nayet 21-13, 14-21, 21-14. The Mauritius player stopped Uganda’s Brain Kasirye 21-6, 21-19 in the second round. He will now face Italy’s Rudolf Dellenbach in the semifinal.

Two Ugandan women players Bridget Shamim Bangi and Aisha Nakiyemba also qualified for the semifinals.

Bangi who will face Egypt’s Menna Eltanany, by defeating Zambia’s Ogar Siamupanga 21-14, 21-15, while Nakiyemba saw-off another Egyptian player Doha Hanny 21-14, 21-15.

In the men’s doubles, Ekiring and Daniel Mihigo also qualified for the semifinals to face Aatish Lubah/Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius.

The event sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, has attracted players from Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, Egypt, France and Italy.

             

 

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