(Xinhua) -- Africa’s top shuttler Georges
Julien Paul has advanced to the second round of the
men’s singles at the on-going 2018 Uganda International
Badminton Open Championship.
Paul, from Mauritius who also won the
All Africa Seniors men’s singles title last weekend in
Algeria, humbled Uganda’s Herbert Ebayo 21-11, 21-12 on
Friday at the Lugogo Arena, Kampala.
The defending champion used his quick
attacks to give the Ugandan no chance to win the game.
“I am determined to try and retain the title I won last
year,” Paul who is ranked 87th in the world
told Xinhua after the game.
Paul will now face Jordan’s Mohd Naser
Mansour Nayef on Saturday. The Jordan player defeated
Uganda’s Fred Kirabo 21-10, 21-12.
Bahaedeen Ahmed Alshannik from Jordan
who is the tournament’s second seeded player survived an
upset when Victor Odra Munga (Kenya) who went through
the qualifiers forced him to the third set before he won
21-13, 19-21, 21-13.
Uganda’s top player who plies his
trade in Luxembourg, Edwin Ekiring, a finalist at last
year’s event shockingly lost to Jonathan Persson
(Germany) 21-10, 21-18.
“I completely failed to get the rhythm
of the game and made several mistakes,” said Ekiring who
had played at two Olympic Games in Beijing and London.
The 18-year-old local player Brian
Kasirye is the only Ugandan men’s players who made it to
the next round after stopping Kenya’s John Wanyoke
21-18, 21-14. He will next face an acid test against
Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Panarin.
In the women’s singles, top seed Kate
Foo Kune (Mauritius) and Egypt’s Hadia Hosny who is
ranked second all advanced to the next round.
The finals of the championship
sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) will
be held on Sunday.
The championship has attracted players
from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Algeria, Jordan,
Kyrgyzstan, India, the Netherlands, Syria, Germany,
France, Turkey, Zambia and the Republic of Maldives and