Turkish top seeds Emine Seckin and Narine Uluc have earned byes to the semi-finals of the women’s singles wheelchair (WH 2) category after two days of the European Para-Badminton Championships 2018 in Rodez, France.
Spain’s Esther Torres beat third seed Fiona Christie of Scotland in their final Group C match, 21-19, 21-8, to top the group.
These two will face off once again in the quarter-finals today.
Spain’s Marcela Quinteros and France’s Emmanuelle Ott clash in the other quarter-final,
Ukraine’s Oleksandr Chyrkov edged out Spain’s Simon Cruz Mondejar in a three-game thriller in their final group match in the men’s single standing lower category.
Fifth seed Mondejar had a match point against Chyrkov, but the Ukrainian emerged triumphant by 21-15, 19-21, 22-20 to top Group F.
Chyrkov finished with three wins out of three matches, with Mondejar second in the group.
Both however made it to the knock-out round, where Chyrkov faces Scotland’s Alan Oliver and Mondejar takes on Belgium’s Bob Biesmans.
Top seed Daniel Bethell of England, second seed Pascal Wolter, and Mathieu Thomas and Colin Leslie, third and fourth seeds respectively, got byes into the quarter-finals.
In the women’s singles standing upper (SU 5) category, Portugal’s Beatriz Monteiro outclassed Ukraine’s Ivanna Redka in just 19 minutes, 21-11 21-9, while Netherlands’ Megan Hollander overcame a difficult challenge from Denmark’s Julie Thrane in the opening game to win 25-23, 21-13.
The men’s singles contests in the same class saw top seed Bartlomiej Mroz of Poland and second seed Ilker Tuzcu of Turkey record easy wins over Spain’s Pablo Serrano and France’s Florian Cantais respectively.
The two combined for the men’s doubles, winning their opening Group A match over Turkey’s Burak May and Sedat Tuemkaya 21-9, 21-15.
Four players from England qualified to the quarter-finals in the men’s singles short stature category - top seed Jack Shephard, second seed Krysten Coombs, Andrew Martin and Isaak Dalglish.
The two non-England players – Ireland’s Andrew Moorcroft and France’s Fabien Morat – will face each other in the second quarter-final.