July 14, 2022
Junior pathway players were kept busy in June travelling to Getofte and Dubrovnik with medals and experience earned.
At the Danish U19 Open, Estelle Van Leeuwen and Lisa Curtin reached the podium of the women’s doubles, before just missing out on the gold medal in the final.
The duo opened up with a first-round bye before a straightforward 21-12 21-18 win over home pairing Josefine Haarkjaer and Malou Yde-Andersen.
Van Leeuwen and Curtin would conquer another Danish duo in the quarter-finals, this time advancing 19-21 21-10 21-12.
Against the French pair of Clemence Gaudreau and Elsa Jacob, van Leeuwen and Curtin were clinical winning 21-13 21-10 but could not defeat their compatriots Emilie Drouin and Tea Margueritte.
The English pairing started strongly taking the first game 21-9, but just missed out in the next two games eventually going down 21-18 in both.
Leona Lee and Tashvi Parab would make it through to the quarter-finals staying composed as Denmark’s Sophie Lemming and Cathrine Wind levelled the game to take the round of 16 clash 21-17 16-21 21-16.
They would eventually lose to eventual winners Drouin and Margueritte while Curtin and van Leeuwen were the pick of the bunch in the women’s singles, both reaching the quarter-finals.
In the men’s singles, the trio of Nadeem Dalvi, Michael Pang and Ben Hammond all reached the round of 16 before losing out in three games each, while Robin Harper and Harry Wakefield could not deny an all-Denmark last eight in the men’s doubles as they lost out in the second round.
Wakefield then partnered Sophie Watson to the quarter-finals in the mixed doubles, reaching the same stage as compatriots Oliver Butler and Chloe Dennis as England put on a good show across all fronts.
At the Croatia Open, Alex Green partnered Jonty Russ to the semi-finals of the men’s doubles benefitting from a bye in the first round before defeating Philip Birker and Philipp Drexler of Austria in three games, pulling away in the decider to claim it 21-17 17-21 21-12.
Green and Russ would sail through to the semifinals defeating Rasindu Hendahewa and Viren Nettasinghe in straight games 21-16 21-16 before ending on the wrong side of a topsy turvy clash with Singapore pair Donovan Willard Wee and Jia Hao Howin Wong.
Oprisan and her partner Sian Kelly edged a women’s doubles encounter against England teammate Cara Collins, who was competing with Wales’ Aime Whiteman 21-19 21-16.
The duo then came through a three-game slog against Malena Norrman and Ronak Olyaee of Sweden, emerging victorious 22-20 14-21 21-17.
The quarter-finals would mark the end of the road for Oprisan as they fell 21-9 21-6 to Lui Lok Lok and NG Shiu Yee of Hong Kong.
The 19-year-old came through to two deciders against Viktor Petrovic and Viren Nettasinghe before coming up short against Paul Tournefier of France, losing 21-19 25-23 in the round of 32.
In the women’s singles, Alexandra Oprisan battled for 43 minutes against the Netherlands’ Jaymie Laurens succumbing 21-13 11-21 21-13.
Pamela Reyes also exited the women’s singles at the round of 32 stage, retiring with her contest against Eleni Christodoulou a game apiece at 13-21 22-20.
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