December

Welsh Open Wrap-Up Day 3

Ben Torrance caused the upset of the day as he defeated Danish fifth seed Soren Toft Hansen to reach the quarter-finals of the YONEX Welsh International.

The Dane took it to Torrance in both games, but the 23-year-old came through with a 22-20 21-17 victory.

The result brought the 23-year-old’s first quarter-final of the year as he faced India’s R.M.V Gurusaidutt – ranked 56 places above him in the world.

Torrance got off to a fine start in the last-eight encounter, but was unfortunately defeated 19-21 21-18 21-17.

And his younger sister Ciara put up a good fight in the mixed doubles, when she and Ciar Pringle faced Polish pair Przemyslaw Szydlowski and Kornelia Marczak.

The duo took the first game in a tight encounter, but eventually lost 17-21 21-18 21-12.

And the younger Torrance sibling was also unable to come through against Polish sixth seeds Kornelia Marczak and Magdalena Witek, losing 21-12 21-17 with women’s doubles partner Sofie Nyvang.

And Pringle had an equally challenging encounter alongside Jack Macgregor in the men’s doubles, as they went down to Denmark’s Soeren Hald and Oliver Thomsen.

The pair, who beat the Norwegian eighth seeds in the first round, took the opening game in fine style, but were eventually defeated 17-21 21-10 21-19.

Torrance could not repeat his singles antics in the men’s doubles, where he and Matthew Carder lost in straight games to French second seeds Eloi Adam and Samy Corvee.