Difficult day for the Scots in Korea

Scotland’s players suffered a frustrating day despite spirited efforts at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, Korea.


The SL 3-4 men’s doubles pairing of Colin Leslie and Englishman Antony Forster came second in Group G after holding their nerve to secure a dramatic 21-9 18-21 21-18 victory over Denis Grzesiuk and Trin Anh Tuan and progress to the knockout stages.


After being drawn against Thai shuttler Chawarat Kitichokwattana and Umesh Vikram Kumar, of India, in the first knockout round, the British duo were beaten 21-12 21-13.


Leslie also featured in the singles, but faced a fearsome first round opponent in India’s Manoj Sarkar, with the second seed outclassing the Scot 21-11 21-8.


In Group H of the SL 3-4 men’s doubles, Alan Oliver and Swedish partner Rickard Nilsson progressed despite losing 21-18 10-21 18-21 against Japan’s Taku Hiroi and Kaito Nakamura after Thursday’s win over Marcel Adam and Simon Cruz Mondejar.


But their run was ended in the round of 16 by seeded Indian duo Pramod Bhagat and Tarun Tarun, the latter triumphing 21-15 21-15.


Meanwhile in the women’s WH 1-2, Fiona Christie and Irish partner Laura Lee Jenkins fell to two defeats from two against Japanese pair Ikumi Fuke and Yuma Yamazaki, and Korea’s Kang Jung Kum and Lee Sun Ae.


Christie also bowed out of the WH2 singles with defeat to top seed Amnouy Wetwithan, of Thailand. The latter in fine form after powering to a 21-4 21-7 victory in the first knockout round.


Elsewhere, Mary Margaret Wilson partnered with Russia’s Natalia Iaremchuk in Group B of the SL 3-SU 5 women’s doubles and also bowed out after losing in straight games against China’s Cheng Hefang and Ma Huihui, as well as the team of Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar of India and Japan’s Akiko Sugino.


In the quarter-finals, Mary Wilson could do little to prevent defeat against Indonesia's Leani Ratri Oktila in the SL4 women's singles.

Oktila dominated from the off, cruising to a 21-9 win in the first game, before wrapping up the second 21-3 to triumph in just 14 minutes. 

While in the SS 6 women’s doubles, Deidre Nagle and Polish partner Weronika Krzeminska were beaten by English duo Rebecca Bedford and Rachel Choong, before putting up a battling display against Daria Bujnicka and Oliwia Szmigiel.


However, the Poland team triumphed 22-20 21-18 to progress from Group A.


Nagle also ended her Group D singles campaign with a 21-7 21-6 defeat against Poland’s Maria Bartusz, leaving the Scot third after her three matches.