European U17 Championships Day 2 round-up

Rachel Sugden enjoyed a winning Sunday as her march towards the latter stages of the European U17 Championships continued in both the women’s singles and doubles.


Seeded 11th in the women’s singles, Sugden progressed into the third round with victory over Cecilia Wang, though she was forced to come from behind against the Swede.


Wang had taken first blood in their second round encounter, but Sugden quickly rallied to seal a 17-21 21-13 21-18 success.


Sugden wasn’t done there, however, soon returning to the court alongside Alice Campbell in the women’s doubles.


They needed just 26 minutes to wrap up victory against Spanish duo Laura Chillon and Ainoa Cuervas, prevailing 21-14 21-19.


There was also doubles success for Alastair Campbell and Josh McKay, who toppled Cypriots Savvas Hadjipantelis and Orestis Pissis 21-12 21-17 in just 19 minutes.


Campbell enjoyed less success in the men’s singles though, defeated 21-9 21-8 by seventh seed Lukasz Cimosz, while Joshua Apiliga booked his spot in the third round, needing three games to overcome home favourite Tomas Svejda 22-24 21-10 21-11.


Elsewhere, Rachel Cameron was eliminated from the women’s singles, missing out 21-19 21-5 to fourth seed Anastasiia Shapovalova before she and Rachel Andrew fell to a narrow defeat in the women’s doubles, losing in three games to Norway’s Sofia Macsali and Emilia Petersen Norberg.


Photo credit: Photos by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe