Para Badminton World Championships Day 1 Review

Colin Leslie enjoyed a promising start to his Para Badminton World Championship campaign with two victories in the mixed doubles.

Playing alongside Denmark’s Astrid Lilhav Riis, the pair fell to the narrowest of defeats in their opening round-robin match, losing 21-13 20-22 20-22 to Jan-Niklas Pott and Helle Sofie Sagoy.

But they soon found their winning form, defeating seeded opponents Tetsuo Ura and Asami Yamada 21-14 21-17 in their first round-robin match.

That was followed by a 21-15 21-15 triumph over Thai duo Chawarat Kitichokwattana and Chanida Srinavakul to ensure Leslie and Riis topped their group.

Leslie didn’t enjoy as much success in the SL3 men’s singles however, losing his opening match 21-15 21-11 to India’s Umesh Vikram Kumar.

It wasn’t to be for Mary Wilson in the mixed doubles, losing both her round-robin matches alongside England’s Antony Forster, while Fiona Christie and England’s David Follett also missed out on progression in the WH1-2 event.

Despite winning one match in the mixed doubles, Deidre Nagle and Russia’s Alexander Mekhdiev finished bottom of their group in the round-robin stage, with the Scot also losing her opening SS6 women’s singles fixture 21-13 21-11 to Sri Lanka’s Randika Doling.

And in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles, Alan Oliver and Dutch partner Megan Hollander lost both their group matches to finish bottom of the standings.