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Quarter-finals action at the Australian Para-Badminton International 2018.
The mixed doubles SL3 – SU5 opened day three at Leisuretime Centre in Geelong, Victoria with the first seeds from Japan, Toshiaki Suenaga and Akiko Sugino, maintaining their consistency with a 21-16 21-12 win over teammates, Tetsuo Ura and Noriko Ito, to secure a place in the semi-finals later this afternoon.
They will face the French duo Guillaume Gailly and Veronique Braud (match scheduled for 2.45pm local time – available to view online), while the other semi-final is dominated by Indonesia with the second seeds Setiawan/Sukohandoko playing against third/fourth seeds Dwiyoko/Oktila.
In the wheelchair event (WH1 – WH2), the mixed doubles event is also ready for semi-finals action. Jung Man Choi and Dae Young Kim won a close battle against the French duo Toupe/Ott 21-18 21-19 to set up a semi-finals clash against the second seeds from Japan, Murayama/Ogura – available to watch live from 2.45pm local time.
In the men’s singles (WH2), Amir Levi of Israel survived a scare against Japanese player Atsuya Watanabe. Watanabe took the first end 24-22 before Levi battled back with a 21-13 21-7 win to secure a semi-final spot against the second seed Ho Yuen Chan from Hong Kong.
The men’s singles continued to impress the crowds as the Fredy Setiawan (SL 4), second seed from Indonesia, played against Marcel Adam from Germany. After numerous, long rallies, Setiawan managed to out manoeuvre his opponent with a 21-12 21-18 win:
“I played Fredy at the World Championships last year and managed to take one game off him. I started off well but lost concentration towards the end of the first set. Throughout the second set it remained relatively tight but I began to try too hard and lost 21-18. It’s good experience for the build up to Paralympic qualification next year, as I hope to qualify for the men’s singles and mixed double with my partner Katrin Seibert” say Marcel.
Elsewhere in the draw, the women’s singles SL4 and SU 5 is ready for the semi-finals at 3.55pm, with the following matches scheduled to play:
- Leani Ratri Oktila (Indonesia) vs Akiko Sugino (Japan)
- Ayako Suzuki (Japan) vs Tsz Huen Lam (Hong Kong)
“As it is my last tournament of the year, my target is to do my absolute best in view of the upcoming Tokyo 2020 qualifications starting next year” say Leani Oktila.
You can keep up to date with the latest draws and results from day three on Tournament Software.
You can watch the quarter and semi finals on day three on our live-streaming service, provided by OVO - click here to watch.