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Para-Badminton: Australia’s Vinot and Dransfield keeping the doubles dream alive
On day three of competition at the 5th Turkish Para-Badminton International, Australia’s Caitlin Dransfield and Céline Vinot bowed out of the singles competition after completing the last of their group matches.
Dransfield came up against Thailand’s Chanida Srinavakul in a nail-biting game which went the distance. The match spanned over forty minutes, with the Australian player eventually sealing the win 21-18 16-21 21-19. Despite finishing her SL4 singles campaign with a victory on a win, the two previous losses in the group stage meant it was not enough to qualify for the main draw.
Céline Vinot had a similar fate in the SL3 singles competition. The Australian shuttler finished third in her group following a defeat against the groups overall winner, Halime Yildiz from Turkey 21-11 21-5.
Vinot and Dransfield later paired up in the women’s doubles SL3 – SU5 competition, coming up against Japan’s Kaede Kameyama and Asami Yamada. Yamada was one half of the couple that previously took the bronze medal at last year’s Australia Para-Badminton International 2018. The Japanese pair dominated the match from the beginning and took the win 21-7 21-11.
The pair have two more matches remaining in the women’s doubles group C to fight for a place in the main draw. On day four – Thursday 28 February – the pair will come up against the 3/4 seeds from Brazil, Abinaecia Maria Da Silva and Cintya Oliveira at 12 noon, followed by Ukraine’s Oksana Kozyna and Ivanna Redka at 3.30pm.
You can follow the pair’s progress on Tournament Software.