The Estonian audience and players have seen excellent badminton in their home country. Badminton Estonia is pleased to thank Badminton Europe and Yonex Europe for helping in the preparation and arrangement of our first tournament. The tournament has been held in Tallinn, Sports Hall Kalev.
Our first winners are in MS Ville Lang (Finland), in WS Tatjana Bibik (Russia), in MD Naoki Kawamae & Shoji Sato (Japan), in WD Jiani Cai & Bo Rong (China) and in XD Yi Zhang & Jiani Cai (China).
The best-achieved results of Estonian players has been in MS Raul Must (3. place), in WS Kati Tolmoff (3. place), in MD Raul Käsner & Ants Mängel and Einar Veede & Vahur Lukin (9-16. place), in WD Ulla Helm & Eve Jugandi and Ketly Freirik & Claudia Vogelgsang from Germany (5-8- place), in XD Vahur Lukin & Eve Jugandi, Kristjan Kaljurand & Laura Tombard and Raul Must & Laura Vana (9-16. place).
The first Badminton Europe Circuit tournament in Estonia has been challenge for a small badminton community and we are happy to know, that players are intending to visit us again. The next Yonex Estonian International is scheduled to January 14-17, 2010.
16 January 2009
The Yonex Estonian International 2009 is now running the third day. There have been a lot of exciting matches in singles qualification events and even more in first rounds of the main draw.
The most interesting performance in men’s singles was the success of Kenn Lim from Malaysia, who passed qualification tournament (not seeded player) and won two rounds in main tournament. Seeded players Shoji Sato from Japan, Ville Lang from Finland, Raul Must from Estonia, Kasper Ipsen from Denmark, Valeriy Atrashchenkov from Ukraine entered quarterfinals. Other quarterfinalists are Misha Zilberman from Israel and Kristian Nielsen from Denmark.
Women’s singles has been challenging. Rong Bo from China passed qualification tournament (not seeded player) and won two rounds in main tournament. Seeded players Kati Tolmoff from Estonia, Olga Golovanova and Tatjana Bibik from Russia, Claudia Vogelgsang from Germany and Lianne Tan from Belgium entered quarterfinals. Other quarterfinalists are Anastasia Panushkina from Russia and Anne Hald Jensen from Denmark.
In men’s doubles all seeded pairs entered quarterfinals, except Yoga Uki Kasah and Ali Kaya from Turkey because of withdrawal. In addition Konstantin Khlestov and Vladimir Malkov from Russia entered quarterfinals.
In women’s doubles three of four seeded pairs, Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain from Belgium, Sanni Rautala and Noora Virts from Finland and Anastasia Panushkina and Viktoria Slobodjanuk from Russia entered quarterfinals. Cai Jiani and Rong Bo won seeded pair Anna Kobtseva and Elena Prus from Ukraine.
In mixed doubles two of four seeded pairs, Valeriy Atrashchenkov and Elena Prus from Ukraine and Zhang Yi and Cai Jiani from China entered quarterfinals. Georgij Natarov and Anna Kobtseva from Ukraine win Roman Zirnwald and Tina Riedl from Austria. Andrey Ashmarin and Ksenia Polikarpova from Russia won Eetu Heino and Noora Virta from Finland.
At the moment the most successful country at Yonex Estonian International 2009 is Russia with 11 quarterfinalist. Ukraine stands on second place with 4 players, China, Estonia, Finland and Wales are keeping on with 3 players in quarterfinals.