Ekiring Upset by Italian Junior Player in Uganda International Badminton Championship

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Edwin Ekiring during a previous tournament. Andrew Oryada

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The 19-year old Italian who joined the main draw after playing two games in the qualifiers on Thursday stopped Ekiring 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9. Ekiring, also Africa's best player said he failed to control the game because of the wind in the Arena.

Uganda's top player Edwin Ekiring found the going rough when he lost to Italy's Pirmin Klotzer in the first round of the 2015 Uganda International Badminton Championship at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.

The 19-year old Italian who joined the main draw after playing two games in the qualifiers on Thursday stopped Ekiring 11-7, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9. Ekiring, also Africa's best player said he failed to control the game because of the wind in the Arena.

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Klotzer, Italy's former top junior player will now face Turkey's Muhammed Ali Hurt in the second round on Saturday. Hurt ejected Egypt's Abdelrahman Kashkal 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8 in an earlier game.

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Top seed of the tournament, Milan Ludik from the Czech Republic and ranked 97 by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) saw off  Mohammad Amine Guelmaoul (Algeria) 11-3, 11-5, 11-5. He will now face Algeria's top junior player Youcef Sabri Medel who earned a walkover Iran's Vatannejad Soroush Eskandari who withdrew from the tournament.

All Uganda's other men players Herbert Ebayo and Bruno Masaba also suffered defeats in the first round. Ekiring later teams up with Ludik to win their first round match of the men's doubles when they defeated Uganda's pair of Daniel Akau and Moustafa Bumpenje 11-2, 11-2, 11-0.

In the women's singles top seed Grace Gabriel had to struggle to defeat Srilanka's Kekha Handunkuttihettige 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 10-11, 11-5 in the first round. Gabriel who is also Africa's best female player will now face Uganda's Susan Najjuka in the second round, Najjuka humbled Kenya's Susan Wangari 11-4, 11-6, 11-3.

Uganda's best female player Bridget Shamim bangi also made it to the next round after defeating Regina Najjemba 11-2, 11-2, 11-5. She will however face stiff challnge in the second round against Iran's Aghaei Hajlagha Soraya.

Action continues with afternoon games till 6pm. The event sanctioned by BWF will climax on Sunday with the finals.

 

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