Ekiring, Tukire In 2nd Round Of Uganda International Badminton Open

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The 2012 Uganda International Badminton Championship entered Day-2 on Friday at Sharing Youth Center in Nsambya with only two Ugandans making it to the second round of the men’s singles.

The 2012 Uganda International Badminton Championship entered Day-2 on Friday at Sharing Youth Center in Nsambya with only two Ugandans making it to the second round of the men’s singles.

Uganda’s professional player Edwin Ekiring stopped Turkey’s Murat Sen 21-11, 21-5,  while Wilson Tukire shocked Nigeria’s Ola Fagbemi 21-19, 14-21, 21-15 to storm the second round.
 
Ekring who plies his trade in Holland, told URN reporter that it was good to win the opening game, but admitted that he has to up his game in the second round where he faces Italy’s Wisnu Haryo Putro.

The other African players to make it to the second round include Kenya’s Patrick Kinyua, Jinkam Ifraimu from Nigeria and the 2011 All Africa Games gold medalist Jacob Malieka who stopped Jamaica’s Charles Pyne 21-14, 21-17 in one of the first round games.

In the best game of the first round which lasted over 50 minutes, defending champion Jan Frohlich from the Czeh Republic lost to unseeded Rosario Maddaloni from Italy.

The Italian won the first game 21-17 before Frohlich fought back strongly to level matters with a 21-19 victory. But the Italian showed more stamina and tactical play to fight back from several points behind and win the decisive set 25-23. Maddaloni described her win as a sweet victory saying he was worried of Frohlich’s style of play.

Frohlich, who is ranked 86 in the world, said he failed to play his normal game but admitted that his opponent also played well. Maddaloni will face Michal Matejka in the second round after the Slovakian dispatched Uganda’s Daniel Mihigo 21-13, 21-9. The tournament’s top seed, Michael Lahnsteiner from Austria had an easy ride beating Italy’s Taufiq Hidayat Akbar 21-16, 21-12

The tournament sanctioned by the World Badminton Federation (WBF) is acting as a qualifier for the 2012 London Olympics as the players are trying to gather ranking points. The event that has attracted 23 nations is also featuring the women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and the mixed doubles.