March 21, 2010
Stephan Wojcikiewicz of the RA Badminton Club, seeded first overall in Menís Singles started a spirited run to the semi-finals with a hard fought 22-24, 21-11, 21-5 victory over David Obernosterer of Austria, a 21-18, 21-16 victory over Pavel Florian of the Czech Republic and another exciting 21-10, 18-21, 22-20 win over the sixth seed Sven Eric Kastens of Germany. In the semi-final Wojcikiewicz met Kay Bin Yeoh of Malaysia, who had defeated Wojcikiewicz 10 years before in the ALL-ENGLAND qualifications in three grueling sets. On his way to the semi-finals Yeoh had defeated the number three seed Michael Lahnsteiner of Austria as well as the number 8 seed Ben Beckman of England. Wojcikiewicz won a hard fought first game 21-19 with the lead going back and forth throughout the game. In the second game Yeoh jumped out to a 9-0 lead and stretched it out to 19-11, before Wojcikiewicz clawed his way back to trail by a single point at 20-19 before hitting a flat drive into the net giving Yeoh the second game 21-19. The third and deciding game was all Yeoh 21-11 with Wojcikiewicz being unable to mount the same type of comeback as in the second game.
In the final, Yeoh defeated Scot Evans of Ireland 21-19, 21-11. Scott Evans earlier had defeated Alex Pang of Alberta in the second round 21-10, 21-18. Pang defeated Jakub Bitman of the Czech Republic 21-10, 21-17. To win this tournament Yeoh had to win seven matches (two qualifying matches and five in the main round) once again proving how competitive the European Badminton Circuit is.
Unseeded Michelle Li of Toronto, defeated the 5th seed Helen Davies of England 21-19, 21-14 and Dimitriya Popstoykova of Bulgaria 22-20, 21-13 before losing to Hitomi Oka of Japan 13-21, 21-12, 21-15 in Womenís Singles. Oka went on to take the Womenís Singles title 25-23, 15-21, 21-4 victory over Juan Gu of Singapore in a battle of competitors again forced to win two matches to qualify for the main round.
In Mixed Doubles, Pang and Li defeated Viktor Malutin and Anastasia Kharlampovich of Russia 21-19, 21-17 before losing to the number one seeds Stiliyan Makarski and Diana Dimova of Bulgaria 18-21, 22-20, 21-17.
Wojcikiewicz, Pang and Li will now move on to the 34th Yonex Polish International Championships 2010 in Bialystok, Poland.
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