No, this isn’t the “All England Final”, but we have an all Englishman final. Tomorrow Carl Baxter and Rajiv Ouseph will have a rematch from the English National Championship final when they meet in the final of the Canadian International Badminton Championship.
Baxter, formally playing from Canada, now represents England, and today he defeated Canada’s Stephan Wojcikiewicz 21-13, 27-25. Baxter and Steph used to train together at the RA Center in Ottawa, and their other former training partner Andrew Dabeka lost in the quarter finals to Rajiv Ouseph. In the semi-finals Rajiv beat Canada’s David Snider 21-19, 21-15. David upset France’s top player Brice Leverdez 21-11, 13-21, 23-21 to book his spot in the semis.
My money is on Baxter for tomorrow. While he is unlikely to beat Ouseph most of the time, I think Baxter will be the crowd favourite tomorrow, and that should help lift his level of play just enough to take out Ouseph.
Day one is done in Mulheim, and while there were few big upsets, there were some really tight matches, and it just shows how much depth the men’s singles has. I don’t really follow the other events (if anyone else would like to help me out and write about the other events PLEASE contact me!), so I can’t really comment on them, but I’m loving the men’s singles these days.
First off I’ll start by commenting on my buddy and fellow Canadian David Snider. David came sooo close to beating England’s Andrew Smith. Andrew won the match 23-25, 21-19, 21-16, and that is great for a kid who is still only 20 (I think David is 20, correct me if I’m wrong).
I probably should have commented on this first, but that doesn’t reduce the hugeness of this upset for Rajiv Ouseph who knocked out Dutch player Dicky Palyama who was the 8th seed. Ouseph won 21-14, 21-18. This kid is a strong player, he brought Gade to three games at the last French Open Super Series.
Should be some very exciting second round matches, so keep following the results! Here are the draws:
Here is the line up for the men’s singles final:
Andrew Dabeka vs David Snider
The guys are just warming up now, will have updates soon. You may have to refresh the page to see the updates
David is leading at the first interval 11-8
Dabeka leading 14-13 in the first.
Dabeka just won the first game 21-15, they are now in the first game interval
Dabeka is leading 11-8 in the second game interval. David looks worried, he doesn’t seem to be too confident on the court.
Dabeka is leading 19-11, his defense is winning this game for him, he has had 3 or 4 rallies where he made some massive saves that have really been the difference. If it weren’t for these rallies the momentum would be way different.
Dabeka just won the second game and the match, he was clearly the stronger player today.
Here is the line up for the mens singles semi-finals:
Andrew Dabeka vs Joseph Rogers – court 1
Stephan Wojcikiewicz vs David Snider – court 2
The matches are just starting now with David and Andrew leading by a couple in the first few rallies (in their respective matches that is)
Andrew is making short work of Joseph, leading 9-2 while court 2 is Steph leading 8-6. By the way I might not be able to do anymore pictures as my iPhone is my camera and is dying.
Joseph gained back some ground, it’s now 10-7 for Andrew. The other match is 10-10.
Andrew leads 15-9 while David leads 15-13.
David leads 16-15 while Andrew leads 18-12. The lines here are impossible to call, if you have played here you know what I mean.
Andrew just won the first game 21-13. Joe made a lot of errors, he didn’t seem nervous, but Andrew was doing a really good job of keeping the pressure on.
Court two tied 21 all, very tight game, both players are doing well, not many errors here.
David just won the first game 23-21.
Andrew is leading 11-4 at the second game interval. Court 2 is tied 7 all.
David leads 14-13 while Andrew leads 14-9
David and Steph tied at 18, with Andrew leading 19-13. ps if anyone is actually reading these updates live please leave a comment so I know I’m not wasting my time.
Andrew won, and David just won as well… Looks like we’ll be seeing Andrew and David in the finals tomorrow.
2009 Yonex Canadian National Championships Mens Singles Draws
Not much to say here, just watch and enjoy. Keep an eye out for the back flip at the end…