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Navickas Powers Through

After a long week and some hard fought battles Lithuanian Kestutsis Navickas is the champion of the Atwater International 2010.  In spite of the relatively straight forward scores he had throughout the tournament Navickas fought very hard powering his way through his matches by virtue of his gritty play, fighting harder than all of his opponents.  His final match against France’s Brice Leverdez was his most challenging of the week, and the only match to go three games with Navickas winning 21-16, 18-21, 21-14.

Canada’s Wunderkind Michelle Li seemed poised for her first international title, but it wasn’t to be as her second Japanese opponent was able to just sneak past her in the end.  Oka Hitomi would be the second consecutive Japanese shuttler to dash Li’s hopes in a thrilling three game win 15-21, 21-12, 23-21.

Dutchmen Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder were dominant all week in Montreal, and the finals were no different.  They made their way to the finals without dropping a game, and American pair Halim Haryanto and Phillip Chew would be no different losing 21-13, 21-10.  The women’s doubles was unfortunately a default victory for Charmaine Reid and Nicole Grether as Huang Ruilin and Lim Yee Theng were unable to play.

Perhaps the most impressive match of the day was the sibling rivalry in the mixed doubles between Derrick and Toby Ng.  The two brothers faced off for family pride, but it was Toby and his partner Grace Gao taking the title in a nailbiter over Derrick and Jiang Xuelian 21-18, 20-22, 26-24.  No doubt the Ng household has much to be proud of these past few weeks with Derrick’s recent victory in Peru with doubles partner Adrian Liu.

Atwater International 2010 Results

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Ng and Gao Book Finals

For her second consecutive international tournament Canada’s Michelle Li has booked herself a final.  Japan’s Ito Kana fought hard, but it wasn’t enough as Li won the match in three games 13-21, 21-14, 21-13 to set up an encounter against Ito’s teammate Oka Hitomi who defeated Charmaine Reid 21-15, 21-6 in the other semi-final.  Li has yet to win an international event, but this could be her best chance yet.

Canada had two hopefuls in the mens singles as well, unfortunately neither produced as David Snider fell in three close games to Brice Leverdez 21-11, 15-21, 21-15, and Stephan Wojcikiewicz lost to Lithuanian Kestutsis Navickas 21-12, 21-13. The Snider-Leverdez match was an extremely entertaining battle, unfortunately for the Canadian he was unable to keep it close going into the final few points.

As in the men’s singles, the men’s doubles final will feature no Canadian participants and instead will have a Dutch pair, and an American pair facing off for the title.  Top seeds Ruud Bosch and Koen Ridder defeated the recent Peru International champions Derrick Ng and Adrian Liu 21-15, 21-15 to solidify their top seeding, and tomorrow will face off against America’s Halim Haryanto and Phillip Chew who defeated Canada’s Maxime Belanger and Francois Bourret 21-11, 21-10.

Top seeds Nicole Grether and Charmaine Reid did well to fend off the challenge from Japan’s Ito Kana and Oka Hitomi in three close games 21-18, 19-21, 21-14.  Their opponents in the final will be another Canadian hybrid team after Huang Ruilin of Canada and Lim Yee Theng from Malaysia defeated second seeded Peruvians Christina Aicardia and Claudia Rivero in two straight games 21-13, 21-17.

It’s a sibling rivalry in the mixed doubles as Toby Ng takes on his brother Derrick Ng.  Toby and his partner Grace Gao took their semi-final match against Kevin Li and Alex Bruce in two straight 21-12, 21-18.  Derrick partnered with Jiang Xuelian to knock out Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Milaine Cloutier in three games 21-18, 20-22, 21-8.

Tomorrow promises some exciting matches so stay tuned for more results.

Atwater International 2010 Draws

The 2009 Yonex OCBC US Open has come to a conclusion with Canada and the USA each taking two titles each. Canada’s top seeded Anna Rice won the women’s singles by defeating American Mona Santoso fairly easily 21-17, 21-9. A notable performance in the women’s singles came from the 17 year old Canadian Michelle Li who made it through to the semi-finals and then lost to Santoso.

Canada’s other title came in the women’s doubles when Huang Ruilin and Jiang Xuelian defeated Chen Ying and Grace Peng from the USA in three games 14-21, 21-15, 21-11. Both pairs were unseeded. Huang and Jiang defeated the top seeds Grether and Reid on their way to the final.

The Americans’ titles came from a likely source, Howard Bach. Bach won both the men’s doubles and mixed doubles with his respective partners Tony Gunawan and Eva Lee. In the men’s doubles Howard and Tony had to play top seeded Austrians Juergen Koch and Peter Zauner, but received little resistance in their 21-12, 21-9 win. In the mixed doubles Howard and Eva played Jiang Xuelian and Alvin Lau who were unseeded, winning 21-13, 21-12.

Finally the only player to win a title representing neither Canada or the USA was no doubt heavily expected to win. Had Taufik Hidayat lost this title it would no doubt have been a great source of embarrassment for the Indonesian. Hidayat won the tournament without dropping a game, and in the final this trend continued when he beat Chinese Taipei’s Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-15, 21-16. Interesting to note though was Hidayat’s quarter-final match against Canada’s David Snider. Snider held his own against the Indonesian with a 21-14, 21-18 loss. Not too shabby at all.

To view full results visit the 2009 Yonex OCBC US Open draws

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