The women’s singles provided two of the biggest upsets of the day, the biggest of which was third seed Anna Rice falling to the unseeded Wang Linling. The match was very up and down with Wang winning in three games 21-15, 6-21. 21-9. The other big surprise in the women’s singles was the defeat of Christina Aicardi from Peru to Canadian Denyse Julien. The 49 year old proved once again that she is not to be underestimated as she won in three long games 21-14, 21-23, 21-18. The two big matches to watch tomorrow will likely be Nicole Grether from Germany taking on Japan’s Oka Hitomi, and Michelle Li from Canada taking on Jeanine Cicognini from Switzerland.
The men’s singles lacked any major upsets in spite of Dan Kai from Canada easily defeating USA’s Nicholas Jinadasa, and Ikeda Yuichi of Japan’s similarly easy win over Canada’s Alex Pang. Both were upsets on paper, but there was no doubt who the stronger players were in those matches today. Other than Dan Kai Canada has two other hopefuls remaining at the quarter-final stage with Stephan Wojcikiewicz winning over Timothy Ma, and David Snider pulling out a great performance against Malaysia’s Lee Hock Lai winning 21-17, 14-21, 21-18. They will now meet Daniel Paiola and Kristian Midtgaard respectively.
The only doubles event to take to the courts today was the men’s doubles event as both the womens doubles and mixed doubles events will be starting their first rounds tomorrow. There were a handful of close matches, perhaps the most surprising of which was recent Canadian national champions Jon Vandervet and Alvin Lau narrowly escaping defeat against the pick-up pair of Daniel Pastewka and Tommy McKee. After splitting the first two games Lau and Vandervet trailed by ten points in the final game, but managed to comeback and take the match 18-21, 21-11, 23-21.
Tomorrow will feature some more exciting matches and we can expect some more seeds to start falling so check back in for more results soon.
Alright, the last event of the day, here is your line up:
Will Milroy and Toby Ng vs Timothy Ma and Kyle Hunter
The game is just underway and right now Will and Toby are leading 5-0 in the first game
At the first game interval Will and Toby were leading 11-1, it’s now 13-2 in the first.
Will and Toby dominated the first game winning 21-5.
Will and Toby still dominating, 17-8 in the second game
Match won by Will and Toby 21-5, 21-11. Yet another doubles national title for Will Milroy, and a first for Toby Ng since juniors (I’m assuming he won in juniors?)
My battery is running low here so I won’t be able to update as frequently. Here is the line up for the mens doubles semi-finals:
Will Milroy and Toby Ng vs Francois Champagne and Manuel Thomas
Kyle Hunter and Timothy Ma vs Mike Beres and Alvin Lau
I missed what happened on court 2, but they’re already in the second game, I think Mike and Alvin won the first. On court 1 Will and Toby are leading 13-7.
Will and Toby won the first game 21-10. Kyle and Timothy are losing 17-11, and it looks like they actually won the first game.
I totally got the scores wrong for court 2… Kyle and Tim just won the match, didn’t hear the scores, but the are in the finals now.
Pretty surprised, Will and Toby just lost the second game, starting the third now.
Will and Toby are leading at the interval, 11-6.
Will and Toby won the match, last game was 21-11.
So the finals line up is Kyle Hunter and Timothy Ma vs Will Milroy and Toby Ng.