3 August, 2023
Jack Shephard and Rachel Choong sealed top spot of their blended doubles group with an spectacular victory on day two of the 4 Nations Para Badminton Match in Sheffield.
The SH6 pairing defeated France’s Charles Noakes and Elisa Bujnowskyj 21-14, 21-9 to the delight of the dwelling crowd on the EIS.
Shepard and Choong got here out of the blocks firing and by no means backed down, storming to victory in simply 27 minutes to ease themselves into the subsequent stage of competitors.
“We’re actually comfortable, we topped the group there so we undergo to the subsequent levels,” mentioned Shephard.
“We simply have to maintain that momentum going and win it.”
Choong added: “It’s good to take advantage of the house benefit. It actually does spur us on, on courtroom after we can hear the gang.”
Each gamers have been quickly again on the courtroom to kick-off their singles campaigns, with Choong given a stern check by Peru’s Rubi Milagros Fernandez Vargas.
The 29-year-old received 21-18, 18-21, 21-15, combating again within the closing levels to clinch the victory and high her group while Shephard went on to beat Nilton Quispe Ignacio 21-5, 21-9 in his first singles encounter of the day.
Dan Bethell opened his 4 Nations marketing campaign on successful phrases in opposition to India’s Umesh Vikram Kumar.
The Paralympic silver medallist and SL3 singles participant has made no secret of his ambition to triumph in Sheffield and made a promising begin on day two.
Regardless of a gradual begin within the opening recreation, Bethell grabbed a 21-17, 21-9 victory earlier than including a cushty win in opposition to India’s Nehal Gupta later within the day.
“I wasn’t too proud of my first set as I wasn’t the place I wanted to be however I bought myself going within the second,” he mentioned.
Krysten Coombs noticed an unlucky loss in his second SH6 males’s singles match, narrowly shedding out 14-21, 21-14, 16-21 to Brazil’s Vitor Goncalves Tavares.
Regardless of clawing again for a second recreation win, Coombs was unable to seize the general victory, ending second in his group after his day one victory.
Sharon Jones-Barnes was crushed 21-10, 21-9 by Switzerland’s Ilaria Renggli within the ladies’s WH2 singles whereas David Follett went down 21-4, 21-8 in opposition to Germany’s Thomas Wandschnieder.
The 4 Nations is being held with particular due to Yonex – the Official Gear Accomplice of the 4 Nations Para Badminton Worldwide.
A full rundown of all English and worldwide outcomes could be discovered here.