Saturday 21 April 2018

In Brief: Sweet revenge for USA girls

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The USA exacted sweet revenge over Ireland for their 22-12 Women's World Cup second-round Pool B defeat with a comprehensive demolition of the girls in green by 40-3 in the fifth-eighth place play-offs in Guildford yesterday.

Ireland's only score of the match came from a Niamh Briggs penalty after 29 minutes.

Joy Neville believed that there would be an American backlash after last week's defeat, but not even the most pessimistic Irish supporter could have envisaged this six-try drubbing which now places Ireland in a seventh-eighth place play-off against Six Nations rivals Scotland on Sunday morning.

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Irish No 1 and top seed for the Irish Open, Madeline Perry, had a smooth win over Sina Wall of Germany in straight sets, 11-9 11-4 11-4, to keep her on track for a fourth Irish Open title.

Ireland's Aisling Blake also progressed to the quarter-finals, beating Leonie Holt of England in four sets, 11-7 11-6 9-11 11-6.

Elsewhere in the women's event, former world No 1 Natalie Grainger (USA) had an easy win over Sharon Wee of Malaysia. Natalie Gringham (Netherlands), seeded three and competing in her first event since having a baby two months ago, came through a tough match against compatriot Annelize Naude in five sets.

In the men's event, seeds tumbled to qualifiers in the lower half of the draw. Mark Krajcsak (Hungary), seeded seven, had the toughest opponent in former winner, Spanish Borja Golan, who came through in three straight sets.

Qualifier Bradley Hindle (Malta) had an impressive victory over no 4 seed Nicolas Mueller (Switzerland), also coming through in four sets.

Frenchman Gregoire Marche (France) accounted for sixth seed Davide Bianchetti (Italy), while fellow Frenchman Castagnet beat no 2 seed Stewart Boswell of Australia in a five-set marathon lasting 72 minutes.

The Irish Badminton Union have been chosen to host this year's European Senior championships.

The event will take place from Monday, September 27, to Saturday, October 2, at Dundalk soccer club's new youth development centre at Oriel Park. It is expected that a total of 592 players will participate in the event.

Irish Independent

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