Tuesday 15 October 2019

Magee 'proud' of family fightback


Sam and Chloe Magee. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Sam and Chloe Magee. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Ireland's badminton players got off to a strong start at the European Games in Minsk, Belarus yesterday, with Chloe and Sam Magee coming from behind to take victory in their mixed doubles opener.

The siblings lost the first game 21-16, but rallied to level it before taking the decider 21-15. "At one stage it wasn't looking very likely so I'm proud that we kept fighting," said Chloe. "In the third set we started to show some good signs so we'll go into next game looking for our best performance."

Rising star Nhat Nguyen dominated his first match in Group F, beating Bulgaria's Daniel Nikolov to set up a clash with the 2015 European Games champion Pablo Adian of Spain.

"We stuck to the plan, me and my coach," said the 19-year-old. "I'm really happy with that."

There was no joy for Rachael Darragh, however, who lost in straight sets in her opening match last night, as did doubles pair Paul Reynolds and Josh Magee.

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