Thrane on track to add Euro to World gold
Groups pan out in Beek
Date: 10/28/2016 6:39 PM
Published by : Mark Phelan

Day 2 saw the conclusion of the round robin group stages at the 2016 European Para-Badminton Championships and while there were no big shocks some favourites struggled to make the knock out stages. 

The biggest shock of the day came in the women’s singles SU 5 category where number 2 seed from Turkey Zehra Baglar did not make it out of her group of four. The Turk was unfortunate in the first instance to draw two very good Danes in her group in the shape of Astrid Lilhav Riis and Catherine Rosengren. 

Both Danes had no trouble against the Turk and in the end, it came down to a shootout between Riis and Rosengren for the top spot in the group. Rosengren took the honours and will move on to a semi-final against Megan Hollander of The Netherlands. 

Meanwhile Danish top seed Julie Thrane (main picture) stormed through her group unbeaten and will now face compatriot Riis for a place in the final. The world number 1 and world champion is looking to add Euro gold to her expanding collection of para-badminton medals and, even after a bout of sickness overnight, looks to have the game this week to do just that.

In the men’s singles short stature 6 class England’s Jack Shepard got the better of group seed Niall McVeigh to top group C. Shepard will benefit from a bye in the quarter final as a result while McVeigh will have to battle it out against Russian Alexander Mekhdiev for a semi-final spot. 

England appear to hold all the aces in SS6 men’s singles now with Krysten Coombs also looking good. Shepard’s win pushes him into the same side of the knock out draw as his compatriot Coombs and it is highly likely that both will face each other in the semi-final given their form. 

Coomb’s and Shepard combine as top seeds in the D SS 6 class and took control of their group as top seeds with one round of matches still to play. 

After the demise of Baglar in SU5 standing class there was better news for Turkey in the women’s singles wheel chair 2 class. With both the top two seeds Turkey will be expecting medals in this particular class and the group stages went according to plan for both Emine Seckin (1) and Narin Ulic (2) with both women topping their groups thus avoiding each other for the knockout stages. 

Seckin did not drop a set in her round robin group matches and Ulic (pictured above) followed suit to make the pair, the pair to beat in Beek this week. 

The action continues tomorrow as we enter the knockout stages in most of the events. To view all the results from today and the order of play for tomorrow click HERE

To view photos from today's play click HERE

Article and Images by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe (LIVE)



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