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Double joy for Piek at centenary Irish Open
Date: 12/9/2013 10:15 AM
Published by : Manuel Røsler
The 100th edition of the Carlton Irish Open ended as it begun with a feast of world class badminton and a large appreciative Irish crowd in attendance to enjoy the spectacle. Dutch star Selena Piek emerged as the queen of the courts lifting both the mixed and women’s doubles to once again prove her world class pedigree before dashing off to catch a flight home to Amsterdam.

Piek was first on court in her mixed doubles alongside partner Jacco Arends and in a match that turned out to be a carbon copy of their Bitburger Open victory against Blair and Bankier the Dutch lost the opening set before finding their rhythm to level the match at 1 game apiece.

“We started off bad and could not manage the pace of the game the Scots were setting but we stayed calm and bounced back in the second game and knew then we had a real chance to go on and win the tournament” commented Piek.

In the deciding set the Dutch stretched into a 13-8 lead and with Arends now dictating the play Piek was in a position to tidy up at the forecourt and closed out the match with 21-13 win to lift their first title since getting back together as a pair.

“This is a big win for us as it’s our first win since getting back together as a mixed doubles pair. I think we both felt a win was not far away from previous tournaments but it is nice to get it here in Ireland just before the Christmas break.” Said a delighted Selena Piek in her post match interview.

In a break away from routine Selena Piek came back out on court in the next match after just a 20 minute break to lift the women’s doubles title alongside a rejuvenated Eefje Muskens as the Dutch completed the hat trick of recent wins over the Ng sisters from Malaysia.

“This has been a great few months for us. We always have tough games against the Ng sisters and today was no different but we are happy to win of course and now look forward to 2014 and taking out game to the next level”

Poles lift fifth title of the year in Men’s doubles

Veteran Polish pair of Wacha & Cwalina lifted their fifth title of the year with a defiant display of fast and flat men’s doubles against Arends and Maas of The Netherlands. From the outset the Poles left the Dutch scratching their heads as they struggled to deal with the out and out attack of their opponents.

A 21-9 21-6 victory summed up the Polish dominance which Adam Cwalina summed up in typical fashion.

“This was great for us and we are so happy to win here in Ireland once again. We played well all week and we are very grateful for the great support from the Irish people this week”.

Elsewhere Malaysian Misbun Ramdam lifted the men’s singles title defeating Germany’s Dieter Domke while American Beiwen Zhang continued her rout this time defeating Spain’s Beatriz Corrales after a gutsy defiant display from the Spaniard.

“I am happy to win this tournament and follow up the win in Wales last week. For me the big goal is qualifying for the All England in Match."

Click here for full results of the 2013 Irish Open

Article and Image by Mark & Ben Phelan (Live in Dublin)
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