KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Africa’s top shuttler Georges Julien Paul has advanced to the
second round of the men’s singles at the on-going 2018 Uganda
International Badminton Open Championship.
Paul, from Mauritius
who also won the All Africa Seniors men’s singles title last
weekend in Algeria, humbled Uganda’s Herbert Ebayo 21-11, 21-12
on Friday at the Lugogo Arena, Kampala.
champion used his quick attacks to give the Ugandan no chance to
win the game. “I am determined to try and retain the title I won
last year,” Paul who is ranked 87th in the world told
Xinhua after the game.
Paul will now face
Jordan’s Mohd Naser Mansour Nayef on Saturday. The Jordan player
defeated Uganda’s Fred Kirabo 21-10, 21-12.
Alshannik from Jordan who is the tournament’s second seeded
player survived an upset when Victor Odra Munga (Kenya) who went
through the qualifiers forced him to the third set before he won
21-13, 19-21, 21-13.
Uganda’s top player
who plies his trade in Luxembourg, Edwin Ekiring, a finalist at
last year’s event shockingly lost to Jonathan Persson (Germany)
“I completely failed
to get the rhythm of the game and made several mistakes,” said
Ekiring who had played at two Olympic Games in Beijing and
local player Brian Kasirye is the only Ugandan men’s players who
made it to the next round after stopping Kenya’s John Wanyoke
21-18, 21-14. He will next face an acid test against
Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Panarin.
In the women’s
singles, top seed Kate Foo Kune (Mauritius) and Egypt’s Hadia
Hosny who is ranked second all advanced to the next round.
The finals of the
championship sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF)
will be held on Sunday.
The championship has
attracted players from Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Algeria, Jordan,
Kyrgyzstan, India, the Netherlands, Syria, Germany, France,
Turkey, Zambia and the Republic of Maldives and others.