European Championships: Good Day for Turkey

Turkey had a successful second day at the 2021 European Championships, winning all three of their matches in Kyiv, Ukraine, yesterday.

The European Championships are among the last few qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Emre Sonmez and Zehra Erdem made the second round of the mixed doubles, coming from behind to beat Austria’s Philip Birker/Katharina Hochmeir 18-21 21-19 21-10.

Sonmez and Erdem next face third seeds Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich of Germany for a place in the quarterfinals.

In the men’s singles second round, Turkey’s Emre Lale fought his way to a win against Swtizerland’s Christian Kirchmayr in a rollercoaster of a match. Lale blew a 19-16 lead in the opening game and the pattern nearly repeated in the second, with Kirchmayr saving five game points. Lale however converted his sixth game point to make it a game apiece and won the third game comfortably, 19-21 21-19 21-15.

Fifth seed Neslihan Yigit, also of Turkey, had easy passage into the third round, beating Czech Republic’s Teresa Svabikova 21-13 21-13.

Freja Redfearn came back from two match points down to beat Ashwathi Pillai.

England’s Freya Redfearn scored the most impressive comeback of the day, fighting off two match points against Sweden’s Ashwathi Pillai to book her spot against third seed Yvonne Li. Redfearn trailed all through the second game after losing the first, and after edging through from 18-20, took the match 16-21 22-20 21-14.

There were no surprises in any of yesterday’s matches. Among the close results were Germany’s Jones Ralfy Jansen/Kilasu Ostermeyer’s 16-21 23-21 21-10 win over Russia’s Evgenij Dremin/Evgenia Dimova.

Powerhouses France had a good second day, posting victories in all their matches. Among the winners were Thomas Rouxel, Toma Junior Popov and Brice Leverdez in men’s singles, Marie Batomene in women’s singles, and Ronan Labar/Anne Tran and Eloi Adam/Margot Lambert in mixed doubles.

Second Round Results

Day 3 Order of Play

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4 May 2021
Pan Am Championships: Debut Title for Brian Yang

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3 May 2021
European Championships: Alimov/Davletova Make History

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3 May 2021
Pan Am Championships: Rachel Chan Stuns Iris Wang

Pan Am Championships: Rachel Chan Stuns Iris Wang

2 May 2021
European Championships: Lauren Smith in Sight of Double

European Championships: Lauren Smith in Sight of Double

2 May 2021
Pan Am Championships: Setback for Ygor Coelho

Pan Am Championships: Setback for Ygor Coelho

1 May 2021
European Championships: Russians Continue to Torment Gicquel/Delrue

European Championships: Russians Continue to Torment Gicquel/Delrue

1 May 2021
Pan Am Championships: Ho-Shue, Sankeerth Stretched

Pan Am Championships: Ho-Shue, Sankeerth Stretched

30 April 2021
European Championships: Hungry Korosi Bags Gift for Son

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28 April 2021
Endo/Watanabe: Cruise Mode as Tokyo Looms Ahead

Endo/Watanabe: Cruise Mode as Tokyo Looms Ahead

17 April 2021
COVID Turns Nguyen Match-Savvy

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15 April 2021
100 Days to Tokyo 2020: Mixed Doubles Dark Horses

100 Days to Tokyo 2020: Mixed Doubles Dark Horses

14 April 2021
IOC Approves Revised Qualification System for Tokyo 2020

IOC Approves Revised Qualification System for Tokyo 2020

1 March 2021
IOC President Promises Athletes ‘Fantastic Experience’

IOC President Promises Athletes ‘Fantastic Experience’

25 November 2020
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5 November 2020
‘Small Things’ Drive Ygor Coelho Forward

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3 November 2020
Lockdown Gives Lefel a Second Shot at Tokyo

Lockdown Gives Lefel a Second Shot at Tokyo

27 October 2020
On This Day: When Lin and Lee First Contested an Olympic Final

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17 August 2020
‘Golden Slot’ Again for Badminton at Tokyo 2020

‘Golden Slot’ Again for Badminton at Tokyo 2020

25 July 2020
Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

Badminton’s Most Successful Olympians

23 July 2020
Refugee Athlete Mahmoud Resilient Despite Lockdown Blues

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20 June 2020
Pandemic Spurs Pak to Pick Up Sixth Language

Pandemic Spurs Pak to Pick Up Sixth Language

31 May 2020
Marcus Ellis | Part II: Homing in on Success

Marcus Ellis | Part II: Homing in on Success

30 May 2020
‘The Break is Nice… But It’s a Little Too Long!’

‘The Break is Nice… But It’s a Little Too Long!’

2 May 2020
New Dates Announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

New Dates Announced for Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics

30 March 2020
BWF Responds to Tokyo 2020 Postponement

BWF Responds to Tokyo 2020 Postponement

25 March 2020
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Postponed

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Postponed

24 March 2020
COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

COVID-19 Leads to Suspension of Further Events

20 March 2020
IOC Issues Communique on Tokyo 2020

IOC Issues Communique on Tokyo 2020

18 March 2020
‘Scarred’ Momota Dreaming of Olympic Glory Again

‘Scarred’ Momota Dreaming of Olympic Glory Again

9 March 2020
Badminton Asia Championships Moved To Manila

Badminton Asia Championships Moved To Manila

4 March 2020
IOC President Confident of Successful Olympics

IOC President Confident of Successful Olympics

4 March 2020
Olympic Qualifier in Portugal Called Off

Olympic Qualifier in Portugal Called Off

2 March 2020
‘Big Teams Are Taking Us More Seriously’

‘Big Teams Are Taking Us More Seriously’

28 February 2020
BWF Statement on Postponement of Vietnam International Challenge

BWF Statement on Postponement of Vietnam International Challenge

25 February 2020
Countdown to Glory – Five Months to Go

Countdown to Glory – Five Months to Go

25 February 2020
‘She Thought I was Joking About Pairing Up’

‘She Thought I was Joking About Pairing Up’

19 February 2020
Bold Predictions for 2020

Bold Predictions for 2020

15 February 2020
Sindhu’s New Strength is her Presence of Mind

Sindhu’s New Strength is her Presence of Mind

13 February 2020
Beyond the Numbers Game

Beyond the Numbers Game

12 February 2020
Sabrina Jaquet: Seeking Rhythm

Sabrina Jaquet: Seeking Rhythm

11 February 2020
Ho-Shue: Primed for a Twin Challenge

Ho-Shue: Primed for a Twin Challenge

7 February 2020
Mahmoud Hangs On Despite Challenges

Mahmoud Hangs On Despite Challenges

3 February 2020
BWF Statement on Postponement of Lingshui China Masters

BWF Statement on Postponement of Lingshui China Masters

1 February 2020
Gicquel & Delrue: Rapid Ascent

Gicquel & Delrue: Rapid Ascent

30 January 2020
Thai Triumph Provides Fillip for Ellis & Smith in Olympic Year

Thai Triumph Provides Fillip for Ellis & Smith in Olympic Year

28 January 2020
A Leap Up for Thygesen & Fruergaard

A Leap Up for Thygesen & Fruergaard

22 January 2020
Tokyo Legends Inspiring Current Stars

Tokyo Legends Inspiring Current Stars

21 December 2019
Stoevas Seek Form After Disruption

Stoevas Seek Form After Disruption

25 November 2019
Olympic Champ Carolina Marin Returns

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11 September 2019
Pan Am Champs Seek to Sharpen Skills

Pan Am Champs Seek to Sharpen Skills

5 September 2019
IOC President Fascinated with Badminton Finals

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29 August 2019
Miyuki Maeda Revels in New Role

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9 August 2019
Olympic Fever in Tokyo

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27 July 2019
One Year To Tokyo 2020: Players’ Thumbs-Up for Olympics Venue

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24 July 2019
Olympic Dreams Spur On Refugee Champ Mahmoud

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12 July 2019
Aram Mahmoud Receives IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship

Aram Mahmoud Receives IOC Refugee Athlete Scholarship

21 June 2019
Michelle Li – Playing with Pain on Road to Tokyo

Michelle Li – Playing with Pain on Road to Tokyo

11 June 2019
‘Competition Against Great Players Brought Out Best in Me’ – Bang Soo Hyun

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6 June 2019
What We Have Learned – Road To Tokyo

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29 May 2019
Timely Reward for Christie

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6 May 2019
‘Ygor’ for Success in Tokyo!

‘Ygor’ for Success in Tokyo!

30 April 2019
And They’re Off!

And They’re Off!

29 April 2019
Fighting To Be Fit Again

Fighting To Be Fit Again

28 April 2019
Badminton Olympic Competition Schedule Announced

Badminton Olympic Competition Schedule Announced

16 April 2019
Lee Chong Wei in Search of Olympic miracle

Lee Chong Wei in Search of Olympic miracle

16 April 2019
New Lustre to the Legend

New Lustre to the Legend

10 April 2019
Tai Undecided on Retirement Post Tokyo 2020

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8 April 2019
Somerville/Mapasa Seek to Cover Lost Ground

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5 April 2019
Comeback Man Parupalli Targets Tokyo 2020

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2 April 2019
Women Trailblazers – Rio Flashback

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23 March 2019
New Era Set to Dawn – Road To Tokyo

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23 March 2019
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22 March 2019
YOG Stars to Watch – Road To Tokyo

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22 March 2019