Shephard targeting semi-final success at Para Badminton World Championships
A confident Jack Shephard is already thinking of his next match after leading a day of British success at the Para Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, Korea.
Shephard and team-mate Krysten Coombs swept aside all in their path as they topped Group A in the SS6 men’s doubles, which sees them through to Saturday’s semi-finals.
The pair looked in formidable form as they cruised past Indian duo Prabhu Kanamadugu Gowdar and Sunil Pradhan 21-6 21-7, and also defeated Luo Guangliang, of China, and Thailand’s Bunthan Yaemmali 21-10 21-12.
The duo have been given a bye in the quarter-finals and will play their semi-final on Saturday, when both players will be in SS6 singlesaction – with top seed Coombs set to take on France’s Fabien Morat and Shephard facing off against Chu Man Kai of Hong Kong.
After Friday’s doubles success, Shephard said: “Another solid day and good to get sorted with men’s doubles.
“I am looking forward to singles as well on Saturday.”
There was also English success in the women’s SS6, with Rachel Choong and Rebecca Bedford also winning Group A, conceding just 15 points along the way.
They defeated Poland’s Daria Bujnicka and Oliwia Szmigiel 21-5 21-4, after earlier triumphing 21-5 21-1 over Scotland’s Deidre Nagle and Weronika Krzeminska, of Poland.
Bedford and Choong must now get past Randika Doling and Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores for a place in the final.
And they are both still on track for a medal in the singles, with Bedford’s quarter-final clash against Australian Kobie Jane Donovan and Choong’s match against Yasmina Eissa of Egypt also part ofSaturday’s schedule.
Elsewhere, in the SL 3-4 men’s doubles, Scottish shuttler Alan Oliver and Swede Rickard Nilsson progressed from Group H, with Thursday’s victory over Marcel Adam and Simon Cruz Mondejar enough to see them through despite Friday’s defeat at the hands of Japan’s Taku Hiroi and Kaito Nakamura.
However, Indian pair Pramod Bhagat and Tarun Tarun overpowered Oliver and Nilsson 21-15 21-15 in the round of 16.
And in the SS6 men’s doubles, England’s Andrew Martin and American Miles Krajewski lost both Group C matches, while Martin also bowed out of the singles after losing out to Chu.
Lastly, Bobby Griffin exited the SU5 men’s doubles after he and French partner Meril Loquette were beaten in all three of their Group D matches.
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