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Two victories for Martin as he reaches knockout stages of Para Badminton World Championships

on 23-11-2017 14:53

Two victories from two made for a good day’s work for Andrew Martin as he progressed to the knockout stages of the Para Badminton World Championships.

Competing in the SS6 men’s singles, Martin continued his good form from his opening match in Korea with two wins to top his round-robin group without dropping a game.

First up across the net for Martin was Prabhu Kanamadugu Gowdar, with the Brit requiring just 20 minutes to dispatch his Indian opponent 21-8 21-12.

It wasn’t long before Martin was back on the court, this time to face Australia’s Luke Missen though it was another easy victory as he prevailed 21-2 21-8.

Also in action in the men’s SS6 singles were Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard, with the latter squeezing a late victory to win his group.

Shephard cruised through his opening game against France’s Fabien Morat, but only just edged out his opponent in the second to triumph 21-10 22-20.

“I felt great in the first set but couldn’t seem to control the shuttle in the second,” said Shephard.

“18-13 down was not ideal but I changed a few of my shots and won the game 22-20 in the end so I’m happy.”

Top seed Coombs required three games to topple Indian opponent Raja Magotra, despite easily winning the first.

Magotra pulled a game back to restore parity and send the match into a decider, in which Coombs prevailed by a narrow margin to win 21-16 18-21 21-19.Like his teammates, victory ensures Coombs tops his group.

Elsewhere, Bobby Griffin was in action in the SU5 men’s doubles, but he and French partner Meril Loquette couldn’t overcome their Indian opponents, losing 21-10 21-8 to Chirag Baretha and Sumith Kumar Garg.

To view the rest of the British results, click here.


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