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Yvonne Li (Photo: Badminton Europe/Mark Phelan)
Yvonne Li: A long way to travel, but all for good experience!
Date: 7/24/2018 2:52 PM
Published by : Tom Leonard
There were mixed fortunes for European players on day one at the Russian Open 2018, with the women's singles qualifiers and round one of the men's singles taking place.

In the women's singles qualifying round, there was plenty of Russian interest, including Sofila Doroshenko who is seeded fourth in the qualification process, but it was Japan, USA and South Korea who won in emphatic style to qualify for the main draw. Moto Hayashi of Japan defeated Russian player Ekaterina Riazantceva 21-5 21-7, and will join fellow Japanese player Kie Nakanishi tomorrow in the main draw. Iris Wang from the United states had to fight off Ji Hye Lee from South Korea in a grueling battle, eventually winning 17-21 21-19 21-18 to secure a place in the main draw. Finally, San Eun Park of South Korea is the fourth and final qualifier for the Women's Singles main draw.

As the women's singles main draw takes shape, Germany's Yvonne Li (seeded number three), looks forward to beginning the main draw:

- It's a long trip to Vladivostock, but I am excited to be here and play some good matches! Let's see how far I can go, I will try my best. It's unusual for me to travel alone such a long distance away from home, but I think that it's going to be a valuable experience for the future as well! - Yvonne Li

Meanwhile, the men's singles kicked off with round one in Sport Hall Olympic. With a variety of nationalities competing in this year's event, the top eight seeded players were awarded byes into the second round. Kicking off their campaign as the first men's singles match on court, Russia's Dmitrii Riabov defeated England's Hin Shun Wong 21-10 21-16 before India's Mithun Manjuntah overcame Germany's Elias Bracke 21-14 21-13. 

Other Europeans who found success in the men's singles on day one includes Luka Wraber of Austria, who defeated Russia’s Alexey Panov in emphatic style 21-2 21-6, along with England's Chun Kar Lung and Wang Yuehang who overcame their Russian opponents. Russia's Sergey Sirant and Ilya Kamyshenkoc were also able to impress in front of a home crowd as they both won to take them through to the second round.

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