Loquette locks down 2 semi-finals
Date: 9/28/2018 3:58 PM
Published by : Bobby Griffin (BEC)

Unseeded in both events, France’s SU5 Meril Loquette secured a place today in both the SU5 men’s doubles semi-final and the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semi, both played tomorrow in Tokyo.

Three good reasons make this special here in Japan this week; Loquette has never made it to a mixed doubles semi-final before. He has never been in two semi-finals of an International Open tournament before. And he is the only European to achieve that feat this week without being seeded in either draw.

The mixed doubles quarter-final with relatively new face Caroline Bergeron was against their French teammates Hugo Saumier and Veronique Braud. A tense and exciting opening game came to a close at 23-21. The second game was slightly more comfortable for Loquette and Bergeron who took control and secured a 21-15 win. This sets up a semi-final versus Japan’s Toshiaki Suenaga and Akiko Sugino tomorrow.

“It’s the first time we have beaten Veronique and Hugo and my first time through to a mixed doubles semi-final, so I’m very happy! Varying the speed of my game was key for us today, mixing slow and fast pace. Caroline played with great technique and we had a great spirit between us. I really enjoyed the match and enjoy playing with her too.

We lost to the Japanese pair in our group, so we know what to expect. But it is a new day, a new match! I’m excited.”

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Aiming for gold in men's doubles

The men’s doubles could not have gone better for Meril and partner Lucas Mazur so far this week. Despatching Japan’s number 2 seeds Taiyo Imai and Hironobu Kawabata, as well as Bobby Griffin (ENG) and Rishav Sharma (CAN) in straight games along the way. 

“Lucas is a strong partner for men’s doubles. His height helps us a lot, despite him being SL4. It’s possible for us to win this tournament this week.

I need to train more to compete in singles at this level. But I have a new training schedule that we have just begun and hopefully by the Europeans in a month I can be ready.

My objective is to achieve 3 medals at the Europeans. A gold in men’s doubles is the aim. I want to make the final in singles and to pick up a medal in mixed as well would be nice!”

For a full list of the Japan Para-Badminton International draws and results this week click here

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