Lucas Mazur in action today in Rodez (photo credit: Mark Phelan / Badminton Europe)
Mazur magnifique on semi-finals day
Date: 11/3/2018 7:20 PM
Published by : Bobby Griffin (BEC)

Home crowd favourite Lucas Mazur reaches all 3 finals of the European Para-Badminton Championships

The Frenchman has been in top form this week, comfortably reaching the final of the SL4 men’s singles, the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles and, playing a category higher, the SU5 men’s doubles final tomorrow as well, without dropping a single game all week so far.

His afternoon started with the men’s singles semi-final against Germany’s Tim Haller. It took just 20 minutes to dispatch the 5/6 seed in straight games 21-11, 21-5. Haller unable to cope with the World Champion’s power and reach. Mazur plays Sweden’s Rickard Nilsson tomorrow.

Mazur took control of the mixed doubles semi-final with teammate Faustine Noel, manoeuvring the shuttle around the court into the spaces well, whilst opponents Jan-Niklas Pott (GER) and Helle Sofie Sagoy (NOR) struggled to get into attacking positions. The match ended 21-14, 21-11. They are up against Germany’s Marcel Adam and Katrin Siebert in the final tomorrow, and look for revenge after a recent loss to the European 2nd seeds in Japan last month.

In the men’s doubles, he and SU5 partner Meril Loquette as number 2 seeds were too strong today for Russia’s Pavel Kulikov and Oleg Dontsov. The match ended 21-11, 21-13 and sets up a final tomorrow against top seeds Bartlomiej Mroz (POL) and Ilker Tuzcu (TUR).

VIEW: photo gallery from semi-finals day here

Emine Seckin also on for the triple

Turkey’s Emine Seckin (pictured above) is also on for the triple tomorrow. The WH1 female was in great form in her women’s singles semi-final against Spain’s Marcela Quinteros today with a 21-17, 21-11 win. In the WH1-2 mixed doubles with Russia’s Konstantin Afinogenov, Seckin and her partner beat number 1 seeds Young-Chin Mi and Valeska Knoblauch to face Israel’s Amir Levi and Nina Gorodetzky tomorrow.

The WH1-2 women’s doubles draw was shaken earlier in the week when Seckin and partner Man-Kei To beat 2nd seeds Cynthia Mathez and Karin Suter-Erath (SUI) in the group stages. The Swiss pair today beat top seeds Knoblauch and Rongen (GER) to set up another Swiss vs Turkey meeting in the finals.

For draws, matches and last year’s winners, see tournament software here with this link.

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