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Plenty of action on the second day of the Swiss Open
Date: 3/23/2022 4:21 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
After a first day that opened with the announcement of several withdrawals, the YONEX Swiss Open 2022 is off to a great start with many of the European talents having already gathered wins on the second day of the event.

BWF released a statement early on the day that the YONEX Swiss Open 2022 was set to begin to announce that several players had tested positive on pre-arrival and arrival tests, meaning that there would be several withdrawals. Yet, this has not stopped the event from a successful first day. 

It was a busy qualification day, and the second day of the event is just as packed with action. The first few matches of this Wednesday have proven to be a success for many of the European stars with a mix of players that have previously featured in the Swiss podium and some newcomers that are here to fight for their spot.

France is ready
The neighbouring France has kicked off the day in style in Switzerland’s main event. Two of their pairs inaugurated the day with wins in straight games. Johannes Pistorius/ Emma Moszcynski weren’t new to Fabien Delrue/ Vimala Heriau. The French pair had met Pistorius, paired with Lara Kaepplein, at the Dutch Open 2019 which ended up being a German win. Delrue had also previously been paired with Moszcynski, and this encounter between old friends resulted in a victory for the French side.

Thom Gicquel/ Delphine Delrue are back to where they secured their first HSBC BWF World Tour title. The reigning mixed doubles champions have won their opening match against Reddy B. Sumeeth/ Ashwini Ponnappa, 21-13 21-9. Margot Lambert/ Anne Tran had to get past fellow French pair Tea Margueritte/ Anna Tatranova, and they delivered with a win, 21-18 21-7.

The Popov brothers are also going strong in the tournament. Toma Junior Popov took the win against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yin, 21-13 21-14, while Christo Popov keeps on delighting European badminton fans with a close and long match against Japan’s Koki Watanabe. The one hour and a half-long encounter saw the younger Popov advancing onto the next stage, 18-21, 21-19, 21-18.

More women’s singles stars onto the next round
This Wednesday morning and early afternoon has also been quite hectic for some of Europe’s most talented women’s singles players. Carolina Marin and Mia Blichfeldt will not be here to defend their spots on the podium, having been the only Europeans on the women’s singles podium in last year’s event, so it remains to be seen if Europe can have representation in 2022.

Kirsty Gilmour got a win against Japan’s Takahashi, 21-19 21-9. It was also a triumph for Yvonne Li today, as she defeated India’s Aakarshi Kashyap, 21-5 21-17. Lianne Tan, Kristin Kuuba, and Line Christophersen all met fellow Europeans on this second day of the event — Centre of Excellence’s Gayle Mahulette, Kim Schmidt, and Selin Hübsch respectively — and they all will be advancing onto the third day.

A tough European Championships rematch
This was the fourth encounter between Mark Caljouw and Felix Burestedt and the last time that the two players met on an international stage, they were fighting for a spot on the 2021 European Championships quarterfinals.

Caljouw got to repeat his result with a win over Burestedt in a three-game match, just like in their previous battle on court. Caljouw secured the win with a result of 21-18, 15-21, 21-12. Tomorrow, he will be facing Toma Junior Popov with whom the Dutch player is leading the head-to-head 3-1. Will the French player take the win this time?
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