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Nicole Schaller of Switzerland
Finalists were found in Cardiff
Date: 12/3/2011 7:05 PM
Published by : Manuel Røsler

As the end of the tournament draws near, the 3rd day of play was filled with top quality badminton from some of Europe’s finest. Welsh Ladies Singles hopeful 7th seed Sarah Thomas took on top seed Ragna Ingolfsdottir of Iceland. A tough opponent for the Welsh number 1, and proving a little too much, the top seed moved one step closer to the title taking 28 minutes to get the 21-12, 21-14 win over Thomas. 

Welsh Men’s Doubles Martyn Lewis and Matthew Hughes got through their Quarter Final match to set up a Semi-Final tie against number 1* Martin Campbell & Angus Gilmour of Scotland.  After taking out fellow Welsh Men Phillips & Strange the Welsh pair were looking to take revenge on the Scotsmen and move one step closer to regaining the Doubles title they won back in 2006. However, a 2011 title was not meant to be and the Welsh men went out in a well fought three games match 11-21, 21-15, 21-16. 

In the men's singles the Welsh spectators will see an all-Asian final between top seed Niluka Kurunaratne and Malaysia's Chong Chieh Lok. Iceland's Ragna Ingolfsdottir will take on surprising finalist Nicole Schaller(pictured) of Switzerland. The latter is just 17 years old and is considered to be one of the biggest talents in Switzerland.

With all Welsh players out of the tournament what countries will be taking the titles home with them? 

Play begins at 10am starting with the mixed doubles.

Order of Play

XD - Peter Briggs (ENG) & Hui Ern Ng (MAS) vs. Martin Campbell (SCO) & Hui Lin Ng (MAS)
MS – 1*Niluka Kurunartne (SRI) vs. 4*Chong Chieh Lok (MAS)
WS – 1*Ragna Ingolfsdottir (ISL) vs. 4* Nicole Schaller (SUI)
WD – Hui Ern NG & Hui Lin Ng (MAS) vs. 2*Alexandra Langley & Lauren Smith (ENG)
MD – 1*Martin Campbell & Angus Gilmour (SCO) vs. 2*Christopher Coles & Matthew Nottingham (ENG)

Keep up to date with the latest scores and live scoring on www.tournamentsoftware.com.

Click here to see the previous champions of the tournament which is been held since 1928
For the current Badminton Europe rankings click here

Press release by Kelly Morgan (with additional information by BE)
Photo by Sven Heise

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