Return of Roth
Date: 9/14/2016 6:23 PM
Published by : Mark Phelan
Germany’s Fabian Roth returned to the international circuit today after a frustrating year out due to injury. The German European junior champion from 2013 had been pushed back into qualification but showed distinct signs that his injury woes are firmly behind him now after storming into tomorrow’s main draw. 

Roth (main picture) did not have the easiest draw in qualification with an opening match against emerging Belgian junior Julian Carraggi followed by a tough second round encounter against Rasmus Messerschmidt of Denmark.

The German came through both comfortably in two games before another classy performance against Malaysia’s Jun Hao Leong saw Roth book his place in the main draw proper where he will now play Toby Penty of England. 

Marijn Put ended up the only home singles player to advance to the main draw. After the retirement of Yuhan Tan Put will shoulder the men’s singles responsibilities for Belgium this week in Leuven.

Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke displayed some of the form that had him touted in the same category as Anders Andersen just a few short years ago while the standout performance in the men’s singles qualification came from Felix Burestedt. The Swede blasted past all before him and will be a handful for young Brazilan Ygor De Oliveira in tomorrow’s main draw. 

There was some doubles success for the home nation qualifying two pairs out of the mixed doubles qualification process. Stijn Lenaerts and Tina Van Buyten were asked to play just one match after some withdrawals and main draw promotions, The Belgians literally getting the luck of the draw to book their spot tomorrow. 

Elias Bracke and Lise Jaques also made the main draw for the hosts while the most impressive mixed doubles qualification performance came from Dutch pair Russell Muns and Debora Jille. Jille also teamed up with Imke Van Der Aar to make it through the singles women’s doubles qualification match, the Dutch pair will count their blessings tonight as they slip into the main draw and get an automatic bye in the first round. 

Katia Normand of France was an easy qualifier in the women’s singles with Dane Iben Bergstein equally impressive on her return to the circuit after a lengthy absence. 

For all results from qualification day at Belgian International click HERE

Article and image by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe

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