BadmintonPhoto: Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden at All England, 2017.
Briggs & Wolfenden take first Grand Prix title
Date: 7/17/2017 3:49 PM
Published by : Emma Lollike
In the last final of the Yonex Canada Open, Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden from England could celebrate their first ever Grand Prix-title.

The English men’s double defeated Kim Won Ho & Seung Jae Seo from Korea in three breath-taking sets; 22-20, 16-21, 21-19.

In the beginning of the men’s doubles final, Briggs & Wolfenden took the lead and kept a distance and which gets them first to 11. But following, the two pairs take turns to be in the lead. After surviving a Korean set point at 19-20, Briggs & Wolfenden walks off court with the first set; 22-20.

The second set started out as close as the first, but then the Koreans started take the lead; 9-11. And after that, Briggs and Wolfenden never seemed to be able to come back in that set.

The beginning of the third set, started out as a sad sequel of the second. But at 3-6 something shifted for the English and they found their way back into the game. All of sudden, they were in the lead, went from 6-6 to 11-6, and managed to keep their distance all the way to 21.

It was a true fight that was put on at Markin MacPhail Centre, which ended up being very characteristic for the two Englishmen, as they only played three-set matches throughout the tournament.
See the full results from Yonex Canada Open by clicking here.

Gilmour edged out in Canada final
Kirsty Gilmour had to settle for second best at the Yonex Canada Open after losing a close women's singles final with Japan's Saena Kawakami. The Scotland star went down 19-21 21-19 21-18 in a 69-minute contest.

Gilmour took the first game thanks to a five-point burst when trailing 15-14 but Kawakami levelled the match despite Gilmour closing to within a point at 20-19 after another five-point charge.

In the decider. it was Kawakami's turn to produce a fightback. Trailing 13-11 she reeled off five points in a row to set up a winning platform.

Gilmour said: "Today was a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, I'm delighted to have found some form and momentum but on the other hand I came so close to taking the title. 

"Kawakami played really well and changed her tactics at just the right time. I also adjusted mine but it came down to a few key points and today she just had the edge."

Gilmour and many other European players now head for the Yonex US Open in Anaheim in what will be their  final event before the TOTAL BWF World Championships 2017 at Glasgow's Emirates Arena from August 21-27. 

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