Badminton P.E.I. kickoff tournament provides Triple Crown for Brown

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CHARLOTTETOWN – Mark Brown had a memorable event at the recent Badminton P.E.I. kickoff tournament here at Birchwood Junior High School.

Brown won all three events he entered – men’s singles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Nathalie Lefrancois won women’s singles while Karen Gallant/Pauline Hamlin were the top women’s doubles team. Brown teamed with his brother, Andrew Brown, in doubles and Gallant in mixed doubles.

Men’s singles

A large field of 18 players, including many newcomers to the senior tournament circuit, competed in men’s singles.

Brown easily advanced to the semifinals, where he defeated Travis Lacey 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).

On the other half of the draw, Aaron Baglole advanced to the semifinals after beating a determined Nick Arsenault 2-1 (21-12, 2-21, 21-19). Baglole then lost to Brown 2-1 (21-18, 18,21, 21-15) in the other semifinal.

In the brother-vs.-brother final, Mark came out on top 2-1 in a match that featured many long rallies. Scores were 21-13, 28-30, 21-19.

James Tweel emerged as the winner of the consolation event, defeating David Pan 2-0 (21-19, 21-18).

Women’s singles

Six competitors took part in women’s singles.

The semifinals featured Lefrancois defeating Yun Congzhu 2-0 (21-9, 21-10), and Gallant winning 2-0 (21-15, 21-9) over Melissa Arsenault.  

Lefrancois defeated Gallant in the final 2-0 (21-18, 21-13).

Olivia Adams won the consolation title in a round-robin format.

Men’s doubles

In men's doubles action, 12 teams were in contention for the title.

After the opening two rounds, Mark Brown/Andrew Brown ended up facing Greg Arsenault/Nick Arsenault in the semifinals. The Brown brothers advanced by winning 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).

In the other semifinal, Neil Moore/James Richardson had their hands full, defeating Travis Lacey/Baglole 2-1 (11-21, 21-11, 21-18) to reach the final.

The Browns jumped out to an early lead in the first set of the final, and held on to win in two games (21-12, 24-22).

Sam Pan/Yu Chen won 2-0 over Sawyer Gauthier/Benoit Sampson to claim the consolation event. Scores were 21-9, 21-12.

Women’s doubles

In women’s team play, the duo of Gallant/Hamlin went 3-0 (won-lost) in round-robin action to emerge victorious. Their closest match was against the second-place finishers, Lefrancois/Lynne Fraser, which ended 2-1 (21-12, 17-21, 21-14). Melissa Arsenault/Beth Muggah finished third.

Mixed play

There were seven teams entered in mixed play.

Paul Marchbank/Hamlin defeated a persistent team of Lacey/Beth Muggah 2-1 (21-17, 12-21, 21-17) to earn their place in the final. Mark Brown/Gallant beat the challenging pair of Andrew Brown/Lynne 2-1 (21-14, 16-21, 21-16) in the other semifinal.

The pair of Brown/Gallant defeated Marchbank/Hamlin 2-0 (21-14, 21-13) to claim the mixed title.

Nick Arsenault/Samantha Arsenault came from behind to defeat Chen/Congzhu 2-1 (15-21, 21-15, 21-17) to capture the consolation.

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