Close matches highlight senior badminton championships

Journal Pioneer staff
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SLEMON PARK – New champions were crowned in several of the events at the Badminton P.E.I. and Status Solutions provincial senior championships here at the Canada Games Sports Centre recently.

In men's singles, there was a tight race to the gold-medal match, starting with the quarter-finals that featured tremendous rallies. Mark Brown defeated Joel Arsenault 21-10, 21-18, and Luke MacKinnon beat Travis Lacey 21-14, 21-16. In the other half of the draw, Greg McGuire defeated Alex Cyr 21-18, 21-9, and Andrew Woodside defeated No. 2 seed Andrew Brown 21-18, 21-14.  

In the semifinals, Mark Brown continued his winning ways with a 21-12, 21-17 victory over MacKinnon, and McGuire beat Woodside 21-14, 21-19 to set up the final. Brown took the singles title 21-12, 21-17.  

Of the seven players in the consolation round, Cliff Lin won a tough final over Sam Pan 18-21, 21-15, 21-18.

Women’s singles

Women’s singles featured very balanced and competitive play, with six of the 10 best-of-three matches going the distance.

Nathalie Lefrancois had a tough opening match against Kristyn Visser 20-22, 21-16, 21-12, and Karen Gallant came out on top over Jenna MacKinnon 20-22, 21-12, 21-8.  

Lefrancois defeated Gallant 21-14, 21-19 in the semifinals.

In the other half of the draw, Sugar He advanced over Olivia Adams 10-21, 21-18, 21-17, and Pauline Hamlin defeated Adele Arsenault 21-17, 21-18.

Hamlin then beat He 21-17, 21-19 in the semifinals, and Lefrancois won the final 21-11, 21-15.

Olivia Adams claimed the consolation title over Visser in a tough elimination that required three sets. Scores were 13-21, 21-18, 21-18.

Men’s doubles

Eight teams competed in men’s doubles.

Mark and Andrew Brown defeated the young team of Alex Cyr and Joel Arsenault from the Evangeline area 21-15, 21-17 to advance to the final of the eight-team competition.  

In the other semifinal, McGuire and MacKinnon won a close battle with Woodside and Lacey 21-18, 14-21, 21-16.

The final was a thrilling match that featured great endurance and smashing from both sides, with the Browns coming out on top 18-21, 21-17, 21-18.

In consolation action, Pan and Yu Chen were the eventual winners, defeating Mike Hall and Al Dillon 21-15, 21-12.

Women’s doubles

Four women’s doubles teams participated in a round-robin format in which Hamlin and  Gallant emerged as winners. Second place went to Lefrancois and MacKinnon, and Adele Arsenault and Visser were third.  

Mixed doubles

Seven teams competed in mixed doubles.

In the semifinals, McGuire and Visser defeated the No. 1-seeded Mark Brown and Gallant 21-17, 21-15.

On the other side of the draw, MacKinnon and MacKinnon beat Andrew Brown and Gallant 21-19, 21-14 to move onto the final, where, once again, it was a close battle.  McGuire and Visser emerged as the eventual winners 21-17, 17-21, 21-15.  

In the consolation event, Mark Brown and Gallant took a close decision from the duo of Woodside and Dawna Woodside 19-21, 21-13, 21-14.

Organizations: Browns

Geographic location: Evangeline

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