The 2019 European Games will be held in Minsk, Belarus from 21-30 June 2019 and features 15 different sports – badminton being one of these. The badminton tournament is played from 24-30 June in the Minsk Falcon Club.
New opportunities in the men’s singles
In the men’s singles, we will experience a lot of quality players. Unfortunately, Viktor Axelsen had to leave the tournament due to his asthma. I’m really frustrated with the situation. I had been looking forward to going, and there were also very important points at stake in Minsk in relation to the Olympic qualification. But I’m still not near being able to train, let alone compete at a reasonable level, and so I have to stay home, Viktor Axelsen says. Alexander Roovers has been drawn into the first group at the European Games 2019. Competing in the Men’s Singles, he should have been facing the number one seed, Viktor Axelsen, in the group stage. With Axelsen not being able to compete in Minsk, Roovers has now the chance to advance in the biggest multi-sports event in Europe. His group consists of only three players now, with the first two spots to reach the knock-out stage.
Qualifying for the European Games 2019 as world-ranked number 85, Roovers will be representing Germany in the Men’s Singles. I felt relieved when I got the information that I will be going to Minsk. Being allowed to play at the European Games is a privilege. I am looking forward to it, Roovers said.
However, we will experience, among others, Anders Antonsen from Denmark. There are also Leverdez from France, Caljouw from the Netherlands and Zilberman from Israel who ranked the highest in the world ranking.
Excitement in the women’s singles
With Carolina Marin not being able to participate, Beatriz Corrales is Spain’s hope for a medal in the Women’s Singles. Since 2006, Beatriz Corrales is a member of the Spanish national team. Representing her country, the 26-year old has already competed at international tournaments all around the world. In 2018, she has won a silver medal at the Mediterranean Games; her first multi-sports event. Seeded number six, Corrales has qualified for this year’s Women’s Singles competition at the European Games. If she reaches one of the first two spots in her group, she will be playing in the knock-out stage of the Continental Championship in Belarus.
At the top, we will also experience Line Kjaersfeldt and Mia Blichfeldt from Denmark. It will be exciting to see how the matches will go.
Rising stars in the women’s doubles
Emma Karlsson and Johanna Magnusson will be participating in their first multi-sports event in their careers, when the badminton competition will be taking place at the European Games from 24-30 June. It means a lot to participate in the European Games. It is always an honour to represent Sweden, Emma Karlsson said.
As the badminton competition will be taking place in the Falcon Club, the Swedes will be looking to enjoy their first multi-sports experience. I hope for a good atmosphere because there are so many different sports. There might be the time to check out other sports as well, Karlsson said. After winning the European Junior Championships in 2017, the young Swedes are one of the rising badminton stars in Europe. Being drawn in Group B in the Women’s Doubles, the pair is not only able to show their talent in Minsk. They are also able to collect valuable world ranking points for the 2020 Olympics.
We will also get to experience world number 8 the Stoeva sisters. Gabriela and Stefani will be looking to regain that match sharpness as head into the European Games in which they won the Women’s Doubles title back in 2015. Despite the lack of match action, the Stoeva Sisters are still the top seeds in this tournament.
Big battles in the mixed doubles
The top pairs are mostly dominated by Great Britain, while Germany, France, and Denmark also have a chance to compete for the medals!
The two top seeds for the Mixed Doubles category who are both from Great Britain and are both in fact inside the top ten of the World Rankings.
Chris/Gabrielle Adcock and Marcus Ellis/Lauren Smith will be competing against each other to fight for the top medals in Minsk at the European Games.
The two pairs went head to head at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the final, which the Adcocks managed to take the Gold medal.
For Ellis/Smith though, they will surely feel like they have got a point to prove as they have the chance for possible revenge against their country competitors next week.
Thom Gicquel/Delphine Delrue will surely fancy their chances of a medal at this year’s European Games event in Minsk.
The French pair will be fresh from winning the Azerbaijan International against Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich and have no reason not to have their tails up for this one.
The two are seeded number four at the Games but are in a tough group, competing against Russia’s Evgenji Dremin/Evgenia Dimova as well as the Irish siblings, Sam/Chloe Magee.
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