Photo credit: Jacob Christensen
Spain Masters kicked off in Barcelona at noon today local time. The qualification found its winners who are ready for the main round tomorrow, and first round of mixed double was concluded in the evening.
Four players in the men’s single qualification found their superior scoring an average of just 10 points in their matches. Not a nice start of the week, but fair enough to lose to a better player. Life goes on.
In the afternoon it was settled who was qualified for the main round in Barcelona tomorrow as the four qualification finals were over. Spain’s Alvaro Vazquez defeated compatriot Alex Alcala Dominguez and Hannes Gerberich from Germany to advance to the main round. Karan Rajan Rajarajan from India was close to not living up to his seeding in the qualification but just nailed it with 21-18 21-19 against Irish Joshua Magee. Before that the Indian had eliminated Kari Gunnarsson from Iceland.
There was one all-Japanese qualification final with Kodai Naraoka, seeded 4 in the qualification, and Riichi Takeshita. The two got value for money in a match that lasted 76 minutes but the seeded Naraoka didn’t deliver as expected as he lost the match in three games. Finally Denmark’s Rasmus Messerschmidt concluded the men’s single qualifiers as he won the last qualification final against Spanish Manuel Vazquez.
This gives us the full program for 16 men’s singles in the main round tomorrow, which you can see here.
Free ride for Dutch girl
Debora Jille from the Netherlands may have been the luckiest player of the day. First she was promoted from the reserves list to the qualification and then her opponent, Michelle Skødstrup from Denmark, was promoted to the main draw. This allows the Dutch girl a free entry into the main round of Spain Masters.
An exceptionally fast match decided another of the qualifications to the main round. French Marion Le Turdu won in three games against Chang Ya Lan from Chinese Taipei in just 24 minutes. American Isabel Zhong lost to Ronja Stern from Switzerland but USA got a little revenge against Europe as Lauren Lam defeated Czech Zuzana Pavelkova. That gives us the full picture of the mail draw of women’s single, which you can see right here.
First round of mixed double is concluded
First round of mixed doubles was played this afternoon and already in the first match we saw a little surprise when Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Alexandra Bøje from Denmark were eliminated against the world no. 200. The Danes who sit on the 68th spot themselves lost in 69 minutes against Malaysians Pang Ron Hoo and Cheah Yee See.
Another of Denmark’s mixed doubles also just got one match in Barcelona as Mathias Bay-Smidt and Rikke Søby also lost in three games against a pair from Malaysia. Chen Tang Jie and Yen Wei Peck won 21-12 12-21 21-12 against the Danish duo. The remaining four Danish pairs did however win their matches today – one of them on walkover – which makes Denmark the country with most mixed double pairs left in the tournament. Malaysia is second in that ranking with three pairs.
Spain’s two mixed double pairs didn’t have a very successful day as both pairs crashed out with quite big defeats. Bernat Amaya and Lara Lucas lost with two times 5 against Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore from England, while Alberto Zapico and Lorena Usle scored a few more points as they lost 6-21 16-21 against Japanese Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara.
Tomorrow there will be a full program in all categories but mixed double, which has a day off to go and explore the beautiful city of Barcelona (or to go and practice, maybe). In the meantime you see the full program for tomorrow here.