Awesome Evans marches to final frontier
Irish international badminton player Scott Evans produced his best result in some months when he made it through to the final of the Banuinvest International in Timisoara, Romania.
Evans, the No2 seed, beat Alexander Pang from Canada in the second round and then Germany's Marcel Reuter in the quarter-finals, despite dropping the middle set.
In the semi-finals, the Dubliner came up against Zi Wong from Singapore. Wong was ahead 20-17 in the opener when Evans clawed back three points and then took two more to secure the set.
Equally close was the second set with Wong taking it on the tie-break, this time with the score at 24-22 in his favour. From the start of the deciding third set, Evans had the edge and was leading 11-7 at the mid-point. He held on to his lead to win the set 21-17.
In the final he faced Malaysian Kay Bin Yeoh, who had put out the top seed Stephan Wojcikiewicz from Canada in the other semi- final.
This proved a match too far for Evans and although the first set was closely fought he lost 19-21, 11-21.
He was still happy enough after reaching his first final since the Irish Open of 2008 in Baldoyle.
"I came up short in the final but it has been a good week for me, as it's always good to get a run of matches unbeaten," said the young Dubliner.
"I will now prepare for the Europeans next month, which is one of my big goals this year."
In the women's open singles, Chloe Magee got to the quarter-finals where she went out to Japan's Kuna Ito in two sets. A few weeks earlier, Magee had also lost to Ito in the second round of the Croatian Open.
The men's doubles pair of Sam Magee and Tony Stephenson made it to the quarter-finals, narrowly losing to Scottish pair Bowman and Briggs in a third set that went to 23-21.
At the Irish Interprovincial Championships at Baldoyle, Ulster won six of the seven titles on offer.
On Saturday, Ulster won all three juvenile categories and a day later, added senior, over-40 veterans and over-50 veterans to their haul, beating Leinster in all classes.
Only a narrow victory for Leinster in the junior play-offs prevented the clean sweep.