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Drama as Young Kiwi Dislocates Knee

18 September 2014

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It was a dramatic opening at the Fernbaby Auckland International at the Gillies Ave Badminton Hall tonight, with young New Zealand prospect Nicco Tagle bowing out of the tournament in the worst possible way.

With his opening round game against Australian Simon Leung level at one game apiece, 17 year old Tagle fell in a heap at the back of the court early in the third with a knee dislocation. It is a terrible blow for the youngster as he is not only out of all three disciplines at the Fernbaby International but will now be awaiting further medical reports as to a possible timeline for his recovery. And with the World Junior Championships looming large in South America next year, fingers will be crossed that the prognosis is a good one for the Harbour player.

It was otherwise not a good opening session for the New Zealanders, with Luke Charlesworth the first to fully test the new scoring system in losing 7-11 in the fifth game of his clash with Tang Jie Chen (MAS).

Five Kiwis did make their way safely into round two men’s singles action in the early going, with Kent Palmer, Abhinav Manota, Callum Harfield and Daxxon Vong safely winning first round matches. Vong is the partner of Tagle in the men’s doubles so will now be all the more focused on a good run in the singles competition.

Play continues at Gillies Ave from 10am on Friday, with quarter and semi-finals on Saturday and finals on Sunday from 11am.

Fernbaby Auckland International 2014
Men Singles Round 1
Tang Jie Chen [MAS] def Luke Charlesworth [NZ] 11-6, 11-10, 7-11, 7-11, 11-7
Ching Weng Chua [MAS] def Xiao Yang [NZ] 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-3
Dylan Henton [NZ] def Simon Ly [AUS] 11-6, 11-10, 8-11, 11-8
Wei Chi Liou [TPE] def William Chen [NZ] 11-3, 11-8, 11-0
Vi Hen Tan [MAS] def Brock Matheson [NZ] 11-3, 11-6, 11-1
En Chia Chang [TPE] def Jonathan Curtin [NZ] 11-4, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7
Ming Hui Lew [MAS] def Chee Foong Lim [NZ] 11-5, 11-3, 11-5
Kent Palmer [NZ] def Metuisela Talakai Vainikolo [TGA] 11-3, 11-1, 11-4
Kaizar Bobby Alexander [INA] def Chet Vin Wong [MAS] 10-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6
Yu-Hua Lai [TPE] def Evan Lee [NZ] 11-9, 11-5, 11-6
James Eunson [AUS] def Glen Lefoll [PYF] 11-7, 11-1, 11-3
Anthony Joe [AUS] def Thomas Ellis [NZ] 11-5, 11-7, 11-10
Michael Fariman [AUS] def Kerwyn Lee [NZ] 7-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-6
Abhinav Manota [NZ] def Daniel Guda [AUS] 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
Jia Huo Chen [MAS] def Dylan Soedjasa [NZ] 11-9, 2-11, 11-6, 11-5
Ahmadi Saman [MAS] def Benjamin Hillier [NZ] 11-8, 11-6, 11-7
Toby Wong [AUS] def Tony Fang [NZ] 11-1, 10-11, 11-7, 11-4
Callum Harfield [NZ] def Sione Vikilani Vainikolo [TGA] 11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Daxxon Vong [NZ] def Kyliam Scilloux [PYF] 11-6, 11-7, 11-7
Jien Sern Ian Wong [MAS] def Kai Yi Lim [NZ] 11-5, 11-6, 11-3
Simon Wing Hang Leung [AUS] def Niccolo Tagle [NZ] 10-11, 11-10, 3-0 (Retired)
Ikmal Hussain Jaafar [MAS] def Valens Sulaiman [NZ] 11-7, 11-5, 11-5
Women Singles Round 1
Alyse Derby [NZ] def Aurelie Boutin [PYF] 11-2, 11-3, 11-5
Jennifer Tam [AUS] def Rebecca Goddard [NZ] 9-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7
Ting Yu Liang [TPE] def Soomi Lina Lee [NZ] 11-3, 11-2, 11-5
Men Singles Round 2
Chia Hung Lu [TPE] def Maoni Hu He [NZ] 11-8, 11-10, 11-5
Tang Jie Chen [MAS] def Ching Weng Chua [MAS] 11-4, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6

For all results from day one, CLICK HERE

Fern Baby Auckland International
September 18-21
Gillies Ave Badminton Hall, Auckland
Play starts at Gillies Ave on Thursday 18th at 4pm and then again Friday at 10am
Quarter-finals Saturday 10am, semi-finals Sat 5pm,
Finals – Sunday 11am

For more on the tournament and Badminton New Zealand, CLICK HERE

For more in tournament sponsor Fernbaby, CLICK HERE


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