The Irish Open 2022 sponsored by AIG and FZ Forza is a BWF international challenger tournament. The finals were dominated by players from Denmark (4 finals) and Japan (3 finals). Only 3 of the 10 finalists were seeded.
Here follows a quick summary of the Irish Open 2022 BWF International Challenge badminton tournament.
Top seed Mia Blichfeldt didn’t make the final in WS
Seeded number 1, Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark) made it to the semifinals where she was defeated in three sets by 6th seed Riko Gunji of Japan. Second seed Yvonne Li of Germany was ousted by Natsuki Nidaira of Japan.
The ladies’ singles final was a showdown between Riko Gunji and Natsuki NIDAIRA two Japanese women’s singles players.
The winner in women’s singles at the Irish Open 2022 was Riko Gunji. She beat her compatriot in straights sets (21-13, 21-11)
Local hopeful Nhat Nguyen lost a memorable match in MS
Second seed Nhat Nguyen of Ireland was defeated by Su Li Yang of Chinese Taipei in the first round. The two played what was perhaps the most memorable match of the tournament. (Watch it here on Badmintoneurope.tv). Su Li Yang would go on to lose Viktor Svendsen (Denmark) in the 3rd round.
The first seed, H.K.Vittinghus (Denmark), canceled his participation. Fourth seed Mads Christophersen (Denmark) lost to Yeoh Seng Zoe in the second round. Third seed Brice Leverdez (France) lost to Ditlev Jaeger Holm (Denmark).
The final was played between Magnus Johannesen (Denmark) and rising star Lin Chun-Yi from Chinese Taipei.
The Irish Open 2022 winner in men’s singles was Magnus Johannesen of Denmark in straight sets (21-14, 21-17)
Mixed-doubles surprise at Irish Open
German top seed Lamsfuss / Lohau pulled out. A Danish mixed-doubles pair Andreas Søndergaard and Iben Bergstein were promoted from qualifiers. Lo and behold, they made it all the way to the final without loss of sets (games). None of the other top seeds managed to defend their position. The second seed Mikkelsen/Søby (Denmark) was defeated by Mairs/Moore (England) and the third seed Jansen/Efler (Germany) was ousted by Danish pair Thyrri/Magelund.
The final was played between Andreas Søndergaard / Iben Bergstein (Denmark) against England’s YouTube influencer lovebirds Gregory Mairs / Jenny Moore (famous for their Badminton Insight channel on YouTube).
The final was won by Gregory Mairs / Jenny Moore in straight sets (21-13, 21-16). Congratulations to the symphatic mixed-doubles pair from England.
Men’s double trouble in Dublin concluded with a noisy final
The number 1 seed Lamsfuss/Seidel (Germany) did not compete. Second seed Lane/Vendy (England) lost in the first round. Third seed Corvee/Labar (France) were ousted by Danish pair Søndergaard/Toft. Finally, the talented Grimley twins of Scotland – seeded 4 – having ousted two pairs from Denmark in the first and second rounds, lost in the third round to Lin/Su of Chinese Taipei.
So none of the top-seeded double pairs made it to the final.
The final was a matter between the Japanese pair Endo/Takei and Frederik Søgaard/Rasmus Kjær from Denmark. The latter is a relatively new constellation on a quest to improve their BWF ranking.
The winner of the Irish Open men’s doubles was Endo/Takei. They won the final in straight sets.
Women’s double – two top 100 pairs made it to the final
Another cancellation from a German pair. In women’s doubles, the number 1 seed Lohau/Efler withdrew. The second seed, the French hopefuls Tran/Lambert, were on the losing side in the third round. They were overpowered by Chinese Taipei’s Chang/Yang.
The recent winners of the Czech Open 2022, Denmark’s 3rd seed Christine Busch and Amalie Schultz strolled through the first rounds winning every match comfortably in straight games. The same can be said for their opponent in the final. Chang/Yang also won all matches without conceiving a game. So all is set for a reasonably exciting final between Denmark’s number 49 and Taipei’s number 77 on the BWF ranking list.
The winner of the Irish Open 2022 women’s double was Chang Ching Hui/Yan Ching Tun. They overpowered the pair from Denmark in three games – 19-21/21-12/21-19.
Great international challenge tournament in Dublin
Our player sources tell us that the tournament was well organized. All matches – including the qualification rounds – were streamed live on Badmintoneurope.tv