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Welsh ladies' badminton off to a bad start at Basel

Sarah Thomas. Image: Welsh Badminton

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IT WAS a nervy start for the Welsh ladies’ badminton team as they succumbed 5-0 to Ukraine in their opening tie at the European Championships in Basel.

In the opening match on Tuesday, February 11, Cardiffian Carissa Turner pushed her opponent Marija Ulitina, 84 places above her in the world rankings, close but failed to convert a match point in the second game. She had won the first 21-18, but after the tight second her opponent went on to win the final game 21-16.

Aimee Moran and Jordan Hart fell to defeats against Natalya Voyteskh and Yuliya Kazarinova respectively. In the doubles, Vikki Jones and Aimee Moran lost 21-19, 21-12 before the Cardiff pair of Sarah Thomas and Carissa Turner lost 21-13, 21-15.

The ladies are due to face familiar foes England at 10am (UK time) on Wednesday, Feb 12, before taking on Finland later in the day. Their last group stage encounter is versus Estonia on Thursda, Feb 13 at 2pm

The men’s team lost their first encounter with Austria 4-1.

You can keep up to date with the Welsh teams’ progress via this link.