Nguyen looks to back up Belgian performance
The circuit moves to Bierun this week for the annual Polish International. Fresh off his run to the semi final in Belgium last week Irish youngster Nhat Nguyen will be keen to continue his development on the senior circuit and continue from where he left off in Leuven.
The 17-year-old European U17 champion will travel to Poland as one of the European hopes in the men’s singles draw. In a draw that is top heavy with talent Nguyen finds himself in the same half as top seeded Malaysian Iskandar Zulkarnain and to add to the task Nguyen has a first round tie against Indian Harsheel Dani, the player he beat in the quarter final in Belgium just a few days ago.
Certainly a big task for the young Irish talent after his exploits last week but one that is well within his capabilities. It’s the Asians who are sure to be feeling just a little anxious after getting a taste of Nguyen’s quality in Belgium and the Irish rising star will have learned a lot from his run to the semi final.
Germany’s Kai Schaefer will fancy his chances coming through the bottom half of the draw with a potential semi final match versus 2016 Scottish Open runner up Joo Ven Soong on the cards.
In the women’s singles draw Jordan Hart from Wales will be worth watching after glimpse of good form in Belgium last week. The Welsh number 1 lost in the opening round in Leuven but the manner of her close three set battle with Julie Dawall Jakobsen suggests that Hart may be one to keep an eye on this week in Poland.
Cwalina and Bochat lead the home challenge
As is tradition Poland will be strongest across the doubles events. Adam Cwalina and Milosz Bochat (pictured above) will be the hot favourites to land their home title as top seeds in the men’s doubles. Germen’s Benz and Heinz will be looking to stop the Poles on their home patch while junior pair Reynolds and Nguyen will fancy their chances coming in under the radar in the top half of the draw.
The Poles will also look to European junior bronze medallists Pawel Smilowski and Magdalena Swierczynska to make the step up in senior ranks in the mixed doubles. The Poles will play a qualifier in their opening round before a potential second round against top seeds Bitman and Basova. The Czech top seeds showed signs of a return to form in Belgium last week and on balance will be favourites to land the title.
The action kicks off on Thursday and to view all draws for the Victor Polish International 2017 click HERE
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Article and archive images by Mark Phelan for Badminton Europe