Adam Mendrek wins dramatic final
Lithuanian number one and home crowd favourite Kestutis Navickas played a dramatic final against youngster Adam Mendrek of the Czech Republic in Staurday’s 2015 Yonex Lithuanian International. Mendrek won in a three-game match 20-22, 21-6, 18-21.
Lithuania’s favorite women’s singles shuttler in the tournament, Akvile Stapusaityte stumbled in the semi-finals. Yvonne Li, Best BEC Young Player Of The Year 2014, of Germany beat Alesia Zaitsava of Belarus in two games 21-14, 21-14. It was the maiden title for the 17-year-old German.
The presence of a Lithuanian men’s doubles pair in the finals were a pleasant surprise for the home audience. In the semi-finals, Povilas Bartusis and Alan Plavin won over Mateusz Biernacki and Krzysztof Jakowczuk of Poland (21-11, 21-11). The Poles entered the main tournament through qualification and in the second round they eliminated the number two seeds Daren Adamson and Scott Sankey from England (21-19, 13-21, 22-20). The men’s doubles title went to Milosz Bochat and Pawel Pietryja of Poland, who won the finals match against the young Lithuanian players 21-17, 21-13.
French duo of Marie Batomene and Teshana Vignes Waran beat Luise Heim and Yvonne Li of Germany 21-11, 21-7 to take home the women’s doubles title.
Søren Toft Hansen from Denmark together with Teshana Vignes Waran from France won the mixed doubles final against Andrey Porokhodin and Anastasia Chervyakova of Russia in two games 21-14, 21-17.
Yonex Lithuanian International finals results:
MS: Adam Mendrek (CZE) — Kestutis Navickas (LTU) 22-20, 6-21, 21-18
WS: Yvonne Li (GER) — Alesia Zaitsava (BLR) 21-14, 21-14.
MD: Biernacki/Jakowczuk (POL) – Bartusis/Plavin (LTU) 21-17, 21-13
WD: Batomene/Vignes Waran (FRA) — Heim/Li (GER) 21-11, 21-7
XD: Toft Hansen (DEN)/Vignes Waran (FRA) — Parokhodin/Chervyakova (RUS) 21-14, 21-17
All results of the Yonex Lithuania International 2015.
During the tournament there was a live video stream of the selected matches. The games are available on the YouTube channel of the Lithuanian Badminton Federation.
Photos by Alius Koroliovas.