Spanish dominance in Lithuania
On 4-6 of September Vilnius (Delfi Sports Center) hosted BWF Junior International Series tournament — RSL Lithuanian Junior 2020. Participants from Czech Republic, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Spain and Switzerland competed in the tournament.
For many competitors it was the first international tournament since lockdown, but from the first matches it was clear that junior players were back in shape and showed no signs of fatigue during event.
Need to stress extremely high level of competition in the RSL Lithuanian Junior 2020 as BEC Junior Circuit Ranking leaders Joakim Oldorff (MS) and Ania Setien (WS/WD) were on court as many other BEC Junior Circuit top ranked players ranked were present – MD#2 & MS#6 Gabriel Fernandez, MD#4 & MS#8 Jacobo Fernandez, WS#2 Dounia Pelupessy, WD#2 & WS#4 Lucia Rodriguez, MD#7 Alejandro De Pablo, WD#7 & XD#8 Candela Arcos.
— Watching and playing with rising European and World stars is unique experience for smaller countries and Organizer (Capital Badminton Club) is extremely thankful for those countries who send their players to the tournament and players in personal for showing top level performance, unique respect to the competition, opponents and bringing best badminton culture to Lithuania, Ramunas Kavaliauskas says.
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In the finals of the Lithuanian Junior finals, there were a Spanish dominance with seven out of 10 spots and three gold medals. Below the results of the finals are listed.
Alejandro De Pablo/Gabriel Fernandez (ESP) vs Javier Alava/Jacobo Fernandez (ESP) – 21/18 21/18
Pelayo Pinto/Candela Arcos (ESP) vs Lorrain Joliat/Caroline Racloz (SUI) – 21/15 21/17
Joakim Oldorff (FIN) vs Gabriel Fernandez (ESP) – 21/5 21/5
Katharina Fink/Yasmine Hamza (ITA) vs Lucia Rodriguez/Ania Setien (ESP) – 21/19 21/14
Ania Setien (ESP) vs Lucia Rodriguez (ESP) – 21/18 21/16
Competitors were really happy and felt secure with excellent tournament and Covid-19 management by organizers and promised to come back to Vilnius and tournaments organized here. The next tournament in Vilnuis will already be held 23-25 of October 2020 when the Lithuanian U17 International 2020 is taking place.