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Scott Evans wins Irish Badminton Open, Chloe Magee beaten in women's final

Updated: Sunday, 09 Dec 2012 21:43 | Comments

Scott Evans won the Irish Open at Baldoyle Evans beat Lucas Corvee in straight sets But Chloe Magee was out of luck in the women's final
Scott Evans won the Irish Open at Baldoyle Evans beat Lucas Corvee in straight sets But Chloe Magee was out of luck in the women's final

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By Niall O'Flynn

Ireland's top professional badminton player Scott Evans has won his first ever international tournament, the men’s Carlton Irish Open singles title.

The Dubliner made the breakthrough on home turf, in Baldoyle, beating France's Lucas Corvee in straight sets.

It took the Irish Olympian just 37 minutes to see off the French man's challenge, 21-19, 21-18.

However, Olympian Chloe Magee, also the top seed, was beaten in the women's final. 

Denmark's Line Kjaersfeldt saw off the Donegal woman 23-21, 18-21, 21-18 in  a contest that lasted just under an hour. 

"This is something I've been waiting for all my life" - Scott Evans

"This is something I've been waiting for all my life," said Evans afterwards. "This is something I've been thinking about, and talking about, since I was a little kid, 10, 11 years old.

"It's my home tournament, it's something I've wanted my whole life and worked so hard for - that's years and years of hard work. I've also been in seven finals before and lost all seven - so that's not a very good record.

"I've finally won a tournament. It's a big monkey off my back. I've had a lot of hard times in my career so far - and, of course, a lot of good times, and this is by far the best thing that's ever happened in my career. This means way more to me than going to the Olympics."

It was the perfect end to a great week for the Dubliner, who didn't drop a set throughout the tournament.

Currently ranked just inside the world's top 60, Evans had the measure of his young French opponent in all key areas - both attack and defence.

A particular feature of the Irishman's game, however, was a new layer of disguise. "It's something I've been working on in training quite a lot," said Evans.

"I'm trying, at the net, to disguise a bit more. Instead of just playing simple all the time, it's too easy for the players to see what I'm doing.

"I need to make them have that little movement so they're not sure where it's coming. The better the players you play against, the more dangerous they are, so the better quality you need to have in your shots."

He will now return to England to train, then will play for Leinster at the weekend.

"This has been a huge boost, and now I've got past this stage, I'll be looking to go to the next stage. That's what it's all about - waking up each morning, wanting to get better every day," he added.

In the women's final, Magee had her chances, and wasn't helped by a service fault called against her in the latter stages of the final set.

Meanwhile, The Netherlands took all of the doubles' titles on offer.

Samantha Barning and Eefje Muskens won the women's doubles.

Jacco Arends and Jelle Maas won the men's, while the mixed title was taken by Jorrit de Ruiter and Samantha Barning.

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