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Baxter crowned champion in his native Canada
Team England badminton player Carl Baxter enjoyed a winning return to his native Canada over the weekend as he took the Mens Singles title at the Yonex Canadian International Challenge in New Brunswick.
Baxter, who was born in Winnipeg but now resides in Kent, was seeded 4th but upset the odds, beating both of the top 2 seeds en route to claiming the crown at the Moncton Coliseum Complex.
Having ousted 5th seed Stephen Wojcikiewicz, the big Canadian hope, at the Quarter Final stage, Baxter ensure a shot at the title after beating top seed Yuhan Tan from Belgium 21-13, 20-22, 21-19 at the Semi Final stage.
Tan, who at 54th is ranked some 13 places higher than Baxter in the current BWF world rankings, will now be all too familiar with Baxter’s strengths having also lost to his English rival at the Scottish International last month.
And Baxter defied the seedings again in the Final, as he claiming the title with a comprehensive 21-19, 21-13 win over 2ND seed Michael Lahnsteiner, preserving an unbeaten head to head record against the Austrian ranked 55th in the world.
For Baxter the victory that was even more sweeter after being a beaten finalist at the same event in 2009.
To watch Baxter's performance in the Final, click HERE