Estelle Van Leeuwen
21 October, 2023

Lizzie Tolman and Estelle van Leeuwen exited at the quarter-final stages of the Abu Dhabi Masters with defeat to Stine Kuespert and Emma Moszczynski.

The German second seeds edged the first game 21-19 against the Belgian International silver medallists before completing their victory with a more decisive 21-12 win in the second.

The English pair comfortably beat Czech duo Veronika Brozkovcova and Veronika Dobiasova 21-12 21-13 in the round of 16 before coming up short in the last eight.

Van Leeuwen was also in mixed doubles action alongside Callum Hemming, with the pair falling to a hard-fought round of 16 defeat against seventh seeds Reddy B. Sumeeth and Ashwini Ponnappa.

Despite comprehensively taking the first game 21-11, Van Leeuwen and Hemming were reeled in by their Indian opponents who claimed the next two 21-17 21-16 to clinch victory.

Hemming also teamed up with Ethan van Leeuwen in the men’s doubles, where they were defeated in the round of 16 by top seeds Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin.

The English duo eased past home pairing Deepak Padmakumar and Aakash Ravikumar 21-6 21-13 to set up a tough challenge against the number one ranked team.

The Malaysians took the first game 21-10 but Hemming and Van Leeuwen ran them far closer in the second before eventually going down 21-19.

The men’s doubles also saw seventh seeds Rory Easton and Zach Russ exit in the round of 32 after a back-and-forth affair with Ruben Jille and Julien Maio.

After losing the first game 21-12, Easton and Russ then won a marathon second 29-27 before narrowly losing the rubber 21-18.

In the singles, Freya Redfearn was the best performer as she battled through qualifying to reach the quarter finals.

Redfearn fought back from a game down against Eleni Christodoulou to reach the main draw, before getting past Hristomira Popovska and Mansi Singh to reach the last eight.

The 22-year-old eventually bowed out to India’s Unnati Hooda 21-9 21-15 to end an impressive run in Abu Dhabi.

The men’s singles saw round of 64 defeats for Harry Huang and Heng Lin Ngan.

Huang was edged 21-17 22-20 to Collins Valentine Filimon while S. Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian got the better of Ngan 21-15 22-20.

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