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March 1, 2023 

In February, youngsters from around England booked their places for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships.  

Here is our look back at the best domestic action over the past month. 

YONEX All England Open friendly match selection event (26 February) 

Eight U-11 players have been selected to play on the hallowed Centre Court on the final day of the YONEX All England Open against a school team from Japan. 

The selection event took place last weekend at Walthamstow Hall Senior School with the top five ranked boys and girls in singles and doubles invited to attend. 

After a well-contest event, the players selected for the boys’ team are Arjun Bhattiprolu, Etienne Fan, Junchen Lin, Gerry Ou.


The girls’ team comprises Michelle Chen, Nok Yi Chui, Jennifer Ha and Mutiara Mandala, while Olaf Kwiecien has been selected as the boys’ reserve player with Veronika Kodagi acting as the girls’ reserve. 

Nottinghamshire Senior Gold (11-12 February) 

Top seed Tashvi Parab came out on top in the women’s singles in Nottinghamshire, needing final-game deciders in both the semi-final and final. 

Parab fought back from a game down against Jingchen Lu in the last four, going on to win 17-21 27-25 21-18. 

In the final, Parab had to withstand a comeback from second seed Jessica Allen to claim the title 21-17 19-21 21-15. 

Feng Hong took home the men’s singles titles as he defeated second seed Jamie Pearcy 21-13 21-12 in the final as Koon Fung Kelvin Ho and Pak Yu Ng also won the men’s doubles title in straight games. 

They defeated Paak Shing Chang and Paak Yee Osmond Chong 21-11 21-13, while Anne Hubscher and Magda-Sabrina Lozniceriu won the women’s doubles final 21-11 21-14 against Jingchen Lu and Zi Yang. 

The mixed doubles final was a similarly simple affair as Barney Chua Yue Chern and Susanna Ogden defeated Joshua Young and Lucy Dodd 21-16 21-12. 

Full results for the event can be found here. 

Derbyshire U17 Gold 2023 (18-19 February) 

David Ng was victorious in two out of the three finals he contested at the Derbyshire U17 Gold event. 

Alongside Lucy Brierley, Ng won the mixed doubles titles with a 24-22 21-19 win over Daniel Kemp and Lucy Dodd. 

He also claimed the mixed doubles title 21-19 21-12 against Edward Davey and Sonish Hathi as he partnered James Song. 

The partners had earlier been foes in the boys’ singles* final, with Song coming out on top in a final-game decider, winning 21-13 10-21 21-12. 

Lucy Brierley was also involved in a second final as she and Sofie Chong lost to Lucy Dodd and Grace Sachdeva 21-12 22-20 in the girls’ doubles final. 

Anna Kalathil George come out on top in the girls’ singles final beating Eeva Lunn 21-12 21-9, with Sia Pandit winning the girls’ singles* final Sia Pandit and Prarthana Reddy 21-12 21-13. 

Full results for the event can be found here. 

Kent U13 Gold 2023 (25 February) 

Vedanshi Jain and Mudra Mayekar were victorious in the girls’ doubles final at the Kent U13 Gold event with a 21-9 21-7 victory over Carol Joy and Ananya Sanil. 

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Etienne Fan and Nikhil Pulikkottil went home with the boys’ doubles trophy having defeated Shevin Dias and Maciej Skowronski 21-10 21-15. 

Pulikkottil was also victorious in the boys’ singles* final beating Adam Alam 21-17 21-9 and Vedanshi Jain won the girls’ equivalent 21-13 21-11. 

Vedanshi also took mixed doubles gold with Nikhil Pulikkottil to make it triple gold.

Carol Joy was dominant in her girls’ singles finals beating Ava Dodkins 21-6 21-5 with Arjun Bhattiprolu winning the boys’ event 21-16 21-11 against Shevin Dias.  

Full results for the event can be found here. 

If you would like to try one of our competitions for the first time, why not try our Bronze circuit for junior age groups, or Tier 4 Circuit for seniors. Find out more about competition here. 

English National Badminton Championships (4-5 February)

National champions were crowned at the beginning of the month as Johnnie Torjussen defended his men’s singles titles for a second time.

Unseeded Kirby Ngan stormed to the women’s singles titles as Chloe Birch and Jenny Wallwork combined for the first time since 2016 to claim the women’s doubles crown.

Find out about all the results here.

Photos courtesy of Kent Badminton Ltd

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