A former Indonesian women’s singles champion has booked her place in the semi-finals of the English National Badminton Championships.
The unseeded Atu Rosalina Sagita, making her first appearance at the Nationals, has lived in the UK since 2007 and has sealed her place in the semi-finals on Saturday afternoon at the University of Derby’s Sports Centre.
The 34-year-old will face number two seed and sparring partner Chloe Birch this evening for a place in the final after beating Cheshire’s Claire Weaver 21-8 21-19.
Sagita said: “Someone said to me why don’t you enter but I was concerned about my eligibility, so I asked Badminton England what is the criteria. I found out if I have lived in the UK for three years and not had played for another national team during that time then I was eligible to play.
“I have never played in the Nationals before but it’s a great feeling, a fantastic feeling, to be playing in the semi-finals. I’m not that young anymore obviously but for me it’s a win-win situation.
“Chloe is also my sparring partner down in Loughborough and it’s going to be a really tough match but I’m looking forward to playing and it will be fun.”
In the other half of the draw Dorset’s Nicola Cerfontyne continued her title defence beating Sussex’s Lydia Powell in three games to set up a rematch of the 2015 final with Fontaine Chapman.
The number one seed, who comfortably eased past Berkshire’s Abigail Holden, will be eager to avenge her loss to Cerfontyne in the final of last year’s Championships in Surrey.
Ben Lane and Jess Pugh survived five match points to set up a repeat of last year’s semi-final against world number seven pair Chris and Gabby Adcock.
The unseeded Lane and Pugh lost the first game against Greg Mairs and Jenny Moore and survived several match points in the second before stating a remarkable comeback to take the victory 15-21 27-25 21-14.
Meanwhile number two seeds Matt Nottingham and Emily Westwood will play Chris Coles and Sophie Brown after both pairs came through their ties.
Rajiv Ouseph will play Alex Marritt for a place in the final after the England number one overcame Nottinghamshire’s Rohan Midha.
Yorkshire’s Marritt saw off Rhys Walker in two games, while in the other half of the draw, Alex Lane beat Henley Ngan to set up a clash with second seed Toby Penty, who’s place was confirmed when his opponent Darren Adamson was forced to retire injured in their second game.
Olympic hopefuls Heather Olver and Lauren Smith eased into the semi-final with a 21-4 21-7 victory over Hannah Boden and Zoe King, and will face the Yorkshire pairing of Chloe Birch and Jenny Wallwork.
In the other semi-final Jenny Moore and Viki Williams will play number two seeds Sophie Brown and Kate Robertshaw, after both pairs came through their quarter-finals without dropping a game.
Top seeds Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis will face Chris Coles and Andy Ellis in what promises to be a fascinating match, after both came through their ties comfortably.
Matt Nottingham and Harley Towler will face Peter Briggs and Tom Wolfenden in the other semi-final.
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