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Seven-up Rooke ready for world champion's test

GB’s and Europe’s number one Para-Badminton WH2 wheelchair star, Martin Rooke, made it a magnificent seven matches unbeaten at the Turkish International today – and it sets him up for a shot at the world number one.

Rooke, whose past 18 months have been riddled with injury, is back in the chair and winning matches on the world circuit as a Tokyo 2020 Paralympic dream debut comes ever into focus.

His form this week at the qualification curtain raiser has so far been rock solid with seven matches unbeaten against rivals from both Asia and Europe.

But the 45 year old is about to get a stern test of his credentials when he faces South Korea’s Kim Jungjun in the quarter finals of the Turkish Para-Badminton International.

The South Korean is reigning world champion and has lost just once in six years at international level.

However Rooke, on today’s evidence during a 11-21 21-13 21-18 comeback win against China’s Zhao Xin, looks every inch a player in the top echelons of the WH2 classification.

Rooke also remains in the hunt for a men’s double title alongside Germany’s Thomas Wandschneider. The top seeds defeated English rivals Owen Kilburn and Gobi Ranganathan 21-4 21-3 to reach the quarter finals.