Saturday, 22 March 2014
Walker leads England challenge at 40th Yonex Polish Open
Sarah Walker, English National champion for the last two years, is seeded to reach the quarter-finals of the women’s singles when the 40th Yonex Polish Open gets under way in Warsaw tomorrow.
The Essex player is seeded eighth and starts with a qualifier. An opening win will earn her a second-round clash with Austria’s Tara Pilven or another qualifier. The first real test should come in the quarter-finals where she is on course to meet second seed Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria. They have met once with Nedelcheva winning in straight games at the 2008 European Championships.
Fontaine Chapman, runner-up to Walker in the 2013 National Championships, faces the toughest of starts when she meets top seed Beatriz Corrales of Spain. But Chapman can go into the match knowing she won their two previous meetings, both in three games, although that was back in 2012.
England’s other hopes in Warsaw are young doubles pair Harley Towler and Peter Briggs. They start against Welsh pair Joe Morgan and Nic Strange and a win will earn them a second-round clash with Scotland’s Martin Campbell and Patrick MacHugh. Towler and Briggs have not played either pair.