The Carlton Irish Open kicks off this week with a host to Europe’s elite making the trip to Dublin for one of the oldest badminton tournaments on the international calendar. Irish number 1 and 2012 champion Scott Evans comes into the event on the back of his most memorable season to date which has seen him achieve a career high ranking of 31 after wins at the Brazil Grand Prix and runners up spot at the prestigious Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold. Indeed 8 of the 10 finalists from the recent Scottish Open Grand Prix will make the trip to Dublin and Evans will certainly not have it all his own way as he tries to claim back the title he won in 2012. Read more
Evans on track to reclaim his title at the Carlton Irish Open
Irish No 1, Scott Evans will return to Dublin this December in an attempt to reclaim his men's singles title at the Carlton Irish Badminton Open. Evans has chalked up some of the best performances of his career during recent months and hopes his winning form will continue when he competes at the Irish Open between Wednesday, 3rd December and Saturday, 6th December 2014. Despite his excellent form the 2014 event brings no guarantees for Evans with players such as Denmark’s Rasmus Fladberg, Tzu Wei Wang of Taipei and Yan Kit Chan of Hong Kong looking to take the win from the Dublin born favourite.
Ireland secures a spot among Europe’s elite at the European Championships
Scott Evans took the court next for his 50th Irish cap against Blagovest Kistov hoping to improve on yesterday’s game described by the Irish man as his worst performance in months. Kistov, a much tougher opponent, came out with a strong attack. Both players exchanged points with Evans maintaining a slight advantage and eventually wining the set 21-16. Read more
Evans misses out in $120,000 Grand Prix Gold Bitburger final
Scott Evans contributes significantly to his World ranking and Olympic qualification by reaching the final of the BitBurger Open. After an impressive performance all week at the Bitburger Open in Germany, Irish No.1 Scott Evans sadly lost out on the men’s Single’s final to Taiwanese player and World No.8 Tien Chen Chou in two sets, 17-21 and 10-21. Read more
European Mixed Team Championship
Scott now returns to Dublin for next weekend's European Mixed Team Championship qualifying rounds. Team Ireland will take on Norway, Slovakia and Bulgaria for a place in the Championships. If successful it will be the first time Ireland has made it to the championships which will take place in Belgium next February. . CEO of Badminton Ireland Richard Vaughan joins Johnny to talk about the mixed European Championships which are in Dublin this week.
Evans through to the final of the $120,000 Bitburger Open
With the Rio 2016 Olympic qualification process under way Scott Evans is now into the finals of the $120,000 Bitburger Open after beating HS Prannoy of India 21-16, 21-10. Prannoy was seeded 7th in the tournament. Scott had a nervous start allowing his opponent to take an 8-2 lead in the opening set, However the Irish man took control and went on to win the match in two sets. Scott will now face either Houwei Tian of China or Tien Chen Chou of Taiwan.
Evans through to semi finals of the 2014 Bitburger Open
Scott Evans is now into the semi-finals of the 2014 Bitburger Open after beating Adrian Dziolko of Poland. Dziolko had beaten the number 6 and 13 seed on his way to the quarter final but this did not faze the Irish number one who is seeded 11 at this event. Read more
Evans takes silver - Bulgaria Open 2014
In what has been a solid period of Badminton for Scott Evans the Irish number one had to settle for Silver in the 2014 Bulgaria Open. The Irish number one has really shown some great form of late including a recent gold in the Brazil Grand Prix. Evans brought his confidence from this win into this event as he beat a number of top Challenge level contenders including Denmark’s Rasmus Fladberg in the Semi Final. Read more
Evans makes last 16 at badminton worlds
Irish number one Scott Evans has booked his place in the last 16 of the 2014 World Badminton Championships in Denmark after beating David Obernosterer of Austria in straight games. Read more
Brasil Grand Prix 2014
Scott Evans secured Gold for Team Ireland in the finals of the 2014 Brasil Grand Prix today (Sunday) in Rio de Janerio. Evans showed great form throughout the tournament beating a number of seeds on his way to the final including number one seed Henri Hurskainen of Sweden. In today’s final Evans showed his fighting spirit by coming back after losing the first two games to number two seed Dieter Domke of Germany. Evans took the final three games to win the Grand Prix title which will no doubt go down as his biggest victory of his career so far. Read more
US Open Grand Prix Gold
Scott Evans followed up the mixed win with a victory over No 16 seed Petr Koukal of Czech Republic. Evans now will face the No 2 seed Tien Chen Chou who is ranked 22 on the world rankings. Read more
German open 2014
Irish No 1 Scott Evans is through to the second round of the men's singles at the Yonex German Open in Mulheim. He beat qualifier Beryno Jiann Tze Wong with relative ease this evening, winning the opening set 21-9 and wrapping up the match in the third 21-13 after dropping a closely-fought middle set 18-21. Read more
BWF World Championships 2013
The most prestigious tournament in Badminton. Competing as individuals in five events, Men’s singles, Women’s singles, Men’s and Women’s doubles and Mixed doubles, success conveys the title of World Champion on the winner(s). First held in 1977 and originally being held every two years the World Championships has since 2003 been held every year except Olympic years, where the winner of the Olympic title is considered the ‘world champion’ in all but name.
Move to UK has been key to my success
Ireland’s Scott Evans believes his recent success in winning the Irish Badminton Open, the Cyprus International, and an eighth Irish Nationals title, is largely down to a recent move of his training base from Denmark to the United Kingdom.
He told RTÉ Sport: “Since the Olympics, I’ve moved my training base to London with Team GB. I was lucky to get in there.
“That’s been a huge help for me, and has given me a big boost to my confidence as well as a lot more hours on court. And I think that’s the main reason why these results are coming now.
“It was a big decision. I was lucky to get the chance to go there. There’s not many players that get the chance to get that opportunity.
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“I took the opportunity. I’ve changed my training regime a bit and that’s helping with my confidence.
“Training with better players, I’m training with the top English and Scottish guys, has helped me in my game."
“One part for me is to be strong in my quads, so we’ve done a lot of work on my legs" - Scott Evans
Evans has also changed his weight training regime, working with Paul Byrne in Dublin. This change has also had a big effect on his performances.
He said: “I’ve been working with Paul for quite a while now. I started working with him before the Olympic's and we’ve continued working together since then.
“Paul has looked into badminton and what areas of the game we need to be strong in.
“One part for me is to be strong in my quads, so we’ve done a lot of work on my legs, going into the corners in badminton and getting out as quickly as possible.
“Also jumping high, and Paul has been helping me a huge amount with getting strong."
Looking forward, Evans has another few busy months of action.
“We’re going to Russia for our European Team Championships, where we’ve got a great chance of qualifying actually,” he said.
"We’re going to come up against France, Finland and Israel. They’re three teams we have a great chance of winning against and qualifying for the quarter-finals.
“After that I’ll have a training period and then the German Open, the All-Englands and the Swiss Open.”
What a finish to an interesting year.. I would like to make just a small post here before Christmas and New years to say a very big warm thank you to all who have supported me over the last few years and especially this last year. It has been a year with quite a lot of disappointments but this time I have som ... Readmore...
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