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North Harbour Open Badminton Results

Saturday 1 May 2010, 9:48PM

By Badminton New Zealand

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NORTH SHORE CITY

Experienced players captured much of the lime-light at the North Harbour Open tournament played over the weekend with Kerrin Harrison (47) and Tjitte Weistra (35) both former international players, showing the younger generation that knowledge of the game and good tactics are all important when it comes to winning. This is a tournament which traditionally attracts a very strong entry however it was below strength this year with several players from the National Squad and in contention for the October Commonwealth Games choosing to by-pass this event.

Weistra, who represented Holland in his younger days, is currently the coach at Waikato Badminton caused some major upsets on his way to the men’s singles final. In the second round he defeated NZ number two James Eunson, next he defeated NZ junior representative Luke Charlesworth to make the semi-finals where all four players were from Waikato. It was now coach vs pupil with Coach Weistra defeated Michael Fowke in three games to book a place in the final against top seed Bjorn Seguin. It was again Coach vs pupil with Seguin expected to have the better of his coach following his good form at the recent Canterbury International, however a determined Weistra threw everything he had a it but could not quite get there losing 21-18 9-21 24-22. Seguin continues to be ineligible to represent New Zealand as he has not yet gained his citizenship.

Anna Rankin (Stl) was untroubled in the women’s singles reversing the result from the Canterbury International against youngster Victoria Cheng in the semi-final and then defeating Clare Chapple (Akl) convincingly in the final 21-6 21-13.

Kerrin Harrison and partner Leck Tham (NH) continued their good form from 2009 when they were runners-up in the New Zealand Championships to win the men’s doubles; Harrison still winning doubles titles 24 years after winning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in the same event.

Louise McKenzie, a former Australian representative now residing in Auckland was the only player to win two titles as she won the women’s doubles with Emma Rodgers and the mixed doubles with Oliver Leydon-Davis to add to their Canterbury International title they won in April.

See results below

Mens Singles
Semi-finals
Bjorn SEGUIN (WKO) def James PATERSON (WKO) 21-12 21-18
Tjitte WEISTRA (WKO) def Michael FOWKE (WKO) 14-21 22-20 21-16

Final
Bjorn SEGUIN def Tjitte WEISTRA 21-18 9-21 24-22

Womens Singles
Semi-finals
Anna RANKIN (STL) def Victoria CHENG (AK) 21-19 21-15
Clare CHAPPLE (AK) def Melissa YIN (NH) 21-14 23-21

Final
RANKIN def CHAPPLE 21-6 21-13

Mens Doubles
Semi-finals
Jacky CHEK/Burty MOLIA(AK) def Jian Dee CHEW/Karl DOWLAND (WEL) 13-21 21-18 21-16
Kerrin HARRISON/Leck THAM (NH) def Praveen TAYALAN/Robbie THACKHAM (AK) 21-17 21-14

Final
HARRISON/THAM def CHEK/MOLIA 22-20 19-21 21-17

Womens Doubles
Semi-finals
Louise MCKENZIE/Emma RODGERS (AK) def Emma CHAPPLE/Stephanie CHENG (AK) 21-14 21-18
Diana FU/Kylie LUO (AK) def Clare CHAPPLE/Victoria CHENG (AK) 21-10 21-16

Final
Louise MCKENZIE/Emma RODGERS def Diana FU/Kylie LUO 21-11 21-17

XD
Semi-finals
Oliver LEYDON-DAVIS (WKO)/Louise MCKENZIE (AK) def Vu DUONG/Diana FU (AK) 21-12 21-13
Kevin DENNERLY-MINTURN/Emma RODGERS (AK) def Praveen TAYALAN/Clare CHAPPLE (AK) 20-22 21-13 21-19

Final
Oliver LEYDON-DAVIS/Louise MCKENZIE def Kevin DENNERLY-MINTURN/Emma RODGERS 21-18 21-12