Mauritian George Julien Paul has won the men’s singles title at the 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship that ended on Sunday.
The Mauritian player won 21-19 in the first set, but was on the losing side 7-11 in the second before Ekiring retired with a swollen knee.
“I feel very bad that after working so hard to get to the final, I have been unable to complete the game because of injury,” Ekiring told Xinhua.
Paul stopped Italy’s Rudolf Dellenbach 21-14, 21-19 in the semifinals, while Ekiring saw off Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik of Jordan 21-10, 21-19.
In the women’s singles final, Shamim Bangi was in good form, winning the title for the first time as she defeated Jordanian Domou Amro 21-9, 21-16.
Amro had caused a major upset in the quarterfinals when she stopped the top seed and the world No. 98 Hadia Hosny of Egypt 21-9, 21-14.
“This is a dream come true and I am happy to start the season with this victory,” a happy Bangi told Xinhua.
Paul and Aatish Lubah were on the losing side in the men’s doubles 21-8, 21-14 to the strong Indian pair of Francis Alwin and Kona Tarun.
The women’s doubles final saw Egypt’s Doha Hany/Hadia Hosny beat Evelyn Siamupangila/Ogar Siamupangila of Zambia 21-10, 21-10.
Jordanian pair Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik/Domou Amro beat Ahmed Salah/Menna Eltanany of Egypt 16-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the mixed doubles final.
The event, sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, attracted players from Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, DR Congo, Mauritius, Egypt, France and Italy. Enditem
Source: Ronald Ssekandi, Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh