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Ugandas Bridget Shamim Bangi and George Julien Paul Mauritius are the winners of the womens and womens singles respectively of the 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship that ended on Sunday.
Uganda's Bridget Shamim Bangi.
Uganda's Bridget Shamim Bangi and George Julien Paul (Mauritius) are the winners of the women's and women's singles respectively of the 2017 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship that ended on Sunday.

Paul benefited in the final after Uganda's top player Edwin Ekiring got injured in the second game and could not continue. The Mauritius player won 21-19 in the first game, 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,” said Ekiring after the event at the MTN Arena, Lugogo. Paul stopped Italy's Rudolf Dellenbach 21-14, 21-19 in the semi finals, while Ekiring saw off Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik (Jordan) 21-10, 21-19.

In the women's singles final Bangi was in good form winning the title for the first time. She defeated Jordan's Domou Amro 21-9, 21-16. Amro had caused a major upset in the quarter finals when she stopped the top seed and the world's 98th ranked player Hadia Hosny (Egypt) 21-9, 21-14. “This a dream come true and I am happy to start the season with this victory,” a happy Bangi said after the final.

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 (Zambia) 21-10, 21-10. Jordan's pair of Bahaedeen Ahmad Alshannik/Domou Amro beat Ahmed Salah/Menna Eltanany (Egypt) 16-21, 21-12, 21-19 in the mixed doubles final.

The event sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) which ends on Sunday has attracted players from Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, DR Congo, Mauritius, Egypt, France and Italy.

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