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Ekiring Eliminates India's Nikhit In Uganda Open

Ekiring won the set 21-22 before the determined Indian player fought back to win 22-20. But Ekiring changed his game plan to win the third set 21-10 to book a place against Kazakhstans Artur Niyazov in the first round on Friday.
Edwin Ekiring in action in a previous Championship.


Uganda's Edwin Ekiring had to dig deep to defeat India's Laxman Nikhit on Thursday to qualify for the men's singles main draw of the 2019 Uganda International Badminton Championship.

The former African and Ugandan top player beat Paul Makande (Uganda) 21-5, 21-10 before he faced Nikhit in the final phase of the qualifiers.

Ekiring won the set 21-22 before the determined Indian player fought back to win 22-20. But Ekiring changed his game plan to win the third set 21-10 to book a place against Kazakhstan's Artur Niyazov in the first round on Friday.

“It was a very tricky game because the Indian is good and talented. But I made sure I was faster in the third set to win the game as I look to fight in the main draw,” Ekiring told URN at the Lugogo Arena on Thursday.

Apart from Ekiring and the other Ugandan players who qualified for the men's single main draw include Davies Senono and Amos Muyanja. They join Fred Kirabo who is on the main draw because of his higher by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Three Indians players and a player each from Kenya and Mozambique made it through the men's singles qualifiers to enter the main draw.

India's Rahul Bharadwaj stopped Uganda's Muzafar Lubega 21-8, 21-1 to qualify for the main draw, while another Indian player Akul Chauhan defeated Kenya's Abner Orwaaru 21-9, 21-18.

Mozambique's Zulficar Issfo Musaagy was a happy man after dispatching Uganda's Denis Onyango 21-18, 21-18.

Italy's Rosario Maddaloni and Egypt's Hadia Hosny are the top ranked players for the men's and women's singles respectively. The Championship is featuring the men's and women's singles and doubles and mixed doubles.

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