The first figures advance in the European Badminton Championships Madrid 2022
The longest day of the Badminton European Championships Madrid 2022 took place throughout the day, from 09:00 to 21:00, at the Gallur Municipal Sports Center. The leading international figures of badminton have displayed their highest level of play to try to advance to the next rounds of the largest European event. In all modalities there has been great expectation, but the peak came at the end of the day, when Carolina Marín jumped on the track after 11 months away from the tracks due to her injury. The public cheered the local from the beginning to the end of the match, being the Spanish the winner with a resounding victory to close her debut in Madrid 2022 with a good taste.
The Madrid 2022 European Badminton Championships have caused furor in the capital of Spain, which is also the 2022 World Capital of Sport. In addition, it should be noted that the largest continental event in this sport has the support of Iberdrola as the main sponsor, as well as high-status sponsors like Banco Santander and ElPozo.
In the men’s singles event, the event’s top-seeded Danish players, Viktor Axelsen  and Anders Antonsen , made their debut with victory. Axelsen managed to sentence his match against one of the young promises of international badminton, Alex Lanier (France), in two sets, but his teammate needed a third round to beat the German Kai Schaefer. Fabio Caponio (Italy) and Felix Burestedt (Sweden) starred in one of the most interesting matches of the day, which kept the public on edge until the last moment. The Swedish player managed to win the last part of the match by 19-21, 21-16 and 23-21. For the local delegation, Luis Enrique Peñalver beated the Czech Republic player Jan Louda (21-17, 18-21 and 21-10), meanwhile, Pablo Abián was defeated by Toby Penty (England) in three sets too.
In the women’s draw, all eyes have been on Carolina Marín who jumped onto the track late in the afternoon for her debut in the European Championship. The Spanish managed to get the victory in two sets (21-10 and 21-6) against Katerina Tomalova (Czech Republic) demonstrating a solid game in her expected and acclaimed return to the courts. After the first match, the Ukrainian player Maria Ulitina awaits him tomorrow, Wednesday 27 with whom she will face from 4:30 p.m. with the support of all the Spanish fans. Beatriz Corrales also added victory for the Spanish team with a resounding 21-9 and 21-8 victory over Marija Sudimac (Serbia). Léonice Huet (France) and Freya Redfearn (England) starred in the other women’s match of the day, which finally fell to the French player 18-21, 21-19, and 21-17.
The duo Ruben Jille – Ties Van Der Lecq  (The Netherlands) advanced to the next round after beating Callum Hemming – Steven Stallwood (England) by three sets 11-21, 21-13 and 21-17 in the men’s doubles event. The Spanish representation achieved a victory and a defeat; for their part, Joan Monroy – Carlos Piris won the match against Marvin Datko – Patrick Scheiel (Germany) in two sets, while their teammates Jose Molares – Jaume Perez were defeated by the Grimley brothers, Christopher and Matthew (Scotland).
In the women’s doubles category, the French couple Flavie Vallet – Emilie Vercelot managed to come from behind and win the match against the Spanish Clara Azurmendi – Beatriz Corrales (10-21, 21-18 and 21-16) in the last match of the day. On the other side of the draw, Kati-Kreet Marran – Helina Rüütel (Estonia) advance to the next round after beating Kate Frost – Moya Ryan (Ireland) in three sets.
In the mixed doubles, the pair Misha Zilberman – Svetlana Zilberman managed to beat Viacheslav Yakovlev – Polina Tkach (Ukraine) in one of the most disputed matches of the day with a final result of 24-22, 13-21 and 21-19. The Spanish couple Alberto Zapico – Lorena Uslé yielded to the Germans Jones Ralfy Jansen – Linda Efler, leaving this modality without local representation.
The day of Wednesday, April 27 will begin at 09:00 a.m. with the mixed doubles modality and will end at approximately 5:30 p.m. The matches can be seen live on Badminton Europe TV. This day will be the last opportunity to enjoy the event in person for free for all those who want to experience Madrid 2022 live.