The Spanish Clara Azurmendi confirmed this Sunday her status as the first seed of the Austrian Open badminton and was proclaimed champion by convincingly defeating the French Yaelle Hoyaux by 21-6 and 21-14 in 23 minutes of the game.
Azurmendi, who had defeated the gala the two previous times in which they had met, scored the first game in 8 minutes by a rigorous 21-6 and the second by 21-14 to defeat Hoyaux. The French, sixth seeded in Austria and executioner in the semifinals of Beatriz Corrales, the other Spanish participant, only reacted in the final points of the match but Azurmendi’s superiority was undeniable.
Before playing the final, Azurmendi (San Sebastián, 1998) beat the Danish Irina Amalie Andersen, fourth seed, in the semifinals today (18-21, 21-19 and 21-15), after having lost in the doubles semifinal with Beatriz Corrales. Previously, and to reach the title in the quarterfinals, she got rid of the Indian Malvika Bansod (21-17, 15-21 and 21-19), in the second round the Hungarian Vivien Sandorhazi (21-10 and 23-21) and in first round of the Slovenian Urska Polc (21-10 and 21-5).
Defeat in the doubles
The Spanish Clara Azurmendi and Beatriz Corrales were one step away from playing for the Austrian Open badminton doubles title by losing this Sunday in the semifinals against Malaysians Anna Ching Yik Cheong and Cheng Wen Yap.
The Asians resolved the match in 44 minutes by 21-11, 17-21 and 21-11, after scoring the first set in just a quarter of an hour and prevent the good reaction that the Spanish had in the second from being repeated in the final, where they came to be placed with an advantage of 11-5.
On the final day of the Open this Sunday Azurmendi and Corrales will also play the individual semifinals, in which the first, first favorite, will face the Danish Irina Amalie Andersen and the second against the French Yaelle Hoyaux.