The Rinconada Badminton Club could not add again three in Jaén lands against CB Arjonilla. Those from San José de La Rinconada paid dearly for not having figures like Bea Corrales (on tour), Leona Lee (commitment in Iceland) and Nerea Ivorra (injured) and consume the first defeat of the season in the TOP8 IBERDROLA League. Even so, the score makes them continue depending on themselves to reach the first position, key to the goal of a new final.
The match began with a great game by the corner players. Claudia Leal and Tom Wolfenden managed to beat in three sets Juan Blas Villalta and Fatima Albín (6-11, 7-11, 7-11). In the other double duels, luck would be ambiguous for the corner players, because after the victory of Jaume Perez and Tom Wolfenden (6-11 11-10 8-11 9-11), the corner units Claudia Leal and Laura Molina could not with Anne Fuglsang and Paula López (11-7 11-7 10-11 11-5), making it 1-2 but with the individual ones being key to the future of the match.
In the first turn of the singles, the numbers 2, again the luck was meager, because Martha Molina fell against Paula López in three sets (11-6 11-2 11-9) while Carlos Piris beat to Joan Monroy (10-11 9-11 7-11). Everything was left for the end, because the individual n ° 1 would be the ones that would decide the future of the match. First, Arjonilla put the tie after the victory of Antonia Woods in three sets against Laura Molina (11-5 11-7 11-8), and everything was left for the last game. As it happened in the first leg, Ernesto Baschwitz’s clash against Thomas Fourcade would be the trigger for the tie. After the first and second sets for the man from Malaga, the Frenchman from Rinconada would close the gap but a new set for the local player would be the one that would lead to the jiennense victory and the assault on the leadership by Arjonilla (with one party more than Rinconada).
At the end of the match, the corner coach, Antonio Molina, showed himself “very satisfied and happy with the work that ours have done despite the casualties we have had for today. I think this defeat should serve to value what we have been doing all season.”
Regarding the outcome of the match, Molina stressed that “it was a tremendously even match, identical to the one we had in the first league game. Therefore, the effort has been titanic, like the one this team has been making all season. I think there is nothing to reproach and all that remains is to work to remain focused on the goal. Nobody said it was easy, we come from much more difficult seasons than this one and we have always come out ahead. This season will be no less, I’m sure.”