player in action. Courtesy photo
The 15th edition of the Uganda international badminton championship has reached day four.
The Semifinals and finals are to be played on Sunday but Uganda failed to qualify any player to semis which is a minimum as they miss out on a slot into medal brackets.
Besides Davis Ssenono in both singles (Men or Women), none of the Uganda players managed to pass the round of 32. Senono’s journey was ended by Nigeria’s Opeyori who won 21-18, 21-18 at round of 16.
The best performance for Uganda have been in mixed doubles with Thomas Kateregga alongside Diya Chetan Modi who reached quarterfinals and lost to Elgamal and Doha Hang by 21-4, 21-9.
In the same category, Daniel Mihigo and Mable Namakoye reached quarters but were beaten by Indian pair Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha Singh Ram by 21-13, 21-19 as Ismael Wanagalya and Betty Apio failing at Kona Tarun and Jakkampudi Meghana losing 21-14 21-5.
In Women doubles, Uganda also had two pairs in quarterfinals with Diya Chetan Modi and Olivia Nakajja losing to Egyptian Doha Hany and Hadia Hosny 21-6, 21-10 while Betty Apio and Brenda Awor failed to tame Peruvian Daniela Macias and Danica Nishimura who strolled through with with a 21-11, 21-7 victory.
Friday Attama and Muzafaru Lubega also reached the mens doubles quarteds but lost to Indians Kona Tarum and Shivam Dharma.
Uganda’s last hope saw Brian Kasirye and Daniel Mihigo losing to Kenyan Edwin Njeri and John Wangoike by 21-17, 21-18.
The last time Uganda walked ou of the Uganda international without a single medal was in 2010 and it has been the only time for that to happen.
Last year Uganda, won three bronze medals in women singles through Aisha Nakiyemba, women’s doubles won by Betty Apio and Phiona Ssemambo while Friday Attama and Muzafaru Lubega also scooped a bronze from men’s doubles.
The championship shall climax on Sunday, February 23, 2020 with semis starting at 9:00am and latter finals after lunch.