Junior ranking tournament “Yonex Latvia Junior” on November 11-13, 2021 in Liepaja. “The reason is not only Covid-19. Liepaja tournament had to be the first BWF Junior ranking tournament in Latvia, and I would not want to start anything new in such restrictive circumstances. In addition, the BWF ranking is still frozen since January 1, 2021, so players and coaches reducing the interest in participating, “explains Kristians Rozenvalds, Secretary General of the Latvian Badminton Federation.
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Yonex Latvia International 2021: Triumph of Malaysian doubles pairs in Latvia, single titles for India and Ukraine
Yonex Latvia U17 2021: Polish juniors dominate the Yonex Latvia U17 podium
Polish juniors dominated in the Latvian city of Sigulda, where the Badminton Europa U17 circuit tournament Yonex Latvija U17 took place. The Polish badminton pair won the first titles in all three doubles disciplines, while in the men’s singles the title was won by Yevgeny Stolovoy from Ukraine, and the women’s singles title was won by Gianna Stiglich from Italy.
Yonex Latvia U17 2020: Anna Kupča wins first gold for Latvia
Anna Kupča became the first Latvian player to win gold at a European U17 circuit tournament. Kupča won the final against Spanish player Cristina Teruel in her town of Sigulda, near the capital of Latvia, Riga. The other four golds at the Yonex Latvia U17 International went to Estonia. Spain took home not only silver but also two bronze medals.
Two Estonian players won double gold. Tauri Kilk was the strongest in men’s singles and men’s doubles, meanwhile, Marta Emili Teller was victorious in both the women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
The Latvia U17 International was held in the Sigulda Sports Centre for the second consecutive year. This year, the number of participants was more modest than a year ago, when young players from 14 countries participated in the tournament. This year, only four countries were represented – Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Spain.
Kristians Rozenvalds, Secretary General of the Latvian Badminton Federation commenting on this special moment for Latvia said – “Anna Kupča’s success is historic, both because it is the first Latvian gold medal in one of the European U17 tournaments, and that this tournament was the first European U17 tournament held after COVID-19 forced a pause in the calendar. The last U17 tournament played was the Yonex France U17 Open on 21 February 2020”
Adding further comment on the importance of this tournament, Rozenvalds states: “It is a great responsibility, since the fate of many of the next European U17 tournaments will depend on how successful the tournament was in Sigulda. It is our historical mission to be the first to retake the path.”
Yonex Latvia International 2021: Estonian badminton players triumph in Jelgava
Estonian badminton players won in all five disciplines of “Yonex Latvia International 2020” in Jelgava, moreover, Estonian player Mikels Lanes became the absolute champion of the tournament, winning men’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Italian players won two second places, while Latvian players won three shared third places. The experienced Estonian women’s doubles pair Kati-Crete Marana & Helina Rūtela defended the title won in Jelgava last year. Last year’s winners in other disciplines did not participate in the Jelgava tournament this year.
“Yonex Latvia International 2020” was the first World Badminton ranking tournament after “Yonex All England” on March 15, 2020, so this badminton tournament, which took place at the Zemgale Olympic Center, received special attention all over the world.
List of winners
>>> Winners of Yonex Latvia International 2021
>>> Winners of Yonex Latvia International 2020
>>> Winners of Yonex Latvia International 2019
>>> Winners of Yonex Latvia International 2018
>>> Winners of Yonex Latvia International 2017
>>> Winners of Yonex Latvia International 2016
>>> Winners of Yonex Rīga International 2015
>>> Winners of Yonex Rīga International 2014