The Barcelona Spain Masters HSBC Badminton World Tour started this Tuesday at the Vall D'Hebron Olympic Sports Centre. On this first day, the male and female singles were played, as well as the first round of mixed doubles. The audience has been able to enjoy the game of some of the promises of world-class badminton.
One of the remarkable results of the day was the move to the main draw of the Spanish player Álvaro Vázquez, after winning the two previous rounds. In the first one he faced his teammate Alex Alcalá in a very disputed match. The first set was taken by Alcalá by 18 to 21. The second set was for Vázquez by 21 to 15, and ended up winning the third by 21 to 14. In the second game, against the German Hannes Gerberich, Vazquez won 21-17 and 21-15.
One of the main delegations attending the Barcelona Spain Masters’ tournament is the japanese, who have had in this initial day, a confrontation between two of their athletes: Riichi Takeshita and Kodai Naraoka, in which Takeshita has been victorious. After winning in his first game against Spain's Armand Rodriguez by 21-6 and 21-4, the Japanese player won by 21-13, 16-21 and 21-11 against his teammate Kodai Naraoka, one of the top seeds of the preliminary round and current bronze world junior.
In the first round of mixed doubles the Danish pair formed by Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Alexandra Bøje fell down against the Malaysians Pang Ron Hoo and Yee See Cheah by 17-21, 21-16 and 21-15. Fischer was Olympic bronze in London 2012 in mixed doubles and twice world bronze (2009 and 2014). Fischer had also just won the Spanish Open in men's doubles.
The Barcelona Spain Masters returns this Wednesday with the first round of singles and doubles for men and women.