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Badminton: Battling Sim finally falls to classy Dane Ulsing

10 December 2004 Last night's qualifying rounds in the Yonex Irish International Championships at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn failed to produce any local wins with 17-year-old Alex Sim of Lisburn's Alpha club putting in the best performance taking the first set 15-13 before going down to European Junior finalist Rune Ulsing of Denmark.

His young Alpha clubmate Scott Burnside also played well against Welsh international Paul LeTocq losing after two close sets and Leinster's Lee Evans lost out in a close third set to Lionel Warnotte of Belgium.

Lee's brother Scott is already in the main draw where he will play one of last night's qualifiers Mikkel Petersen of Denmark and through to the main draw of the women's singles are Ulster's Dona Scott and Claire Flood of Leinster on walkovers with Dona playing the Dane Mette Pederson in the first round.

England's Caroline Westley accounted for two of Ireland's young players in the women's singles beating Ulster's Erin Keery in the first round and Ruth Kilkenny in the second round while Irish international Keelin Fox lost out to Emillie Despierres of France.

The two qualifying places in the mixed doubles went to Irish players Bryan Henderson and Rachel Hutchison of Ulster and Leinster's Lee Evans and Louise Eriksson while visiting players took the four qualifying places in the men's doubles with Ulster's Martin McAuley and Gregory Kavanagh making Mikkel Petersen and Jonas Hinge of Denmark work hard for their victory.

Today's play will concentrate on all rounds up to the quarter-finals with tomorrow's play featuring the quarter-finals and semi-finals followed by the finals on Sunday which will feature the very best of European players who will come through a tournament which has an outstanding entry of 200 players from 21 countries and has the continued sponsorship support of Classic Mineral Water, the NI Events Co, NI Sports Council and Lisburn City Council.

Results: Men's doubles qualification, second round - K Ipsen and J Chemnitz, Denmark beat L Evans and B Henderson, Ireland 15-2 15-1; S O'Farrell and A Simpson, Scotland beat R McGee and W O'Neill, Ireland 15-0 15-2; C Thomsen and J Damgaard, Denmark beat G Henderson and S Devanney, Ireland 15-2 15-6.

Mixed doubles qualification, second round - L Evans and L Eriksson, Ireland beat M Gleave and D Scott, Ireland 17-15 8-15 15-2 and B Henderson and R Hutchison beat C Coyle and S Burnside 15-0 15-1.

Women's singles qualification, second round - C Sorensen, Denmark beat E Krab, Netherlands 11-3 11-4; C Westley, England beat R Kilkenny, Ireland 11-8 11-1; M Cheung, England beat J Day, England 11-0 11-4; E Despierres, France beat K Fox, Ireland 11-0 11-0; E Chanteur, France beat N Cerfontyne, England 11-8 11-1.

Men's singles qualification, third round - M Larsen, Denmark beat H Heimersson, Sweden 15-13 17-15; M Petersen, Denmark beat K Ridder, Netherlands 15-8 12-15 15-2; G Simpson, Scotland beat P LeTocq, Wales 15-3 15-5; M Shalberg, Sweden beat M Larsen, Denmark 11-15 15-12 17-14; C Thomsen, Denmark beat S Morrison, Ireland 15-1 15-1; K Kartunnen, Sweden beat A Persson, Denmark 15-5 15-5; K Ipsen, Denmark beat J Morgan, Wales 15-3 15-5 and J Marmsten, Sweden beat R Ulsing, Denmark 13-15 15-12 15-10.