The Western Australian Para Badminton International 2023 is playing host to players from 35 countries in Mandurah, Perth.
The first day saw all Oceania players on court during the day with mixed results. With the arrival of international players, the energy has increased two-fold.
Australian Zashka Gunson, playing in women’s singles had a strong start to her international campaign winning three of her four matches.
- Women’s Singles – SL 4: Zashka Gunson def Selina Seau (FJI) 21-1 21-4
Caitlin Dransfield started her campaign with a competitive singles but was unable to hold off the strong attack from her Indian opponent. She turned that around in the women’s doubles with a comfortable win over the number three seeds.
- Women’s Singles – SL 4: Jyoti Jyoti (IND) def Caitlin Dransfield 21-23 21-17 21-15
- Women’s Doubles – SL 3 – SU 5: Caitlin Dransfield/Carrie Wilson def Rosa De Marco/Emona Ivanova (ITA/BUL) 21-13 21-12
Kiwi, and Oceania champion Wojtek Czyz, battled the number two seed in his first match. Earlier he had earned a walkover. In his men’s doubles with fellow New Zealander, Corrie Robinson had a convincing win.
- Men’s Singles – SL 3: Manoj Sarkar (IND)  def Wojtek Czyz 21-13 21-9
- Men’s Doubles – SL 3 – SL 4: Wojtek Czyz/Corrie Robinson def Baljeet Singh/Anubhav Tewatia (IND) 21-13 21-7
Corrie Robinson was active in the mixed doubles with compatriot Carrie Wilson. Being one of the last matches of the session did not diminish the excitement of their match and taking the win in three games with the third going to extension.
- Corrie Robinson/Carrie Wilson (NZL) def Mohammad Ansari/Rosa De Marco (IND/ITA) 21-11 10-21 22-20
Strong, agile, fast and fancy are words to describe wheelchair badminton. Mischa Ginns and Marinda Jones had convincing wins in their singles, while Mischa continued her success in the mixed doubles.
- Womens Singles – WH 2: Mischa Ginns def Shaimaa Abdellatif (EGY) 18-21 21-9 21-12
- Lochan Cowper/Mischa Ginns def Martyn Ford/Shaimaa Abdellatif (AUS/EGY) 21-12 21-6
All matches on court one (Standing) and court one (Wheelchair) will be available to watch on live stream, while news and results from the event will be available to view on our website and Facebook page. Join the conversation using #WAPI23