Alex Lanier, the youngest European player to win a world tour –

Badminton News: French starlet Alex Lanier won his first World Tour title at the age of 17 at the Canada Open 2022 tournament last week.

If there’s one European player who really stood out at the 2022 Canada Open last week, it’s Alex Lanier. His last tournament being the YONEX Belgian International, the Frenchman has a week to prepare for the big stage of the World Tour Event.

The reigning European junior champions jumped straight into the last 16 thanks to a forfeit from Guatemalan star Kevin Cordon. With quick wins over American Adrian King-Sun Mar and Brazilian top 50 Ygor Coelho in the quarter-finals, he met another great French talent, Arnaud Merkle.

Alex Lanier needed three games to claim his first international victory against fellow Frenchman, 26-24, 16-21 and 21-19. The only European player to reach the final in Calgary this year faces Japan’s Takuma Obayashi, who Lanier last faced at the 2021 Belgian International, a meeting that would see the Japanese win in back-to-back matches.

The hour-long final and the first Super 100 final for a 17-year-old not only resulted in an impressive gold medal on the big international stage and his fourth senior title, but also a first World title Tower for Lanier becoming the youngest French player. to achieve such a feat.

Lanier is now in the Global Top 100, currently ranked 82nd. How will the BEC Young Player of the Year and BEC Fan Player of the Year surprise us on the pitch in the last three months of the year?

Marin picks up the pace

Carolina Marin crashed in the final hurdle of her Canadian Open competition. The tournament seed advanced to the semi-finals where he faced China Taipei’s Sung Shuo Yun. Despite closing the first game with a 21-9 advantage, Sung evened the score by winning the second game.

Reaching nearly 18-18 in the final game, Sung finally took the win to advance to the final. Marin and Lanier weren’t the only Europeans in the semis. Israel’s Misha Zilberman also fought for a spot in the finals, but lost to Obayashi, who will next face Lanier.

The next stop for our European players before the Super 750 Denmark Open tournament is the Dutch Open which will take place next week, October 12-16.

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