In men's singles, there was a meritorious performance by Adam Mendrek (Czech Republic), who tried to take advantage of the favorite and number one seed of the tournament, the Danish Viktor Axelsen, who has just come back from an injury. However, the long points and exciting exchanges weren't reflected in the final score (21-11 21-8).
Anders Antonsen (Denmark) gave us a thrilling match against the English Toby Penty near the end of the day. The Dane was able to defeat his rival at the end of the third set after being left behind before the interval. He managed to settle the match 21-12 15-21 22-20.
The number 4 seed, Brice Leverdez (France), earned the victory against a combative Collins Valentine Filimon. The Romanian was ahead on the scoreboard winning the first set, but Leverdez clinched his victory and move to the next round 17-21 21-16 21-15. Leverdez is not an easy opponent. He beated Lee Chong Wei on last year's World Cup and almost won last All England against Indian Srikanth Kidambi.
The Russian player Sergey Sirant was trying to overcome the Dutchman and number 6 seed Mark Caljouw. Caljouw managed to close both sets to 19 points.
The local Pablo Abián was defeated by an energetic Nhat Nguyen (Irish) in two sets: 21-9 21-18. Nguyen, on the Top 5 in the BWF Junior Ranking, made unstoppable smashes that left the Spanish defenseless in the first set. The 17-year-old player has shown calm and confidence to come back against the veteran player when Abián went ahead in the score in the second set by 14-8, going up and settling the set with long rallies.
In women's singles, the favourite to ratify the title Carolina Marín debuted in her hometown with the support of the entire arena. At the begining, she showed serenity and energy against Marie Batomene (France) who tried not to fall behind in the match. However, Marín managed a comfortable 11-5 at the interval. Marín displayed his intelligent game, fast but patient, forcing the French to make errors. In the second part of the first set, Marin made consecutive unforced errors but still managed to settle 21-15. In the second set, the Spanish showed a much more overwhelming skill, moving Batomene and taking the victory 21-12.
The number 3 seed Mia Blichfeldt (Denmark) managed to get away from her rival Natalya Voytsekh (Ukraine) at the end of the first set, taking a few points of advantage after breaking a 14-14, then ending the set without leaving her opponent without options. Blichfeldt closed the second set easily 21-9.
The Spanish and number 5 seed Beatriz Corrales was defeated by the English Chloe Birch, who managed to unseat the local in two sets: 21-16 21-19. Corrales was forced to commit error by her opponent's style in the second part of each set to advance to the next round.
Left-handed Mariya Mitsova (Bulgaria) stood up to the Danish seed number 7 Natalia Koch Rohde, who closed the match 21-15 21-17 with his dynamic and precise playing style.
Local player Sara Peñalver goes on in the competition, proving that she deserved the Wild Card given by Badminton Europe, after knocking down Belgian Lianne Tan (21-18 21-16).
In men's doubles, one of the most interesting matches of the day was the one that confronted the Danish couple Mathias Christiansen - David Daugaard, number 6 seed, against the Dutch Jacco Arends - Ruben Jille. The duo from the Netherlands took the lead dominating 21-15 the first set. The second set was ruled by the Danes, who managed to force their rivals to commit errors, especially in defence. Despite Arends - Jille were dominating the whole time, the third set was for the Danes as they controlled the last points, in two of which the shuttle touched the net and felt in the opposite side.
In women's doubles, the German couple Linda Efler -Olga Konon tried to defend their Wild Card given by Badminton Europe, against the Bulgarian sisters Stoeva, Gabriela and Stefani. However, the number two seeds won their match 21-16 21-15 against this new but powerful German pair.
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