Vittinghus Too Strong For Ekiring In Germany

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Denmarks Hans Kristian Vittinghus proved too strong for Edwin Ekiring in the first round of the 2015 Bitburger Open Championship on Tuesday night.

Denmark's Hans Kristian Vittinghus proved too strong for Edwin Ekiring in the first round of the 2015 Bitburger Open Championship on Tuesday night.


The world's 16th ranked player saw off Uganda and Africa's top seed 21-12, 21-7 in the first game of the tournament in the Germany city of Saarbrucken.


"He was a very strong opponent, but I am happy that I played in this Grand Prix tournament," added Ekiring who is determined to qualify for his third Olympic Games.


He said he will continue to work hard ahead of other tournaments as the battle to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games still continues. Ekiring is ranked 84th by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) and top in Africa. He needs to keep among the top 100 ranked players by May 2016 to qualify for the Olympics.


In the other games played on Tuesday night top seed and world number 5 Chou Tien Chen (Chinese Taipei) stooped Germany's Alexander Roovers 21-19, 21-19, while the seed 2 Tommy Sugiarto (Indonesia) also qualified for the next round after seeing off Ireland's Joshua Magee 21-15, 21-13.


The other highly ranked world players who also managed wins in the first round include; Misha Ziberman (Isreal), Rajiv Ouseph (England) and Sho Sasaki (Japan) among others.