Foreign Players Dominate Uganda Open

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Ugandas top player Edwin Ekiring lost 21-11, 21-15 to Indias Dey Subhankar in the second round today, while Herbert Ebayo, Jacob Musisi and Bruno Masaba all fell in the same round.

Top foreign players have showed their dominance as the 2016 Uganda International Open Badminton Championship enters the semi final and final stage on Sunday.

Uganda's top player Edwin Ekiring lost 21-11, 21-15 to India's Dey Subhankar in the second round today, while Herbert Ebayo, Jacob Musisi and Bruno Masaba all fell in the same round.

"I failed to play a good game today against an experienced player," said Ekiring. The Indian player went on to upset the tournament's top seed Misha Zilberman (Israel) in the quarter final 21-19, 21-8.

Portugal's Martins Pedro also made it to the semi finals after defeating Luka Wraber (Austria) 17-21, 22-20, 21-15. Defending champion and Africa's top player Jacob Maliekal also booked a place in the last four with a 19-21, 21-18, 21-13 win over Bulgaria's Blagovest Kisyov.

Uganda's top female player Bridget Shamim Bangi also lost in the second round to top seed Ksenia Polikarpova (Russia) 21-11, 18-21, 21-15 in a game that lasted 50 minutes.

Aisha Nakiyemba, Juma Akoth and Glady Mbabazi also lost in the second round. Portugal's Telma Santos qualified for the semi finals after seeing off Nadine Ashraf (Egypt) 21-14, 21-4 in the quarter final.

The tournament sanctioned by the World Badminton body will climax on Sunday with the finals in the men's and women's singles and doubles, together with the mixed doubles.