Scott Evans (badminton)

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Scott Evans
Personal information
Birth name Scott Evans
Country  Ireland
Born (1987-09-26) 26 September 1987 (age 29)
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 78 kg (172 lb; 12.3 st)[1]
Years active 2002–present
Handedness Right
Coach Jim Laugesen (2004–12)
Peter Gade (2012– )
Men's singles
Career record 229 wins, 204 losses
Highest ranking 23 (18 June 2015)
Current ranking 109 (27 Mar 2017)
BWF profile

Scott Evans (born 26 September 1987 in Dublin) is an Irish professional badminton player. As of 2017 he is the highest ranked Irish player.

Evans has represented Ireland at the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympic Games. He won the Irish National Badminton Championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He attended Wesley College Dublin.

Career[edit]

Evans has played two-time Olympic gold medalist China's Lin Dan and world No. 1 Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei 3 times each. At the 2011 BWF World Championships, Evans met the second seed and eventual champion Lin Dan in the second round and came out with a 15-21, 16-21 loss. Nearly one year later at the 2012 London Olympics, Evans again met the eventual winner Lin Dan of China in the first round and was defeated 8-21, 14-21.[2] At the 2013 BWF World Championships, Evans lost to top seed and eventual silver medalist Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the first round with a score of 14-21, 15-21.

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

Evans qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's singles category. In the group stage, he was put with Germany's Marc Zwiebler and host Brazil's Ygor Coelho de Oliveira. He became the first Irishman to win a badminton game at an Olympics as he beat Zwiebler 9–21, 21–17, 21–7. Evans then won the second match against Ygor Coelho de Oliveira 21–8, 19–21, 21–8. The result means Evans would be qualified for the Round of 16,[3] which he would then face Denmark's Viktor Axelsen. Evans lost to Axelsen 16-21, 12-21 in the round of 16.[4]

Titles[edit]

Year Tournament Opponent in Final Score
2012 Irish Open France Lucas Corvee 21–19, 21–18
2013 Cyprus International England Andrew Smith 21-17, 21-11
2014 Brasil Open Germany Dieter Domke 7–11, 6–11, 11–6, 11–8, 11–7
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

Highlights[edit]

  • 2016 - Irish Open: Men's singles (runner up)
  • 2014 - Bitburger Open: Men's singles (runner up)
  • 2014 - Bulgarian International: Men's singles (runner up)
  • 2011 - Denmark International: Men's singles (semi final)
  • 2010 - European Championships: Men's singles (quarter final)
  • 2009 - Scottish Open: Men's singles (semi final)
  • 2008 - Scott Evans secures qualification to 2008 Summer Olympics [5]
  • 2006 - Southern PanAm International: Men's singles (semi final)
  • 2006 - Portuguese International: Men's doubles (quarter final)
  • 2005 - Hungarian International: Men's singles (runner up)
  • 2002 - Helexpo Thessaloniki World Grand Prix: Men's doubles (quarter final)
  • 2004 - Welsh International: Men's singles (quarter final)
  • 2004 - Italian International: Men's doubles (runner up)
  • 2004 - Cyprus International: Men's singles (quarter final)
  • 2004 - Cyprus International: Men's doubles (runner up)
  • 2004 - Victor Lithuanian International: Men's doubles (runner up)
  • 2003 - Italian International: Mixed doubles (quarter final)
  • 2002 - Irish International: Men's doubles (quarter final)

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