Northern Ireland’s emerging player Tony Stephenson put up staggering performance in Men’s Singles second round when he outplayed Erwin Janssen of Netherlands at the 2012 European Universities Games-Badminton Individual Tournament on Sunday, in Spain.
The impressive Stephenson, who was positioned at number four in Men’s Singles seeding of the tournament, displayed his tremendous craft while playing against his Dutch rival and defeated him in a commanding way.
The in-from Stephenson was in tremendous form and sailed smoothly in his second round clash. He easily advanced into next level by beating his opponent in straight games in a one-sided fashion.
On the other hand, the Dutch shuttler failed to play his normal game as he remained struggling to match the class of his higher ranked opponent and lost the match without proving his worth.
The in-form Irish shuttler was the favourite to win this battle and he proved his impressive craft by playing at his best speed in opening set and took an early lead.
Stephenson was positive on court as he played safe but fast badminton while remaining calm and remained ahead on board without facing any trouble.
The aggressive Stephenson set up a smashing lead on the board until the one-minute break.
After the mid-game interval, Stephenson continued his dominating play on court without taking any pressure and remained ahead of his opponent on score board.
The major difference between both shuttlers was the positive and aggressive play of Stephenson who remained on track and wrapped up the first game with stunning 21-13 score on the board.
Erwin showed a little aggression in opening rallies of second set and managed to remain close on the score board.
Both shuttlers were impressive as they snapped each other’s heel while keeping the pace high and remained close until the break.
The Irish player stretched his lead after the interval by playing attacking game and grabbed the set with a comfortable 21-16 score on the board.
The formidable Stephenson overpowered Erwin in straight sets by taking just 24 minutes with a striking score of 21-13 and 21-16.