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Badminton singles first round complete

31 July 2002

England's Colin Haughton returned to court this morning - a little more than 12 hours after helping England win the team gold medal.

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Manchester 2002 badminton at Bolton Arena

Haughton defeated Nigeria’s Dimbo Odejoke in three sets. He said of his opponent afterwards: “He was good, all credit to him. I underestimated him - he was steady and fast.”

The two Malaysian top-seeds Wong Choong Hann and Lee Tsueng Sen had easy wins over Ghana's Ayim Ben Noah and Liam Iingram of Wales, as did Mark Constable who beat the Falkland Islands’ Doug Besley-Clark without losing a point.

Jamaicans Charles Pyne surprised Scot Graham Simpson by winning the first set 8-7. Simpson then hit back to take the next two, but dropped the fourth set 7-3 before running out a 7-4 winner in the deciding fifth.

The two Australian brothers Stuart and Ashley Brehaut experienced mixed fortunes in their opening matches. Stuart Brehaut beat Simon Gaines of the Isle of Man in three sets but Ashley Brehauut lost in three to the Mauritian Stephan Beeharry 5-7, 7-8, 7-8.

Elsewhere in the draw, all of the men’s Singles seeds comfortably made it through to the second round.

In the women’s singles, 42-year-old Canadian Denyse Julien took just 17 minutes to beat her 18-year-old Kenyan opponent Anjali Gudhka for the loss of just one point.

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