Paris versus Seville was a repeat of last year’s final which saw Paris crowned European champions for the first time. However Seville had two new Malaysian additions, one of them World No16 Yeah Kay Bin, and another a national backup men’s doubles player.
Seville raced off to a good start taking both doubles events, before yet again another good performance by Wales’s Richard Vaughan saw him comfortably beat Malaysian Yeah Kay Bin 21-15, 21-11. The momentum however could not be followed and Seville took both ladies singles in close matches to close out the match 4-1 and progress in to the Semi final with Home Dutch side, and now big favourites for the title Sunday Amersfoort.
Richard Vaughan said “I was surprised to play so well here, I withdrew at the semi finals stage of the Toulouse Challenger 3 weeks ago and have been unable to move fully on court until I tired the first match here. I was ropey against Odum yesterday but managed to win, and today I was much better against Yeah Kay Bin. Hopefully I can recover now and stay together for the China Super Series next week in Chengdu. It’s disappointing not to have a such a good club system in the UK, there is nothing remotely like this kind of set up and it’s a pity for the sport that the top British players have to play for clubs in France, and Denmark.”
Vaughan faces a tough draw at the China Super Series playing 6th Seed Jonassen from Denmark in the first round and said “The Super Series is made up of the World’s top 28 players, so there are really no easy games, if I can remain in good health then I have a chance”.