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Donegal siblings reach Badminton World Championships last 32 as Scott Evans suffers narrow defeat

Evans narrowly lost to Shi Yuqi, who is ranked 89 places above the Dubliner.

SCOTT EVANS PUSHED World Number 4 Shi Yuqi to his limits on Monday night, as Ireland’s Number 1 Men’s singles badminton player fell to a narrow defeat at the 2017 World Championships in Glasgow.

Sam Magee and Chloe Magee Chloe and Sam Magee qualified for the World Championships last 32 on Monday. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

The Rio Olympian was defeated 23-21 22-20 by 21-year-old Yuqi, who is ranked 89 places above the Dubliner, while Donegal brother and sister Sam and Chloe Magee reached the last 32 in the mixed doubles.

They defeated US pair Yuko Kawasaki and Yan Tuck Chan 21-6 21-11 and will now face Japan’s 16th seed duo Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino in the second round on Tuesday.

The Irish siblings won Ireland’s first ever European medal in badminton when they finished in third place in Denmark in April, while also winning gold in Madrid at the Spanish International badminton tournament in June.

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