Badminton. Strasbourg’s Alex Lanier in the quarter-finals in India instead of Mulhouse’s Arnaud Merklé

Of the two Alsatian players entered in singles this week at the Syed Modi International in Lucknow (India), a World Tour Super 300 tournament, only Strasbourg’s Alex Lanier continued his run this Thursday and reached the milestone of the round of 16. For the fourth confrontation of his career with Danish giant Mads Christophersen, 47e world, 2022 European junior champion, 49eequated to two wins everywhere with a win 21-18, 18-21, 21-15. In four duels, both players always reached the deciding round. In the quarter-finals, ASPTTS players will face Malaysian player Soong Joo Ven this Friday, 74ewho he had never met, to earn a place in the final four.

This place, Arnaud Merklé (Red Star Mulhouse), 44e, will not see them. The Mulhouse native, who was due to play his first Super 300 final at the same venue in January 2022, but was prevented from doing so due to a positive coronavirus test hours earlier, fell in eighth. He had to admit defeat in three rounds against Taiwan’s Lin Chun-Yi (11-21, 22-20, 16-21), seed n°5 and 21ewhom he defeated in the first round of the Arctic Open in Finland on October 11, also in three sets (21-13, 23-25, 21-16).

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