KAMPALA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The 2014 Uganda International Badminton Open Championship started in the capital Kampala on Thursday with foreign players dominating most of the categories in both men's and women's singles.
Uganda's top men's player Wilson Tukire was the biggest culprit when he failed to make the main draw as he lost in the qualifiers to Australia's Lewis Wang 21-17, 21-12. The Australian went on to beat Uganda's Daniel Mihigo 21-13, 21-13 in the first round before falling to the defending champion Dinuka Karunaratne from Sri Lanka in the next round.
Tukire told Xinhua in an interview after the tough encounter that although he tried his best to win the first game, Wang was a strong opponent who was fit and tactical.
Brian Suuna, Uganda's only men's player to qualify for the second round, lost to the tournament's seed 5 Gaone Tawana 21-15, 21-8. Tawana will now face Nigeria's Enejoh Abah in one of the quarter final games on Friday.
Malaysia's Seng Zoe Yeoh, who defeated Nigeria's Victor Makanga in the second round, will now face the tournament's top seed Karunaratne in one of the quarter final games.
The other foreign players who have qualified for the quarter finals of the men's singles include the 2011 All Africa games Gold medalist Jacob Maliekal of South Africa, Sabri Youcef Medel of Algeria, Matej Hlinican of Slovakia and Nigeria's John Bulus.
In the women's singles only Uganda's Shamim Bangi managed to storm the quarter finals among the local players after she defeated Egypt's Naja Mohamed in the first round before seeing of Nigeria's Tania Atolagbe 21-16, 21-17 in the second round.
"I am so glad that I beat the Nigeria because she has always beaten me in previous tournaments in Africa," said a happy Bangi.
Egypt's Hadia Hosny also booked a place in the quarter finals after beating Kenya's Martins Lavina 21-7, 21-13 in the second round. The other players who qualified for the quarters include Hana Doha of Egypt, Fatima Azeez and Diana Adesokan of Nigeria.
Action in the tournament continues on Friday with the quarter finals of the men's singles, while first round matches for doubles and mixed doubles will also be played.