This weekend the Portuguese Open took place in Caldas, the final Olympic qualification event and so with it came a lot of pressure as players made that final push for Olympic qualification.
In the Men’s Singles Scott Evans world number 68 faced Maxime Michel of France. The Irish number one was seeded 3 for the event and hoped to prove this seeding and pick up valuable Olympic qualifying points in the last event of the qualifying period. Evans sat at 1st reserve for automatic Games qualification going in to the event.
Scott started his Portugese campaign well as he cruised past Maxime with a 21-13 21-8, two set victory. The Irish number one settled well and only took 24 minutes to finish his opponent. Next up for Scott was another French man Arnaud Genin. This match followed the script as the Irish number one saw off any chance of France winning the men’s singles title. It took Evans only 20 minutes to secure his quarter final spot as he took the game in two sets 21-14 21-7.
Next up for the Irish number one was the talented Kim Bruun of Denmark. Bruun made his way to the quarters disposing of Toby Penty and Joshua Green of England. Bruun continued his good form taking the opening set 21-19. Evans showed his class taking the second set 21-9. In the third set Evans continued to dominate the young Danish star and went on to win the match 21-16 to book a semi-final place.
In the semi-final Evans met 8th seed and world number 76 Dieter Domke of Germany. This match proved to be one step to far Scott as he was unable to continue his good form, despite fighting hard the first set went to Domke 21-12. In the second set Evans pushed the German closer but was unable to get in control of the match as he lost out 21-15
Evans will now have a nervous wait as the final calculations are made to see if the semi-final result is good enough to move him up in to the final automatic qualification place.