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Omar Hayward and Yushae DeSilva-Andrade reach World Boccia Challenger semi-finals

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Bermuda’s Omar Hayward and Yushae DeSilva-Andrade have advanced to the semi-finals of the Veldhoven World Boccia Challenger event in the Netherlands.

Yushae DeSilva-Andrade will fancy her chances today
Omar Hayward has rebounded well after a close opening loss

DeSilva-Andrade was in dominant form yesterday in a reduced seven-woman BC1 field, winning 10-2 against Angeline Melissa Anak, of Malaysia, before surviving a tight encounter 3-2 against Simona Blazkova, of the Czech Republic.

With 12 players in his BC1 men’s division, Hayward got under way on Tuesday, suffering a 3-2 loss after extra ends to Tomas Kral, of Slovakia, before rebounding with a solid 7-1 defeat of Spain’s Serafin Rodriguez. Then yesterday, he returned for the first knockout round and booked his place in the last four with a 7-2 win over Riccardo Zanella, of Italy.

In the semi-finals today, DeSilva-Andrade takes on Barbora Skopalova, of the Czech Republic, and Hayward meets on Panagiotis Soulanis, of Greece.

Players from 24 countries are taking part in the event.

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Published August 04, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated August 04, 2022 at 1:08 am)

Omar Hayward and Yushae DeSilva-Andrade reach World Boccia Challenger semi-finals

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