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Young Malan scoops three badminton titles

With the absence of seasoned campaigners like Wiaan Viljoen and Stacey Doubel (currently in India) as well as the Dednam brothers, the young Turks of SA badminton dominated the recent Western Cape Category One Regional Championships in Cape Town.

And the big winner of the championships was undoubtedly Andries Malan. Still a junior last year, Malan took all three men’s titles up for grabs while Elm├® de Villiers took the women’s singles title from Protea player Michelle Butler-Emmett.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the semi-finals of the men’s doubles, when Malan and Jimmy Rudjevic beat the top seeded and highly rated James brothers in two easy sets.

Malan and Rudjevic then had to dig deep and fight hard in the finals to overcome the challenge by Patrick Kramer and Jamie McManus in three sets.

In the women’s singles De Villiers is starting to show why she is as highly-considered as a future national champion and Proteas player when she won against Butler-Emmett, an established member of the national team, for the second time at a regional Championship this year. The score was 21-16 18-21 21-15 in De Villiers’ favour ÔÇô and surprisingly it was Butler-Emmett that ran out of steam at the end.

The influence of the youngsters was further underlined with another junior, this time Cape Town’s Lee-Ann de Wet, reaching two of the three finals in the women’s categories.

Full results of the finals:

Women’s singles: E de Villiers bt M Butler-Emmett 21-16 18-21 21-15
Men’s singles: A Malan bt J McManus 21-16 21-13
Women’s doubles: J Fry and J Kramer bt L de Wet and S Matthews 21-15 21-7
Men’s doubles: A Malan and J Rudjevic bt P Kramer and J McManus 19-21 21-6 21-17
Mixed Doubles: A Malan and A Viljoen bt D James and L de Wet 21-16 21-12


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