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Badminton side go down at World Junior Championships
- Updated: April 22, 2014
Our young badminton team went down in their last two matches at the World Junior Championships in Malaysia, writes Mark Etheridge.
After winning their opening play-off match against Mongolia, the South Africans next faced Sri Lanka and Egypt. The team failed to win any of their round-robin matches.
Sri Lanka whitewashed the South Africans 3-0. First Ruaan Snyman lost to Sachin Premashan Dias 7-21 and 11-21, then Janke vd Vyver, pictured right, went down against Promodika Hendaheura Thilini 9-21 and 8-21 and the doubles combination of Michael Jennings and Bongani von Bodenstein lost against Buwenaka Goonethilleka and Dias 14-21 and 11-21.
Currently the African junior champions, South Africa would have been expected to beat the Egyptians but also went down 3-0.
The opening match was a thriller as the mixed doubles combo of Bongani von Bodenstein and Anri Schoonees lost to Adham Eigalmal and Naja Safy Eldin 15-21 21-18 19-21.
Then it was Jennings who gave his all in the singles but also went down in three sets to Abdulrahman Hussein 21-17 20-22 19-21.
So it was up to Janke vd Vyver to save face for the South Africans against Mostafa Doha. Van der Vyver had accounted for Doha at both the Botswana and South Africa Junior International Championships in December last year and would have fancied her chances.
But it wasn’t to be as Doha outplayed the Free State player for an easy 21-15 21-13 victory ÔÇô and sweet revenge for the Egyptian.
The world rankings after the tournament, now see Botswana at 24th, Egypt 27th and South Africa slotting in at 28th.