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SA men’s doubles bow out to top-seeded Koreans in Indonesia
- Updated: August 12, 2015
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s time at the Total World Badminton Championships in Indonesia came to an end on Wednesday.
Despite the men’s doubles combination of Wiaan Viljoen and Andries Malan going out to top-seeded Korea in the second round, the pair will consider it time well spent.
The South Africans went down 21-14 21-10 to Yong Dae Lee and Yeon Seong Yoo in a match lasting 30 minutes.
Says Viljoen: ‘Our match was an awesome experience! Had the privilege to play the world No1’s but we played much better than our expectation. Even though we lost we had a well contested match. The experience we got with this is big and makes us really look forward to the build-up to Rio 2016.’
Next up are September’s African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. ‘This performance gives us great confidence for the upcoming games next month… so we go home today and finish our preparations for the Games.’
Elaborating what the pair learnt from their Jakarta experience Viljoen told Road to Rio 2016: ‘We can now see how far Andries and I have come over the last two years! We do play well it’s just a question of improving game by game.
‘Against Korea we were ready to play a massive game because over the years we’ve watched them play and believe you me…t hey are insanely strong. Its the first time we played them and what makes them so good is how they are an all-round combination. There’s not one thing they do average. Power from the back, good touch all over the court and solid on defence.’
But Viljoen said the South Africans refused to lay down. ‘What we did well is not to let them intimidate us too much…we stuck two our game plan and it went well. Now for the next couple of months we are taking it tournament by tournament. We have an average of points we need to achieve with every tour so are taking it week by week.
In Tuesday’s action Malan had partnered Jennifer Fry in the mixed doubles as the South Africans also went out early… and also to Korean opponents.
In the pictures, Viljoen and Malan wear red tops (the national colour of Indonesia) while the top-seeded Koreans are in the pink.