Our South African badminton team won their play-off fixture in the Suridman Cup tournament in Qindao, China to reach their highest world ranking yet.
Despite having lost their final pool game 5-0 to Sweden, South Africa went on to beat Peru 3-2 in the play-off for World Team Ranking. The result is that they now find themselves ranked 25th in the world, their highest in the history of Badminton South Africa.
The South Africans found themselves with the back to the wall after losing both singles matches: Stacey Doubell lost to Christina Aicardi Cagigao 15-21 20-22 while Enrico James, replacing the injured Jacob Maliekal, lost to Rodrigo Pacheco Carillo 11-21 and 7-21.
But once again it was the doubles combinations that managed to keep South Africa in the match. Men’s doubles team Dorian James and Wiaan Viljoen beat Mario Cuba Rodriguez and Martin Del Valle Salinas 21-19 21-10 and then our women’s doubles combination Michelle Edwards and Annari Viljoen beat Claudia Rivero Modenes and Christina Aicardi Cagigao 21-13 and 21-13.
Finally it was up to the brother and sister combination of Wiaan and Annari Viljoen to seal the historic victory by beating Rodrigo Pacheco Carillo and┬á Claudia Rivero Modenes 21-18 21-16.