By Mark Etheridge
Our badminton aces are cramming in as much preparation time as possible ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
The relatively inexperienced team are currently campaigning in Mauritius, this after they were in action in Nigeria a few weeks back.
Says coach Stewart Carson, the coach with the national side at the 2012 Olympics in London: “I’m happy with the progress the team has made over the last two weeks, and it proves that with competition and good training our players can improve over a short period of time.
“We have four weeks of good hard work to put in before the Games and I can’t wait to get stuck in there.
Young Jennifer Fry and Andries Malan reached the final in Mauritius. “They just lost in three sets to a German pair who are ranked 168 in the world, but are good. We did extremely well for a young new combination, they are getting better every time they play together.”
Then Malan and Olympian Wiaan Viljoen lost in the semi final to a German pair. “It’s┬á a good result, we need more training against Europeans but we can beat them.
“We trained against the Italians and beat them in training and they are 65th on the world rankings so we are definitely a top 50 combination.”
The coach also had reason to be happy with the women’s doubles. “The combination of Jennifer and Sandra le Grange is getting better with every game as well. They had a tough draw and lost first round to eventual winner from Germany/New Zealand.”