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Young SA badminton side beat Mongolia at Worlds

Our young badminton players have won their first match at the World Junior Championships in Malaysia, writes Mark Etheridge.

The team failed to win any of their group matches in the event being played in Alor Setar and have now moved on to the play-off phases and immediately notched their first victory.

The win came against Mongolia and featured a 3-0 scoreline.

Michael Jennings got the team going when he beat Ulziibadrahn Nanzad 21-14 21-14. That was followed by Janke vd Vyver, pictured right, who thrashed Chanchiv Olzvoi 21-4 21-8.

Then it was the turn of the men’s doubles combination of Jennings and Bongani von Bodenstein to seal the SA victory as the beat Beligjargal Bayarbyamba and Tugulder Boltbaatar, also in straight sets 21-12 21-12

The next challenge for the young South Africans will be that much tougher as they come up against Sri Lanka, ranked 21st in the world compared to SA’s 24th.

ÔÇ£I am hoping for a tough match where we have to fight hard to come out on top,” said national head coach and 2012 Olympic Games coach Stewart Carson.