Heat Cooks Aussies in Singapore

Written by  Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:07

Several Australian players got a tough introduction to playing badminton in the sweltering heat if South East Asia when the Li-Ning Singapore Youth International got underway today. Of the players who started today New South Welshman Huaidong Tang was the only won to come away with a win.

Tang got his first match in international competition off to a strong start with a comfortable win in his opening round U15 men’s singles. He controlled the match from start to finish coming away with a 21-12 21-14 win in just 23 minutes

U15 players Tyzton Tan (WA), Janet Son (Janet Son) and Joy Lai (Vic) all played well against their more fancied opponents, pushing the matches to a deciding game only to succumb to the energy sapping heat. Tyzton Tan fought hard against Singaporean Glenn Ang, only fade late in the match, losing a string of points when he tired in the third game, going down 21-14 in the decider.

Janet Ho perhaps put in the most determined effort of the day. Dropping game against her Indonesian opponent, Ho fought back to win the second game 24-22 and push the match to a third game. The intensity of the match and the heat combined to really take its toll on Ho, this came to a head at 15-19 down in the final game when she threw up court up courtside. Ho showed great fighting spirit to push on and get the score back to 19-20, but could not wrestle the lead back, losing 19-21.

Victorian Joy Lai, also up against an Indonesian player, got off to a slow start losing the first game before coming back to comfortably win the second game. When scores were locked at 12-12 in the final game Lai started to tire in what was an all too familiar sight for the Aussies on the day. Her opponent who regularly trains and competes in these taxing conditions showed no signs of slowing down as Lai faded to lose the third game 13-21.

Lin Ying Xiang (WA), Amos Yi (WA), Gavin Ho (Vic), Tiffany Ho (NSW) and Jennifer Tam (NSW) all had straight games losses in their respective singles matches while Justin Lee (NSW), Jazton Tan (WA), Joy Lai and Grace Ngiam (QLD) all had first round walkovers. West Australian Phing Teo who is competing in the U19 girls singles will get underway later in the week.

View full list of results from day one and schedule for the rest of the week

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