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Badminton Day 1 – Maria Kirsten advances

August 12, 2008

Maria Kristen Yulianti of Indonesia kept the Indonesian hopes alive in the Women’s Singles competition as she fought hard in her opening round againts Juliane Schenk of Germany.


Image source: Nbcolympic.com (Getty Images)

Maria lost the first set but managed to pull herself together to win 18-21, 21-13, 22-20. It’s never easy for a person to play their first round first olympics and especially when you are down the first set, it’s never easy to come back. Well done to Maria who remained mentally focused to stay and win the game. Maria reminds me so much of Susi Susanti; She has similar styles of stroke play, footwork and movement around the court. However Susi was at her peak when she won the 1992 Olympics. I’ll give Maria a couple of years to grow and I’ll bet she’ll be challenging the Chinese women’s players for the singles tittles.

Here are some other first round matches:

Women’s Singles:
Eriko Hirose of Japan defeated Iceland’s Ragna Bjorg Ingolfsdottir 21-6, 19-7 (retired).
Larysa Gryga of Ukraine defeated Italy’s Agnese Allegrini 21-15, 21-11.

Men’s Singles:
Przemyslaw Wacha of Poland defeated Estonia’s Raul Must 21-14, 21-15.

Marc Zwiebler of Germany defeated Ireland’s Scott Evans 21-18, 18-21, 21-19.

Stay tuned for more updates to come..

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