World Super Series Masters Finals in Johor Bahru Dec 2-6
After a busy 2009 badminton season I was very happy and fortunate to qualify in singles and doubles at the World Super Series Masters Final in Johor Barhu, Malaysia. The World Super Series Final of badminton is compared to the Masters of tennis.
During the year there are 12 Super Series tournament which you accumulate Super Series points that qualify you for the finals at the end of the year. Only 8 top teams from around the world are invited per event, 2 pools of 4 teams play in the round robin and the top 2 teams cross over for the semi finals and winners will play in the finals. 29 women and 30 men made there way to the finals to compete in 5 disciplines. Malaysia is a fantastic place to play badminton and I was very proud to be part of it.
Charmaine and I were in a tough doubles group as we had the #1 seeds and world #1 this season Pei Tty Wong and Eei Hui Chin from Malaysia, Denmark's best and European Champions Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Lena Frier Kristiansen and also the #1 English pair Jenny Wallwork and Gabrielle White. We were defeated by the winners Wong/Chin and finalist Juhl/Kristiansen but we were able to pull off a big win in the doubles as we defeated Jenny Wallwork and Gabrielle White 21-17, 21-13.
In singles I was in a group with Juliane Schenk (#1 Germany), Salakjit Ponsana (#1 Thailand) and Yoa Yie (#1 Netherlands). As they are all ranked top 15 in the current world ranking I was definetely the underdog in this group. In every match I had a good chance in the first games but unfortunately I was not able to win one. Too bad there was no surprise.
As we are both self-funded athletes we are very lucky to have George Brookman and West Canadian sponsoring us as well as help from Grant Bartlett, our families and others to help us get to our tournaments. It is also very appreciated and nice to stay with families and friends around the world while we are competing. Thank you for opening your homes to us and for all of the support both on and off the courts.
All the best!