Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Douglas birders dominate Seattle Open

By Al Mawani,
Badminton Coach

The Douglas College badminton team and the Shuttlesport Junior team – both part of the Shuttlesport Douglas College Badminton Academy – played in the Seattle Open this past weekend. The Senior team put on quite a show, winning 4 of the 5 events.

In the most exciting match of the tournament, KaiLai Zhang defeated teammate Richard Liang in three hard-fought, intense games. This was KaiLai's first international win.

In the Women's Singles, RuiLin Huang showed her class by dominating and winning the event without dropping a game. She was in full control throughout the final, defeating USA's Renata Baker 21-8, 21-4.

Stephanie Ko led the team with 2 wins. She partnered with Alvin Lau to defeat teammates Darren Hong and Melody Liang in the Mixed Doubles final, then teamed up with Melody to win the Women's Doubles event.

The only loss was in the Men's Doubles event where Alvin and Darren lost to former World Champions Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach from the USA. Alvin and Darren put on quite a show for the large crowd against the two Americans but eventually lost 21-15 and 21-16.

The Shuttlesport Juniors also put in a fine effort with Jacky Chan (aged 15) and Alex Wong (aged 14) winning the consolation event in the Men's Doubles.

In all, 22 players traveled to Seattle from the Shuttlesport Douglas College Badminton Academy.