Tuesday, 16 Jul 2024

News | BWF Olympics

American Para Badminton player Miles Krajewski expressed his joy after defeating England’s Krysten Coombs in a thrilling match at the Thailand Para Badminton International 2023 in Pattaya. Krajewski, who had taken a break from the sport after failing to qualify for Tokyo 2020, mentioned that the time off had not only made him physically stronger but also more mature. With this win, Krajewski secured a spot in the quarterfinals, while Coombs will face Indonesia’s Subhan Subhan in the next round.

Coombs, despite his loss, acknowledged Krajewski’s skills and growth, stating that he remembers training with him in England a few years ago. Coombs emphasized that age should not affect his game and that he is determined to qualify for another Paralympics.

The inclusion of SL3-SU5 mixed doubles at Paris 2024 has brought forth new players and pairings, creating an exciting dynamic in the sport. Japanese player Daisuke Fujihara expressed his anticipation to face these new opponents, highlighting the importance of understanding his partner’s thoughts and working together effectively on the court.

Indonesia’s Fredy Setiawan and Khalimatus Sadiyah Sukohandoko emerged as the top performers in their SL3-SU5 mixed doubles group. Despite the challenges of playing multiple matches in a day, Setiawan mentioned that they manage to get the job done while Sadiyah shared the team’s love for good food, mentioning durian as a favorite.

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In another match, the French pair Meril Loquette and Coraline Bergeron faced defeat against Indian players Kumar Nitesh and Thulasimathi Murugesan. However, Loquette expressed confidence in their partnership and highlighted their friendly off-court relationship as a strength.

Looking ahead, Loquette acknowledged the tough competition they would face in order to qualify for Paris 2024, particularly highlighting the challenge of overcoming Lucas Mazur and Faustine Noel.

FAQs

Q: How did Miles Krajewski’s break from the sport impact his performance?
A: Miles Krajewski mentioned that his time away from badminton not only made him physically stronger but also more mature as a player.

Q: Who will Krysten Coombs face in the next round?
A: Krysten Coombs will be going up against Subhan Subhan from Indonesia in the next round of the tournament.

Q: What new category has been introduced for the Paris 2024 Paralympics?
A: SL3-SU5 mixed doubles has been included as a new category for the Paris 2024 Paralympics, leading to the emergence of new players and pairings.

Summary

The Thailand Para Badminton International 2023 witnessed exciting matches and remarkable performances. Miles Krajewski’s win over Krysten Coombs showcased his growth as a player after taking a break from the sport. The inclusion of SL3-SU5 mixed doubles for the Paris 2024 Paralympics has sparked new energy and competition, with players like Daisuke Fujihara expressing their anticipation for upcoming matches. Fredy Setiawan and Khalimatus Sadiyah Sukohandoko demonstrated their dominance in the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles category. Despite their loss, Meril Loquette and Coraline Bergeron expressed confidence in their partnership and determination to qualify for Paris 2024.

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