Sunday 18 February 2018

Badminton: Magee in top form to breeze into second round

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

IRELAND'S top player Chloe Magee took just 28 minutes to get through her first match last night, beating Egypt's Hadia Hosny comfortably in two sets.

Magee struggled a little in the opening stages of the match when she was 4-1 down and Hosny took her to 21-17 in the first game.

But the Raphoe player, trained by her brother Daniel, was utterly dominant in the second set, romping away with a 21-6 victory to demonstrate how much her stamina and pace have improved since she made her debut as a teenager in the Beijing Games.

Back then, the Olympic badminton format was straight knockout and Magee caused a bit of a stir by getting through the first round, but in London she is in a group of three.

She now faces much tougher opposition in the shape of France's Hongyan Pi today, which should decide who goes through in their group.

Pi is originally Chinese but declared for France over a decade ago and the 33-year-old has been a quarter-finalist at the last six World Championships, winning a bronze in 2009.

She was a quarter-finalist also in Beijing when Magee was knocked out in her second-round match.

Irish Independent

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