Chloe Magee 'frustrated' after 2-1 badminton defeat
The Olympic hopes of Ireland's sole badminton survivor, Chloe Magee, ended at the Wembley Arena this afternoon as she lost a thrilling three-game battle with France's Hongyan Pi.
The 23-year-old Donegal player looked to be in pole position after taking the first game 21-16 against her Chinese-born opponent but Pi, a World bronze medalist, just had two much guile in the next two games, taking the match 21-18 and 21-14 for the match.
"I'm frustrated because I know I had the winning of that match" said the Raphoe girl. "But she was very clever and maybe her experience told in the end. But I'm pleased at least with how I performed today."
Magee had admitted to nerves before her first group win against Egyptian, Hadia Hosny, but there was little evidence of nerves here as she immediate went after Pi with an aggressive volley game With her brother, Daniel. doing the courtside coaching, she led 11-10 at the first game break and a sequence of Pi errors allowed her stretch 15-12 clear to the delight of a huge Irish contingent in the audience.
A wonderful cross-court volley helped Magee get to 19-15, but the promptly lost her serve only for Pi then to return to the net. The French girl then mis-judged an end-court shot and game one was in the bag.
Pi though came storming back in game two, led 11-8 at the break and, when Magee rallied brilliantly to 18-19, she immediately lost her serve to a wonderful volley. That was it, Pi closed the game out and Magee never quite got her poise back.
True she was only a point down (10-11) at the break in game three but, thereafter, the French girl took control. A wonderful, soft volley took her to match-point at 20-14 and she did not baulk at the opportunity Magee, a Beijing Olympian at 19, will now target the 2014 European Championships where she beilieves she can be a medal contender.