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New Caledonia edges Fiji on badminton
3:18 pm GMT+12, 31/08/2010, Fiji
The New Caledonia badminton team wrapped-up their tour of Fiji with a 3-2 win in a Test match against the national squad at the Yat Sen Hall yesterday.

Fiji won the women's singles via Andra Whiteside before she partnered off with her cousin Danielle to scoop the women's doubles. New Caledonia on the other hand, won the men's singles, mixed doubles and men's doubles.

Despite the loss, Fiji Badminton Association official Violet Williams said the warm-up augured well for the national squad.

“As we are still in our preparation phase ahead of the Pacific Games, we can take on board losses and lessons learnt along the way to improve on,” Williams said.

“It is also an opportunity to gauge our players in the squad.”

There were highlights from the Test, said Williams.

The most notable being Andra, establishing herself as the top lady in the local badminton circle. The current Pacific Games women's singles gold medallist defeated New Caledonia's top lady player Johanna Kou in a close encounter which went into the third set. Andra won the first 21-15 before Kou claimed the second 21-19 and Andra sealed the game 21-19 in the third set. Andra teamed up with her cousin Danielle to defeat Kou and her Cecile Kaddour in the women doubles.

New blood Afa McKenzie played “fairly average” in his debut match for the national squad.

McKenzie who is the new inclusion in the squad lost 2-0 (set scores being 10-21, 6-21) to Pacific Games men's champion and gold medalist Fabien Kaddour in the men's singles. He teamed up with Shivneil Chand in the men's doubles but they lost to Fabien and Arnold 21-18, 21-7.

The Pacific Games next year will be hosted by New Caledonia.


SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS

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