Hopton leads success for Team Bath badminton players
Jessica Hopton, part of the England U19 badminton squad, led a successful group of Team Bath badminton players at the weekend’s English National U19 Championships in Milton Keynes.
Hopton, hoping for selection to the World Junior Championships team this year, won the women’s doubles with Lydia Powell in three incredibly tight sets – 21-15, 20-22, 22-20.
She also reached the singles semi-finals, losing to reigning champion, top seed and eventual winner Banerjee at that stage by 15-21, 18-21.
Angus Pedersen, a University of Bath student and Trendell scholar, reached the semi-finals of the singles over-turning the form book to beat three-four seed Luke Pearce at the quarter-final stage before going down to second seed Sean Vendy.
He went on to reach the final of the doubles with Matthew Widdicombe before losing out to once more to Vendy with Ben Lane.
Emerging player Kirby Ngan, who still qualifies to play in the U17 age-group, will have been pleased with her performance too.
Ngan reached the semis of the singles before losing out to second seed Lydia Powell from whom she took the opening set.
To reach the semis, the unseeded Ngan had to overcome three-four seed Tsui-Yee Bethany Lau
“i’m really delighted with the past two weeks. The players have done very well at both this event and the previous week’s National Badminton Championships”, said coach Peter Bush.
“Now it’s a question of getting ready for the British Universities’ Championships where Angus will be hoping to do well in the men’s singles”.