No pressure for Ekiring in Port Louis


Edwin Ekiring insists he will not be putting any pressure on himself as he tries to win the Yonex Mauritius Badminton International that starts today in Port Louis. Ekiring’s best performance at the event was in 2008, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Carlos Longo 2-1 (15-21, 21-15, 21-8).

“I Need to put up a good performance, of course winning the title is the yardstick,” said Ekiring. “But that shouldn’t make me approach my games with too much pressure, calmness has to prevail as I take one game at a time,” he added.

Ekiring is already in the main draw and will play either Neerrsh Ramtohul or Zakariyyah Bawamia who are in the qualifying phase.

The two-time Olympian last played in Mauritius in 2011, winning his first match 21-15, 21-15 against Christopher Paul before losing 21-19, 21-18 to Jan Frohlich of Czech Republic in the second round.

“This year I have already played at the Dutch and Spanish Internationals and I believe am in fine form for Mauritius,” Ekiring added.

In his past performance at the event, Ekiring was knocked out in the second round in 2007 and lost at the same stage in his maiden appearance in 2004.

In the lady’s category, Ugandan Shamim Bangi, a bronze medalist at the Nigerian international will play Smiti Ramchurm while team mate Aisha Nakiyemba takes on Malaysian Julia Pei Xian Wong.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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