DESPITE putting up a brave fight, Ulster and Ireland’s number one badminton player Chloe Magee had her Olympic dream crushed at Wembley Arena on Tuesday.
The Raphoe women went down in three thrilling sets to France’s PI Hongyan, 21-16, 18-21 and 14-21. In the end mistakes at crucial times prevented the Donegal lass progressing to the last 16, a fact she acknowledged after a battling performance.
“I’m really disappointed to lose, I definitely think I could have won that game but I did enjoy my performance and there are a lot of positives I can take from it,” she said.
Magee came from 3-7 down in the first set to win 21-16 and even in the second remained firmly in contention until a number of errors and fortunate net cord allowed Hongyan to level the match at 1-1. The French player then used all her experience to overcome her plucky opponent in the final set.
“I felt really good after the first set and even in the second I felt I was playing well but I didn’t use the drift to my advantage and hit three shots out the back which when you’re playing a player like Pi, you can’t afford to do,” she added.
“I was just getting back into the second set when she got a net cord that literally just dropped over the net. Obviously I was disappointed but that is just how it goes sometimes.
“Pi played very smart, she has been around for a long time and used to playing in venues like this. She played a very tactical game were unfortunately for me her experience prevailed.”