UCSD Badminton Team Shines At Bruin Open
On the weekend of October 12, UCSD badminton traversed to UCLA to play in the annual Bruins Open. Bruin Open is a tournament open to players of all skill levels, and many students as well as alumni from all over come to compete. There are five flights in each of the types of events, going from E flight (the lowest) to A flight (the highest). Despite having only two weeks of practice, our UCSD players fought hard to make an impression on the players from the other schools that participated, such as UCI, UCSB and UCR. Many players in the team gained medals due to their extraordinary efforts. Tina Ip, a new player to the team and a third year exchange student, upset many opponents as an unknown player to receive a 2nd place in C Women’s Singles after a hard fought final’s match of 23-21 and 21-9 against the tournament’s first seeds. Vanessa Do, a second year, got 2nd place in C Women's Doubles. Captain Brandon Tan and partner Abby Liang, who are both third years, got 2nd places in E Mixed Doubles. Also, many of our other players got exceptionally far in the tournament bracket. Other noteworthy performance includes senior Hensen Huynh and Edmund Lau getting to finals in D Men’s Double consolation, graduate student Jonas Kurniawan and Tina Ip narrowly losing to the eventual winners of E Mixed in a tight three match game of 21-15, 15-21, and21-17. To many of UCSD’s players, Bruin Open showed just how much room everybody has to improve. Overall, this tournament was a great start to UCSD badminton’s competitive year.