Preseason Tournament marked the beginning of UCSD Badminton Club’s first meet up with our competitors. Hosted at UCSD on Sunday, November 12th 2017, with six schools – UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and UC San Diego – participated. Badminton players from each school competed against each other in a single elimination tournament.
UC San Diego achieved strong results as both Cindy Chan and Lingzhu Deng managed to secure spots in the finals for women’s and men’s singles. Unfortunately, Lingzhu suffered from leg cramps due to his previous intense games in Singles and Doubles, and had to forfeit his final match against Ethan Wu (UCI). On the other hand, Cindy fought hard in her final match against Rebecca Tzou (UCI). Tzou, who was very consistent in her shots, won first place in women’s singles. As for doubles, two pairs from UCSD, Abby Liang and Crystal Doan, as well as Helen Fu and Hortense Le, reached Semifinals in women’s doubles. However, they could not overcome their opponents from SDSU and UCLA. In the meantime, UCI dominated men’s doubles and prevented UCSD from making it past quarterfinals. As for Mixed Doubles, Cindy Chan and Kyle Ng (UCSD) fought their way to quarterfinals, but were eventually cut short by Alice Lai and Desmond Hung (UCLA). As a result, winning second place in Women’s and Men’s Singles and third place in Women’s Doubles, UCSD started the season on an optimistic note, showing that the team is ready to achieve good results in our future league matches.