Kiren Deraj Finishes the Yonex Alberta Junior Elite with a Silver Medal

The Yonex Alberta Junior Elite took place October 19 - 21st in Calgary with Kiren Deraj from Winnipeg taking the Silver Medal in U19 Singles.

Kiren defeated Davis Wong and Anthony Wong both of Alberta in the first rounds to come up against the second seed Anthony Tso in the quarter final. He had a decisive win of 21-8, 21-12 to make it to the semi-final. In the semi-final Kiren met the 3/4 seed Sheldon Xu of BC. He triumphed 21-19, 21-12 to meet the number one seed in the final. The final was a very exciting match which went three games. In the end, Yunzhi Chen won the match.

Kiren spoke about his final match of the weekend "It was a really close match. I made quite a lot of mistakes in the first game, and lost 9-21, but in the second game, I persevered, kept the rallies going, and won 21-16. In the final game, I started off strong, and was up 11-6 at the interval. However, he started the second half very strong, and a combination of his skill and my mistakes lost me the match (15-21)"


Congratulations Kiren!

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