Bondett wins consolation at badminton tourney

Adrian Bondett, a first-year badminton player with the local club, won the consolation side in the under-14 division at the Manitoba Junior Open in Winnipeg last weekend.
Bondett, 13, was swept 15-6 and 15-14 in his first best-of-three match before winning his next three by scores of 15-6/15-9, 15-9/17-14, and 15-9/15-11.
All four matches were against Winnipeg opponents.
Coach Lawrence Alexander said Bondett played quite well, especially considering he was going up against several highly-ranked opponents
“He played a great mind game [at the tournament], which is important at that higher level,” he noted. “He was steady and solid, and showed tremendous spirit.
“He received serves well, and had pinpoint accuracy with his cross-court shots,” he added.
Alexander also said Bondett played a good “middle game” during rallies, using his smarts to make high-percentage shots. And he played more of an aggressive game than he normally does, including smashing the birdie back at his opponent more than usual.
“[Bondett] made his opponents play his game and he made the shots that were available to him,” Alexander noted.
Other local players who competed in Winnipeg included Drew Allan, Sarah Paterson, Jennifer Lawson, Simone Desjardins, and Kate Basaraba.