The Big Apple and Calgary

After our 4 1/2 week Asia and Australia tour we had a couple of days of training in Holland before we had to board another flight again. On Sunday June 14th we flew to New York for the first of two North American tournaments: The US Open and the Canada Open.

New York is not really New York. In fact the tournament is held in Brentwood on Long Island at about an hour drive from the Big Apple.
The first days we always use for training and getting accustomed to the time difference. The last mentioned didn’t cause any problems but the training was not a success. They had improvised badminton courts taped on an indoor athletics subsurface. Not exactly the ideal circumstances for a Grand Prix Gold tournament in the Olympic qualification year. I really wonder when BWF will finally open it’s eyes and start giving fines for such abuses.

But more important are the matches we played. After a rather easy win in the first round we were facing a Taiwanese pair in the second round. We lost this match in the last 5 points of the third game. Completely unnecessary, very disappointing and harsh reality!
As usual there is no time to linger in your disappointment, you are in a badminton roller coaster which never stops so we immediately focused on next week’s Canada Open in Calgary. Still I made time to pay a short visit to the Big Apple and enjoy this vibrant metropole. It was good to gain new energy and prepare for the trip to Calgary on Sunday.

The last 2 editions of the Canada Open, a Grand Prix tournament, we made it to the finals. This year we were seeded fifth. Via two hard-fought victory’s on, again, concrete floors (Hello BWF!?) we reach the quarter finals. There we meet the first seeded German pair Fuchs and Michels whom we played 2 times before. We also know them from the German Premier League where we also meet them quite regularly. To be honest, in this match we had nothing to contribute. We were just outclassed. We lost the match by 15 and 12 and that was the tournament it was.

Unfortunately these tournaments haven’t brought what I had hoped for, more victories and better playing. The last weeks we haven’t even come close to our top level which we reached at the end of 2014. The coming weeks we’ll have to find out how to get to that level again in order to perform at our best when we play the World Championships in Jakarta next August.

I write this just before boarding my KLM flight back to Holland. After having been abroad 46 days out of the past 54 it is about time to go home! I wish all my followers and other badminton lovers a great summer and after that a great start to the new season.

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