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Fadilah determined to bring home a gold medal
Fadila is determined to win gold at the upcoming World Junior Championships that starts September 30 to October 13 in Kazan, Russia.
Dubai Junior International Badminton Series
Women: Sreejith Sreeyuktha bt Vijay Anvitha 2-1
Men: Song Ean bt Dev Vishnu 2-0
Women: Mir Tasnim bt Jolly Treesa 2-0
Men: Prince Dahal bt Varun Kapur 2-0
To any athlete, winning at least a bronze medal at a major event would be an achievement.
However, Uganda's representative at the Dubai Junior International Badminton Series Shamika Fadilah feels the third-place finish at the weekend was not that impressing.
The 13-year-old is determined to win gold at the upcoming World Junior Championships that starts September 30 to October 13 in Kazan, Russia.
"I was determined to come back with the gold medal but things didn't turn out like I wanted," Fadilah stated.
"I have all my hopes in the World Juniors and I am yet to start training for them."
To finish with bronze in the women U-15 singles, Fadilah beat UAE's Sakshi Kurbkhelgi 2-0 (21-11, 21-12) in the opening game.
The Rubaga Girls student went on to thump Rinitha Rajith 2-1 (8-21, 21-18, 24-22) in the second game, landed on a stronger opponent Vijay Avitha in a tight game that lasted 41 minutes, ending 21-16, 21-23, 21-19.
Fadilah then went on to recover and beat Khan Taabia 2-1 (13-21, 21-10, 21-13) in the final game at the Nas Sports Complex on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in the doubles, Uganda's quest for medals was ended in the preliminary stages as they lost all games to host UAE.
UAE's Sreejith Sreeyuktha emerged the women's U-15 champion after beating Vijay Anvitha 2-1, while Mir Tasnim also thumped Jolly Treesa 2-0 to emerge the U-19 champion.