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Bangi ranked fifth in Africa

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Bangi ranked fifth in Africa


By Clive Kyaze

Posted  Friday, December 20  2013 at  00:00

Top female players:
1- Grace Babriel - Nigeria
2- Kate Kune - Mauritius
3- Hadia Hosny - Egypt
4- Doha Hany - Egypt
5- Shamim Bangi - Uganda

Shamim Bangi will end the year ranked fifth top female badminton player in Africa. The 20-year-old has also jumped 15 places on the global rankings to 188th.

Nigerian Grace Gabriel is ranked first in Africa, followed by Kate Foo Kune from Mauritius and the Egyptian duo of Hadia Hosny and Doha Hany.

“I set myself a target to end 2013 in the top three but lack of enough tournaments internationally hindered my progress,” Bangi told Daily Monitor.

In her last international outing, Bangi was knocked out in the quarter finals of the South African International last week by former Uganda International winner Santos Telma from Portugal.

Telma defeated Bangi in straight sets 21-10, 21-10 but the Ugandan managed to garner 920 points from the tournament.

In South Africa, Bangi got a bye into the main draw where she defeated Fry Jennifer 21-18, 21-16 before seeing off Botho Makubnate 21-10, 21-12 in the second round.

“The first two games were easy for me, but I failed to match Telma’s experience in the quarters, because she plays more on the big stage than me,” Bangi who had traveled without a coach revealed.

Apart from the South African event, Bangi has played at the Kenya Uganda, Cyprus and Bahrain international tournaments.