Kodie King has booked a place in his first junior nationals final after defeating Nicholas Sobers 21-16, 22-20 in the Under-15 boys semi-final of the Junior National Badminton Championships held at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex yesterday.
Despite the straight sets victory, Sobers did not make it easy as King was forced to work for every point.
King rushed to an 8-1 lead and still led into the first interval 11-3. However, the diminutive Sobers increased his intensity with some excellent cross court winners and drop shots to pull within three in the latter stages.
King was able to settle just enough to quell any hopes of a comeback in the first game and took the one game lead. In the second, Sobers failed to capitalize on the momentum he gained in the previous game. The early exchanges followed the same script as Sobers allowed King to rush to an 8-1 lead.
Fortunately, he pulled his act together much sooner and came within three points at the interval. After the break, Sobers continued to press the attack and forced King to all areas of the court, which allowed him to eventually take the lead at 12-11.
From there the scores were locked on multiple occasions, with neither youngster leaving anything to chance as they went after every shuttle. Sobers then squandered two game points to allow a now demonstrative King to tie the game.
With the momentum having clearly shifted, King scored two more straight points to seal the win and erupted in joyous celebration. He will now be forced to face his little brother Kennie King in this Saturday’s final.
U19 Boys semi-finals
Sabeel Foster def. Jaleel Arthur 21-9, 21-5
D’Andre Thorpe def. Cory Fanus 21-17, 21-17
U17 Boys semi-finals
Shae Martin def. Nicholas Sobers 21-10, 21-15
Jehu Gaskin def. Keshem Moore 21-7, 21-13
U15 Boys doubles semi-finals
Nicholas Howard/Kennie King def. Aren Cupple/Jonathan Gardiner 21-16, 21-16
Kodie King/Nicholas Sobers def. John Cupples/Khamal Scantlebury 21-13, 9-21, 21-18
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