Awesome Angus Pedersen secures national badminton title
PUBLISHED: 09:20 28 March 2013
Haringey's Angus Pedersen is a national champion after winning the men's doubles title at the Under-17 English National Championship.
The 16-year-old, who attends Alexandra Park School and lives in Wood Green, teamed up with Matthew Widdicombe (Herts), and the pair took the crown without dropping a single set.
The two left-handers were only seeded fifth out of eight teams, but they beat all of their rivals, including England pairings.
Having reached the semi-finals, Pedersen and Widdicombe dispatched Harrison Simcock and Jed Arksey from Buckinghamshire before going on to beat the Smith brothers (Staffordshire) 21-16, 25-23 in a high-quality final.
There was little time to recover, because Pedersen then joined Lydia Powell (Sussex) to compete in the mixed doubles – and he came within two points of winning a second title as the pair lost out 21-10, 19-21, 22-20 to Sean Vendy and Jessica Pugh.
Pedersen went on to compete in the singles event as well, but fatigue overcame him as he was eliminated in the quarter-finals, having played 10 matches in one day.
He has since represented Middlesex Under-17s against Surrey in the Shires League, winning three points for his team in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles – but the hosts lost 14-6.
Pedersen went on to make his debut for Middlesex’s senior county first team on Sunday at the Inter County Championships Premier B Divison in Guildford.
He played singles against Yorkshire’s second team, finding himself tied at 14-14 in both games – but his opponent showed greater experience to win 21-17, 21-16.
Middlesex finished eighth out of the 10 teams in the league after the third and final weekend, but they will be set to challenge for promotion next season when England’s No1, Rajiv Ouseph, returns to the team.