BUCS Individual Championships 2017

Posted by Carissa Turner at 11:02 on 22 February 2017

Jordan Hart took home 2 medals at last weekend's British University & Colleges Sport Individual Championships which were held in Sheffield.

BUCS Medals

This was Jordan's fourth BUCS Individual Championships, however this year she was asked to step in and play Women's Doubles due to injuries in the Team. Jordan's preparation for this event has also been slightly different to previous years as her main focus is on her upcoming international events; the Austrian International Challenge and All England World Super Series Premier. 

Jordan's path to the Semi Finals was not an easy one, with two of her matches being won in setting. Jordan said; "To get through to the Semi Finals on Sunday in Singles was really tough as I was struggling to really perform well and to the level I have been in recent tournaments such as the Welsh International and National Championships. It is a huge confidence boost that I was able to get through some really mentally tough matches against good opponents; especially a first round 30-29 win."

BUCS Scream

Jordan faced last year's Winner, Lyddia Cheah in the Semi Finals. She has played her multiple times, the most recent of which being during the AJ Bell National Badminton League match between Loughborough and Derby where she narrowly lost in the 5th set. Jordan knew that the match would be a tough one and said; "Unfortunately Lyddia was extremely difficult to play and I was unable to implement the tactics that I would have liked to. It was tough to lose so heavily in the second set after being so competitive in the first, but on reflection I met my tournament seeding of 3/4 and don't feel that I could have done anything differently or given any more on the day". Despite losing, this Semi Final result gave Jordan her first medal of the day and it was all to play for in the Women's Doubles.

Jordan teamed up with fellow Loughborough student and international player, Viki Williams. While the pair have known each other since they were Juniors they were a scratch pairing going in to the tournament. They were unstoppable and didn't drop a single set throughout the whole tournament. "Women's Doubles with Viki was really fun. Even though we were a scratch pair we were seeded number 1 and managed to justify the seeding by winning the Women's Doubles Title! It was a great way to end what was a long weekend of competing."

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(Photograph courtesy of Alan Spink; www.actionphotography.photoshelter.com)

The full results from last weekend can be viewed here.

Jordan has now flown to Vienna to compete in the Austrian Open where she will be competing in the Women's Singles Qualification rounds today. Jordan will look to push on from last weekend and get some wins under her belt in preparation for the All England on the 7th of March.

You can follow Jordan's progress at the Austrian Open here.