Saffron Shines at MK All Stars

Posted by Carissa Turner at 04:08 on 24 August 2016

Saffron MK

Saffron arrived at her first tournament of the season, Summer MK All Stars U11, as the No 2 seed and found herself among a strong field of competitors which consisted of players who are ranked No 1,2 & 6 in England.

Her first game was against Kayleigh Williams of Suffolk who proved no match for Saffron who won 11-0,11-3.

Isabelle Lee of Hertfordshire was next and Saffron again made quick work of her opponent winning 11-2,11-3.

But the next two games would be a true test of Saffrons summer preparations.

English No.2 Grace Sachdeva proved to be a strong opponent with the match consisting of long rallies and close points. However Saffron held her nerve and prevailed winning 11-9,11-8.

Saffron finally got to have some rest and had to wait out the next round of matches before facing the No.1 seed, Lucy Brierley.
She went into this match knowing a good performance would be needed to take home the Gold. She came out of the blocks flying and quickly ran to a 11-2 winner in the first game. During the second game some distraction from the side lines caused Saffron's focus to slip and she lost 9-11.
At 6-2 down in the third it seemed that Saffron would have to settle for Silver, but in true "Saffron style" she dug deep and refused to give in. She regained her composure and mounted a comeback, winning the third 11-9!

The tournament proved a great experience for Saffron and will carry her forward with confidence for the coming season.

For a full list of results from the tournament, click here.