MYB player, and tournament newcomer, Jennie Xu took players and parents by surprise when she, along with partner Kelly Vance (CT), scored a third-place finish in the U11 girls doubles event at the Long Island Regional Championships last weekend. This is the first USA Badminton sanctioned, ranking tournament for Xu and the first time she has played with this partner.
Xu’s brother Michael captured a third-place finish in the U15 boys doubles event with partner Lukas Chang (MA) and a first-place finish in the consolation rounds of U15 mixed doubles with partner Lisa Vance (CT). Also competing in the tournament was Clayton Cayen who added to the medal count with a first-place finish in the U19 mixed doubles with partner Sanchita Pandy (VA)
MYB Head Coach Nick Vered said:
“I couldn’t be prouder of our veteran players Clayton Cayen and Michael Xu. They battled against some stiff competition and once again came back with spectacular results”
“Jennie Xu was our surprise of the tournament. This was Jennie’s first major nationally ranked tournament and she took home Bronze in doubles. I am thrilled with her showing and believe that she has huge potential to become a top player in the country”
Both Xu (Michael) and Cayen will travel to Orlando FL over February vacation week to compete in the ClearOne Open Regional Championships, one of the highest ranking tournaments held in the country. Both players are attempting to earn points to qualify for the Junior International Trials, the qualifying tournament for the Pan Am Junior Championships being held in Brazil in July.