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    Does anyone have an update on Soraya de Visch Eijbergen of The Netherlands?
    A couple of years ago, she appeared to be a very promising singles player.

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    Oldhand, what happened to old-fashioned detective work?

    This site had a blurb from Feb 6, 2014. Google translates as :
    "Soraya Visch Eijbergen (1) had to give up injured in the second game of the finals with a 12-16 disadvantage"

    She also has a twitter feed: https://twitter.com/sorayadve
    The latest tweet (as of this posting) says:
    "I'm still injured. Uber cup is therefore too early for me .."

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    She plays in the german league, but she withdrew for her last matches and missed the last team match last weekend.

    http://tournamentsoftware.com/sport/...2F5&player=486

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    Does anyone have an update on Soraya de Visch Eijbergen of The Netherlands?
    A couple of years ago, she appeared to be a very promising singles player.

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    She recently injured herself at the national championships and this bothered her too much in the ws final match and forced her to withdraw. Was a lock to win the title for the first time ...
    Before that iirc she beat Line Kjaersfeldt at the Estonian International, but who hasn't in recent times (jk); beaten Olga Konon in German league play as well but Konon was just coming back from a long injury layoff (and retired at the recent european team championships with another inury).

    All in all it's always a hard transition from junior to senior, even more so with a physique like her's. But there is no one left so she is the future of Dutch WS for the time being (after the retirements of Wentholt & Peters, EC U19 WD silver medalists in 2011).
    Having said that the national federation has funneled the available funding towards the WD and XD so her focus might have to be on XD ... edit: see she hasn't played XD in a while so not going that route it appears.

    Now, how about that Piek & Muskens
    Last edited by demolidor; 02-28-2014 at 06:34 PM.

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    Good info, demolidor on this promising player.

    Nice video, too. Would you be so kind as to summarize what Ms. de Visch Eijbergen.
    (as euphonious as spoken Dutch is, not all of us are fluent.)

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    She starts off with revealing she has a particular favorite shirt and racket and sets the shirt aside for the final (/makes sure she can wear it in the final). Then she talks about herself as a player, being more focussed on (spotting) the opponents weaknesses than playing to her own strengths and then strike when the time is right.
    Pre-match she starts getting anxious/nervous upon first seeing the opponent but when the match is set to start: "it's time to shine" (in the words of former Dutch swimming star Inge de Bruijn), and want's to show everyone how well she can play.
    To finish off she tells us her short term goal out of juniors is to become national senior champion (after already being two time U19 WS champ) and longer term goal is Rio 2016 and will do whatever is needed to get there .

    [I think the video was produced after getting a nomination for sports talent of the year 2012 in her hometown The Hague, so just over a year old; here is the 2013 one featuring another badminton player Mark Caljouw http://vimeo.com/84574871]
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