. Greetings, David Snider has finally defeated Andrew Dabeka. From Winnipeg Free Press: click here ====== * ====== start article ====== * ====== Badminton match special for Snider September 10 at 10:30 AM CDT IT was an exhibition match like no other for local badminton player David Snider, Canada's 2008 men's singles champion, on Tuesday night. On his home court at the Winnipeg Winter Club, the 20-year-old Winnipegger defeated former five-time national champion and 2008 Olympian Andrew Dabeka, 29, of Ottawa 21-19, 19-21, 21-19. David Snider puts on a stellar exhibition before a strong home support group. (Boris Minkevich / Winnipeg Free Press) Dabeka was in Winnipeg to host a high-performance camp for Manitoba's provincial team and agreed to play Snider as a training opportunity. "I'm quite happy, there's lots of people who showed up and I think I played quite well. I've played him twice before; it's always gone to three games and this is the first time I won," Snider said in an interview after the match. He said there were about 250 people packed into the Winter Club's badminton hall. "It was a good promotion for the sport and a great opportunity for me to play an athlete of his calibre. It really tests my mental focus against somebody who is very solid and who knows how to play against less-experienced players and exploit some of their weaknesses. It was just a really good test for me." Snider, who was a finalist last month in the 2008 U.S. Open which Dabeka won, said Dabeka's court coverage was challenging for him. "He doesn't take extreme risks so you have to really generate your points by hitting the bird around the court to get him off-balance and that's tough to do. You have to be really patient. It helped a lot to have such a strong home support group." ====== * ====== end article ====== * ====== Congratulations to David Snider !!! Cheers... chris@ccc .