After overcoming some difficulties and early disqualifications in important events, Cuban Osleni Guerrero met expectations and won the title at the Giraldilla International Badminton Tournament held in Havana.
This was the fifth title won by Guerrero in an event of this kind, which is held every year at Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva (Sports Hall).
The best Cuban badminton player of all times defeated the Austrian Luka Wraber in the finals, scoring 21-16 and 21-17, after 45 minutes of game.
“Everything went well for me. I was able to maintain the strength needed throughout the game, which allowed me to win,” Guerrero told the press.
The Cuban champion demonstrated the confidence he had in his right attacks which, together with his rapid movements on the court, earned him the victory.
“I knew some of his flaws but he always tries hard and keeps me on my toes. Changing the pace really does sometimes make competitors lose concentration but I got over it more efficiently,” the winner said.
Since his debut in 2004, the 26-year-old player from Havana has won 16 medals at Havana’s annual event in different specialties (seven gold, three silver and six bronze).
With his fifth gold medal in the single competition, Guerrero scored 2,500 points in the world ranking, thus making an important step with views to qualifying for the Río de Janeiro Olympic Games in August, a goal that is getting closer and closer.
Having competed this year at events in the United States, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil and Jamaica, Guerrero is getting ready for the competition in Peru and the international tournament in Chile, prior to the May 1 qualifying competition for the Olympics.
“All these high level international competitions have been very good opportunities for me, and especially winning in my own country where my family are and the people who support me. I thank all the people who have worked with me all these years for their support in making it possible for a Cuban badminton player to compete at the Olympic games”, he said.
“I’m pretty close to qualifying for the Rio games. It’s hard work but I don’t think there will be any problems,” Guerrero commented.
The other winners at the Giraldilla Tournament were Austrian Elizabeth Baldauf who defeated Peruvian Daniela Macias, 21-11 and 21-14 (women’s single), and Peruvians Macías and Luz María Zoronoza (women’s double). The winners for the men’s double category were the Cubans Ernesto Reyes and Leodannis Martínez.
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