After endlessly near misses, Shamim Bangi finally came of age when she defeated Domou Amro from Jordan in straight sets (21-9, 21-16) to win the 2017 Uganda Badminton International Tournament over the weekend.
The triumph came at the back of a disappointing four years that left the player in her twenties devastated after she failed to garner points that would see her play at her maiden Olympic game in Rio de Janeiro.
From the onset, Bangi who was seeded sixth at he championship was on a something strong as she saw off fellow Ugandan Erina Nalwati 2-0 (21-4, 21-8) in the first game.
Jordanian Haneen Derar Al-Wedyan tried to put up some resistance in the second round but was also humbled in straight sets (21-7, 21-14).
Tournament second seed and good friend Ogar Siamupangila from Zambian was also no match for the Ndejje University student as she went down (21-14, 21-15) at the quarter final stage.
It was not until the semifinal stage that Bangi dropped her first set as she saw off Egyptian and tournament third seed Menna Eltanany (16-21, 21-17, 21-9).
In the other half the draw, Domou Amro had dismissed Aisha Nakiyemba (21-11, 21-12) to make sure there is no all Ugandan final but that didn’t stop Bangi from seeing off the former (21-9, 21-16)
“Persistence and hard work have been the driving factor, I played against some really tough opponents but was able to be victorious, just need to build on this in the upcoming tournaments of the year,” Bangi told Kawowo Sports.
It wasn’t all rosy for Uganda with Edwin Ekiring retired in the final against Georges Julien Paul from Mauritius, the latter had won the first set 21-19, before the African Black Pearl suffered an injury on shin leading the second 11-7.