Deidre Laurens and Amy Ackerman Win Future Series Tournament’s Botswana Leg

Africa’s number 1 Doubles Badminton duo Deidre Laurens and Amy Ackerman beat the Maldives’ Razzaq twins, Aminath Nabeeha and Fathimath Nabaaha, to win the Botswana Future Series, with final leg in Cape Town holding Games ambitions. Photo: Supplied

Africa’s number 1 Women’s Doubles Badminton duo Deidre Laurens and Amy Ackerman have won the Botswana Future Series. They beat the Razzaq twins, Aminath Nabeeha and Fathimath Nabaaha from Maldives in three tough games 21-13, 20-22, 21-18.

The 2023 Botswana International is an international badminton tournament that took place at the Lobatse Sports Complex in Lobatse, Botswana, from 23 to 26 November 2023. 

South Africa’s top singles sensation Nita Scholtz and her partner Caden Kakora lost out in the semi-finals of the mixed doubles to Melvin and Vilina Appiah 21-18, 10-21, 22-20.

The road-to-Paris is well on track for South Africa’s leading partnership Laurens and Ackerman, after they won the women’s doubles at the Zambia International a week ago.

The pair beat Uganda’s Gladys Mbabazi and Husina Kobugabe 21-13 and 21-15.

To book a ticket to the 2024 Olympic Games, the SA Champions need to be ranked in the top 50 of the women’s doubles pairs in the world by 28 April 2024. 

Diedre and Amy, who are currently ranked 58th, will now travel back home for the home leg at the South African Future Series which starts on Thursday, 30 November 2023.

On her Instagram Laurens said: “What a weekend. What a journey. 5 months left of the #roadtoparis2024 qualification cycle. One more tournament for 2023 – SA International in Cape Town. Always a special one.”

Amy and Deidré have been included in the Badminton Confederation of Africa’s (BCA) “Road to Paris” (RTP) programme. This programme has identified Africa’s most promising badminton players that show potential to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. 

Their inclusion in the programme followed their success at the African Championships held in February 2022, where they achieved a silver medal.

The Botswana Badminton Association organises the tournament with sanctions from the Badminton Confederation of Africa and the Badminton World Federation.

Click here to view Laurens and Ackerman’s tournament results (External Source)


Photo Caption: Africa’s number 1 Doubles Badminton duo Deidre Laurens and Amy Ackerman beat the Maldives’ Razzaq twins, Aminath Nabeeha and Fathimath Nabaaha, to win the Botswana Future Series, with final leg in Cape Town holding Games ambitions. Photo: Supplied

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