SA Badminton Champs Working Hard to Ensure They Qualify for Paris 2024

Amy Ackerman and Deidré Laurens placed first in the Women’s Doubles competition at the 2023 Algeria International tournament, held in Salle Harcha-Hacene, placing them top of Africa’s pairs and with an African Road 2 Paris ranking of 58. Photo: Badminton South Africa on Facebook

South African Badminton women are putting in the hard yards across the African continent to ensure they qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. 

At the 2023 Algeria International tournament that was held in Salle Harcha-Hacene, Amy Ackerman and Deidré Laurens were placed first in the Women’s Doubles competition, thus setting them up nicely for a ranking of 66 in the world and are ranked 58 on the Road 2 Paris (R2P). 

The SA duo are the highest-ranked Africans, after having won the Algerian International Series. 

Ackerman and Laurens were placed second at the SA Open Championships Women’s Doubles finals on 31 October, in Johannesburg, after losing to Johnita Scholtz and Megan de Beer. 

Johnita Scholtz is currently the #1 ranked player in Africa, and is also the highest-ranking African, with a world ranking of 92, and a 103 Road 2 Paris ranking. 

Having won the SA Open Women’s Singles Title in Melville on 31 October, Johnita is determined to put in a maximum effort at the upcoming Zambia and Botswana Internationals, to increase her R2P ranking inside the world’s Top 90 and maintain her position as the #1 in Africa.


Main Photo Caption: Amy Ackerman and Deidré Laurens placed first in the Women’s Doubles competition at the 2023 Algeria International tournament, held in Salle Harcha-Hacene, placing them top of Africa’s pairs and with an African Road 2 Paris ranking of 58. Photo: Badminton South Africa on Facebook

Photo 2 Caption: The SA duo are the highest-ranked Africans, after having won the Algerian International Series. Photo: Badminton South Africa on Facebook

Photo 3 Caption: Johnita Scholtz is currently the #1 ranked player in Africa, and will compete at the upcoming Zambia and Botswana Internationals to increase her R2P ranking.  Photo: Badminton South Africa on Facebook

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