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Performing at the top level is missing
Date: 5/19/2020 12:14 PM
Published by : Rasmus Bech

If you thought that Jordan Hart, Wales, was considering retirement after this four-year Olympic circle, you were wrong. Totally wrong!

It is no secret that for a lot of professional badminton players great sacrifices and economic challenges is daily business. Welsh player, Jordan Hart, has previously explained to Badminton Europe that is can be tough to be a badminton player travelling the world chasing dreams.

- Being from a small nation with no national full-time setup and no other full-time players I have to live in another country to train and improve. Without my parents supporting a lot of my tournament program and training I would not be able to play badminton, Hart revealed.

Pro for 18 months
But despite having to save money where money can be saved, the 25-year-old still has high ambitions:

- I think performing at major championships and World Tour events is what is missing. I hope I have a successful journey ahead and I will be doing my best to improve my level, Hart said.

- I want to reach my potential and be the highest in the world rankings as my potential allows me. I think I have a lot to learn as I have only been a full-time badminton player for 18 months now and really have only knuckled down and fully committed myself to the process for the first time, she added.

No retirement
Most people would understand if a player like Jordan Hart would call it a day at a young age to focus on studies or full-time work outside the sport of badminton, but for the women’s singles player, who won five titles in 2019, retirement is not even a discussion point.

- Retiring is not an option at the moment.

- I believe that I am a late developer as until last year I had never won a circuit tournament and in 2019 I ended up winning five events.

Hard to be a short-term planner
With the COVID-19 situation, it is for Hart – as for everyone – hard to plan, and she admits it is difficult to set up short term goals.

- I will just be pleased to be back at training. I cannot even imagine how the players that are currently in the qualification process for Tokyo are feeling, Hart stated

- I am a short-term planner. I work best with shorter goals as for me planning for four years in advance is overwhelming. I would like to qualify for the next World Championships as I have never been in the position to go until recently. 

In 2019, the world number 75 won the Polish International, Latvia International, Giraldilla 2019, Jamaica International and Carebaco International. 

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