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Vivien Sandorhazi: It put much greater pressure on me then it should have
Date: 4/18/2020 9:03 AM
Published by : BEC Staff

Hungary has six names in the top 200 women’s singles players in the world. In Europe, only Denmark has more with seven. We spoke with the youngest of the six, a name that may well become known across the continent in the years to come – Vivien Sandorhazi.


Sandorhazi, 19, has moved into senior badminton in 2020 on the back of four U19 titles in 2019. At the end of February, she reached the final of the Slovak Open as an unseeded entry, showing how fast her progression is and already the teenager is setting her sight on the big prizes. 


- I think I can say the standard goals are a European medal, Olympic qualification, preferably two times, but we will see. Good results in the world championships and world tour events are on my list as well.


In 2017, a major moment in the Hungarian’s junior career was winning a bronze medal at the U17 European Championships. Sandorhazi explains how important this experience was for her.


-At the U17 Europeans, I was first seeded and thinking back now, it put much greater pressure on me then it should have. Initially, I couldn't help but feel a little disappointed about the bronze, but soon I learnt my mistakes during the tournament and in the preparation as well, after that point, I could appreciate it and it was a milestone for me.


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Medals and ‘kiddo’ 

Then in 2018, at the European Junior Championships in Tallinn Sandorhazi won a bronze, along with will fellow Hungarian, Reka Madarasz. The girls ahead of them were Danes, Amalie Schulz with silver and Line Christophersen with the gold. Speaking about this achievement, Sandorhazi happily states. 


-At the juniors, it actually felt really good that I could see that I'm amongst the best in Europe. I also learnt so much from that tournament, but I feel like I only started using this experience on court not long ago.


While still a teenager and already showing big leaps of improvement at senior level, Sandorhazi discusses what is the next step in her development.


-With some senior tournaments in my pocket now, I can tell that I have to mature quite a lot mentally on court if I want to keep up with seniors. Sure, I have some footwork errors and bad habits in my racket skill, but the huge part of the next block of training for me is mostly focused on the tactical side of it all.


Lastly, thinking about 10 years from now, Sandorhazi will be approaching 30, where will she be and what will she have won?


-10 years... That's a long time. I can honestly imagine myself living in so many places, so I'm just going to wait that out, but I'm hoping that I participated at two Olympics, have some European medals, some world tour titles, and maybe a small ‘kiddo’ by then! 


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