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Tereza Švábíková: You will see me among the top European badminton players
Date: 4/20/2020 8:27 PM
Published by : BEC Staff

Meet 19-year-old Czech prospect, Tereza Švábíková, a medallist at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games team event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A player ready to begin making her mark at senior level. 

The Youth Olympics team event is a fun format, where players are placed in squads with a mix of players from other nations. Švábíková was in team ‘Theta’, with players from Egypt, Japan, Australia, Brazil and fellow Europeans Julien Carraggi of Belgium and Lukas Resch of Germany. Together they were victorious in winning the bronze medal. 

In the individual women’s singles event, Švábíková was agonisingly close to being promoted from the group stages after being equal on points with Singaporean Jaslyn Hooi Yue Yann, both with two wins and one loss, but she just missed out on game difference. 

An experience like this will have given the young player much confidence moving forward, and we have seen great progress in the subsequent years. Švábíková sits now at 128 in the world, less than 500 points and three places behind her doubles partner, the more experience and nine years her senior, Katerina Tomalova. Talking about her big goals over the next few years, Švábíková states. 

- My goals are to practice with good quality and be healthy. Last few years I struggled with lots of problems which were affecting me. So, if I can manage to be healthy in the next few years, I believe I will get stronger and success will come.

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I know my weaknesses 

Švábíková has been in seven tournament finals but is yet to come away with the top prize. The latest one being the closest, just losing out 23-21 in the deciding game at the 2019 Suriname International against the Mexican, Haramara Gaitan. Discussing the tournaments she aspires to win, Švábíková says. 

- I want a medal at the European Championships but being from a country where badminton isn’t a typical sport, it’s hard, but not impossible.

With youth on her side, Švábíková has a lot of time to develop further. Highlighting the main things she needs to work on, she explains. 

- I know my weaknesses, but right now I’m focusing the most on my physical preparation and mentality.

Players around the world are itching to get back on court, Švábíková is no different when she talks about the main challenges she is looking towards. 

- Mainly I need to be well prepared when these hard times are over. I’m excited to play the European Championships, where I've qualified in both singles and doubles. So that’s the big challenge right now along with my dream to fight for my spot at the Olympics. 

Lastly, when asked where she sees herself in five-years-time, Švábíková answers. 

- Five years is a long time in the life of an athlete, you never know what can happen tomorrow. But I believe you will see me among the top European badminton players, and if not there for sure somewhere around badminton.

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