Olympian and women's singles legend, Tine Baun, joins the Suffolk Saxons for a one-night-only appearance in the AJ Bell National Badminton League. The former three times women’s singles Yonex All England champion, has had a stellar career, and is coming out of retirement to play for the Suffolk Saxons.
During her career, the 37 year old Danish international, managed to climb all the way to the top and rank as the world’s best women’s singles player and has an incredible ten national championship medals hanging on her trophy wall. As well as winning three golds at the Yonex All England Open Badminton Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2013, her achievements include several Super Series medals, including gold in Malaysia and Singapore.
She won the 2007 Japan Open beating all Chinese-born players from the first match, including the 1st seed, Zhang Ning of China, in the quarterfinal. She also won the 2008 Singapore Super Series, beating Zhou Mi of Hongkong in the final. She won the silver medal at the 2008 European Championships and a gold medal at the 2010 and 2012 European Championships after beating Juliane Schenk of Germany in both finals.
Anthony Clark, head coach for the Saxons said of his latest signing “I remember Tine the whole way through my career as someone to really aspire to. Early on in her career, she had a horrible achilles heel injury, but came back from that stronger, fitter, with unbelievable determination, and the mentality that she could beat anyone. I think it sometimes takes an injury to put you on the right track and this certainly happened for Tine…it brought out all her skills and power, to take on the best in the world.”
He went on to say “She brings pure quality to the team, and she may not be as quick as she was, but she’s one of the best players that Europe has ever produced and it’s incredibly exciting to have her on our team. With her skills, her power and her mentality, the quality of badminton we can expect from Tine will be outstanding.”
Baun said "I'm really looking forward to playing in the league, I've only heard good and inspiring things about it. I still love and enjoy playing badminton and England is one of my favorite countries to play in. I'll give my best for the team and I hope I can give them victories.”