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Snider tuning up for Nationals at Wildewood Club

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DAVID SNIDER of Winnipeg, the 2008 Canadian men's badminton champion, has a lofty goal of repeating as national champion and other Manitoba players will be helping him get there this weekend.He is one of about 100 players competing in the 2008 Yonex Herb Richard Manitoba Open at the Wildewood Club.

Snider said his goal right now is to be more physically efficient on the court which will benefit him at the 2009 nationals in January against faster opponents

"I'm trying to learn how to be more tactically efficient and be able to beat some of these guys with minimal movement on my side.

"When I get to the nationals, I hope to couple the things that I'm working on in this tournament and the physical aspects of my game with speed and power, I'll be really quite well-prepared to beat some of the top guys again."

Snider will have his work cut out for him as he advances in this event, which concludes Sunday, as the men's singles draw also features Kyle Foley of B.C.

Foley, seeded second behind Snider, is the player Snider beat in the national final last February.

"When you're playing stronger players, they're moving faster and hitting harder and they'll rally more so I really need to bring up my tactical side," Snider said, "When you've beaten those guys, they want to beat you back even harder, so mentally, I'm going to try to get into my own zone like I'm the underdog (going into nationals) and that I have something to gain again so I'll be getting into some pretty interesting psychological modes."

The men's final is set for Saturday at 9:50 a.m.

The tournament also includes Winnipeg player Kristen Szuminsky who has returned to competition after some time away to concentrate on school. Szuminsky is seeded first on the women's singles side with Leah Inglis second.

At the 2008 Winnipeg Winter Club ABCD Open Nov. 6-9, the first local adult tournament of the 2008-2009 season, Szuminsky won all three events -- women's singles, women's doubles with partner Shelagh Hare and mixed doubles with partner Sam Parrish.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 22, 2008 D9

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