Africa’s number one badminton player Edwin Ekiring fell to Portugal’s Pedro Martins in the finals of the South Africa International on the weekend in Pretoria.

Martins overpowered the Ugandan player in straight sets 21-16,21-18 to halt his winning running. The All Africa games badminton silver medalist was gunning for back to back titles after winning the Bostwana International two weeks ago in Gaborone.

“I played some good badminton, but my opponent was much better and stronger than me,” Ekiring stated. “This two weeks have been tough for me cause I have really played some good experienced players who have given me good confidence. I am now looking forward to the Irish Open this week and I hope I can continue with my good form.”

The Holland based player is seeking to break into the top 100 on the world badminton rankings to enable him qualify for the summer Olympics next year in London.

Ekiring is expected to climb up the rankings when Badminton World Federation releases its rankings later this week.

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