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Sawan Serasinghe (born 21 February 1994) is a badminton player from Australia.[1] He competed in the Men's doubles event at the 2016 Summer Olympics alongside Matthew Chau.[2]

Sawan Serasinghe
Friendly match between Australian and Indonesian badminton players 2016 - Sawan Serasinghe.jpg
Personal information
Country Australia
Born (1994-02-21) 21 February 1994 (age 25)
Galle, Sri Lanka
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
HandednessLeft
Men's & mixed doubles
Highest ranking32 (MD 1 December 2016)
32 (XD 19 October 2017)
BWF profile
Serasinghe with his partner Matthew Chau in 2016

CareerEdit

Serasinghe started playing badminton since the age of five, he was born in Galle, Sri Lanka, and moved to Australia when he was 11-years-old. He trains at the National Training Centre in Melbourne, and took out back-to-back Oceania Championships titles with Chau in 2015 and 2016. The 22-year-old also won the 2014 Sydney International Challenge mixed doubles with Setyana Mapasa, against some of the best players in the world. The Melbournian’s first international experience was at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival where he competed in the men’s doubles with Chau and also took the court in the men’s singles competition.[3]

He made his first Olympic appearance at the 2016 Summer Olympics, competing in the men's doubles with Matthew Chau. They headed into Rio as the 46th highest ranked pairing in the world. Unfortunately the pair were eliminated in the group stages after losing each of their matches against South Korea, Russia, and Chinese Taipei.[3][4]

Off the court, Serasinghe studies a Bachelor of Business Information Systems at Monash University.[3]

AchievementsEdit

Oceania ChampionshipsEdit

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
  Eric Vuong   Simon Leung
  Mitchell Wheller
21–17, 21–10   Gold
2018 Eastlink Badminton Stadium,
Hamilton, New Zealand
  Matthew Chau   Robin Middleton
  Ross Smith
21–17, 23–21   Gold
2017 Salle Anewy,
Nouméa, New Caledonia
  Matthew Chau   Kevin Dennerly-Minturn
  Niccolo Tagle
21–8, 21–14   Gold
2016 Punaauia University Hall,
Papeete, Tahiti
  Matthew Chau   Leo Cucuel
  Remi Rossi
21–11, 21–12   Gold
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
  Matthew Chau   Kevin Dennerly-Minturn
  Oliver Leydon-Davis
10–21, 21–16, 21–13   Gold
2014 Ken Kay Badminton Hall,
Ballarat, Australia
  Matthew Chau   Raymond Tam
  Glenn Warfe
11–21, 13–21   Silver

Mixed doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2019 Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre,
Melbourne, Australia
  Khoo Lee Yen   Simon Leung
  Gronya Somerville
18–21, 15–21   Silver
2018 Eastlink Badminton Stadium,
Hamilton, New Zealand
  Setyana Mapasa   Matthew Chau
  Leanne Choo
21–19, 21–18   Gold
2017 Salle Anewy,
Nouméa, New Caledonia
  Setyana Mapasa   Joel Findlay
  Gronya Somerville
21–19, 21–9   Gold

BWF Grand PrixEdit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 New Zealand Open   Setyana Mapasa   Ronald Alexander
  Annisa Saufika
19–21, 14–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Nouméa International   Matthew Chau   Joel Findlay
  Jeff Tho
17–21, 21–7, 21–14   Winner
2015 Maribyrnong International   Matthew Chau   Darren Isaac Devadass
  Vountus Indra Mawan
24–22, 10–21, 14–21   Runner-up
2015 Waikato International   Matthew Chau   Rizwan Azam
  Michael Fariman
21–16, 21–15   Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Sydney International   Setyana Mapasa   Ye Hong-wei
  Teng Chun-hsun
Walkover   Runner-up
2017 Nouméa International   Setyana Mapasa   Dylan Soedjasa
  Susannah Leydon-Davis
21–13, 15–21, 21–17   Winner
2015 Norwegian International   Setyana Mapasa   Soren Gravholt
  Maiken Fruergaard
21–17, 21–15   Winner
2015 Maribyrnong International   Setyana Mapasa   Robin Middleton
  Leanne Choo
21–17, 19–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Waikato International   Setyana Mapasa   Matthew Chau
  Gronya Somerville
21–13, 21–17   Winner
2014 Sydney International   Setyana Mapasa   Pham Tran Hoang
  Sylvina Kurniawan
11–4, 11–8, 11–3   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Players: Sawan Serasinghe". bwfbadminton.com. Badminton World Federation. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Australian badminton champion makes Olympic debut". www.australiaplus.com. Australia Plus. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Sawan Serasinghe". rio2016.olympics.com.au. Australian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Aussie Badminton star celebrates end of months of clean eating with Olympian McDonald's meal". metro.co.uk. Metro. Retrieved 11 February 2017.

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