ETHS Emily Ho Saves Best for Last at State Badminton Finals – Evanston RoundTable


Coronavirus pandemic or not, high school athletes competing in every sport in Illinois still have one goal in mind for their seasons, and that’s to be peaking at the right time.

Emily Ho definitely saved her best for last.

The Evanston senior split four singles matches Wednesday at the Illinois High School Association state badminton tournament held at Hinsdale South High School in Darien, raising her own level of play and meeting the only postseason challenge of her career.

Ho scored victories over Maggie Cutrara of Homewood-Flossmoor (21-17, 16-21, 21-13) and Emmie Sathy of Glenbard East (21-17, 21-15) while bowing to the eventual third place finisher at State, Maggie Chen of Hinsdale South (21-3, 21-11). The ETHS standout was eliminated by a familiar foe, Alexandra Berns of Libertyville, in a hard-fought 3-set battle by a margin of 23-21, 18-21, 17-21.

Berns, who also beat Ho at the Buffalo Grove Sectional tournament, rallied from an 8-2 deficit in the second set after it looked like Ho was poised to advance to the next round Wednesday afternoon.

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