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Hinsdale South's Judy Yang plays a singles match during the Hornet ABCD badminton Invitational. | Steve Johnston/For Sun-Times Media
DARIEN — Judy Yang and Allison Ma, two of the Chicago area's top badminton singles players, met for the second time Saturday, with a similar result.
Yang, a Hinsdale South freshman, beat Ma, a Naperville Central junior, 21-12, 21-13 for the A bracket singles championship at Hinsdale South's ABCD Invitational.
Yang beat Ma previously in the championship of the Naperville Central tournament April 12.
"I needed to learn how to focus. From when I played her last, there was too much distraction," Yang said. "This time I was very focused. I did much better than before."
Yang has suffered only three losses this season, while two of Ma's four losses have come against Yang.
"I definitely know what to work on in terms of skills," Ma said. "We play differently. This is definitely one way I have learned new things to improve on in my skills. You get a workout [playing Yang]. This tells me what I need to work on. I hope I get to play her again."
After winning the New Trier Featherfest April 19, Hinsdale South scored 52 points to finish second in the 16-team ABCD Invitational behind Stevenson (54).
The A bracket doubles championship featured an all-Prospect final. Undefeated seniors Noreen Caporusso and Kiley Walsh knocked off juniors Jessica Hirsh and Stephanie Venturelli 21-11, 21-9, to lift the Knights (51) to third place.
"This was awesome," Caporusso said. "We really came along in this tournament after the team kind of started slow. This was our breakthrough."
"During our practices, we are a lot more friendly," Walsh said about playing teammates. "We do everything in practice to make each other better."