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Magee up for Pi fight after first round win

BADMINTON: Chloe Magee oozed confidence and skill as she began her Olympic campaign with an impressive victory over Egypt's Hadia Hosny in just 28 minutes last night.

The world number 44, of Raphoe in County Donegal, proved too strong for a player ranked 69 places below her, winning 21-17 21-6 in 28 minutes at Wembley Arena.

While Magee was clearly delighted with the win, she struggled a little with the heat of the venue after organisers decided to limit the air conditioning in the arena to prevent it affecting the flight of the shuttlecocks.

"I am happy with the win. I didn't really feel comfortable but I will take the win.

"I didn't feel I was playing my best and I struggled a bit with the conditions but it has really helped me playing out there for my next game.

"In the second game I felt I was using my shots and things were going a lot better.

"There were just a little bit of nerves at the start. I'd been edgy all day thinking about playing tonight.

"I knew once I started to play badminton properly I would win it pretty easily."

Magee was set to take on former world No 4 and Beijing quarter-finalist Hongyan Pi of France today, a game which should decide who emerges from their group.

"I have never beaten Pi before and I have to win it to get out of my group, but it is a game I can definitely win," she added.