25 Mar 2013

New Zealand badminton team named

11:00 am on 25 March 2013

The New Zealand team for badminton's Sudirman Cup World Team Championships to be played in Malaysia in May has been confirmed with two players to make their national team debut.

Susannah Leydon-Davis from the well-known Leydon-Davis Waikato sporting family and Waitakere's Kritteka Gregory will both be representing New Zealand for the first time at senior level.

The full New Zealand team is Amanda Brown and Susannah Leydon-Davis, both from Waikato, and Kritteka Gregory as well as Michelle Chan, who is currently ranked at 54 in the world in singles.

The men are Kevin Dennerly-Minturn from Auckland, Oliver Leydon-Davis, the brother of Susannah and New Zealand's top singles player, and national No.1 Joe Wu, who is ranked at 123 in the world.

Top seeds for the tournament are China, followed by Denmark and Malaysia third.

New Zealand are seeded 25th out of 32 teams and are ranked above Australia in group three.