Yer Moua – Wins Badminton State Singles Title

Central badminton singles: Central senior Yer Moua returns a shot during the state singles final against Johnson junior Khao Nou Lor. Moua won the championship with a 16-21, 21-13, 21-18 victory at Eden Prairie on Thursday. (Pioneer Press: Jace Frederick)

Central senior Yer Moua had been the favorite since the end of last season.

She placed third at last year’s state badminton tournament, and the other three 2015 semifinalists graduated.

So she entered 2016 as the one to beat and carried a target on her back throughout the season. Yer Moua said that was an added challenge throughout the spring.

“Everybody’s playing hard against me,” Yer Moua said. “And nobody else has much to lose, but I have everything to lose.”

Yer Moua counted four losses to her name this season but still entered the state tournament as the No. 1 seed.

“My teammates and family, everybody just wants me to win,” she said. “And it’s kind of hard, because I don’t want to disappoint them.”

She didn’t; Yer Moua completed her year-long mission Thursday, beating Johnson junior Khao Nou Lor 16-21, 21-13, 21-18 in three sets at Eden Prairie High School to win the state title.

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