Netherlands badminton player Eefje Muskens has decided to bring her international badminton career to a close. She retires after being knocked out of the women’s doubles in the second round at the World Championships in Glasgow at the end of August.
Eefje Muskens was not the only well known badminton star to bring their career to an end following those championships, with German men’s singles player Marc Zwiebler also deciding to retire.
Muskens partnered by Selena Piek had been ranked as high as seven back in February of last year but they had slumped to a disappointing seventy seven in the world rankings in the most recent August rankings.
Career Highlights Include:
- 2014 European Championships 2014 Bronze medal
- 2016 European Championships 2016 Silver medal
- Indonesia Open 2016: Semi-finals
- Bitburger Open 2013: Winners
- Syed Modi International: Runners-up
Eefje Muskens decision to retire aged 28 coincides with that drop in form and ranking. That said she and partner Selena Piek did pose a real challenge at their peak to the Asian dominated women’s doubles.
European contenders have been few with the Danish pair Kamilla Rytter Juhl & Christinna Pedersen europe’s only players inside the world top 10. In fact the women’s doubles currently has Japanese players at number one (Misaki Matsutomo / Ayaka Takahashi), six, eight and ten proving Japan’s dominance in this particular discipline.
Eefje Muskens stats read as follows with the women’s doubles her main focus:
Her 2017 stats end playing 6 matches winning 3 and losing 3.
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Whilst not achieving the big tournament title wins she surely craved, Eefje Muskens certainly proved she could mix it with the worlds best. On reflection I see her career as being pretty solid with performances many other players would be more than happy with.
If you would like more information on her career you can find more on the BWF website