TARA Pilven says she is gaining valuable experience against the world’s top women badminton players in a tough Uber Cup draw.
Australia will play its final pool tie against Singapore today in the Indian city of New Delhi.
Indonesia overpowered Australia in an opening tie on Sunday and Korea was on its way to doing so at the time of print on Tuesday.
Pilven told The Courier she did the best she could against Badminton World Federation world number 24 Lindaweni Fanetri in a 16-21, 12-21 singles loss first up.
Importantly she said it was a great learning experience.
This is the second time the Ballarat athlete has represented Australia in the Uber Cup, the world teams championship for women.
The Australian team left for India on Friday and Pilven said the temperature for training had been about 38 degrees.
Pilven will remain in India next week, moving to Chennai for the Tamil Nadu Badminton League, which auctions players off to its competing clubs. She was runner-up last year with Chennai Tigers before huge roaring crowds, and the finals were played in a multi-level shopping centre.
Pilven has been based in Denmark since late last year for specialist coaching to fine-tune her game.