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STOLIARENKO BALANCES THREE LOVES: BADMINTON, TRAVEL, ART

STOLIARENKO BALANCES THREE LOVES: BADMINTON, TRAVEL, ART

Badminton
When Mariia Stoliarenko set off from Ukraine for Bali, back in November, she had no idea she would be the youngest athlete to participate in the Daihatsu Indonesia Masters 2021. While most 17-year-olds are thinking about university or embarking on a gap year, Stoliarenko said she wanted to combine her three greatest loves: badminton, travel, and art. “I just fell in love with playing badminton. And I love art too. Especially graphic design,” Stoliarenko told BWF in Bali. Helping her along her journey during her stint in Bali was her experienced women’s doubles partner Yelyzaveta Zharka; the duo lost to Chloe Birch/Lauren Smith in the opening round, but that didn’t dent the bright smile on Stoliarenko’s face as she took in her surroundings. “That was a tough match,” she said. “We c...