Brno: Following the tragic death of former Malaysian doubles specialist Tan Chee Tean (24) who died on the spot in a car accident in South of Brno, Czech Republic on Sept 28; Austrian shuttlers, Antonia Meinke (21), who were seriously injured in the same car accident had also passed away on October 6th.
The accident occurred when they were travelling back to Austria from Czech Republic after done playing at Czech Open. Meinke was driving at time of the crash, while Tan was in the passenger seat.
Meinke had been admitted to intensive care in the University Hospital in Brno since the accident. She had stayed in coma for one week before she was pronounced dead by the medical staff at the hospital last Saturday night.
Meinke and Tan had spent last summer in Malaysia together. Then Tan Chee Tean decided to go to Austria with Antonia Meinke to study and to learn German. According to Austrian Badminton Federation, the two had big plans including rising to become a top mixed doubles pair on the world stage. The pair already showed promising results at the Polish and Czech Open.
We were deeply saddened by the loss of these two young and very talented players. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families during this difficult time.