Thailand Para-Badminton International'18: Parul Bagged Gold, Manasi Won Bronze

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 03 Aug, 2018
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Quality performance by Indian shuttlers in the Thailand Para- badminton International 2018 has smitten every badminton aficionado. The four-day tournament was held at Bangkok, Thailand, and concluded on 29th July, where the explicit and superb execution of Indian Badminton players was noticed. Indian won two titles in the championship and the Indian shuttlers bagged six luminous medals.

Men’s Singles

In the SL3 category of the Men’s Singles, the top seed Manoj Sarkar was knocked out by the 3/4th seeded shuttler Pramod Bhagat. The match was thrilling, and the inaugural round witnessed a gruelling hustle between the shuttlers which lasted 26 minutes. Bhagat took the lead with a 21-18 and in the second round, Sarkar couldn’t handle the game for a long time. With smashing shots, Bhagat outclassed his opponent in the second game as well. The final score line of the match settled at 21-18, 21-9.

In the Men’s Singles, SS6 section, Nagar Krishna sailed into the semi-finals after an aggressive game. He lost to the Hong Kong’s 3/4th seed Chun Yim Wong with an 18-21, 15-21.


Women’s Singles


The Women’s Singles title of the same category was clinched by the top seed Arjun Award winner, Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar. She grabbed a bye in the opening round and had an arduous challenge in front of her with the second seed opponent and local shuttler Wannaphatdee Kamtam. Both players were aching to win the title. After a 45-minute-long battle, the repulse the challenge of her opponent and with remarkable resilience, she bagged the title by 24-22, 17-21, 23-21.

The former para world champion, Parmar waged a backbreaking battle in her way to the Golden Laurel. She won the semi-finals, with 21-8, 17-21, 21-11, over Thailand’s Darunee Henpraiwan.

Manasi Girishchandra Joshi struggled to till the end in the Women’s Singles SL3 category, however, she was outplayed by Indonesia’s second-seeded Kantam. Manasi settled for a Bronze medal as Kantam foiled her with a 6-21, 8-21 in the semi-finals.


Men’s Doubles


The pair of Mark Joseph Dharmai and Raja Magotra, fought hard to claim the title in the Men's Doubles category. The third-seeded pair of the SS6 category was vanquished with a 10-21, 8-21 in just 21 minutes, by the Hong Kong second seeds duo of Man Kai Chu and Chun Yim Wong.

Unfortunately, Indian didn’t get to win any laurels in the category of Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles category. We are extremely delighted with the arduous performance of all the shuttlers and we wish them good luck for the upcoming championships.

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