Gayatri Pullela is unshakeable despite her early defeats in a single day

By: Swetha
Date: 05 Oct, 2017
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Gayatri Pullela is very strong despite the two defeats in the first rounds in the on-going Badminton Asia U-17 and U-15 Junior Championships in Yangon, Myanmar on Wednesday.


The 14-year old lost to Stephani Widjaja of Indonesia with 22-24, 21-14, 15-21 in the U-15 women’s singles. Hours later, in U-17 women’s singles, another Indonesian Yasnita Enggira Setiawan ended the challenge of the Indian with a 22-20, 18-21, 21-13 close win at the Thuwunna National Indoor Stadium.


The hopes of Gayatri are unshakeable despite her early exit at Asia U-17 and U-15 Junior Championships. She is already gearing up for the BWF World Junior meet which will be held in Indonesia.


Gayatri later revealed that her right knee injury affected her performance in Yangon, which she omits for her defeats. She said, “Yes, I am injured but it is not the excuse for my two defeats. I am more than pleased with my overall performance. It was close in both matches.”


“The two defeats are not going to affect me. In fact the defeats have made me stronger. The message is strong that it is a long winding road for my badminton career. There is a lot of hard work that needs to be done,” said Gayatri.


India’s national junior head coach Sanjay Mishra said, “She (Gayatri) played well in Yangon. She is also a key player for us in the world junior meet in Indonesia.”


Accompanying Gayatri, Aakarshi Kashyap, Malvika Bansod and Ritika Thaker will be playing at the upcoming BWF World Junior meet this month.

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