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Stunning show by Indian juniors at Asian Junior Championship with 4 medals

By: Phalgun
Date: 09 Oct, 2017
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Junior Indian shuttlers brought home first ever four medals which includes a gold in U-15 women’s singles.


In the finals of the tournament, third seeded Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched gold after going down in the first game with 15-21 against Widjaja Stephani of Indonesia and bounced back well in another two games with 21-17, 21-19.


In the first game, Samiya remained slackish and allowed her opponent to take control of the proceedings. The Indian stimulated in the second game to pressurise the opponent. Somehow, Widjaja caught up the Indian at 13-13, yet Samiya was not able to lose her focus and took the game by 21-17.


In the decider, trailing now and then, Samiya equalised the score at 18-18 and finally held her nerves to clinched gold at 21-19 in 56-minutes.


In the all-Indian semi-finals match in U-15 women’s singles, unseeded Aashi Rawat settled with bronze after going down to her Indian opponent Farooqui 9-21, 18-21 on Saturday.


In the men’s singles semis of U-15 category, Ayush Raj Gupta and Shubham Patel from doubles secured bronze after suffering a loss of 19-21, 17-21 to unseeded Malaysian pair Muhammed Fazriq Mohamad Razif and Zhen Yi Ong.


While, in U-17 women’s doubles category, Keyura Mopati and Kavipriya Selvam secured bronze after losing to the Indonesian pair, Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola with 13-21, 19-21, and stood as the only Indian medallist from U-17 category at the tournament.


Samiya added another medal to her cabin this year, which the previous one was bronze from the same tournament last year. She and Gayatri Pullela paired up to settle for bronze in women’s doubles.


“I was nervous in the first game but regained confidence after some motivation from my coach and gave my opponent a tough fight,” said the gold winner.



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