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Sai Vishnu, the polestar at the Juniors tourney

By: Srishty Sharon
Date: 20 Sep, 2018
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Sai Vishnu Pullela, the son of the legend Pullela Gopichand, is all set to establish his career as a successful badminton player. He is already a teen prodigy at All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament going on at the Sector 43 Sports Complex, Chandigarh.


The junior star entered in the court no 8 accompanied by his grandmother, Pullela Subbaravamma and the crowd near him was extremely excited to see the shuttler, as he prepares to hustle.

Along with the 14-years-old Sai Vishnu, about 1040 more shuttlers hammer out the deal to partake in one of the most important tournaments of the junior badminton players. Many of the shuttlers were battling to get through the qualifying rounds, but Sai Vishnu remained the paragon among them.


In the qualifying match, the junior Gopichand bit the bullet against Udaykumar Shankar Prasad and foiled him with 13-15, 17-15, 15-13 scoreline in the boy's Singles second match of the Under-19 category after thwarting Aoj Prasad by 15-12, 15-7 in a successive game of the first match.


In the second match, Sai Vishnu had struggled in the inaugural game where he lost it by 13-15 after his nemesis took the lead. However, the young shuttler made a magnificent comeback in the second game and snatched the lead to 12-6, but a few errors gave a decent chance to his opponent Shankar Prasad to rise and leveled the game at 14-14. However, with brilliant net play, Sai Vishnu scored 3 more points that added to the 17-15 scoreline and took it to the decider.


In the decider game of the second match, Sai remained calm and played amazingly well and won the game by 15-13. This victory gave him another chance to stay in action in the upcoming matches.


The junior star still needs to conquer two more matches to get into the main draw of the tournament.


After the second match and victory of Sai Vishnu, her grandmother said, "He has got a tough draw. With every match, the level of competition will increase. He will also play the doubles qualification rounds. He has to be on top of his game since there is no gap between the matches." As quoted in TOI.

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