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20 Sep, 2018
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
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