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10 Oct, 2017
junior shuttlers have been producing amazing play at the BWF World Junior Mixed
Championships 2017 in preliminary rounds with 5-0 wins against USA, Hungary,
and Australia in Yogyakarta after India’s coach, Sanjeev Sachdev, expressed, “we must get a medal”.
of the championships, with the strong and confident squad in place, team India
coach Sanjeev Sachdev signified confidence his team will make to the
quarter-finals followed by clean-sweep win against USA on Day 1.
INDIA vs USA
gave the clean sweep over USA, after Dhruv Kapila and Mithula UK outplayed
Stephen Ding and Cindy Yuan with 21-9, 21-18 in mixed doubles and seized the
first point, followed by prowess young shuttler, Lakshya Sen, the former world
no. 1 gave least chances to the opponent Yuteng WU and thrashed himwith 21-11,
won 2 straight points in the game, team India continued their amazing play and
secured the game after Purva Barve's smooth win against Bianca TAM in a neck-neck
second game, with 21-17 and 24-22 without losing the confidence in just 30
off with the motto of 'getting a medal' in the championship, the Indians took
no chance in giving away the point, even after securing their spot into the next
rounds, with the men’s doubles tough victory.
doubles duo Dhruv Kapila and Krishna Prasad stretched the match to the decider
after the brief hiccups in the second game and had a comfort win with 21-19,
22-24, 21-18 to give the 4-0 lead for the team. Continuing the dominant
performances, the Indian women's doubles pair, Rutaparna Panda with Mithula UK brought all
smiles in the team after their smooth win over Breanna CHI and Bianca TAM with
21-18, 21-17 which led to the 5-0 clean sweep in the game, and made their way
to the round 2 of the championship.
INDIA vs HUNGARY
Team India, on day 2, continued their tremendous form and outplayed
Hungary in the first game, followed by Australia and made a hat-trick clean
sweep victories with 5-0.
In the first game against Hungary, the mixed doubles duo Dhruv Kapila and Mithula
UK thrashed Zsombor Dulcz and Kitti Szotak and made a comfortable first victory
for the team with 21-7, 21-8 win. While in men's singles, Rahul Bharadwaj had a
smooth win against Gergo Pytel with 21-11, 21-13 and boosted the teams
confidence with 2-0 in lead.
team, then seized the game with 3-0, after Ashmita Chaliha's easy win with 21-12,
21-19 against Reka Madarasz in less than 30 .
India then made a surprising choice by playing Lakshya Sen, in the men's
doubles match alongside Krishna Prasad in their fourth tie. However, the new
pair were able to put up a confident fight and eliminated Mate Balint and
Zsombor Dulcz in just 19 minutes with 21-7, 21-15 win.
mixed doubles pair Dhruv Kapila and Mithula UK set the ball rolling for their
team's clean sweep 5-0 and final victory in the match with 21-7, 21-8 win
against Zsombor Dulcz and Kitti Szotak.
INDIA vs AUSTRALIA
After a thumping victory of 5-0 against
Hungary in their earlier game on the same day, team India were off to a superb
start against Australia with the mixed
doubles pair Rutaparna Panda and SriKrishna Sai Kumar Podile's convincing win against
Victoria He and Ying Xiang Lin with 21-12, 21-17 in just 24 minutes.
confident and composed, Purva Barve outclassed Sasha Lim and secured 2-0 lead
for her team, after a quick 17 minute win with 21-5, 21-7.
men's singles shuttler, Kartikey Gulshan Kumar continued the proceedings with a
good combination of defence, tactics and powerful smashes and won in straight
sets by virtue of an 21-4, 21-9 against Chen
Teoh and grabbed the match with 3-0 lead.
the lead of 3-0 on board, the women's doubles duo Rutaparna Panda with Mithula
UK did not look back and played some strong game to win 21-10, 21-15 and gave,
spectators, a chance to witness yet another clean sweep victory for their team.
the final game of the match, the Australian pair, Marcus Kong and Peter Yan couldn't
match up to the Indian duo Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila, eventually
lost the game with 21-11, 21-15 in 24 minutes.
losing no match and routed to 5-0 clean sweep wins against USA on day 1, Hungary
and Australia on day 2; team India marched their way to the next rounds, in a