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01 Sep, 2018
The RSL Kharkiv
International Challenge badminton tournament 2018 is going on in Ukraine. At
the tournament, the shuttlers from Nagpur, Rasika Raje and Ritika Thaker have
showcased excellency in their performance as they ventured for the
quarterfinals on Friday.
The seventh seed Gayle
Mahulette of Netherlands would have never thought that the unseeded Rasika
would thump her in the match of just 32 minutes. Rasika sealed the spot of the
last eight as she won the match by 21-18, 21-8.
Before her victory, the
World No 129, Rasika was contending against the Dutch nemesis, but soon the
Southpaw shuttler busted in the match and against the World No 89 in the second
Rasika who is a trainee at
the Gopichand Academy, Hyderabad, receiving coaching under the mentorship of
coach Ajay Dayal and Robin Simon, has also thwarted Julia Bitsoukova of Belarus
with a 21-9, 21-14 on Thursday, before defeating Oleksandra Kiselyova of
Ukraine 21-5, 21-6.
Today, Raskia will square
off against third seed Aliye Demirbag of Turkey to get into the semifinals.
In the Women’s Singles, the
pair of Ritika Thaker and Simran Singhi foiled the third seeded Belarus pair of
Alesia Zaitsava and Anastasiya Cherniavskaya in just 30 minutes by 21-17,
21-12. The pair has managed to seal their spot in the quarterfinals at the Kharkiv
International Badminton tournament, Ukraine.
In the second round of the
tournament, the state doubles champions Ritika and Simran ventured against
Ukraine’s duo of Anastasiya Prozorova and Valeriya Rudokova and foiled the pair
21-7, 15-21, 21-8. The match was 45 minutes long and absolutely thrilling.
Today, in the quarterfinals,
the brilliantly paired Indians, Ritika and Simran will bite a bullet against
the Ukranian pair, Anna Mikhalkova and Yevgeniya Paksyutova.
Ritika, a 12th standard
student at the Hislop College, Nagpur was foiled in the pre-quarterfinals by
second seed Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel. In the second round, Latvia’s Leva
Pope was ousted by Ritika 21-15, 21-15 in the Women’s singles.
For more updates on the
International Badminton Challenge, Ukraine, stay tuned!