Sameer lone Indian at World Junior C`ship

New Delhi: Promising shuttler Sameer Verma emerged as the lone Indian survivor at the BWF World Junior Championships after notching up consecutive wins to advance to the quarterfinals of the men`s singles competition at Chinese Taipei today.

Sameer beat Indonesian Arif Ramadhan 21-18, 21-17 to reach the quarters, where he would clash against Hong Kong`s Ka Long NG. Earlier in the day, Sameer beat Malaysian Giap Chin GOH 21-13 21-17 in the pre-quarters.

Srikanth K beat Philip Joper Escueta 21-9 21-9 but lost 21-11, 13-21, 16-21 to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia to crash out of the event.

In women`s singles, Tanvi Lad lost to top seed Inthanon Ratchanok 8-21, 5-21. Tanvi had beaten Airi Mikkela 21-10, 21-11 earlier in the day.

Gauri Ghate also lost 10-21, 18-21 to Nozomi Okuhara, while a lot was expected of PV Sindhu but the Indian crashed out when her fight ended in a 21-15, 18-21, 21-23 loss against Yuki Fukushima of Japan.

Among others, Hemanagendra Babu T and Rohit Yadav lost 13-21, 14-21 to Russell Muns and Robin Tabeling of Netherlands in men`s double competition, while Binte Latib Aisyah and Siew Fen Toh defeated Saili Rane and Arathi Sara Sunil in the women`s doubles.

Top seed Andini Suci Rizky and Nuraidah Tiara Rosalia also ended Gauri Ghate and Maneesha K`s campaign after beating them 21-11, 21-16 in another women`s doubles match.


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