Badminton Asia Junior C ship Unnati Hooda cruises into quarters; Dhruv Negi, Anmol Kharb lose

[Nonthaburi: India shuttler Unnati Hooda in action at the Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2022 in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. ( /PTI] New Delhi, Dec 1 : Extending her brilliant winning streak, rising India shuttler Unnati Hooda stormed into the U-17 women's singles quarterfinals at the Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2022 with a comfortable victory in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Thursday. The Odisha Open champion thrashed Thailand's Nutchavee Sittiteeranan without breaking a sweat by 21-11, 21-19 in the last-16 match. Starting off the match confidently, Unnati pocketed the first game easily but was pushed hard in the second. The Indian, however, kept her calm even when the game was poised at 18-18 and displayed her brilliance to wrap up the set as well as the match comfortably in her favour eventually. Top-seed Unnati will now take on South Korea's Min Ji Kim in the quarter-finals tomorrow. In the other U-17 pre-quarterfinals, Dhruv Negi and Anmol Kharb suffered defeats. While the fifth-seeded Dhruv lost to Indonesia's Ryan Widyanto 16-21, 13-21 in the men's section, Anmol put up a strong challenge against Malaysia's Dania Sofea in the women's singles before going down fighting 17-21, 21-19, 13-21 in a close game. Besides Unnati, India's two doubles pairs also emerged victorious to progress into the U-17 pre-quarterfinals. The men's doubles pair of Arsh Mohammad and Sanskar Saraswat took just 20 minutes to outclass their Indonesian opponents, Daniswara Mahrizal and Andre Mukuan, by a 21-12, 21-10 score. Whereas, the mixed doubles combination of Arul Ravi and Srinidhi Narayanan notched up an easy 21-14, 21-17 win'over Thailand's Rachprung Akat and Hathaithip Mijad. The women's doubles pairs of Navya Kanderi and Rakshitha Ramraj, and Vennala Kalagotla and Shriyanshi Valishetty suffered defeats in the Round of 32 along with men's doubles pair of Divyam Arora and Mayank Arora. Meanwhile, the pair of Tanvi Andluri and Durga Kandrapu entered the last 16 in the U-15 women's doubles category after beating Sunisa Lekjula and Pimchanok Sutthiviriyakul of Thailand by 21-18, 22-20. The men's doubles duo of Bjorn Jaison and Aathish Sreenivas P.V also registered their second win of the tournament as they went past the Thai pair of Thanik Foo and Woranan Saengvanich with 18-21, 21-10, 21-16 scores in the U-15 round-of-32 match. The mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Negi and Siddhi Rawat lost their last-32 match. /IANS


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