Badminton players Anupama Upadhyaya and Unnati Hooda of India advanced to the round of 32 in the women’s singles competition at the World Junior Badminton Championships 2022 on Tuesday in Santander, Spain, thanks to hard-fought victories in their respective matches.
In her round of 64 match, Anupama Upadhyaya prevailed against Yi Ting Elsa Lai of Singapore by scores of 19-21, 21-10, and 21-9. Anupama Upadhyaya is currently ranked third in the world for junior badminton and is the top seed at the junior championships.
Fifth best junior in the world In the meantime, Unnati Hooda, who is also the fifth seed, defeated Ranithma Liyanage of Sri Lanka with relative ease 21-11, 19-21, 21-7.
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Anupama Upadhyaya and Unnati Hooda were both given a bye in the first round of competition.
Rakshita Sree Ramraj also advanced to the next round after claiming a 21-16, 21-12 victory over the 16th-seeded player from the Czech Republic, Lucie Krulová.
After defeating the Singaporean shuttler Remus NG in the round of 64, S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian, the player with the highest men’s singles world ranking for India at No. 4, also got his campaign off to a successful start with a victory.
Bharat Raghav of India was victorious over Michael Pang of England in the round of 128 on Monday; however, in his second-round match, he was defeated by Alex Lanier of France, who was the top seed. The match was won by Lanier 21-14 and 21-15. Ayush Shetty was also eliminated after losing to Lau Jun Hui Marcus of Singapore in three sets (22-20, 15-21, 18-21).
However, the mixed doubles team of Samarveer and Radhika Sharma maintained the remarkable form they showed at the BWF World Junior Mixed Team Championships 2022 earlier this month. The Indian couple defeated the German duo Jonathan Dresp and Anna Mejikovskiy, who were the 10th seeds in the competition, in a stunning comeback victory that took place in three sets: 18-21, 21-19, and 21-17.
The only other Indian doubles combination to advance on the day was Shreya Balaji and Srinidhi Narayanan. They defeated Amber Boonen and Tammi Van Wonterghem by scores of 21-13 and 21-8.
Isharani Baruah and Devika Sihag were eliminated from the women’s doubles competition, and Arsh Mohammad and Abhinav Thakur, as well as Nicholas Raj and Tushar Suveer, were eliminated from the men’s doubles competition.
Saina Nehwal, a former number one in the world, is the only Indian player to have ever won the junior world championship title. Rising sensation Lakshya Sen, who won bronze in 2018, was India’s most recent medalist at the competition.
As a result of COVID-19, the BWF World Junior Championships were not played in the years 2020 and 2021. On October 30th, the junior championships will come to a close.
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