10th December 2023

Extending her good successful streak, rising India shuttler Unnati Hooda stormed into the U-17 ladies’s singles quarter-finals on the Badminton Asia U-17 & U-15 Junior Championships 2022 with a snug victory in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Thursday, making her a contender for the title.

The Odisha Open champion thrashed Thailand’s Nutchavee Sittiteeranan with out breaking a sweat by 21-11, 21-19 within the Final-16 match. Beginning off the match confidently, Unnati pocketed the primary set simply however was pushed onerous within the second. The Indian, nevertheless, stored her calm even when the sport was poised at 18-18 and displayed her brilliance to wrap up the set in addition to the match comfortably in her favor finally.

High-seed Unnati will now tackle South Korea’s Min Ji Kim within the quarter-finals on Saturday. Within the different U-17 pre-quarterfinals, Dhruv Negi and Anmol Kharb suffered defeats. Whereas the fifth-seeded Dhruv misplaced to Indonesia’s Ryan Widyanto 16-21, 13-21 within the males’s part, Anmol put up a powerful problem in opposition to Malaysia’s Dania Sofia within the ladies’s singles earlier than taking place preventing 17-21, 21-19, 13-21 in a detailed recreation.

In addition to Unnati, India’s two doubles pairs additionally emerged victorious to progress into the U-17 pre-quarterfinals. Males’s doubles pair of Arsh Mohammad and Sanskar Saraswat took simply 20 minutes to outclass their Indonesian opponents, Daniswara Mahrizal and Andre Mukuan, by a 21-12, 21-10 rating.

Whereas, the blended doubles mixture of Arul Ravi and Srinidhi Narayanan notched up a simple 21-14, 21-17 win over Thailand’s Rachprung Akat and Hathaithip Mijad. Ladies’s doubles pairs of Navya Kanderi and Rakshitha Ramraj, and Vennala Kalagotla and Shriyanshi Valishetty suffered defeats within the spherical of 32 together with males’s doubles pair of Divyam Arora and Mayank Arora.

In the meantime, the pair of Tanvi Andluri and Durga Kandrapu entered the Final-16 within the U-15 ladies’s doubles class after beating Sunisa Lekjula and Pimchanok Sutthiviriyakul of Thailand by 21-18, 22-20. Males’s doubles duo of Bjorn Jaison and Aathish Sreenivas PV additionally registered their second win of the event as they went previous Thai pair of Thanik Foo and Woranan Saengvanich with 18-21, 21-10, 21-16 scores within the U-15 round-of-32 match.

The blended doubles pair of Ishaan Negi and Siddhi Rawat misplaced their Final-32 match.

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