Badminton: Tasnim Mir enters quarter-finals, Varun Kapur bows out of Badminton Asia U17 & U15 Championships

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi:  On a day of mixed fortunes , U-15 girl’s singles top seed Tasnim Mir stormed into the quarter-finals but U-17 boys  top seed Varun Kapur bowed out of Badminton Asia U17 & U15 Championships  at Surabaya, Indonesia today.

Gujarat girl, Mir  needed just 20 minutes to get the better of Malaysia’s Wen Tse Chan 21-6, 21-16. She  will next face Japan’s Maya Taguchi for a place in the semi-finals.

In U-17 boy’s singles, Maharashtra’s Varun Kapur put up a determined effort against Indonesia’s Raynaldi Oktavianur Rizky but went down 19- 21,21-23  in a 50-minute battle .

In U-15  top seed  Assam boy Tanmoy Bikash Boruah overpowered  13th seed Denis Farell Satria Pradana  24-22, 21-15  on his way to the last-eight.

Later in the  U-15 doubles the top-seeded pair of Boruah and  Lakshay Sharma beat Tanakorn Meecha and Taenkun Tianchan of Thailand 21-18, 21-17 to make it to the quarters 

Telengana’s Lokesh Reddy Kalagotla and West Bengal’s Ankit Mondal also joined them in the final-eight with a 21-17, 22-20 victory over Korea’s Seung Won Baek and Sung Ju Park.

In the girl’s  doubles in the same section, Kerala girls Andrea Sarah Kurien and Pavithra Naveen showed great fighting spirit to complete a 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 win over Hong Kong’s Man Ki Lee and Wing Ka Liang. However, their challenge later came to an end when Malaysia’s Wei Wen Carmen Ting and Masong Xin Yee beat them narrowly 18-21, 21-15, 23-21.

In U-17  Girl’s’s doubles, Karnataka combine of Janani Ananthakumar and Tanya Hemanth  overcame Japan’s Maki Kanehiro and Yuka Sarukawa. 21-17, 20-22, 21-19 to enter the second round.

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