India’s para shuttlers ensure 15 medals as top seeds reach semifinals, World Championships

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 TOKYO: Manisha Ramadass and Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan reached the semifinals of women’s singles and doubles events at the BWF Para Badminton World Championships on Yesterday.

Promising Manisha and Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan slowly marched towards realising their dreams of becoming a world champion, as they reached the semi-finals of women’s singles and doubles events at the BWF Para Badminton World Championships here on Yesterday. Ramadass and Sivan, both playing their first Worlds in Tokyo, joined former champion Manasi Joshi who too made it to the women’s singles SL3 and mixed doubles SL3-SU5 along with Ruthick Ragupathi. Ramadass first saw off compatriot Shanthiya Viswanathan 21-8, 21-8 and followed the momentum to defeat 21-17, 21-15 the pair of Joshi and Viswnathan, alongwith Mandeep Kaur, who exited in her women’s singles SL3 event. “It feels great to be in the semis of two events at my first World Championships. But I am not done yet, I want to give my best shot and make my country proud. “Initially it was difficult to adjust to the conditions here; the body is not warming up soon. But now I have got used to it and I feel I am able to play my usual game,” said Ramadass, who won 10 gold medals since playing her first international in March 2022.

On a day when several Indian para shuttlers exited, Paralympic champion Krishna too crashed out of the Worlds Championships going down fighting to England’s Krysten 15-21, 23-21, 21-19. On the positive side, para shuttlers ensured 15 medals for India. Nagar paired up with Sivan to overcome Hong Kong’s Chu Man Kai and Choi Wing Kei 23-21, 21-18. Sivan later teamed up with Rachana Shaileshkumar Patel to beat England’s 15-year-old Anya Butterworth and Egypt’s Yasmina Eissa 21-10, 21-14 in women’s doubles SH6. In women’s singles SH6, Sivan kept her hopes alive too defeating Chinese Taipei’s Cai Yi-Lin 21-13, 21-6 to advance as did Parul after battling past Brazil’s Adriane Avila 21-12,19-21,21-15.

Bhagat, Sarkar look strong Paralympic champion Pramod Bhagat led the men’s charge winning his men’s singles SL3 quarter-final over Ukraine’s Oleksandr Chyrkov 21-17, 21-19. Defending champions Bhagat Sarkar and Manoj reached the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 semis with a bye. “It was a nice match. Slowly I feel I am forming a bonding with the courts here. And my body feels good playing here. I am confident of making the top of the podium,” said the five-time world champion Bhagat.

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