KOCHI: With top stars Gurusai Dutt and Arundhati Pantawane crashing out in the second round, the Indian campaign ended in singles at the Asian junior badminton championship in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
However, there was some consolation, with the mixed doubles pair of Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa moving to the pre-quarterfinals with a comfortable victory over a Philippines team.
The results (Indians unless specified):
Boys singles (second round): Bodin Isara (Tha) bt Saurabh Verma 27-25, 13-21, 21-16; Kam Chung Kaan (Mal) bt Gurusai Dutt 17-21, 21-17, 21-19; First round: Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Aditya Elango 21-16, 21-14; Quang Tuan (Vie) bt Sumeeth Reddy 20-22, 21-10, 21-15; Gurusai bt Ho Chol Yu (PRK) 21-12, 21-7; Saurabh Verma bt Baek Cheol Shin (Kor) 21-13, 23-21.
Girls singles (second round): Sannatasah Saniru (Mal) bt Parssa Naqvi 21-13, 21-13; Youn Joo Bae (Kor) bt Arundhati Pantawane 18-21, 21-15, 21-14; Tsz Ka Chan (HK) bt Sikki Reddy 23-21, 21-11; First round: Parssa Naqvi bt Thi Quynh Mai (Vie) 21-19, 14-21, 21-12; Shizuka Uchida (Jpn) bt P.C. Thulasi 21-13, 21-13; Arundhati bt Ying Suet Tse (HK) 19-21, 23-21, 21-18, Sikki Reddy bt Malvinne Ann Venice (Phi) 21-7, 21-13.
Boys doubles (first round): Mohd Lutfi Ziam & Wee Kiong Tan (Mal) bt Ram C. Vijay & Gurusai Dutt 21-8, 21-8; Takeshi Kumara & Keigo Sonoda (Jpn) bt Anil Kumar Raju/Arun Nandaluri 21-7, 21-10.
Girls doubles (pre-quarterfinals): Beiwen Zhang & Juan Gu (Sin) bt Nithya Sosale & Ashwini Ponnappa 21-14, 21-15; First round: Nithya & Ashwini bt Dara Chan & Sodany Noeur (Cam) 21-8, 21-8; Liu Ying Goh & Khe Wei Woon (Mal) bt P.C. Thulasi & Sikki Reddy 21-13, 21-9.
Mixed doubles (second round): Sumeeth Reddy & Ashwini Ponnappa bt Patricque Francisco & Maria Lourdes Gaspar (Phi) 21-9, 21-9; First round: Sumeeth & Ashwini bt Lalchand & Shapla Aktar (Ban) 21-13, 21-14; Albert Saputra & Krisabella (Indo) bt Ram C. Vijay & Ruth Misha 21-10, 21-13; Hao Yu Cheng & Hsiao Chu Peng (Tpe) bt Arun Nandaluri & Nithya Sosale 18-21, 21-9, 21-9.
Team championship (final): Malaysia bt China 3-0. — Principal Correspondent