Promising Manisha Ramadass and Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan marched towards fulfilling their dreams of becoming world champions as they reached the semifinals of women’s singles and doubles at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships on Friday.
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Manisha Ramadass and Sivan, who both played their first World Championship, joined former champion Manasi Joshi, who also reached the semifinals in the women’s singles SL3 and mixed doubles SL3-SU5 along with Ruthick Ragupathi.
Ramadass defeated compatriot Shanthiya Viswanathan 21-8, 21-8 and drove the momentum as she paired with Mandeep Kaur, who competed in her women’s SL3 event, to beat the pair of Joshi and Viswanathan 21-17, 21-15 .
“It feels great to be in the semi-finals of two events at my first World Championships. But I’m not done yet, I want to do my best and make my country proud.
“In the beginning it was difficult to adapt to the circumstances here; the body does not warm up quickly. But now I’m used to it and I feel like I can play my usual game,” said Ramadass, who has won 10 gold medals since she played her first international in March 2022.
SIVAN IN 3 SEMIS, NAGAR SOLD
On a day when several Indian para shuttles took off, Paralympic champion Krishna Nagar also crashed out of the World Championship and fought England’s Krysten Coombs 15-21, 23-21, 21-19.
On the plus side, para shuttles provided India with 15 medals. Nagar joined Sivan to defeat the 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 SH6 women’s doubles, the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) said in a statement on Friday. press release.
In SH6 women’s singles, Sivan also kept her hopes alive, beating Cai Yi-Lin of Chinese Taipei 21-13, 21-6 to advance, as did Parul Parmar after battling past Adriane Spinetti Avila of Brazil 21-12,19 -21.21-15 .
BHAGAT, SARKAR LOOK STRONG
Paralympic champion Pramod Bhagat led the men to win the quarterfinals of his men’s singles SL3 over Ukrainian Oleksandr Chyrkov 21-17, 21-19.
Defending champions Bhagat and Manoj Sarkar reached the semi-finals of the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 with a bye.
“It was a good game. Slowly I feel like I’m bonding with the courts here. And my body feels good to play here. I’m confident to make it to the top of the podium” , said five-time world champion Bhagat.
Sarkar, meanwhile, overcame a second match, beating France’s Mathieu Thomas 21-15, 12-21, 9-21 in the quarter-finals of the men’s singles SL3 and clashing with compatriot Nitesh Kumar who took an easy win against William Smith 21 -8 , 21-12.
“I started the game quite casually, but once I got into the rhythm I felt good in my game. I also tried to change the strategy of not giving away any points to him (Thomas), which I did in the second game,” said Sarkar, the bronze medalist from Basel 2019, hoping to make it to the final this time.
In the SL4 men’s singles, Sukant Kadam took a snappy 21-10, 21-15 win over Singaporean Chee Hiong Ang. Kadam then takes on Fredy Setiawan, the Paralympic bronze medalist from Indonesia.
Chirag Baretha and Raj Kumar, Hardik Makkar and Ruthick Ragupathi, among others, advanced to the semifinals of the men’s doubles SU5.
In other thrilling encounters, Sivarajan Solaimalai fought his heart out before losing 21-19,19-21, 21-19 to England’s top player Jack Shephard, while Prem Kumar Ale and Abu Hubaida also left after a 1hr 22 minute battle against Thomas Thomas Jakobs and David Toupe 21-18, 11-21, 23-21.
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