Indonesia: Yogyakarta witnessed a gripping quarterfinal clash in the prestigious Badminton Asia Junior Championship as the Indian Junior team’s journey came to an end with a hard-fought defeat against Indonesia. The final score stood at 3-1 in favour of the Indonesian team, marking the end of an impressive run for the Indian contingent.
The mixed doubles encounter set the tone for the intense battle as Samarveer and Radhika faced off against Indonesia’s Adrian and Felisha. Despite putting up a valiant fight, the Indian duo fell short, succumbing to a 16-21, 15-21 loss. This result handed Indonesia an early 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal.
In the boys’ singles match, Ayush Shetty showcased his resilience and skill against Alwi Farthan. The closely contested match kept spectators on the edge of their seats, but Shetty narrowly missed out on victory with a score of 21-18, 15-21and 19-21, increasing Indonesia’s advantage in the tie.
Rakshitha Sree S provided a glimmer of hope for the Indian team with her exceptional performance in the girls’ singles match against Ruzana. Sree S displayed remarkable composure and determination, fighting her way to a hard-fought victory of 21-18, 10-21, 23-21. Her win narrowed the gap to 2-1 in favour of Indonesia, reigniting India’s hopes.
However, the Indian challenge in the boys’ doubles event fell short as Divyam and Mayank faced Indonesia’s Muhammad and Joaquiun. The Indian duo battled hard but ultimately succumbed to a 10-21, 21-15, 12-21 defeat, securing the quarterfinal victory for Indonesia.
Although the Indian team’s journey in the team event has concluded, the young players will now shift their focus to the individual campaign, which is set to commence on July 12. The individual tournament will provide them with an opportunity to showcase their skills and strive for personal success on the badminton court.