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New Delhi, February 27, 2020
Young Indian shuttlers Ravi and Rithvik Sanjeevi Satish Kumar registered straight-set victories in the U-19 men’s singles opening round at the Dutch Junior International tournament at Haarlem in The Netherlands on Wednesday.
While Ravi from Haryana wrapped up the match 21-11, 21-8 comfortably against his Indonesian opponent Made Deco Setya Atmaja, Tamil Nadu’s Rithvik thrashed Singapore’s Zhiyuan Lee 21-12, 21-11 to progress into the second round of the tournament.
Another Indian boy Harsh Arora gave a tough fight against M Fazriq Mohamad Razif of Malaysia before going down 18-21, 18-21.
However, Indian women shuttlers had a tough day as both Meghana Reddy Mareddy and Uthsava Palit suffered defeat during their U-19 singles opening round match. Meghana produced a sensational show during her three-set thriller. Despite making a comeback after a first-set setback, the Telangana shuttler lost against Anna Tatranova of France 21-15, 17-21, 21-14 in a match that saw both the shuttlers putting immense fight for 42 minutes.
Uthsava was also seen in good touch before going down 23-21, 22-20 in a hard-fought clash against Sweden’s Julia Tuvesson.