Gold eludes India as Unnati, Anish and doubles pair finish with silver at Badminton Asia Junior Championships
New Delhi, December 4, 2022
Gold eluded India as top seed Unnati Hooda, Anish Thoppani and doubles pair of Arsh Mohammad and Sanskar Saraswat failed to cross the final hurdle and finished with silver medals at Badminton Asia Junior Championships in Nonthaburi, Thailand on Sunday.
Earlier, Gnana Dattu and doubles pair Bjorn Jaison and Aathish Sreenivas P. V. had secured bronze medals in the boys U-15 category.
In the girls U-17 section, Unnati lost to Sarunrak Vitidsarn of Thailand while, Anish and Arsh/Sanskar fell short against Chinese Taipei’s Chung-Hsiang Yih and Lai Po-Yu/Yi-Hao Lin, respectively, in the finals.
All three Indian finalists were a game down, won second game, but failed to convert third.
After losing the first game 18-21, Unnati dominated the next 21-9. The third was neck to neck till 14-14 before the Thai raced to victory, clinching the decider 21-14.
In the boys U-15 final, Anish was little off-beat at the start and his opponent from Chinese Taipei took full advantage of that to win the first game 21-8. Anish regrouped in the second game to force a decider. He was always seen calming himself despite tense situations and that yielded result as he pocketed the tougher second game 24-22.
The decider was a close affair but errors on crucial points hurt the Indian's chances as he went down 21-19 in the final game.