New Delhi, Mar. 2:
12th seed Smit Toshniwal made a fabulous start to her campaign to enter the third round at the prestigious Yonex Dutch Junior International 2019 in Haarlem, Netherlands on Thursday. The Nashik girl needed 28 minutes to dismiss Nadia Choukri 21-15, 21-17.
2017 Asian Junior Championships U-15 gold medallist Samiya Imad Farooqui too was equally impressive in her 21-17, 21-14 demolition of Lin Tzu-Yun.
Gayatri Gopichand, who won a couple of All India Junior Ranking tournaments last month, though had to work hard to earn an 18-21,21-15,21-9 victory over Denmark’s Laura Floj Thomsen.
Treesa Jolly, hailing from Kerala, had a similar tough outing in her second round clash with Gauri Shidhaye whom she beat 18-21, 21-9, 21-10. 15th seed Amolika Singh Sisodiya, however, had to bite the dust 11-21, 21-9, 12-21 in her encounter with China’s Wu Yuhan.
In boys’ singles, in-form Maisnam Meiraba Luwang of Manipur continued his sizzling run with yet another commanding 21-14, 21-9 victory over Robin Mesman. Joining him in the Round of 32 were Andhra Pradesh boy Sai Charan Koya and Madhya Pradesh shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat. While Koya prevailed 21-19, 22-20 over Philip Kidmose, Rajawat beat Vincent Ziegler 21-18, 21-18.
In mixed doubles, Edwin Joy and Nafeesah Sara Siraj were shown the door 16-21, 14-21 by the Thai pair of Sirawit Sothon and Pornnicha Suwatnodom. Even though India’s challenge has ended in mixed doubles with this loss, Indian pairs are still alive in both boys’ doubles and girls’ doubles and they will be in action on Friday.