Prajakta Sawant proves a point

Prajakta Sawant has made it to the second round of mixed doubles event at the World Championships partnering Malaysia’s Yogendran Khrishnan.

Prajakta Sawant has overcome multiple hurdles to participate in the World Championships.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Prajakta Sawant has been involved in a lone bitter legal battle with Badminton Association and its chief coach P. Gopichand for the last five years on being continuously sidelined by the authorities despite having the International rankings to stake her claim in India's squad.

In the ongoing World badminton championship in Glasgow, the 24-year-old from Mumbai, made a point by making it to the mixed doubles second round partnering Yogendran Khrishnan of Malaysia. The Indo-Malaysian pair defeated the Taipei’s duo of Lu Ching Yao and Chiang Kai Hsin 21-12, 13-21, 21-18.

Incidentally, the pair will now face India's N. Sikki Reddy and Pranav Chopra, both of whom have been Sawant's partners earlier.