Indian team continued its good run in the ongoing BWF Para-Badminton Championships in Tokyo.
Pramod Bhagat, Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist, advanced to the next round with a 21-17, 21-19 win over Oleksandr Chyrkov of Ukraine in an SL3 match.
In women’s singles, experienced SL3 shuttler Parul Parmar beat Brazil’s Adriane Avila 21-12, 19-21, 21-15 to make it to the next round.
Aside from Parmod, Ritesh Kumar won his men’s singles match. He beat England’s William Smith 21-18, 21-12. Manoj Sarkar, in contrast, has had to toil hard to beat France’s Mathieu Thomas 15-21, 21-12, 21-9.
In SL 4 men’s singles, Sukant Kadam needed 24 minutes to register a 21-10, 21-15 win over Singapore’s Chee Hiong Ang.
Ruthick-Manasi notches up a straight-game win
In the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles clash, Ruthick Ragupathi-Manasi Joshi sailed past Jan Niklas Pott-Katreik Seibert with a straight-game win. The Indian pair defeated the Germans 21-18, 21-10 in 26 minutes.
However, in the women’s doubles SL3-SU5 duel, Manasi Joshi, partnering Shanthiya Viswanathan, has gone down to fellow Indians Mandeep Kaur-Manisha Ramdass 17-21, 15-21. Manisha also won her SU5 women’s singles match against compatriot Shanthiya.
Earlier, in a SH 6 mixed doubles encounter, Nagar Krishna-Nithiya Sre Sumathy Sivan cruised to a straight-game (23-21, 21-18) win over Hong Kong’s Man Kia Chu-Choi Wing Kei.
Following it up, Nithya, partnering with Rachana Patel, won her women’s doubles fixture 21-10, 21-14 against Any Butterworth-Yasmina Essia.