Thailand Masters: Aditya Joshi reaches quarters

Aditya, who had clinched gold medals in the 2011 Remensco Junior International in Russia and the Asian Sub-Junior championship in Japan, saw off Pratul 21-19, 21-10 in a 36-minute clash.

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A file picture of Aditya Joshi.   -  AP

Former junior World No 1, Aditya Joshi sailed into the quarterfinals of the Thailand Masters after notching up a straight-game win over his elder brother Pratul Joshi in men's singles competition at the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold tournament here today.

Aditya, who had clinched gold medals in the 2011 Remensco Junior International in Russia and the Asian Sub-Junior championship in Japan, saw off Pratul 21-19, 21-10 in a 36-minute clash.

The Dhar lad will next take on Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen at the Nimibutur Stadium.

Aditya, who had lost to Pratul at the Bahrain International last year, fought back from 0-3 down to open up a 7-3 advantage in the opening game. Pratul, however, made a good recovery as the duo fought for each point, moving neck and neck till 15-15. Aditya then surged ahead to a 20-16 lead. Pratul saved three game points before Aditya closed the game in his favour.

In the second, Aditya moved to a 4-1 lead and despite Pratul clawing back and leading 6-5, Aditya zoomed ahead with giant steps to win the game and the match without much trouble.

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