Badminton News: India’s top badminton players including Paralympic Champion Pramod Bhagat and World Champion Manasi Joshi have beaten their opponents to compete in the Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International 2022 final.
A total of nine Indian badminton players have reached the final seven to be played on Sunday night.
In men’s singles SL3, Pramod Bhagat, who won two gold medals at the recent Bahrain Para Badminton International 2022, had to come back to beat the relentless Daisuke Fujihara of Japan, who ended up stumbling at minute -18 in the third game.
Pramod Bhagat eventually won the rubber match 14-21, 21-14 and 21-18 after struggling for 1 hour 16 minutes.
“I never thought the game would last too long. I tried to control the game but he didn’t give up, even though he looked tired. But I felt he gave up after 18 all in game three,” said the 33-year-old who will face compatriot Nitesh Kumar in the final.
Kumar defeated fellow Indian Paralympic bronze medalist Manoj Sarkar in back-to-back matches 21-17 and 21-16.
In the men’s singles SL4, as planned, Tarun Dhillon and the Indonesian Fredy Setiwan will play in the final.
“I’m really looking forward to this match. In Tokyo, I lost in the semi-final against him so it will be a kind of rematch for me. He’s my biggest opponent in Asia, so it will be a good exposure for the Asian Para Games team,” said Dhillon, who beat Rickard Nilsson 21-15, 21-17.
Setiawan will actually play three finals, including mixed doubles SL3-SU5 with Khalimatus Sadiyah and men’s doubles SL3-SL4 with Dwiyoko Dwiyoko.
Like India, Indonesia also managed to reach eight finals, including the all-Indonesia match in men’s doubles SL3-SL4.
Meanwhile, Manasi Joshi also didn’t find it easy when he beat Australian Céline Aurélie Vinot who took a match away from him but managed to come back up with 21-13, 22-24 and 21- 19.
“I get tired easily here. Maybe it’s the heat or maybe it’s the fact that we traveled and competed for two weeks. These back-to-back tournaments help me gauge my stamina level and Dubai is good because everyone is there. I must admit that I missed playing against Oksana Kozyna (Ukraine) because she challenged me but tomorrow I will play against Mandeep Kaur. He beat me in Bahrain so I’m looking forward to the rematch,” said Manasi Joshi.
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