The Indian team came from behind on Tuesday to defeat Australia 3-2 in their Group B match at the BWF World Junior Badminton Championships being held in Santander, Spain. The men’s doubles team of Arsh Mohammad and Abhinav Thakur lost India’s first draw 21-12, 21-17 to Zhao’s Ricky Tang and Otto Xing.
5, 14-year-old world No. 5 Unnati Hooda evened things up with a comfortable 21-6, 21-9 victory over Sydney Go in the women’s singles match, according to Olympics.com. In the third match which stretched over three sets, the Indian Bharat Raghav lost against Jack Yu by 19-21, 21-16, 15-21.
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India equalized again in the women’s doubles as Isharani Baruah and Devika Sihag beat Dania Nugroho and Catrina Chia-Yu Tan 21-8, 21-8. India’s mixed pair of Vignesh Thathineni and Srinidhi Narianan cruised to a 21-12, 21-16 win over Zhao’s Otto Xing and Yuelin Zhang to give India a 3-2 lead. India now sit second in Group B with two points from three matches. They previously beat Iceland 5-0 before losing to China by a similar scoreline. India will face Slovenia in their final group match on Wednesday with hopes of winning the game. India’s chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals will also depend on how China performs in matches against Iceland or Australia.
The championship started in Spain on October 17 and will continue until October 22.