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India’s top junior shuttler Lakshya Sen (17) won bronze medal at Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 held at Markham, Canada. In singles semi-final match, he lost to top seed and world junior number one Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand by 22-20, 16-21, 13-21 score. This was Sen’s first medal from this prestigious tournament in three attempts
India’s Performance BWF World Junior Badminton Championships
This was overall India’s fifth boys singles bronze medal at BWF World Junior Championships and only medal India got at this year’s Championships. Previously, RMV Gurusaidutt (2008), B Sai Praneeth (2010), HS Prannoy (2010) and Sameer Verma (2011) have won bronze medal. Siril Verma (2015) is India’s only boys singles silver-medallist at World Junior Championships. Saina Nehwal (2008) is only India’s sole gold medallist at BWF World Junior Championships. She also has won silver in 2006 in girls singles.
India’s Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi, playing together for first time, won doubles title at $125,000 Taipei Open. In the final match, they defeated Russian pair of Olga Doroshina and Natela Dzalamidze 6-3, 5-7, 12-12 score. The champions collected $5,500 in prize money and earned 160 points, which is expected to push both within 200 of WTA world rankings. This win marks the first WTA title for an Indian since Sania Mirza, success came on WTA Tour and Grand Slam stage. In the semi-finals, they had defeated third seeds Misaki Doi and Danka Kovinic by 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8 score.
It is tournament for female professional tennis players played on indoor carpet courts. It is currently classified as WTA 125K tournament. It has been held annually in November in Taipei City, Taiwan from 2008 until 2015. In 2012, it was upgraded from a $100,000 ITF tournament to a WTA Challenger tournament.