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Archana Kamath reaches semifinals at Youth Olympics

Press Trust of India  |  Buenos Aires 

Indian paddler Kamath had to use all her skills, and nerves to overcome Azerbaijan's Nign Jing 4-3 and enter the semifinals of the Youth here.

She pulled of a 13-11, 8-11, 6-11, 11-3, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7 in the quarterfinals here on Tuesday.

In the semifinals, she takes on China's Yingsha Sun. A win against the Chinese will put her into the medal round straightaway, failing which the Indian will have a shot at the playoff for the bronze.

But the spectacular fight she put in the capital must have given her enough confidence ahead of the last four fixture.

After taking the extended first game, was hit back by Ning Jing, a Chinese from Azerbaijan, who went 2-1 up to mount pressure on the Indian. But was up to the task and levelled 3-3 before dropping the next.

At this junction, the 18-year-old had to muster courage to keep her nerves calm and approach the match with composure. And she did it marvellously to first erase the deficit and in the decider, playing like a champion, she simply demolished her opponent.

"It was a tough match and she fought till the very end. So I am very happy that I could win. But credit should also go her because she played really well, said Archana.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 16:05 IST