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World junior badminton: India bows out in mixed team quarterfinals

Press Trust of India  |  Markham (Canada) 

went down fighting 1-3 to in the mixed team quarterfinals of the world junior championships, despite Lakshya Sen's superb efforts here.

Asian Junior champion, Lakshya lived up to expectations but the two losses in the doubles category virtually sealed India's fate and it was all over after the women singles defeat on Thursday.

The quarterfinals opened with mixed doubles event and the Indian duo of and fought hard to grab the opening game but they lost steam midway, losing 22-20, 14-21, 12-21 to the Korean pair of and

World No. 3 Lakshya then neutralized the Korean lead by beating Ji Hoon Choi 16-21, 21-18, 21-12 in the men singles.

Lakshya, who was erratic in the first game, settled into a nice rhythm and played strong, executing his shots powerfully to beat the Korean rather easily, especially winning the decider in quick time.

The Koreans went ahead once again through their men doubles pair of and Chan Wang, who outlasted the Indian duo of and 21-19, 19-21, 11-21 in another gruelling match.

With a 2-1 cushion, Ga Eun Park disposed of Malvika Bansod 21-17, 21-12 in 29 minutes to pull the curtains down on Indians.

Later pulled off a 3-1 win over for 5th to 8th place play off with men's doubles pair of and Dhruv Kapila, mixed doubles combination of Srishti Jupudi and Srikrishna Sai Kumar Podile and men's registering wins.

Indian team will take on on Saturday.

The individual tournaments will be held from November 11 to 15.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 10:50 IST