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At the Junior Badminton Asia Championships, Unnati Hooda gets off to a strong start

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Unnati Hooda, a rising Indian star and the tournament’s top seed, won her opening match on Tuesday in Nonthaburi, Thailand, along with six other Indian competitors.

In just 24 minutes, Unnati defeated Misato Sasaki of Japan in the U-17 women’s singles round of 64 matches, 21-11, 21-5. Unnati will now face Dea Nur Fadilla of Indonesia in the round of 32 on Wednesday.

Anmol Kharb won both of her matches to advance to the round of 32 in the other U-17 women’s singles event. Before beating Indonesia’s Wening Sabrina 21-19, 21-10, she first defeated Chujei Jennifer of Singapore 21-11, 21-14. Ratnacha Sompoch of Thailand will be Anmol’s next opponent.

In the U-15 women’s singles round of the 128-player match, Sampriti Pal was put to a stiff test by Indonesian player Keira Indriyan. The Indian shuttler won the first game 21–12 but lost her composure in the second game to lose 7–21. She then recovered in the third game to win 21–15 and finish the match in 48 minutes. In the following round on Wednesday, she will face Japan’s Ria Haga.

In the round of 64 match in the U-17 women’s singles competition, Jiya Rawat fought valiantly against Peeraya Wechawong of Thailand but ultimately fell 11-21, 21-14, and 21-10.

Three Indian shuttlers, Abhinav Garg, Anish Thoppani, and Mohammad Ali Mir, each advanced to the round of 64 in the U-15 men’s singles first round match by winning their respective matches.

Abhinav and Anish defeated Chinnapat Seangpan of Thailand and Mahiro Matsumoto of Japan in three games each, whereas Mohammad overcame Mihila Jayaweera of Sri Lanka with a score of 21-19-21-14. Their next game is on Wednesday for all three of them.

Ansh Negi fell to Japanese player Shota Natsuka in the 64th round of the U-17 men’s singles competition, 20-22, 21-16, and 12-21. Dhruv Negi defeated Singaporean player Nge Joo Jin 21-19, 19-21, 21-17 in a hard-fought match that lasted 43 minutes.

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