The individual event is gathering pace at BWF World Junior Championships 2019 in Kazan.
On 8 October, Tuesday, Gymnastics Centre in Kazan hosted next games in the individual event now involving all main candidates for medals. The tournament takes place in a playoff format in five categories: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
In men’s tournament, two-time and current U19 world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn, Thailand, secured the spot in the 4th
round beating Yanis Gaudin from France, 21:12, 21:12. Tournament’s top-2 Canadian Brian Yang won the match against Scottish player Callum Smith, 21:6, 21:2. Third top-seeded competitor Liu Liang, China, prevailed in the game against his French opponent Alex Lanier, 21:6, 21:11.
The girls’ 2nd round saw all main candidates for medals making it through to the next stage. World’s junior rating leaders, Phittayaporn Chaiwan (1) and Benyapa Aimsaard (3) from Thailand beat the Korean athlete Na Rin Lee (21:13, 21:13) and the badminton player from Sri Lanka Dilmi Dias (21:10, 21:15) respectively; Chinese competitor Zhou Meng proved to be stronger than her Portuguese rival Mariana Afonso, 21:8, 21:6. Two Russian players also booked tickets to round 3: Maria Golubeva beat Kateřina Zuzáková, Czech Republic, (25:23, 22:20) and Anastasiia Shapovalova (9) defeated Abeywickrama Chamudi Geshani from Sri Lanka (21:9, 21:10).
Men’s doubles saw no surprizes either. Chinese duets Di Zi Jian / Wang Chang and Dai En Yi / Feng Yan Zhe (3), as well as Leo Rolly Carnando / Daniel Marthin (2) from Indonesia had an easy ride into the 3rd round of the competitions. The only one Russian duet, Egor KHOLKIN / Georgii LEBEDEV, got knocked out of the tournament by their rivals from Chinese Taipei.
The BWF World Junior Championships 2019 will wrap up on 13 October. Earlier, the Championships’ team event took place, with Team Indonesia winning the gold.
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