Bhagat, Dhillon and Joshi enter Fazza Dubai Para Badminton final | badminton news



DUBAI: India’s top para commuters including Paralympic champion Pramod Bhagat and reigning world champion Manasi Joshi battled their opponents to take part in the final of the 4th Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International on Saturday.
A total of nine Para Indian commuters made it to the seven finals which will be played on Sunday.
In men’s singles SL3, Bhagat, who won two gold medals at the recent Bahrain International 2022, had to come back one match each to defeat a tireless Daisuke Fujihara of Japan, who eventually faltered after 18 all in the third match.
Bhagat won 14-21, 21-14, 21-18 after fighting for 1 hour 16 minutes.
“I never thought the game would last too long. I was trying to take control of the game but he just wouldn’t give up, even though he looked tired. But I feel like he gave up after 18 all in game three,” said the 33-year-old who will face compatriot Nitesh Kumar in the final.
Kumar defeated fellow Indian Paralympic bronze medalist Manoj Sarkar in back-to-back matches 21-17, 21-16.
In men’s singles SL4, as planned, Tarun Dhillon and the Indonesian Fredy Setiwan will play the final.
“I’m looking forward to the match. In Tokyo, I lost the semi-final against him, so it will be a kind of revenge match for me. He’s my biggest opponent in Asia, so it will be a good exposure for the Asian Para Games,” said Dhillon, who beat Rickard Nilsson 21-15, 21-17.
Setiawan will indeed play three finals, including the mixed doubles SL3-SU5 with Khalimatus Sadiyah and the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 with Dwiyoko Dwiyoko.
Like India, Indonesia also qualified for eight finals, including an all-Indonesian match in men’s doubles Sl3-SL4.
Manasi vs Mandeep in the SL3 final
On the women’s side, it will be an all-Indian fight for the gold medal in women’s singles SL3.
Joshi overcame a second match scare to defeat Australia’s Celine Aurelie Vinot 21-13, 22-24, 21-19 and book the final against Mandeep Kaur who beat Parul Dalsukhbhai Parmar 21-15, 21-9.
“It was a good match. I’m always nervous when I play with Parul Didi. She’s my eldest. I tried to move her on the pitch,” said Kaur, 26, who is aiming to qualify for the World. Championships.
Among others, the promising Manisha Ramadass and Nithya Sre Sumathy Sivan also qualified for the final.
Ramadass promising, Nithya advances
While Ramadass had to dive deep to beat Denmark’s Cathrine Rosengren 24-22, 22-20, Nithya beat Thailand’s Chae Saeyang 21-18, 21-10. Ramadass meets Japan’s Akiko Sugino, whom she beat in three games at the Brazil International.
Kaur and Ramadass also qualified for the SL3-SU5 women’s doubles finals after being beaten by Parmar and Palak Kohli.
Meanwhile, Dhinagaran Pandurangan and Sivarajan Solaimalai will face Hong Kong top seeds Chu Man Kai and Wong Chun Yim in the SH6 men’s doubles final.
By definition, the SL3 category is for players whose movement is moderately affected on one side of the body, both legs, or the absence of limbs.
SL4 is for players whose movement is affected at a low level on one side of the body, in both legs, or the minor absence of a limb.
SU5 is for players whose movements are affected to a low degree in one arm, a high degree in the non-playing arm, absence of a limb or minor loss of a limb.


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