Samiya wins gold at Asian Badminton Junior Championships

Yangon (Myanmar), October 8: Young Samiya Farooqui topped India’s rousing performance in the Asia Badminton Junior Championships 2017 here on Sunday afternoon by winning the coveted gold medal in the U-15 Women’s Singles category.

TheHyderabadi lass overcame Widjaja Stephani of Indonesia 15-21; 21-17; 21-19 in athrilling final to the delight of the packed Thu Wun Na National IndoorStadium. India had already won three bronze medals to make it a true bounty forthe Under-15 and Under-17 teams.

The thirdseeded Samiya started the first game on the back-foot, trailing for the mostpart to lose 15-21. 

By thesecond game, however, she was at her attacking best and went ahead 11-8. Butthe mandatory break at that point affected her momentum and she conceded threepoints on the trot.

But thatonly brought out the best in her and she raced away to a 21-17 victory. 

In thedecider, the Indian took the upper hand again but slowly gave up the initiativeto fall behind 7-11. The change of ends helped her once again as she won thenext five points for a slender one-point lead.

At 17-17, itseemed like anybody’s game but it was the Indian who came out victorious. Sheslowed down the game and resorted to long rallies that unsettled her opponent.She regained the lead and converted it into her golden moment, beatingStephanie 20-19.

“I wasnervous in the first game but regained confidence after some motivation from mycoach and gave my opponent a tough fight,” the jubilant Samiya said  afterher hour-long match.

“It was atough match and went down to the wire. But I held on to my nerves and won it. Iam very proud to win a gold for my country,” she added.

After anever before haul of four medals, BAI General Secretary Anup Narang said, “Weare proud of Coach Sanjay and the complete contingent for the performance theygave. They have created history in the tournament. We hope to see these playerstake it from here and go a notch higher in the future.”

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