Indian badminton player S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian reached the men’s singles final World Junior Badminton Championship 2022 on Saturday in Santander, Spain
S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian, India’s top-ranked junior singles player in the world No. 4, outclassed Thailand Panichafon Tearatsakulworld number 107, 21-13, 21-15 in the semi-finals.
Thanks to the victory, S Sankar Muthusami Subramanian became the first Indian badminton player After Cyril Verma in 2016 to reach the final of the World Junior Badminton Championship. Saina Nehwal remains India’s only junior badminton world champion till date, having won the women’s singles title in 2008.
Although Theeraratsakuli clearly enjoyed the height advantage and long reach, S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian looked to take the game to his opponent and score quick points early on.
Under heavy pressure, 17-year-old Sankar Muthusamy worked his angles well and made good use of his clever shuttle placement to keep the first game comfortable.
The Thai shuttler tried to inject extra pace and power in the second game in an attempt to disrupt the Indian’s technical style, but Sankar Muthusamy did well to keep the pace. The Indian’s consistent returns frustrated the Thai as she started making mistakes and often placed her shots outside the goal lines.
The trick eventually paid off because Indian badminton player The 40-minute affair settled down in live games.
Sankar Muthusamy will face either Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Kuan-lin or South Korean shuttler Kim Byeong-jae for the junior crown on Sunday.
On Thursday, S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian had already confirmed India’s 10th medal in the age group event. Going into 2022, India had won one gold, three silver and five bronze medals in the tournament, all in singles.
Sankar Muthusamy’s medal is also India’s first at the World Junior Badminton Championships since Lakshya Sen’s bronze in 2018.
The BWF Junior World Championships have not been held in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.