Indian juniors thrash Kazakhstan 5-0 in Asian Junior Championships

Vastavam web: Indian juniors started their campaign on a winning note by thrashing Kazakhstan 5-0 in the mixed team event on Day 1 of the Asian Junior Championships in Jakarta today.The Kazak players were no match to the rampaging Indians as world No 11 Akarshi Kashyap disposed off Iya Gordeyeva 21-5 21-4 to put India in lead in Group C.Akarshi was too good for Gordeyeva as the Indian did not allow any liberty in the opener, surging to a sizeable lead. The trend continued in the second game as well when Iya failed to land the shuttle across the court, committing several unforced errors.

However, the ride for world No 9 Lakshya Sen was not that easy as he encountered some early problems before overcoming his rival Dmitriy Panarin 21-15, 21-12.With a 2-0 cushion, the Indians marched ahead and the women doubles was a foregone conclusion when Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker rolled past the Kazakh duo of Iya Gordeyeva and Aisha Zhumabek 21-7 21-8 for an unassailable lead.In the end, the mixed doubles turned out to be a mere formality for the Indian duo of Srishti Jupidi and Srikrishna Sai, who beat Dmitriy Panarin and Aisha Zhumabek 21-7 21-9.

India will take on Sri Lanka tomorrow morning followed by Korea.Clubbed in Group C with Korea, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka, the Indian shuttlers are expected to sail into the knockout stages of the event as the two top teams from each group make the second-stage cut.