Tokyo Paralympics: Suhas Yathiraj storms into Badminton Men's Singles (SL4) Final

Suhas Yathiraj stormed into the gold medal match of men's singles badminton SL4 category in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.

Suhas Yathiraj absolutely decimated Indonesia's Fredy Setiawan in the semi-final. (Image Credit: Twitter)
By Arnab Mukherji | Sep 4, 2021 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Indian badminton stars are making the nation proud in the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics, with stunning performances. Suhas Yathraj, an IAS officer has guaranteed the nation a silver medal after qualifying for the gold medal match of men’s singles SL4 final on Saturday. Suhas stormed into the final after defeating Fredy Setiawan of Indonesia by a 21-9, 21-15 margin. He will be taking on Lucas Mazur tomorrow with the desire of winning a historic gold medal.

Suhas delivered a superb performance against Fredy, giving him no chance at any stage. It was a stunning display from the Indian who raced away to a 10-0 lead before the latter could record his first point of the match. While the Indonesian attempted to make a comeback, the deficit was too big to overcome with Suhas registering a 21-9 triumph in the first game. The Indian faced sterner competition in the second game, going into the mid-game break with a 11-6 lead. Suhas picked up quick successive points to gain an eight-point lead before racing towards the matchpoint to pocket the game at 21-15.

Tarun Dhillon the other semi-finalist failed to go past Mazur, despite starting off well. He raced to a 2-0 lead before the Frenchman showcased his prowess, making a fine comeback to take a 5-11 lead. Tarun attempted his best to carve a turnaround but the world number 1 was supremely dominant wrapping it up by a 16-21 margin. The second game saw the Indian enjoying a 4-11 lead at the mid-game break, but the Frenchman showed his prowess yet again to bring the deficit down to 9-12. However, Tarun remained calm to record a 16-21 win in the second game. The decider however did not go the Indian’s way with a thrilling encounter which went down to a nail-biting 18-17 finish, eventually ending in a 18-21 defeat.

Pramod Bhagat reaches men’s singles SL3 badminton final

World No. 1 para-shuttler Pramod Bhagat stormed into the men’s singles badminton SL3 final of the ongoing Tokyo Paralympics on Saturday. Pramod defeated Japan’s Fujihara Daisuke in just 36 minutes in the semi-final to record a comprehensive win. The world champion defeated the Japanese shutter 21-11, 21-16, showcasing a wide array of strokes and supreme dominance. The 34-year-old looked quite comfortable against Daisuke, assuring India of another silver medal. Pramod further became India’s first paralympic badminton finalist which is commendable, to say the least. The 34-year-old will take on D. Bethell of Great Britain in the final.

A triumph for Manoj Sarkar in the other semi-final of the same event would have made the final an all Indian affair. However, he suffered a defeat against Bethell, and will be seen taking on Japan’s Fujihara in the bronze medal match.

Manoj was handed a (0-2) 8-21, 10-21 loss by the British para-athlete, with a significant lack of rhythm observed in his performance. Bethell took a 10-5 lead in the first game, following some amazing stroke play with the former soon extending the same to 17-7. The Indian shuttler was not able to make a suitable comeback, losing the first game 21-8. While Manoj took an early 1-3 lead in the second game, the British para-athlete made a soaring comeback to take a 9-7 lead. He continued to build on his advantage to extend the point tally to 16-9, eventually sealing a fine triumph.