Badminton: Tanvi Lad sends World Junior champ packing

Reigning World Junior champion Jin Wei Goh of Malaysia made a first round exit from the Tata Open International Challenge after going down 19-21, 20-22 in 49 minutes to World No 95 Tanvi Lad at the Cricket Club of India's badminton courts yesterday. Goh, however, blamed a minor muscle pull on her hip during the second game which resulted in her defeat.

Tanvi Lad prepares to serve to Jin Wei Goh yesterday
Tanvi Lad prepares to serve to Jin Wei Goh yesterday

"It was just not my day. This is my last tournament of the year and I came here thinking I could collect some ranking points, but I lost in the first round, which is disappointing. I couldn't play my normal game after I had a pull on my hip in the second game when I was trailing 3-5," said the 15-year-old.

Lad was surprised to be on the winning side. "I knew that the match would be a close one. That she is the World Junior Champion was playing at the back of my mind and first round matches are always tricky. I am glad I managed to overcome that," said Lad.

Meanwhile, Lad had a relatively easy outing in the second round, beating Mayuri Yadav 21-12, 21-13 in 25 minutes to enter the quarter-finals.

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