Indian teen shuttler Samiya bags Asian Jr gold

Oct 09, 2017, 08:32 IST | PTI

Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women's singles competition after defeating Indonesia's Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship here today

Indian shuttler Samiya Imad Farooqui clinched the gold medal at the Under-15 women's singles competition after defeating Indonesia's Widjaja Stephani at the Asian Junior Championship here today. The third seeded Indian, who had reached the finals at Pembangunan Jaya Raya International Junior Grand Prix U-19 in April, defeated Stephani 15-21 21-17 21-19 in a 56-minute match to lay claim to the coveted title.

Samiya Imad Farooqui with her gold medal yesterday. Pic/PTI
Samiya Imad Farooqui with her gold medal yesterday. Pic/PTI

P V Sindhu had won the gold in U-19 Asia Junior championship in 2012 at Gimcheon, South Korea. Samiya found the going tough in the opening game as Stephani jumped to a 6-1 lead early on and kept distancing herself to grab it easily. However, the 14-year-old from Hyderabad made a roaring comeback in the second game, opening a 6-2 lead and then grabbing a 13-8 lead. The Indonesian clawed back at 13-13 but Samiya managed to wriggle out and eventually forced the match into a decider.

In the third game, Stephani and Samiya entered in a tooth and nail battle but the Indonesian managed to hold a 12-7 lead. Samiya however ensured that she did not go down without a fight and soon she clawed back to 16-16 and turned the tables eventually.

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