INDIAN GIRL CONTINUES GIANT-KILLING RUN AT WORLD JUNIORS
by Mike Grossman (from information supplied by Sheila Patel at the World Junior Championships Press Desk)
November 23, 1996 (New Shuttlenws) - Aparna Popat of India continues to
surprise in the female singles event at the world junior championships of
badminton in Silkeborg, Germany.
The unseeded young Indian player today felled top-seed Lee Kyong Won
of Korea in the semifinals to gain an even chance for a world junior
title. She came back after dropping the first game to Lee 4-11 and won
the next two 11-5 and 11-3 to continue her giant-killing run at the tourney.
In the quarterfinals, Popat had defeated the 3-4 seed Judith Meulendijks
of the Netherlands 11-0 and 11-9. In the round-of-16, she had accounted
for middle-seed Zhu Yunyi of China 11-3, 7-11 and 11-9.
Popat faces another tough hurdle in the finals, the second seed Yu Hua of
China. Yu had to struggle to get past another surprising non-seed, Peng
Ju Ju of Taipei but she managed to win her semifinal match 11-4, 6-11 and
In her quarterfinal, Yu beat 5-8 seed Lee Soon Deuk of Korea in another
struggle 11-3, 8-11 and 11-3. Peng had defeated Gong Ruina of China in
still another three-gamer 4-11, 11-7 and 11-9.
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