Dubai Para badminton: Bhagat and four other Indians advance to semi-finals

Pramod Bhagat worked hard before beating compatriot Nehal Gupta in three games to advance to the semi-finals of the fourth Fazza Dubai Para Badminton International here on Saturday.

Paralympic gold medalist Bhagat, who won two gold medals at the recent Bahrain Para Badminton International, came back from a losing match to beat Gupta 18-21, 21-15, 21-11 in the men’s SL3 event in singles.

“It took me a while to find my rhythm in the game. At that time, Nehal started to play well. He is improving rapidly and is highly skilled. He has a bright future,” said Bhagat, who next faces Paralympic bronze medalist Daisuke Fujihara of Japan in mixed doubles.

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By definition, the SL3 category is for players with moderate movement restrictions on one side of the body or both legs, or those without limbs.

In the men’s singles SL4 category, Tarun Dhillon also qualified for the semi-finals with a 21-15, 20-22, 21-14 win over South Korea’s Cho Nadan. SL4 is for players whose movement is affected at a low level on one side of the body, or on both legs, or for those without a limb.

The Haryana-based commuter also competed in the men’s doubles SL3-SL4 semi-finals with Nitesh Kumar.

Joshi, Parmar, Ramadass, Kaur in semis

The women’s SL3 semi-final has three Indians. Reigning world champion Manasi Joshi is set to face Australian Céline Aurélie Vinot while Mandeep Kaur will meet experienced Parul Parmar in the last four.

Joshi also qualified for the SL3-SU5 mixed doubles semi-final with Ruthick Ragupathi after securing a victory from behind against the new pair of Bhagat and Manisha Ramadass 21-12, 16-21, 19-21.

SU5 is for players whose movement is affected to a low degree in one arm, to a high degree in the non-playing arm, or for those without a limb.

Meanwhile, Parmar and Palak Kohli also qualified for the SL3-SU5 women’s doubles semi-finals.

Ramadass also progressed to the women’s SU5 singles event, beating Italy’s Rosa Efomo De Marco in back-to-back matches 21-17, 21-11. She will face Cathrine Rosengren of Denmark in the semi-finals.

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