Siddharth Pratap Singh beats Mads Christophersen to claim Swedish Open Junior International Series title
Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior
Uppsala: Young Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh secured his maiden international title, bagging the Swedish Open Junior International Series with a straight-game victory over Denmark's Mads Christophersen in the final.
Playing his first career final, Siddharth defeated Christophersen 21-15 21-11 in a 33-minute match to claim the men's singles title on Sunday.
The 19-year-old from Raipur survived a scare in the opening match against Denmark's Patrick Bjerregaard, beating the Danish player 21-23, 23-21, 21-15.
He then defeated World No 104 Sergey Sirant 21-15, 21-9 in the second round, before beating Sweden's Felix Burestedt and Indonesia's Hermansah in straight games.
Siddharth, who has never played outside Asia, will next play in the Iceland International at Reykjavik to be held from 25 to 28 January.
Indian Badminton at Olympics: PV Sindhu’s 2016 silver, Saina Nehwal’s 2012 bronze constitute total medal haul
Sports like athletics have featured in the Olympics since they were launched in 1896, but badminton was included in the Games only 29 years ago in Barcelona, and hence boasts a far smaller community of Olympians, particularly in India.
Chances of Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth qualifying for Tokyo Olympics all but over as BWF cancels Singapore Open
The Singapore Open, a Super 500 event on the BWF World Tour, was the last tournament offering Race To Tokyo ranking points inside the Olympic qualifying window.
"All attempts were made by the organisers and BWF to provide a safe tournament environment for all participants, but the recent surge in cases left no choice but to postpone the tournament," Badminton World Federation said in a statement.