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Indian Shuttler Siril settles for Silver at BWF Junior World Championship

Young Indian shuttler Siril Verma clinched a silver medal at the BWF World Junior Championships after suffering a narrow defeat against Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hung Lu at BWF World Junior Championship in Lima (Peru) on Sunday the 15 November 2015.

Siril dominated the proceedings in the first game, leading 7-4 at one stage. But Chia clawed back with three points. The Indian then once again surged ahead to an 11-7 lead at the break.

After the interval, Chia slowly crafted his way to turn the tables, leading 15-12. However, Siril engaged in a tense fight and from 17-17, he broke off to pocket the opening game with a four-point burst to win by 21-17.

In the second game, Chia looked a different opponent as he completely dominated the game and didn’t give any chance whatsoever to the Indian to make any comeback.

He led from the start to end to roar back into the contest winning 21-10. In the decider, things were no different as brimming with confidence, Chia zoomed ahead from 4-4 to a 9-6 lead and then marched ahead with giant steps as Siril’s game crumbled and won 21-07. The entire match lasted for about 50 minutes.

The 15-year-old from Telngana, who trains at the Pullela Gopichand Academy, had a giant-killing run at the tournament where he defeated The Netherland’s Niels Veenstra, France’s Thomas Baures, Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen, Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, in earlier rounds and Malaysia’s Satheishtharan R in quarter finals and Thailand’s Adulrach Namkul in semifinals to reach the finals.

 

With this medal, Siril now joins the elite list of Indians such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, RMV Gurusaidutt, HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma, who have won medals for India in the Junior World Championships.

Last month, Siril was left frustrated after he could not participate at the Asian Junior U-17 & U-15 Championship in Indonesia as he was declared overage by the doctors at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, following an age determination tests conducted at the behest of SAI. Later he was cleared by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

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