Indian badminton player S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian participated in the men’s singles final at 2022 World Junior Badminton Championships in Santander, Spain, on Saturday
S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian, India’s No. 4 ranked junior men’s player in the world, got the better of Thailand Panitchaphon Teeraratsakulworld number 107, 21-13, 21-15 in the semi-finals.
Thanks to the victory, S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian became the first Indian badminton player making the final of a world junior badminton championship since Siril Verma in 2016. Saina Nehwal remains the only Indian world junior badminton champion to date, having clinched the women’s singles title in 2008.
Although Teeraratsakul clearly enjoys the height advantage and extended reach, S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian looked to take the game past his opponent and score some quick points early.
Under heavy pressure, 17-year-old Sankar Muthusamy worked his angles well and made good use of his clever shuttle placement to comfortably win the opener.
The Thai commuter attempted to inject some extra pace and power in game two to try and disrupt the Indian’s technical style but Sankar Muthusamy did well to match the pace. The Indian’s constant returns frustrated the Thai player as he started making unforced errors and often placed his shots outside the score lines.
The scheme finally paid off because the Indian badminton player settled the 40-minute case in consecutive matches.
On Sunday, Sankar Muthusamy will face Chinese Taipei’s Kuo Kuan-lin or South Korean commuter Kim Byung-jae for the junior crown.
On Thursday, S Sankar Muthusamy Subramanian had already confirmed India’s 10th medal at the age group tournament. Heading into the 2022 edition, India had won one gold, three silver and five bronze medals, all in singles, in the tournament.
Sankar Muthusamy’s medal is also India’s first at the badminton world junior championships since Lakshya Sen’s bronze medal in 2018.
The BWF World Junior Championships did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.