Maisnam Meiraba Luwang of Manipur continued his fine form to enter the third round of the Yonex German Junior 2019 at Berlin on Friday. The Manipur boy needed 31 minutes to win an all-Indian clash with Ishaan Bhatnagar 21-6, 21-19 to set up a meeting with the sixth seeded Yonathan Ramlie.
This is the second consecutive straight-game win for Luwang at this tournament after beating U Min Jeong of Korea 21-11, 21-10 in 29 minutes in the first round.
Earlier on Thursday, 2017 Asian Junior Championships U-15 gold medallist Samiya Imad Farooqui and Gayatri Gopichand made a winning start to their campaign. Farooqui needed just 27 minutes to dismiss Denmark’s Clara Lober 21-10, 21-17. Gopichand was equally impressive in her 21-14, 21-15 first round demolition of England’s Alexandra Oprisan.
Kerala girl Treesa Jolly set up a second round meeting with Gopichand after her 21-17, 21-11 win over Germany’s Friederike Rudert. Amolika Singh Sisodiya, hailing from UP, was the fourth girl to progress into the second round following her 21-13, 21-8 victory over Caroline Racloz of Switzerland. Aashi Rawat, however, departed with an 18-21, 12-21 loss to Korea’s Da Jeong Chung.