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Top 6 performers from the Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024

Captained by PV Sindhu and the up-and-coming Anmol Kharb, the Indian women’s squad secured an unprecedented gold at the 2024 Badminton Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The event took place from February 13th to 18th, marking India’s first gold in this tournament’s history. Before this, the Indian men’s team had brought home bronze twice, in 2016 and 2020, but this was a first for the women’s team to reach the top.

This championship was not just about winning gold; it also provided crucial ranking points for the Race to Paris 2024, which could spell the difference for players eager to make their mark in the upcoming Olympics. The Indian men’s team ended up as runner-ups in their group, following a close 3-2 defeat to the team from the People’s Republic of China. Despite this setback, the team was already through to the quarterfinals, having defeated Hong Kong, China, the day before.

Opting for a strategic change, India played without its leading pairs – Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the world’s top men’s doubles duo, and former top player Kidambi Srikanth. HS Prannoy, the world’s number 7 player, set a victorious tone for India, outplaying Weng Hong Yang, ranked 16th globally, with a score of 21-6, 21-18, 21-19. MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila faced a narrow loss in their match against Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi. However, Lakshya Sen, the Commonwealth Games champion, tipped the scales back in India’s favor with a swift win over Lei Lan Xi, posting a score of 21-11, 21-16.

PV Sindhu (India)

Olympic star PV Sindhu found her groove again, making a big splash at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in Malaysia. She played a key part in helping the Indian women’s team snatch an epic win against the favored Thai team, with a score of 3-2, netting them their first gold in this event. Sindhu, currently 11th in the world rankings, got Team India’s gold rush going by dominating Thailand’s 17th-ranked Supanida Katethong with a double 21-12 win, which put India ahead.

Following Sindhu’s lead was the young talent, Anmol Kharb who, despite being ranked 472, scored an upset over the 45th ranked Pornpicha Choeikeewong with scores of 21-14 and 21-9 in the deciding match. The Indian team’s road to victory was remarkable as they overcame powerhouse teams like China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Sindhu, seasoned and decorated, believed that all she needed was to play her best. “I’ve been at this high level for years and have many medals,” she said. “I always knew if I played well, I’d get back on top.”

Alwi Farhan (Indonesia)

Despite the Indonesian men’s team bowing out in the Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024 quarterfinals with a 3-2 defeat to China, the up-and-coming player Alwi Farhan made a name for himself as a future star with his drive and skills. Alwi breezed through his group matches, winning each one easily, but stumbled in a loss to Lei Lanxi during the quarterfinals. Currently 59th in the global rankings for men’s singles, Alwi’s continued strong play could soon make him a prominent figure in men’s badminton.

Anmol Kharb (India)

India’s rising badminton star, Anmol Kharb, caught everyone’s eye with her superb play at the 2024 BATC. In the nail-biting final game tied at 22 points, Anmol held her nerve and won the match for India with scores of 21-14 and 21-9, leading the team to a gold medal. She won all three of her matches during the event. Her latest wins shot her up to a career-high rank of 336. With such talent, Anmol is well on her way to becoming a top name in the world of badminton.

Lakshya Sen (India)

Lakshya Sen is a badminton player from India. He was once the top-ranked junior player in the world. His accomplishments include winning the boys’ singles gold at the Asian Junior Championships in 2018 and being part of the mixed team that clinched gold at the Summer Youth Olympics the same year. In 2021, he bagged a bronze at the World Championships, and the following year, he finished second at the prestigious All-England Open. Sen was also on the Indian team that triumphed at the 2022 Thomas Cup. He scored another gold at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Sen trained at the renowned Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, showcasing his badminton prowess quite early. In 2016, he had an impressive run in the junior badminton scene, securing a bronze at the Junior Asian Championship. During the event, he suffered a defeat to Sun Feixiang, with scores of 12-21, 16-21. The same opponent bested him in the Junior World Championship pre-quarterfinals, defeating Sen with scores of 21-17, 8-21, and 13-21. Sen’s team came in eighth in the team category. He also started making his mark in senior-level tournaments and won his first men’s singles title at the India International Series tournament in 2016.

Chirag Shetty (India)

Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty is a well-known badminton player from India. Together with his playing partner, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, they’ve made history as the first Indian duo to top the BWF World Ranking, win the top-tier BWF World Tour 1000 series, and grab a gold medal in badminton at the Asian Games. In February, Chirag played a key role in helping the Indian squad secure a bronze at the Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships.

Chirag and Satwiksairaj also won their first tournament of the year at the Swiss Open in 2023, where they outplayed the Chinese team Ren Xiangyu and Tan Qiang in the decisive match. Their remarkable year continued as they were named Asian Champions, winning the 2023 Badminton Asia Championships in Dubai. They claimed their first BWF World Super 1000 title at the 2023 Indonesia Open, beating Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, making them the first Indian men’s doubles pair to achieve this feat. They also tasted victory at the 2023 Korea Open, where they defeated the Indonesian team, Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

Tomoka Miyazaki (Japan)

During the Badminton Asia Team Championships 2024 tournament, Japan’s Tomoka Miyazaki only played once, but she showed off her skills by beating Singapore’s Jaslyn Hooi with impressive scores of 219 and 218. Even though she played just that one match, her talent was clear, marking her as one of the promising young badminton stars from BATC 2024.

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Pushkar Pandey

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