Anmol Kharb through to the Quarterfinals of the Kazakhstan International Challenge

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Anmol Kharb

The rising Indian badminton star Anmol Kharb continued her good run at the Kazakhstan International Challenge and entered the quarter-final of the tournament on Thursday. In the round of 16, Anmol defeated Nurani Rattu Azzahra of UAE in straight games in a match that went for 40 minutes.

Anmol Kharb reaches the Quartersfinal

The 17-year-old Anmol, who played a pivotal role in the Indian women’s team winning an unprecedented gold at the Badminton Asia Team Championships in February, has been consistently impressive. Her journey in the Kazakhstan International Challenge began with a strong performance against her countrymate Malvika Bansod in the pre-quarterfinals. The match was a tough one, but Anmol emerged victorious with a score of 21-13, 22-20.

Following her victory over Bansod, Anmol faced Nurani Ratu Azzahra from the UAE in the second round. She dominated the match, winning with a score of 21-11, 21-7. This win secured her place in the quarterfinals, where she is set to face Japan’s Sorano Yoshikawa.

Anmol’s success in the tournament is not just a personal achievement, but also a significant moment for Indian badminton. She is one of five Indians who progressed to the women’s singles quarterfinals at the Kazakhstan International Challenge.

Four more Indian shuttlers reached the quarter-final in women’s singles. Anupama Upadhyaya defeated fifth-seed Tereza Svabikova of the Czech Republic. Anupama came back after losing the first game 18-21 and won the next two games 21-14, 21-14 to move to the next round.

Devika Sihag got better of fourth seed Keisha Fatimah Azzahra of Azerbaijan in straight games 21-12, 21-12. She will face Anupama in the next round. Ishani Baruah defeated Tiffany Ho (21-10, 21-14) of Australia in straight games while Tanya Hemanth defeated Ksenia Polikarpova of Israel (21-11, 21-18). Ishani and Tanya will face each other in the quarterfinal.

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