Anmol Kharb Triumphs Over Malvika Bansod at Kazakhstan International Challenge

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Anmol Kharb

In a thrilling encounter at the Kazakhstan International Challenge, young Indian shuttler Anmol Kharb emerged victorious over compatriot Malvika Bansod. The match, which lasted 59 minutes, saw Anmol, the reigning national champion and winner of the Badminton Asia Team Championships gold, overcome Malvika’s challenge in straight games.

Anmol Kharb through to pre-quarters

The first game saw Anmol take an early lead, displaying a combination of agility and precision. She won the game 21-13. However, the second game was a much closer affair. Both players showcased their skills, engaging in long rallies and displaying excellent court coverage. Despite a strong challenge from Malvika, the Nagpur girl succumbed to the Haryana girl’s fighting spirit, brilliant net play and court coverage. Anmol managed to clinch the game 22-20.

This victory marks Anmol’s entry into the pre-quarterfinals of the Kazakhstan International Challenge. Ranked 333 in the world, the 17-year-old will now face Indonesia’s 21-year-old shuttler Nurani Ratu Azzahra in the last-16 round.

Anmol’s journey to the main draw was not without its challenges. In the two qualification rounds, she received a walkover from Kamila Smagulova of Kazakhstan before defeating Cassey Rynn Rompog of Malaysia 21-19, 21-9.

This victory over Malvika Bansod is a significant achievement for Anmol. Malvika, a top seed, is a formidable opponent with a strong track record. However, Anmol’s performance in this match demonstrates her potential and the strides she has made in her badminton career.

In February, Anmol took the badminton world by surprise making her international debut at the Asia Team Championships in Shah Alam, Malaysia. She outperformed many top seeds in the competition like a seasoned player and played a crucial part in India’s maiden victory at the tournament.

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