Guru Sai Dutt stuns second seed Park Sung Min

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Pune Oct 31 (UNI) India's fifth seed Guru Sai Dutt stunned second seed Park Sung Min of Korea in a tough three set quarter-final match to book his semi-final berth in the men's singles individual event of the World Junior Badminton championship, played at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports City, Balewadi here today.

Guru Sai Dutt beat his Korean opponent Park Sung Min at 21-16, 14-21, 21-19, in a match lasting 53 minutes.

Saina Nehwal, the women's top seed, then gave double delight for the home fans as she clinically beat the challenge of Indonesian Lindaweni Fanetri 21-13, 21-13 in just 30 minutes to storm into the semifinal.

The Korean second seed Park Sung Min took the early honours as he surged to a lead in the first set. Guru Sai Dutt, however, clawed his way back into the set with the crowd being fully behind him as he then took the first set at 21-16 to take an unexpected lead in the match.

Park Sung Min, stung by the reverse in the first game, played much better in the second, which also saw the Indian slightly ahead at 11-10. However, from there on it was the Korean all the way in the second set which he won at 21-14 to set up the deciding third set.

The third set saw both the players going neck to neck before Park Sung Min took a slight lead at 11-9. Guru Sai Dutt, however, evened things up at 13-13 and the match went neck and neck to 19-19, before Guru Sai Dutt caught the Korean off guard with attacking smashes to pocket the game at 21-19 and with it a semifinal berth. He will play against third seed Zhengming Wang in the semi-finals tomorrow.

In the women's singles quarterfinal, top seed Saina Nehwal, who is a top 15 player in the world proved just too good for the Indonesian girl Lindaweni Fanetri beating her in straight sets at 21-13, 21-13 in just 30 minutes.

In other matches, men's top seed Huan Gao of China took a step closer to the title when he brushed aside the challenge of Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin of Malaysia in just 26 minutes to enter the semifinals. The top seed won at 21-11 21-11.

Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand, the fourth seed in the men's draw, was also shown the door by Lee Keun Dong of Korea losing a three setter at 21-23, 21-19, 21-23.

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