Siddharth Singh secures Swedish Open Junior International title

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Siddharth Singh secures Swedish Open Junior International title

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19-year-old Indian shuttler Siddharth Pratap Singh has won his maiden title at the international level after beating Mads Christophersen in straight games in Uppsala yesterday. Siddharth took just 33 minutes to get the better of his Dane counterpart in the final of the international series event.

Hailing from the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy, the teenager showed no nerves in his first ever career final at the international level. After winning the first game 21-15, he made little work of the second game as well winning the game and the match 21-11 in just 33 minutes to claim the men’s singles title.

“I’m very happy. Everyone, my coaches at the Prakash Padukone Academy, my family and my friends are thrilled,” Scroll reported Siddharth saying.

But not all his matches were that simple. The Raipur lad survived a good scare in his very first match against Dane Patrick Bjerregaard. After losing the first game 21-23, he rallied back to win the next two 23-21 and 21-15 to book a place in the next round.

“I was very nervous as it was my first match in Europe. I lost the first game but managed to fight back,” Siddharth remembered.

Siddharth, who had not played an event outside Asia before the title, has the Iceland International, scheduled from January 25 to 28, lined up next. 

“What I liked most about his performance in this tournament was that he improved with every match. He did not panic when his opponents were attacking and was not interested in taking charge of the match. He waited for them to make errors to win points and that worked for him,” Padukone academy coach Umendra Rana said.

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