Young star Malvika Bansod got off to a great start at the RSL Lithuanian International Badminton Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania on Friday.
However, another Indian in battle, Aman Farogh Sanjay, exited from the Future Series tournament organized by the Lithuanian Badminton Federation, which lasted four days.
The third seed Malvika Bansoud He made light work for local girl Vilte Paulauskaite 21-6, 21-10 in just 19 minutes. The world number 128 Malfica dominated the women’s singles first round match from start to finish.
Malvika Bansoud It didn’t take long to adjust to the field, winning eleven straight points to establish a solid 12-1 lead in the first game. The nineteen-year-old went on to finish quickly with a score of 21-6.
Her Lithuanian opponent tried to put up a semblance of resistance in the second game but Malvika Bansud was in no mood to let up. Southbow captured the second game at 21-10, victorious on the second match point.
Malvika Bansoud will meet Israel’s Hailey Neiman in the second round on Saturday. Her first big hurdle will come in the quarter-finals where she is expected to meet a ranked player.
Malvika Bansaud sails, but the French qualifiers beat Aman
It was a disappointing outing for the only participant in the men’s singles – Aman Farooq Sanjay. The 21-year-old Thane player became a victim of the playoffs.
Sixteen-year-old French Alex Lanier surprised Aman Farouk Sanjay with a score of 21-11, 21-10 in 21 minutes. Aman Faroogh Sanjay, winner of the Khelo India Youth Games, was expected to deliver a much better showing but failed to live up to the occasion.
Alex Lanier, ranked 361st in the world, gave Aman, ranked 711th in the world, no chance in clinical performance to reach the second round. Aman was upgraded to the main drag at the last minute. Alex Lanier won two qualifiers on Thursday to reach the main draw.