Ayush Shetty wins bronze at World Junior Championships


Ayush Shetty, the promising Indian men’s singles shuttler, concluded his impressive campaign at the BWF World Junior Championships in Spokane, USA, with a well-deserved bronze medal. This accomplishment marked a significant milestone as Ayush became the 10th Indian to clinch a medal at this prestigious event and the eighth Indian men’s singles player to achieve this feat.
India’s overall success in the competition now stands at an impressive 11 medals, with notable contributions from legends like Saina Nehwal, who secured a silver and gold in 2006 and 2008, respectively. In the tournament’s crucial stages, Ayush faced a formidable opponent, Alwi Farhan of Indonesia, who held the fourth seed position. The first game of their encounter was a gripping battle, with both players evenly matched and the score tied at 16-16. However, it was at this pivotal moment that Alwi Farhan gained the upper hand, securing quick points and ultimately leading to Ayush’s loss in the game, with a score of 18-21.
With the momentum shifting in his favor, Alwi Farhan managed to secure an early lead of 4-0 in the second game. Nevertheless, Ayush showcased remarkable resilience and determination, fighting back to equalize the score at 13-13. Despite his commendable efforts, Ayush couldn’t maintain his rhythm and conceded a series of points to his opponent, ultimately resulting in a 15-21 loss in the second game. Ayush Shetty’s journey at the BWF World Junior Championships was nothing short of inspiring. His outstanding performance and tenacity throughout the tournament have earned him a well-deserved bronze medal, adding to India’s rich legacy in the world of badminton.