Hosts Bangladesh ensured that they will win at least a bronze medal from the ongoing Yonex-Sunrise Bangladesh International Challenge badminton tournament as the Alina Sultana and Shapla Akter pair moved into the women's doubles event semifinals at the Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Indoor Stadium yesterday.
Alina and Shapla handed 21-4 and 21-9 point defeats to the Nepalese pair of Amita Giri and Nangsal Tamang to set a semifinal clash against Malaysia today.
“Having paired with Alina, I played the semifinals of the Nepal Open in 2016 and 2017. We are happy that we at least ensured a medal but we will be trying our best to qualify for the final, however, the Malaysian pair is a really strong opponent,” said national champion Shapla.
However, the other Bangladeshi pair of Bristy Khatun and Rehana Parvin lost by 6-21 and 3-21 points to the Indian pair of Aparna Balan and Sruthi K P in the women's doubles quarterfinal while the Tanbir Ahmed and Ebadul Haque pair lost by 6-21 and 8-21 points to the Leo Rolly Carnando and Daniel Marthin pair in men's doubles event.
In mixed doubles, the Eabadul and Afrina Islam Molly pair lost by 4-21 and 12-21 points to the Leo Rolly Carnando and Indah Cahya Sari pair in their quarterfinal encounter.