Sri Lankan badminton sensation Sanjeeva Perera showcased his remarkable talent at the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China, with an impressive performance that took him to the Men’s Singles pre- quarter-finals.
In a challenging group that included players from Thailand, South Korea, and China, Perera competing in the para-badminton category SL4, demonstrated his skill by winning two out of three matches, securing the second spot in Group F. Perera initiated his campaign by defeating his formidable South Korean opponent, Jeon Sunwoo, with a decisive score of 21-14, 21-11 in his first Group match. He then faced Thailand’s Chawarat
Kitichokwattana, in a narrow defeat with a score of 21-14, 21-11.
However, displaying unwavering determination and resilience, Perera made a stunning comeback in his third match. He overcame Hong Kong’s Patrick Lee Yan Ping with an impressive score of 21-12, 21-3, securing his spot in the pre-quarter-finals.
In the Group stage, Perera finished in second place behind Kitichokwattana with 2 points, having won four out of six games.
Despite his journey, the first knockout round proved challenging as Perera faced a formidable opponent in Siripong Teamarrom of Thailand. After a thrilling first set that ended 22-20 in Teamarrom’s favor, Perera fought valiantly but ultimately went down in the second set, with Teamarrom securing the win at 21-12 and advancing to the quarter-finals.
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