Badminton: Sukant enters final in Brazil

Sukant knocks 22-year-old No.3 seed Marcel Adam (Germany) 21-19, 21-13 in a 23-minute encounter to extend his stranglehold to 4-0 in the H2H (Head-2-Head) record

Badminton: Sukant enters final in Brazil
Badminton: Sukant enters final in Brazil

PUNE: Two Indians, one a World No. 2 and the other a rank lower at No. 3, will take the final stage to determine the 'one' who will stand tall in the Brazil Para-Badminton International 2022 on Sunday.

Among the finalists to walk out on court in Sao Paulo will be Pune-based Sukant Kadam who faces 2020 Tokyo Olympic losing bronze medallist Tarun Tarun for the Men's Singles SL4 title in an 'Indian face-off in Brazil.'

On Saturday, Sukant, seeded No. 2 for the event, knocked 22-year-old No.3 seed Marcel Adam (Germany) 21-19, 21-13 in a 23-minute encounter to extend his stranglehold to 4-0 in the H2H (Head-2-Head) record. Victory was also Sukant’s third over Adam, currently the world No. 12, in a semi-final round after Denmark in 2018 and Dubai (2021)

So far, in the previous three meetings, Sukant recorded his first over Adam way back in the 2018 Denmark Para Badminton. The win, by far, has been the toughest lasting three games 21-12, 18-21, 21-12; 33 minutes – semi-final).

Subsequently, Sukant has been a dominant force in the face-offs with Adam. Wins in the 2021 Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Makthoum 3rd Dubai Para-Badminton International (21-11, 21-11; 21 minutes – semi-final), the final of the 2022 Spanish Para-Badminton International II 21-13, 21-18 (31 minutes) and subsequently the 2022 IBERDROLA Spanish Para-Badminton International (21-13, 21-11; 23 minutes – Group-D) testifies the 29-year-olds stranglehold in the Indo-German rivalry.

Having played 5 matches on his run-up to the final, the encounter against Adam had Sukant concede the maximum number of points so far. For the record, Sukant forfeited 32 points.

Next up, is Haryana-born Tarun Tarun, who ranks one spot higher on the ranking charts, for a shot at the title. A win would mean regaining the glory he earned back in 2018.

EXPLAINER – SL4 CATEGORY

Para-Badminton is classified into six classes depending on the type and severity of impairment. SL4 is for players with movement affected at a low level on one side of the body, in both legs, or the minor absence of one limb. They play standing on a full-width court and have good court movement and a full range of shots. SL4 was a competition class at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

PARA BADMINTON CLASSES: A BRIEF

WH1 (Wheelchair/ severe impairment)

WH2 (Wheelchair/minor impairment)

SL3 (Standing/lower limb impairment/minor)

SL4 (Standing/ lower limb impairment/severe)

SU5 (Standing/upper limb impairment)

SH6 (Standing/short stature)

ELIGIBLE IMPAIRMENT TYPES

Impaired muscle power

Athetosis

Impaired passive range of movement

Hypertonia

Limb deficiency

Ataxia

Leg length difference

Short stature

(Micky Aigner)