Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Suhas Yathiraj becomes the first Indian civil servant to compete in the badminton SL4 final

Yathiraj defeated Indonesian Fredy Setiawan by 21-9, 21-15 in the straight sets of the semi-finals in just 31 minutes. He started well and took an early lead in the first set.

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Suhas Yathiraj's winning streak has confirmed his place in the finals of the badminton men's singles SL4 event. Suhas Yathiraj is a District Magistrate of Noida and is the first civil servant to represent the country at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. 

Yathiraj defeated Indonesian Fredy Setiawan by 21-9, 21-15 in the straight sets of the semi-finals in just 31 minutes. He started well and took an early lead in the first set. Throughout the game, he kept maintaining pressure on his opponent Setiawan. The two shuttlers had a close fight in the second game, but Yathiraj was able to take the lead and sealed the deal by 21-15.

While giving an update about Suhas Yathiraj's victory, the Sports Authority of India tweeted, "#IND's Suhas books his spot in the FINAL by beating #INA S. Fredy 2-0 in Men’s Singles SL4 Semifinal!! What an amazing day for our para shuttlers as they are giving their best to make proud Catch him play in the final tomorrow, 5th Sept #Cheer4India #Praise4Para."

The 33-year-old's campaign has been superb so far, and the hopes are high for a gold medal in the finals. Yathiraj defeated German Jan Niklas Pott in the first match by 21-9, 21-3 in the two straight sets and in the next game, he triumphed over Indonesia's Susanto Hary by 21-6,21-12 in just 19 minutes.