Alan Shekhtman ousts Aston Khor in U19 semi-final at USA Badminton Junior International Trials

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 5:41:05 by

USA’s talented player Alan Shekhtman continued his smooth run in Boy’s Singles U19 category and reached into final after crushing Aston Khor in semi-final battle at USA Badminton Junior International Trials 2013 in USA, on Monday, February 18.

The spirited Shekhtman, who is one of the most skilled players in the younger lot of USA, played with incredible speed and commanding rallies all the way. He did not show any respect to Aston and won the battle in a lopsided manner in just 35 minutes.

Shekhtman was in impressive form in the arena as he played with staggering speed and dominated the pace of rallies all the way. He did not face any trouble from his lower ranked challenger and won the match in two games with a lopsided margin of 21-8 and 21-10.

On the contrary, the fifth seeded Aston could not continue his winning run as he failed to create pressure on his challenger. He committed many mistakes and eventually went down without making his presence strongly felt.

The amazing speed and powerful strokes of Shekhtman favoured him to take control of the affairs from the opening points of first game.

The speed of the rallies was quite fast in opening game and Shekhtman entertained local crowd with his lofty skills.

Until the end of first half of opening set, the in-form Shekhtman obtained a strong position on board by taking a sufficient lead.

The underdog Aston failed to play positive game after the one-minute break as he lost his focus in the arena.

Shekhtman continued employing powerful shots in targeted areas and took the opening game with an inspiring difference of 21-8.

Aston geared up his speed to play positive badminton in the starting part of second game but he failed to pile up pressure on his rival.

Until the one-minute break, the lofty Shekhtman continued playing with control and variations and remained ahead on score board.

The planned and positive play in the ending half of second set assisted Shekhtman to grab the set with a comfortable 21-10 margin on the board.

In the final contest, the in-form Shekhtman will be up against the third seeded William Cheung who overpowered Chetan Potu in the other semi-final encounter.

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