BAHRAIN: Rahul Yadav Chittaboina an upcoming indian shuttler was nearly knocked out of the Bahrain International Series badminton tournament here, yesterday on 4 Nov 2015.
Rahul, however held to his nerves and won a dramatic battle which lasted for 1 hour and 2 minutes, where the Indian defeated Ygor Coelho De Oliveira of Brazil, a ninth seed here in the tournament 12-21, 22-20, 22-20.
In the first game, Rahul was unsettled, but held his nerve in the second game to push the game to a decider.
However, in the third game, it was a neck to neck affair and again Rahul made his intentions clear by not giving up till the end and won the decider in his favour.
Rahul defeated his fellow countryman Pratul Joshi in the quarter finals 23-21 12-21 21-12 to move ahead in the tournament.
Rahul next faces Sameer Verma also from India in the semi finals contest and an eleventh seed here in the tournament .
It is noteable and remarkable that Rahul is unseeded here in this tournament and fought through all these rounds to reach the semi final stage after winning the qualifying rounds earlier from the start of the tournament.