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Karunaratne beats local player in Korea Grand Prix

Sri Lanka’s top shuttler Niluka Karunaratne showed his elite skills in the arena and showed exit to his local opponent Min Ki Kim in Men’s Singles second round at the Korea Grand Prix Gold 2012 on Wednesday, December 5, in Korea.

Niluka, who has been seeded at number two in Men’s Singles main draw of the tournament, played with remarkable precision and easily wrapped up victory in a completely commanding fashion in just 35 minutes.

Sri Lankan shuttler stayed in complete control in the arena as he played with terrific precision in the arena and remained successful in winning this battle in straight games with a convincing margin.

On the other hand, Min Ki failed to make his home fans happy as he played with quivering badminton and remained unable to match the speed of his higher ranked rival. He lost this match in straight sets without grabbing any game.

Niluka showed a wonderful aggression in the arena from the initial points of first game by building a huge pressure on his rival.

The impressive variations in Niluka’s strokes and his remarkable speed helped him to continue his domination in the arena without facing any trouble from the Korean shuttler.

Until the mid-game break, the confident Niluka stayed in complete command as he set up a reasonable lead on score board.

However, Min Ki also remained slightly behind his Sri Lankan rival in the opening half and also continued playing good badminton in the concluding part.

Nevertheless, the second seeded Niluka geared up his speed in all areas of the court and remained successful in winning the opening game with a 21-18 score on the board.

In the following set, the impressive Niluka did not lose his supremacy at any stage in the arena and he remained successful in taking a wonderful lead on score board until the one-minute break.

After the interval, the Sri Lankan shuttler continued his smooth sailing in front of Korean crowd and he easily wrapped up the second game with a 21-11 score on the board.

The lofty Niluka remained successful in winning this Men’s Singles battle in straight games with a controlled margin of 21-18 and 21-11. (Better.com)

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