Shuttler Ruhi Raju bags silver in BangladeshDecember 21, 2018, Hyderabad
Ruhi Raju of the Suchitra Badminton Academy secured silver at the Bangladesh International Junior (U-19) tournament in Dhaka on Thursday.
Ruhi, who is the top seed at this tournament, lost to second seed and compatriot Treesa Jolly 15-21, 11-21 in the final.
The 15-year-old, downed Bangladesh under-15 No.1 player Rahima 21-17, 21-17 in the semifinals. In the quarters she had it easy against local girl Rasma Akter 21-11, 21-12. Ruhi has made rapid strides in the BWF world junior rankings. She reached a high of No. 26 in September this year.
She also emerged as the junior national champion in USA in 2017. Like her idol Tai Tzu Ying, Ruhi feels that deception is her main strength. Ruhi thanked her Indonesian coach Yonathan Dasuki, a former world top-10 player, who is working hard and monitoring her progress. Dasuki believes that Ruhi has the potential to become one of the best players in the world.
“We at Suchitra Academy have individualised programs based on our strengths and weaknesses. Our on court training is very closely monitored by our renowned coach Yonathan Dasuki from Indonesia. The relationship between coach and athletes at Suchitra is very strong, professional and is built on mutual trust and respect for each other,” Ruhi said.
Ruhi thanked Suchitra Academy for supporting her in her education as she cannot attend regular classes due to packed training schedule and tournaments.