Fort St. John's Rishav Sharma has lived to play another day at the Para Badminton International in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Sharma, who fell to fourth-ranked Chirag Baretha of India Wednesday morning, saw his record drop to 1-and-1 after two days, but Tuesday's straight sets 21-12, 21-10 over Brazilian Manoel Roseno Pereira Lima was enough to qualify him for further play.
He'll now face someone he's very familiar with -- India's Hardik Makkar, who along with his partner, Ruthick Ragupathi beat Sharma and Brazilian partner Cicero Lima Liberal 21-12, 21-13 in doubles play Wednesday afternoon.
It won't be easy, however, with seven international tournaments under Makkar's belt.
"I will give it 100%," said Sharma. "If I win this, I will enter the quarter-finals, so I am going to try real hard."
To win, the 25-year-old believes he will need to get a jump on his opponent.
"Definitely going to try to take some leads in points in the beginning so I can keep pressure on Hardik," shares Sharma. "Will just play my full game with confidence and without any fears."
The match is set for 9:40 am, BC Peace time.
As for doubles play, Sharma and Liberal finished with a mark of 0-2, and won't move on.
"Moving forward, I will try to attend more (doubles) tournaments in Canada, so I can play against a variety of players and skills."