Skip to content

Another day of play for Fort St. John's Rishav Sharma

One step away from quarter-finals
sharma-para brazil 1
Fort St. John badminton player Rishav Sharma on the court at the 2022 Para Badminton International in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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."