Swiss Open badminton: Priyanshu Rajawat uses his phenomenal pace to seal quarters berth


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Priyanshu Rajawat has been like a blur on the badminton courts of Basel these last two days. Picked out by Pullela Gopichand at a scouting camp in Madhya Pradesh well before he turned 10, and solely for his foot and hand-speed, the 22-year-old from Dhar is making his sheer pace count. On Thursday, he packed off Chinese Lan Xi Lei 21-14, 21-13 to make the Swiss Open quarterfinals. But the youngster, known for his conventional stick smashes, has been increasingly using the cross-angles on the backhand, with whiplash speed, to hurry opponents. Indonesian Anthony Ginting arrived on the scene a...