Malaysian Badminton prodigy, Zulfadli Zulkiffli, is in the 2016 Brazil Open Grand Prix quarter-finals after navigating his way past local favourite Mateus Carrijo Cutti by the convincing score line of 21-7, 21-7.
Zulfadli, who was born in the United States but plays under Malaysia’s flag, was in imperious form on Thursday as he proved far too much for Cutti despite the latter enjoying vociferous home support.
In the first game, Zulfadli’s movement was quite sublime as he floated around the court and returned everything his Brazilian opponent hit at him. Whenever there was anything loose, he put it away. Consequently, he claimed the first game with ease, winning 21-7.
The second game followed a similar pattern as more Zulfadli-dominance ensued. The score was the same as Zulfadli took the match. He looks like a serious challenger for the trophy.
Cutti’s countrymen, Rodolfo Augusto Salles, Felipe Augusto Faria and Igor Ibrahim also crashed out of their home tournament by losing to B. R. Sankeerth, Maxime Moreels and Misha Zilberman respectively.
However, local lads Alisson Vasconcellos and Ygor Coelho De Oliveira gave the fans something to shout about as both progressed at the expense of Kentaro Asoh and Luka Wraber respectively.
There were also wins for Czech Republic’s Milan Ludik and India’s Anand Pawar over Nicholas Bonkowsky and Vilson Vattanirappel respectively.