The title favourite takes on Egyptian Omar El Atmas, who beat Pakistan's Syed Ali Buhkari 13-11 10-12 11-9 12-10 in the other semifinal.

It was a memorable experience for Kumar who became the first Indian reach the semifinals of the premier tournament on the junior circuit.

"To be honest, I am happy with the way I played throughout this tournament. Overall, I'm having a great time in Namibia the weather is great and people are very friendly and reaching the semis tops it all. I’m really happy with myself," Kumar told the tournament website.

Talking about his loss to the top seed, Kumar added, "I really tried my best to send him around the court, but he always responded to each situation and that made it difficult for me to contain him. He has a way of making things look easy and that makes him an excellent player," said Kumar.


Men's semi-finals: [1] Diego Elias (PER) BTU [3/4] Kush Kumar (IND) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (42m), [9/12] Omar Atmas (EDGY) BTU [9/12] Syed Ali Mugabe Shah Bukhara (PARK) 13-11, 10-12, 11-9, 12-10 (76m).

Women's semi-finals: [5/8] Habib Mohamed Ahmed (EDGY) BTU [1] Nor El Sherwin (EDGY) 8-11, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11 (94m) [2] Norean Gohar (EGY) bt [3/4] Mariam Metwally (EGY) 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-0 (41m).

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