Rohan Thool was eliminated from qualifying for the Spanish badminton tournament International Challenge, which began on Wednesday in La Nucía, Spain.
Yohan Barbieri of France defeated Rohan Thool 21-18, 10-21, 21-12 in the first qualifying round.
Rohan Thool was the only Indian participant in the tournament. The 16-year-old Frenchman, who was three years younger than his opponent, looked more mature in his game management.
Rohan Thool, the reigning champion in Maharashtra U19 boys singles, started well and had the first game very under control. However, Yohan Barbieri increased the pace to eventually win the game 21:18.
Rohan Thool’s lack of international experience was evident
Rohan Thool, 19, found his rhythm in the second game. The Thane youngster showed off his series of shots and smashes to easily win the second game 21-10.
Rohan Thool’s performance in the second game promised a positive outcome. But it shouldn’t be because he couldn’t take the momentum into the final game.
Yohan Barbieri took control of the process in the decision maker. His experience playing on the European circuit was evident when Thool looked upset.
From 7-7, Yohan Barbieri reeled off five consecutive points to create a strong lead. The Indian teenager was unable to cope with the ongoing pressure as his lack of experience at international tournaments showed through.
According to former Thane Badminton Academy officials, Rohan Thool has now moved to Ireland to graduate in pharmacy. He plans to take part in other European tournaments whenever the opportunity presents itself.
At the state championship in Maharashtra 2019 in Nagpur, Rohan Thool had defeated his training partner of the Thane Academy Rahoul Kanne with 21:18, 21:19 to win his first junior title. Before moving to Ireland, Rohan Thool regularly played junior and senior tournaments at state and national levels.