Ashmita wins singles title

Assam's badminton prodigy Ashmita Chaliha overcame stiff competition from Sai Uttejitha Rao to finish on top in the women's singles in the Yonex Sunrise All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad on Sunday.

By Our special correspondent in Guwahati
  • Published 25.06.18
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Ashmita Chaliha (extreme right) at the awards ceremony at Hyderabad on Sunday. Picture courtesy: BAI

Guwahati: Assam's badminton prodigy Ashmita Chaliha overcame stiff competition from Sai Uttejitha Rao to finish on top in the women's singles in the Yonex Sunrise All India Senior Ranking Badminton Tournament at Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad on Sunday.

The 16th seed Ashmita scored a pulsating 21-16, 14-21, 21-15 victory over the third- seeded Sai, who came into the tournament after winning a title in Bangalore a week ago.

Despite starting the match as a clear favourite, Sai could not overcome a spirited challenge from Ashmita.

With the win, Ashmita inched closer to an Asian Games contingent berth. The selectors will name the squad on Monday.

Ashmita won the opening game 21-16 but conceded the second game. However, she displayed great tenacity to win the deciding game and clinch the title.

Former world junior championship runner-up Siril Verma won the men's singles title, defeating Sourabh Verma, winner of the 2016 Chinese Taipei Masters, 18-21, 21-16, 21-8.

The women's doubles pair of Aparna Balan and Sruthi K.P. registered a stunning 19-21, 21-19, 21-18 victory over Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant, while the tandem of Krishna Prasad G. and Dhruv Kapila beat Arun George and Sanyam Shukla 24-22, 21-13 for the men's doubles crown.

Nanda Gopal K. and Sanjana Santosh outclassed Dhruv Kapila and Meghana Jakkampudi 21-16, 13-21, 21-17 in the mixed doubles final.