Second seed Anup Sridhar of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board overcame qualifier Saurabh Verma of Madhya Pradesh 21-19, 20-22, 21-15 to win the All India senior major ranking badminton tournament here on Tuesday.
In the women's singles, favourite and top seed Trupti Murgunde of Petroelum Sports Promotion Board eased to a 21-12, 21-18 win over Arundhati Pantawane of Maharashtra.
Verma raced to an 8-1 lead in the opening game, with Anup looking completely out of sorts, before the latter came up with a few thundering smashes from the backcourt to soon draw level at 10. Anup led 18-15, let the lead slip again at 19 before hanging on to win 21-19.
If the opening game was marked by an inability on the part of either player to stay ahead for long, the second wasn't too different.
With two match points at 20-18, Anup made a poor call, on one of Verma's shots, to leave the shuttle — something he later attributed to his lack of match sharpness — that eventually landed well inside. Two more errors later, he found himself down 20-21 after which Verma closed the game out.
Verma's exertions seemed to have taken a toll and he struggled for a foothold in the final game. Although Anup appeared to suffer from nerves and saw his 11 match points reduced to five, he was not to be denied.
Men: Singles: Final: Anup Sridhar (Pet) bt Saurabh Verma (M.P.) 21-19, 20-22, 21-15. Doubles: Final: Pranav Chopra (AI) & K. Tarun (AP) bt Akshay Dewalkar (AI) & Arun Vishnu (Ker) 21-18, 12-21, 21-19.
Women: Singles: Final: Trupti Murgunde (Pet) bt Arundhati Pantawane 21-12, 21-18. Doubles: Final: Aparna Balan (Pet) & Prajakta Sawant (Mah) bt Jwala Gutta (Pet) & Ashwini Ponnappa (Kar) 21-19, 21-11.
Mixed Doubles: Final: Arun Vishnu (Ker) & Aparna Balan (Pet) bt Pranav Chopra (AI) & Prajakta Sawant (Mah) 21-19, 18-21, 21-19.
Keywords: All India senior badminton