Arundhati Pantawane of Maharashtra defeated P.C. Thulasi 14-21, 21-17, 21-15 in the women's badminton final of the Jharkhand National Games at the Thakur Vishwanath Shahdeo Indoor Stadium here on Monday.
R.M.V. Guru Sai Dutt of Andhra Pradesh justified his favourite tag, defeating Aditya Prakash (Karnataka) 16-21, 21-10, 21-18 in exactly one hour to bag the men's gold.
Making unforced errors and playing well only in patches, Arundhati never looked like closing out the match.
In the first game, there were very few good points and many unforced errors from both players. However, at 15-all, Arundhati started attacking with venom and hit down-the-line smashes and crosscourt winners. Thulasi didn't have an answer to any of them.
In the men's summit clash, Guru, an attacking player by instinct, exploited the defensive play of his opponent.
In the decider, Aditya made many unforced errors from the backcourt and at the net. Trailing 7-11, Aditya came back strongly and even made it 18-20, but Guru closed out the match on his second match point with a forehand cross-court winner.
TN women in final
In basketball, Tamil Nadu women entered the final with a facile 89-61 win over Maharashtra. However, Tamil Nadu men lost to Punjab 67-59 in the semifinals.
In the hockey semifinals to be held on Wednesday, Haryana women will meet Services while Jharkhand takes on MP.
In the men's section, Jharkhand meets Maharashtra and Services will clash with Punjab.
The results: Badminton (finals): Men (singles): Guru Sai Dutt (AP) bt Aditya Prakash (Kar) 16-21, 21-10, 21-18; Doubles: Arun Vishnu & Alwin Francis (Ker) bt Aksha Dewalkar & Jishnu Sanyal (Mah) 21-12, 26-24;
Women (singles): Arundhati Pantawane (Mah) bt P.C. Thulasi (Ker) 14-21, 21-17, 21-15; Doubles: Sikki Reddy & P. Jyotsna (AP) bt Pradnya Gadre & S. Sahasrabudhe (Mah) 21-16, 21-18.
Basketball (semifinals): Men: Punjab bt TN 67-59; Uttarakhand bt Services 98-76; Women: TN bt Maharashtra 89-61; Chhattisgarh bt Delhi 80-63.
Tennis: Quarterfinals: Men: Karan Rastogi (Mah) bt Suresh Krishna (AP) 6-2, 6-4; Vivek Shokeen (Del) bt Lakshit Sood (UP) 7-6(3), 6-1; Ashutosh Singh (Del) bt Chandril Sood (UP) 6-3, 6-3; Mithun Murali (TN) bt Irfan Hussain (TN)6-1, 6-0.
Women: Zainab Ali Sajjad (AP) bt Prerna Prathap (Kar) 6-4, 6-3; Nupur Kaul (Mah) bt Grace Hannah (TN) 6-1, 6-1; Prerna Bhambri (Del) bt U.M. Shalaka (Kar) 6-3, 6-3; Ratnika Batra (Del) bt C. Nidhi (AP) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Pre-quarterfinals: Men: Rastogi bt Manoj Sewa (WB) 6-0, 6-1; Suresh bt Saurav Sukul (WB) 6-4, 6-3; Lakshit bt Ronak Manuja (Mah) 6-3, 6-3; Vivek bt Sumit Kumar (Jha) 6-4, 6-0; Ashutosh bt Prosenjit Paul (Jha) 6-0, 6-3; Chandril bt Rashien Samuel (Kar) 6-1, 6-4; Mithun bt Arvind Vishnu (AP) 6-3, 6-1.
Women: Grace bt Om Lata Rai (UP) 6-4, 6-0; Prerna bt Monalisa Chakrabo (Jhar) 6-1, 6-0.
Keywords: National Games