Everybody knows P.V. Sindhu is very talented. But despite this, the 11th United India Insurance-RSC all-India junior ranking badminton tournament here proved to be a big test for the 15-year-old from Andhra Pradesh.
It was a test, not for her skill, but for her stamina. Sindhu came out with flying colours, winning a singles double, the under-19 and under-17 titles, and the under-19 doubles at the Rajiv Gandhi indoor stadium. But she admitted that it was a very tough exercise.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh's Pratul Joshi proved that he has overcome the demons of doubt and confusion that dogged him for a long time, by winning the under-19 boys' singles crown. The second seed bounced back from a first-set loss to down Andhra Pradesh's N.V.S. Vijetha.
The results: Boys: Under-19: Final: Singles: Pratul Joshi (AI) bt N.V.S. Vijetha (AP) 19-21, 21-11, 21-10.
Doubles: Final: Sharon Raphel & S. Pranav (Ker) bt G. Gopi Raju (AP) & Anurag Thakkar (MP) 18-21, 21-14, 21-11. Semifinals: Gopi Raju & Anurag Thakkar (MP) bt C. Rohit Yadav & N.V.S. Vijetha (AP) 21-18, 21-18; Sharon Raphel & S. Pranav bt K. Chaitanya Reddy & K.P. Chaitanya (AP), 21-19, 21-17.
Under-17: Final: Singles: Arun George (Ker) bt Dani Harsheel (Mah) 21-13, 21-6. Doubles: Final: Shyam Prasad (Ker) & Ramchandran Shlokh (Mah) bt Dani Harsheel (Mah) & Aditya Joshi (MP) 21-14, 12-21, 21-17. Semifinals: Shyam Prasad & Ramchandran Shlokh bt Shreyansh Jaiswal (CG) & V. Gangadhara Rao (AP) 21-17, 21-15; Dani Harsheel & Aditya Joshi bt Laa Talar (AP) & M. Sai Tanuj (AP) 16-21, 21-16, 21-17.
Girls: Under-19: Final: Singles: P.V. Sindhu (AP) bt Tanvi Lad (AI) 21-11, 21-16.
Doubles: Final: P.V. Sindhu & K. Maneesha (AP) bt Saili Rane (AI) & Arathi Sara Sunil (Ker) 14-21, 24-22, 21-17. Semifinals: Saili Rane & Arathi Sara Sunil bt Gauri Ghate (Mah) & Daya Elsa Jacob (Ker) 21-19, 21-18; P.V. Sindhu & K. Maneesha bt G. Ruthvika Shivani (AP) & S.R. Poorvisha (Kar) 21-6, 21-19.
Under-17: Final: Singles: P.V. Sindhu (AP) bt Rituparna Das (WB) 21-13, 21-16. Doubles: Final: Rituparna Das (WB) & J. Meghana (AP) bt G. Ruthvika Shivani (AP) & S.R. Poorvisha (Kar) 21-15, 21-10. Semifinals: G. Ruthvika Shivani & S.R. Poorvisha bt D. Sudha Kalyani (AP) & Anjali Rawat (Guj) 15-21, 21-18, 21-12; Rituparna Das & J. Meghana bt K. Maneesha & P.V. Sindhu (AP) 24-22, 17-21, 22-20.
Under-19 mixed doubles: Final: B. Venkatesh & G. Ruthvika Shivani (AP) bt T. Hemanagendra Babu & J. Meghana (AP) 21-19, 29-27. Semifinals: B. Venkatesh & Ruthvika Shivani bt Bhaskar Chkraborty & Ananya Nagar (Del) 21-15, 21-9; Hemanagendra Babu & J. Meghana bt S. Pranav & Unni Anagha (Kar) 21-15, 21-18.