Alwin, Daya lift Centenary Cup

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FCI's Alwin Francis (left) and Ernakulam'sDaya Elsa Jacob, the winners.
FCI's Alwin Francis (left) and Ernakulam'sDaya Elsa Jacob, the winners.

Alwin Francis and Daya Elsa Jacob posted contrasting wins to lift the men's and women's singles titles in the Coronation Club Centenary Cup all-Kerala badminton tournament at the Coronation Club, Mattancherry, on Sunday.

FCI's Alwin staved off a strong challenge from former Kerala and Karnataka champion K.A. Anish (Central Excise & Customs) 21-14, 24-22 for a rare singles triumph while State champion Daya brushed aside Thrissur's Susan Rajan 21-9, 21-11 in just 24 minutes for the women's title. .

The men's final turned into a thriller in the second game which was marked by some exciting rallies. The game was close and the two thrived on each other's mistakes.

Alwin trailed 17-19 but he made it 20-20 when Anish netted a drop. He then sent a return into the net but a little later, he clawed back with a steep smash to take the title.

The results (finals): Men: Alwin Francis (FCI, Ekm) bt K.A. Anish (CE & C, Ekm) 21-14, 24-22. Women: Daya Elsa Jacob (Ekm) bt Susan Rajan (Tsr) 21-9, 21-11. — Special Correspondent

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