Special Correspondent

BANGALORE : It is not often that a girls under-13 singles match turns out to be an absorbing fare, but the final of the Ramaiah Rajan memorial State junior ranking badminton championship provided enough excitement for fans as Poorvisha tamed a battling Anisha Karumbaiah 21-18, 20-22, 21-15 to claim the crown.

Both the players fought tooth and nail all the way and Anisha, daughter of former Indian track queen Ashwini Nachappa, did her mom proud with a spirited display as Ashwini sat on the sidelines and kept cheering her.

Anisha, a natural athlete like her mother, showed quick foot-work, but she also made unforced errors which negated some good stroke-play.

Poorvisha just managed to hold on to take the first game at 21-18 and in the second game, Anisha saved two game points at 18-20 and went on to take it with strong smashes.

The decider saw some spirited rallies as Anisha jumped to an early lead, Poorvisha came charging back, while Anisha lost the momentum as she tried to step up the pace with couple of loose shots and Poorivsha stayed focussed to wrap up the game and the match 21-15.

Double for Prateek

Prateek Khurana from Haryana, who has now made Bangalore his base and trains under coach Ganguly Prasad at SAI, outhit D. Anup Kiran to bag the boys’ under-19 singles title with a 21-19, 21-15 victory.

Prateek, who was tentative at the outset, found his rhythm towards the fag end of the first game, when he equalised at 18 all and went on to claim the game.

In the second, he had the tie very much in control. Later, Prateek completed a fine double partnering Anup Kiran, he won the under-19 doubles title with a 21-18, 18-21, 21-18 win over Darshan Kulkarni and Dhruv Shanbag.

Ajay Patil had it easy against Rajas Jawalkar in the boys’ under-16 singles final and won 21-17, 21-14, while Shiv Nayak rallied to down S. Siddarth 13-21, 21-15, 21-12 in the boys’ under-13 singles final.

The girls’ under-16 singles final saw a face-off between two Padukone Badminton Academy trainees Jacqueline Kunnath and Uttara Prakash and the former emerged as an easy winner with a 21-7, 21-15 verdict.

The results (all finals):

Boys: u-19 singles: Prateek Khurana bt M.D. Anup Kiran 21-19, 21-15.

Doubles: Ptrateek Khurana & Anup Kiran bt Darshan Kulkarni & Dhruv Shanbag 21-18, 18-21, 21-18.

U-16 singles: Ajay Patil bt Rahjas Jawlakar 21-17, 21-14.

U-13 singles: Shiv Nayak bt S. Siddarth 13-21, 21-15, 21-12.

Girls: U-16 singles: Jacqueline Kunnath bt Uttara Prakash 21-7, 21-15.

U-13 singles: Poorvisha bt Anisha Karumbaiah 21-18, 20-22, 21-15.

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