Mahatma Gandhi University (Kottayam) was the only top women’s team from last year to survive a wave of upsets that was witnessed in the South Zone inter-university badminton championships that concluded at the JNTU-Kakinada indoor stadium here on Saturday.
While MGU, which defeated Jain University in the final, retained its title, Cochin University of Science and Technology won the men’s crown.
Cochin UST defeated JNTU-Hyderabad 3-1 in the final after downing last year’s winner Osmania University (Hyderabad) 3-0 in the semifinals with two of the three matches going into deciding game.
The results: Men: Final: Cochin University of Science and Technology bt JNTU-Hyderabad 3-1 (Satheesh Pranav lost to Vijetha 18-21, 21-10, 21-7; S. Ranjesh bt Jayasimha Reddy 21-19, 21-19; S. Sunjith and Neeraj Rehman bt Jayasimha and Manideep 21-10, 21-12; Sunjith bt Vishal Dev Reddy 21-14,21-8). Third place: Osmania University (Hyderabad) bt Kakatiya University (Warangal) 3-2 (Arjun Reddy bt D. Anand Babu 21-19, 21-15; Devansh Jaiswal lost to Sk. Khaja Jaleel Ahmed 21-11, 15-21, 13-21; Arjun Reddy and P. Vijay Kumar Reddy bt P. Vikash Harsha and G. Akhilesh Kumar 21-10, 21-17; B.R. Kiran Mouli lost to Vikash Harsha 15-21, 12-21; Prahos Reddy and Mouli bt Jaleel Ahmed and K. Happy Vinod 29-27, 21-10).
Semifinals: JNTU-H bt Kakatiya 3-2 (Vijetha bt Harsha 21-17, 21-18; Jayasimha lost to Ahmed 18-21, 10-21; Vijetha and Manideep lost to Harsha and Akhilesh 23-25, 19-21; Vishal bt Anand Babu 21-11, 21-10; Vishal and Jayasimha bt Happy Vinod and Ahmed 21-11, 17-21, 21-17).
Cochin UST bt Osmania 3-0 (Sunjith bt Mouli 21-9, 18-21, 21-9; Pranav bt Vijay Reddy 21-15, 21-15; Sunjit and Neeraj bt Mouli and Prahos 16-21, 21-18, 21-10). Super quarterfinal: JNTU-H bt Andhra University (Visakhapatnam) 3-1 (Jayasimha bt KJMS Avinash 18-21, 22-20, 21-19; Vijetha bt S. Balu Mahendra 21-11, 21-18; Jayasimha and Manideep lost to D. Raviraj and S. Naveen Kumar 13-21, 16-21; Vishal Dev bt P. Arun Kumar 21-15, 21-19). Women: Final: Mahatma Gandhi University (Kottayam) bt Jain University (Bangalore) 2-1 (Sneha Sanithalal lost to Jacqueline Rose Kunnath 13-21, 12-21; Megha Merin Ninan and Sneha bt Rose and K. Uttara Prakash 21-11, 21-17; Arathi Sara Sunil bt Uttara 21-11, 21-10). Third place: Osmania bt Anna University (Chennai) 2-0 (Ch. Poornima bt I.G. Laxmi 21-12, 21-10; Poornima and G. Rebecca bt Laxmi and M. Sri Yazhiliniyal 21-6, 21-15).