KOCHI: A move from Mumbai to Bangalore turned out to be fruitful for Vaishnavi Iyer at the eighth Geojit RSC all-India junior ranking badminton tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, here on Friday.
The 11-year-old, who trains at the Prakash Padukone Academy, slayed the top two seeds, No. 1 Ruthvika Shivani in the semifinals and later second-seeded Rituparna Das on her way to her maiden under-13 girls’ title.
“Moving to Bangalore has helped me analyse my game better and made me become more confident,” said Vaishnavi, a seventh standard student in Bangalore’s Presidency School who was representing Maharashtra.
The results: Boys: U-10 singles: Final: Siril Verma (AP) bt Anirudh Shankar (AP) 21-10, 21-17. Semifinals: Siril bt Sanjay Srivatsa (Pon) 21-16, 21-11; Anirudh bt Yashodha Krishna (AP) 21-17, 10-21, 21-12. Doubles final: Siril & Anirudh (AP) bt Kiran George (Ker) & M. Kanishk (AP) 21-19, 21-19.
U-13 singles: Final: Laa Talar (Anl Pradesh) bt Harsheel Dani (Mah) 21-17, 21-9. Semifinals: L. Talar bt Aditya Joshi (MP) 21-14, 21-19; Harsheel bt Arslan Naqvi (U.P.) 21-18, 8-21, 23-21.
U-16 singles: Semifinals: Sameer Verma (MP) bt Trinankur Nag (WB) 21-13, 21-18; Pradul Joshi (MP) bt N.V.S. Vijetha (AP) 21-14, 21-18.
U-19 singles: Semifinals: Prakash Jolly (Kar) bt B. Sumeeth Reddy (AP) 22-20, 21-19; Hirak Jyoti Neog (Asm) bt Mayank Gole (Mah) 21-9, 21-12.
Girls: U-10 singles: Final: Kanika Kanwal (Del) bt A. Divyarsha (AP) 21-16, 14-21, 21-12. Semifinals: Kanika bt Shreya Bose (Ker) 21-9, 21-10; Divyarsha bt Nagachaarishma (AP) 21-14, 21-9. Doubles: Final: Kanika (Del) & Divyarsha (AP) bt S. Nivedita & Ansha Sharma (TN) 21-8, 21-18.
U-13 singles: Final: Vaishnavi Iyer (Mah) bt Rituparna Das (WB) 21-17, 21-16. Semifinals: Vaishnavi bt Ruthvika Shivani (AP) 21-23, 21-9, 23-21; Rituparna Das (WB) bt Jamuna Rani (AP) 21-17, 11-21, 21-18. Doubles: Final: Ruthvika Shivani (AP) & Rituparna (WB) bt Anoushka Parikh & Kerul Mistry (Guj) 21-10, 21-15.
U-16 singles: Semifinals: Saili Rane (Mah) bt P.V. Sindhu (AP) 21-17, 21-18; Tanvi Lad (Mah) bt Daya Elsa Jacob (Ker) 21-5, 21-19.
U-19 singles: Semifinals: Tanvi Lad (Mah) bt Gauri Ghate (Mah) 22-20, 21-11; Prajakta Sawant (Mah) bt Saili Rane (Mah) 21-12, 24-22.