Panchkula, Aug 18:
Maisnam Meiraba dished out yet another dominating show in the finals to claim the men’s singles title at the Yonex-Sunrise 28th Smt. Yonex Sunrise Krishna Khaitan All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament here today.
Tanisha Crasto and Aditi Bhatt also had a memorable campaign as they returned with twin crowns.
Junior World No. 15 Maisnam Meiraba, seeded top, was unstoppable in his 21-12, 21-11 demolition of second seed Sathish Kumar K.
The in-form Manipur shuttler, who won the White Night Junior last month, was challenged only once in six matches this week, where he dropped a game to eighth seed Sarath D in the quarter-finals.
In girls’ singles, sixth seed Aditi Bhatt showed steely nerves and resilience in her 22-20, 13-21, 22-20 marathon win over the top seed Unnati Bisht in the finals that lasted an hour and 18 minutes.
This was the second consecutive three-game match that the feisty girl played following her 21-15, 14-21, 21-16 win over seventh seed Aashi Rawat in the semi-finals.
Bhatt made it a double delight when she teamed up with Goa’s Tanisha Crasto to take the girls’ doubles title as well.
The second seeds recovered from a slow start to eke out a 17-21, 21-19, 21-17 win over seventh seeds Khushi Gupta and Drithi Yatheesh.
Crasto found success in the mixed doubles category as well, where she partnered Ishaan Bhatnagar to outlast Dhruv Rawat and Trisha Hegde 20-22, 21-16, 21-13.
In boys’ doubles, fifth seeds Iman Sonowal of Assam and Yash Raikwar of Madhya Pradesh put up a brilliant performance to upset top seeds Manjit Singh Khwairakpam and Dingku Singh Konthoujam 21-12, 21-15 to claim the title.
This was the first of the selection tournaments for the BWF World Junior Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia from October 7-13.
The second selection tournament is scheduled to be held next week in Bangalore. (PTI)
Panchkula, Aug 18: