Poojitha claims a double

Revenge win for Navaneeth over Karthik in mens singles final


IOC’s fourth seed AR Navaneeth, who had lost to third seed CP Karthik in the Youth boys’ final earlier in the day, avenged that loss with a comfortable 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 win in the men’s title round.

A Mount Carmel PU College student and winner in the Junior girls’ category on Saturday, Poojitha overcame a stiff challenge second seed Shubhashree 5-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9.

The 16-year-old, who had defeated Shubhashree in the Junior final too, came into the match with a psychological advantage but Shubhashree derived confidence from Youth title earlier on Sunday.

Sports Authority of India’s Shubhashree made the most of Poojitha’s trouble with her backhand and raced to a 7-2 lead before taking the first game. Shubhashree won a number of long rallies in the second game but the 15-year-old could not defend a barrage of forehand smashes from Poojitha, who went on to level scores at 1-1.

Shubhashree came right back to take a 2-1 lead but Poojitha was not going down easy. She took the fourth and fifth games with ease and fended off a late surge from Shubhashree to grab the next two for the match.

DH News Service

Results: Men, final: 4-AR Navaneeth (IOC) bt 3-CP Karthik (BNM) 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-8. (Semifinals): Navaneeth bt 1-Anirban T (Canara Bank) 10-12, 13-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-4; Karthik bt 2-Samson Selvakumar (Canara Bank) 11-7, 12-10, 11-7, 12-10.

Women, final: 1-V Poojitha (Hor) bt 2-C Shubhashree (SAI) 5-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-9, 11-9. (Semifinals): Shubhashree bt 7-BS Arpitha (JTTA) 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6; Poojitha bt 4-Malathi Bhaskar (BNM) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4.

Youth: Boys, final: 1-CP Karthik (BNM) bt 2-AR Navaneeth (IOC) 11-8, 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-9. (Semifinals): Navanaeeth bt SR Shreyas (Hor) 11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5; Karthik bt 4-Vedanth M Urs (Hor) 6-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6.

Girls, final: 1-Shubhashree (SAI) bt 7-M Madhurya (HTTA) 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-9. (Semifinals): Madhurya bt 3-BS Arpitha (JTTA) 12-10, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9; Shubhashree bt 5-Maitreyee Bailoor (Belgaum) 11-6, 12-10, 12-10, 5-11, 11-3.

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