Kevin, Sarayu grab top honours

Kevin ML and Sarayu Vyakaranam clinched the under-15 boys’ and girls’ singles titles of the Devanahalli 3-Star State-ranking badminton tournament on Sunday.

Top seed Kevin put it past second seed Nikhit Laxman 21-16, 21-18 in the boys’ final while Sarayu registered a come-from-behind 17-21, 21-13, 21-19 victory over fifth seed Drithi Yatheesh in the girls’ summit clash.

Earlier, Kevin had beaten fourth seed Abi Amudhan S 11-21, 21-14, 23-21 in a hard-fought semifinal and Nikhit struggled before defeating third seed Nikhilshyam Sriram in the second semifinal.

In the girls’ semifinals, Drithi upset top seed Reenu Tirumal 19-21, 21-15, 21-14 while Sarayu breezed to a 21-7, 21-10 win over sixth seed Sheetal Sudarshan.
Meanwhile, top ranked Kartik Vyakaranam claimed the under-13 boys’ singles crown beating sixth seed Rohit Krishna 19-21, 21-10, 21-14 while Drithi Yatheesh stunned top seed Shivani A Pathi 15-21, 22-20, 21-14 in the girls’ final.

Results: Boys singles: U-15: Final: 1-Kevin ML (ECA) bt 2-Nikhit Laxman (WPBA) 21-16, 21-18. (Semifinals): 1-Kevin ML (ECA) bt 4-Abi Amudhan S (RBA) 11-21, 21-14, 23-21; 2-Nikhit Laxman (WPBA) bt 3-Nikhilshyam Sriram (NGV) 21-17, 13-21, 23-21.

U-13: Final: 1-Kartik Vyakaranam (JPN) bt 6-Rohit Krishna (WPBA) 19-21, 21-10, 21-14. (Semifinals): 1-Kartik Vyakaranam (JPN) bt 3-Chinmaya Venkatesh (WPBA) 22-20, 21-17; 6-Rohit Krishna (WPBA) bt 7-Pruthvi Roy (Shimoga) 21-18, 21-18.

Girls’ singles: U-15: Final: 2-Sarayu Vyakaranam (NGV) bt 5-Drithi Yatheesh (ECA) 17-21, 21-13, 21-19. (Semifinals): 5-Drithi Yatheesh (ECA) bt 1-Reenu Tirumal (HHBA) 19-21, 21-15, 21-14; 2-Sarayu Vyakaranam (NGV) bt 6-Sheetal Sudarshan (NGV) 21-7, 21-10.

U-13: Final: 4-Drithi Yatheesh (ECA) bt 1-Shivani A Pathi (ECA) 15-21, 22-20, 21-14.
(Semifinals): 1-Shivani A Pathi (ECA) bt 3-Sheethal D (PPBA) 21-10, 21-15; 4-Drithi Yatheesh (ECA) bt 2-Trisha Hegde (PPBA) 21-10, 21-4.

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