Tejas clinches U-15 title

Tejas clinches U-15 title

On a day of upsets, Belgaum’s Tejas Sanjay Kallolkar posted a hard-fought win over top seed Karthik Vyakaranam of NGV to claim the boys’ under-13 crown in the 18th W Suresh Kumar Memorial-AISS Global 3-Star State-ranking badminton tournament on Tuesday.

Kallolkar claimed the first game 21-16 and warded off Karthik 21-19 in the second game to wrap up the title.

In the corresponding girls’ final, second seed Drithi Yatheesh of East Cultural Association edged out club-mate and top seed Shivani A Pathi 23-21, 21-16. In the girls’under-15 category, top seed Apeksha Nayak of PPBA avoided an upset, clawing back from a game down to beat second seed Archana Pai 16-21, 21-9, 21-12.

In the boys’under-15 final, Akshay Srinivas notched up a 21-17, 15-21, 21-15 victory over Nikith Laxman.

Results (all finals): Boys, under-15: Akshay Srinivas bt Nikith Laxman 21-17, 15-21, 21-15. Under-13: 2-Tejas Sanjay Kallolkar (Belagavi) bt 1-Kartik Vyakaranam (NGV) 21-16, 21-19.Girls, under-15: 1-Apeksha Nayak (PPBA) bt 2-Archana Pai (PPBA) 16-21, 21-9, 21-12. Under-13: 2-Drithi Yatheesh (ECA) bt 1-Shivani A Pathi (ECA) 23-21, 21-16.

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