Akshay overcomes Nikhilshyam to claim title

 The number two seed Akshay Srinivas thwarted the challenge posed by Nikhilshyam Sriram to clinch the under-15 boys’ singles title in the Sunlites 5-Star State-ranking badminton tournament here on Sunday.

The top-seeded Apeksha Nayak came through against Archana Pai to win the under-15 girls’ singles title while Richa Muktibodh won a three-set thriller against Trisha Hegde to be crowned the under-13 girls’champion.

In the boys’ under-13 section, second seed Tejas Sanjay overcame top seed Kartik Vyakaranam 21-18, 21-13 to bag the crown.

Results (prefix denotes seedings): Boys (singles, final): U-15: 2-Akshay Srinivas S (NGV) bt 5-Nikhilshyam Sriram (NGV) 21-18, 21-16. Semifinals: 5-Nikhilshyam Sriram (NGV) bt Abhiram K (BBCE) 21-16, 21-14; 2-Akshay Srinivas S (NGV) bt 6-Saif Ali (Sea) 21-18, 21-17

U-13: final: 2-Tejas Sanjay Kallolkar (BELGAVI) bt 1-Kartik Vyakaranam (NGV) 21-18, 21-13.

Semifinals: 1-Kartik Vyakaranam (NGV) bt 3-Ajinkya Joshi (BELGAVI) 21-14, 15-21, 21-17; 2-Tejas Sanjay Kallolkar (BELGAVI) bt Sujith BS (SAI) 21-10, 21-17.

Girls (singles, final): U-15: 1-Apeksha Nayak (PPBA) bt 2-Archana Pai (PPBA) 21-14, 19-21, 21-13. Semifinals: 1-Apeksha Nayak (PPBA) bt 4-Reenu Thirumal (NGV) 21-19, 21-11; 2-Archana Pai (PPBA) bt 3-Sarayu Vyakaranam (NGV) 21-6, 21-11.

U-13: Final: 7-Richa Muktibodh (RELIANCE) bt 3-Trisha Hegde (PPBA) 21-9, 18-21, 23-21.

Semifinals: 7-Richa Muktibodh (RELIANCE) bt 4-Sheethal D (PPBA) 21-17, 21-17; 3-Trisha Hegde (PPBA) bt 8-Medha Shashidharan (NGV) 23-21, 21-14.

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