Sankeerth, Mahima claim crowns

 Top seed Sankeerth BR and second-seeded Mahima Aggarwal clinched the under-19 boys’and girls’ singles titles respectively, in the Legacy Hollyhock 5-Star State-ranking badminton tournament at the KBA courts on Saturday.

Sankeerth registered an easy 21-16, 21-15 victory over eighth seed Mithun Manjunath, while Mahima upset top ranked Mira Mahadevan 21-17, 21-17.

However, Mithun made up for the defeat in the under-19 section to claim the under-17 boys’ singles crown ekeing out a come-from-behind 15-21, 21-18, 21-17 win over familiar foe Sankeerth.

Mithun’s success continued in the under-17 section as he lifted the doubles title partnering Raghu M. The duo beat top seeds Akashraj Murthy and Siddarth ES 21-19, 16-21, 21-15.

It was twin joy for Mahima too as she pocketed the under-17 girls’ singles title cruising to a 21-18, 21-7 victory against No 1 seed Archana Pai in the final.

Meanwhile, unseeded Prakash Raj and Vaibhav took the under-19 boys’ doubles title putting it past fifth seeds Ashith Surya and Mahesh Kumar D 15-21, 24-22, 21-17.

Top seeds Arsheen Syeda Saadath and Parvathi S Krishna defeated second seeded Neha G and Pratiksha Prakash 21-11, 21-13 to annex the under-19 girls’ doubles title.

Results (prefix denotes seedings, all finals): Boys singles: U-19: 1-Sankeerth BR (NGV) bt 8-Mithun Manjunath (WPBA) 21-16, 21-15.

Doubles:  Prakash Raj/ Vaibhav (SAI) bt 5-Ashith Surya/ Mahesh Kumar D (Metcut) 15-21, 24-22, 21-17.

U-17: 3-Mithun Manjunath (WPBA) bt 1-Sankeerth BR (NGV) 15-21, 21-18, 21-17.
Doubles: 3-Mithun Manjunath/ Raghu M (WPBA) bt 1-Akashraj Murthy (NGV)/ Siddarth ES (ECA) 21-19, 16-21, 21-15.

Girls singles: U-19: 2-Mahima Aggarwal (PPBA) bt 1-Mira Mahadevan (Tom’s) 21-17, 21-17.
Doubles: 1-Arsheen Syeda Saadath/ Parvathi S Krishna (ECA) bt 2-Neha G/ Prathiksha Prakash (Mangalore) 21-11, 21-13.

U-17: 2-Mahima Aggarwal (PPBA) bt 1-Archana Pai (PPBA) 21-18, 21-7.

Doubles: 2-Poojashree/ Ranjeetha Shoukhand (HHBA) bt 1-Archana Pai (PPBA)/ Reenu Thirumal (NGV) 14-21, 21-18, 21-17.

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