Triple delight for Gayatri Gopichand

Triple delight for Gayatri Gopichand

Triple delight for Gayatri Gopichand

Telangana’s Gayatri Gopichand Pullela, daughter of national badminton coach P Gopichand, clinched three titles in the All-India Sub-junior ranking badminton tournament here on Sunday.

Gayatri won the singles title in the girls’ under-15 and under-13 categories as well the doubles crown in the under-13 section.

Unseeded in the U-15 category, Gayatri rallied from an opening game loss to defeat seventh-seeded Malvika Bansod of Maharashtra 15-21, 23-21, 21-8.

Top seed in under-13 singles, Gayatri was too good for Samiya Farooqui Imad, defeating the second seed 21-10, 21-17. Gayatri then teamed up with Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka to beat Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker 16-21, 21-15, 21-19 in the under-13 doubles final and complete a fine treble.

Results: all finals: Boys: Singles (prefix denotes seeding): U-15: Final: 7-Maisnam Meiraba (MNP) bt 1-Aakash Yadav (DLI) 21-15, 16-21, 21-11 .U-13: 1-Jayant Rana (HAR) bt 5- Bidyasagar Salam (MNP) 22-20, 15-21, 21-15.

Doubles: U-15: 2-Maisnam Meiraba/Akash Thakur (MNP/BHR) bt 3-Dhruv Rawat/Pavan Krishna Thokala (UTR/AP) 23-21, 21-10.

U-13: 3-Jayant Rana/Vikas Yadav (HAR/DLI) bt 7-Ayush Raj Gupta/Balkeshwari Yadav (UP) 19-21, 22-20, 21-19.

Girls: Singles: U-15: Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (TS) bt 7-Malvika Bansod (MAH) 15-21, 23-21, 21-8.

U-13: 1-Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (TS) bt 2-Samiya Farooqui Imad (TS) 21-10, 21-17. Doubles: U-15: 3-Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka/Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (TS) bt 1-Simran Singhi/Ritika Thaker (MAH) 16-21, 21-15, 21-19.

U-13: 1-Samiya Farooqui Imad/Kavipriya S (TS/PY) bt 3-Shreeya Chitoor/Bhargavi K (TS) 21-11, 21-14.

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