Balraj, Apeksha clinch titles

Balraj, Apeksha clinch titles

Top seeds Balraj Kajla and Apeksha Nayak clinched titles the under-19 boys’ and girls’ singles titles respectively in the Golden Gate Hollyhock Junior and Sub-junior State-ranking badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

In the boys’ U-19 final, Balraj defeated third seed Raghu M 21-12, 21-19, while Apeksha got the better of eighth seed Trisha Hegde 21-19, 21-18 in the girls’ title tie.

Meanwhile in the boy’ U-17 finals, fourth seed Sai Pratheek Krishna Prasad bagged a double, winning titles in both singles and doubles categories.

In the singles summit tie, Pratheek overcame Tejas Kallolkar, seeded second, 24-22, 21-14, while in the doubles finals, he teamed up with Mayuresh Janpandit to beat Ajinkya Joshi and Kallolkar 21-14, 21-18.

Results (all finals, prefix denotes seeding): Boys’ U-19 singles: 1-Balraj Kajla bt 3-Raghu M 21-12, 21-19. Doubles: 1-Raghu M/ Saif Ali bt 2-Kushal Raj S/ Rahul  Prasad 21-19, 21-10.

U-17 singles: 4-Sai Pratheek Krishna Prasad bt 2-Tejas Kallolkar 24-22, 21-14. Doubles: 1-Mayuresh Janpandit/ Sai Pratheek bt 2-Ajinkya Joshi/ Kallolkar 21-14, 21-18.

U-15 singles: 1-Ajinkya Joshi bt 2-Saket CS (DYSS) 21-13, 19-21, 21-9. Doubles: 1- Joshi/ Saket CS  bt 2-Chinmaya Venkatesh/ Shashank Reddy Vanukuri 21-18, 21-18.
U-13 singles: 2-Ayush Shetty bt 6-Sujnyan Ulhas Kini (6) 14-21, 21-13, 21-14. Doubles: 1-Aditya Diwakar/ Sujnyan bt 2-Sumukh GS/ Tushar Suveer 19-21, 21-11, 21-13.

Girls: U-19 singles: 1-Apeksha Nayak bt 8-Trisha Hegde 21-19, 21-18.
U-17 singles: 5-Richa Muktibodh bt 4-Trisha 22-20, 21-17. Doubles: Ananya Praveen/ Medha Shashidharan bt 2-Aanchal Dhawan/ Deetya 13-21, 21-10, 21-15.

U-15 singles: Kriti Bharadwaj bt 2-Medha 21-18, 21-17. Doubles: 1-Ananya / Medha bt 2-Keerthana P Shroff/ Tanya Hemanth 21-16, 21-14. U-13 singles: 1-Vijetha Harish bt 2-Shraddha Hegde (PPBA) 21-8, 21-18. Doubles: 1-Shraddha/ Vijetha bt Ganavi Puttamane R/ Nivedha Shriram 21-8, 21-11. U-19 mixed doubles: 3-Nikhilshyam Sriram/ Apeksha bt Saif Ali/ Archana Pai 21-17, 21-13.

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