Chennai, May 27:
Telangana’s No. 5 seed Samiya Imad Farooqui continued her meteoric rise in badminton, regally capturing the Under-19 Girls singles title in the Microplex Global and Yonex-Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking badminton Tournament here on Sunday.
The Asia Under-15 champion, hailed as the new prodigy from the Gopichand Academy, comprehensively beat Delhi’s No. 16 seed Aashi Rawat in the final to make up for her friend and top seed P Gayatri Gopichand’s shock exit in the semifinals.
The Under-19 Boys Singles too proved to be one-sided, with Manipur’s Maisnam Meiraba outplaying Aakash Yadav of Delhi before the latter retired hurt. The No. 2 seed Meiraba was leading 21-9, 12-7 when Aakash surrended to his injury.
Manipur had the distinction of claiming another title as Dingku Sing Konthoujam paired up with Maharashtra’s Ritika Thaker to clinch the Mixed Doubles crown. Dingku, however, couldn’t cast the same magic in the Boys Doubles, losing along with Manjit Singh Khwairakpam to Ishaan Bhatnagar & Vishnuvardhan Goud P.
Dingku & Ritika trounced Ishaan Bhatnagar & Tanisha Crasto 21-18, 21-12. On her part, Tanisha teamed up with Aditi Bhatt to take the Girls Doubles title.
Samiya was in her elements, leapfrogging to a 13-10 and 16-12 lead; Aashi fought back to narrow the lead 15-17 but couldn’t sustain the fight and lost 17-21.
The second game too began on an even keel, with Aashi wiping off a 0-2 deficit. But thereafter, it was Samiya all the way, taking three straight points and then making it 8-5 and 11-6. She purred ahead from there on, winning 21-12.
Manipur’s top talent Meiraba was also on a roll, taking a quick 3-0 lead in Game 1. He attacked confidently to move to 10-4 and 15-6 before wrapping up the opening game 21-9.
He was cantering comfortably in the second game too, with a 5-2 and a 11-7 lead. That’s when Aakash’s injury caught up with him. He gave away the next five points too before throwing in the towel.
RESULTS (All Finals, Under-19)
Boys Singles: Maisnam Meiraba (2, Mnp) bt Aakash Yadav (5, Dli) 21-9 12-7 Retired
Girls Singles: Samiya Imad Farooqui (5, Tel) bt Aashi Rawat (16, Dli) 21-17, 21-12
Boys Doubles: Ishaan Bhatnagar (Chg) & Vishnuvardhan Goud P (2, Tel) def. Manjit Singh Khwairakpam & Dingku Sing Konthoujam (1, Mnp) 21-18, 21-13
Girls Doubles: Aditi Bhatt (Utr) & Tanisha Crasto (Goa, 2) def. Simran Singhi & Ritika Thakar (6, Mah) 21-14, 21-16
Mixed Doubles: Dingku Singh Konthoujam (Mnp) & Ritika Thacker (5, Mah) def. Ishaan Bhatnagar (Chg) & Tanisha Crasto (Goa) 21-18, 21-12