Mumbai: A below par Chetan Anand proved too good for Anand Pawar as he clinched the men’s singles title at the Tata Open all-India ranking badminton tournament here Sunday.
Weary and sluggish, Chetan was forced to dig deep into his vast experience to overcome local favourite Pawar 20-22, 21-12, 21-17 at the Cricket Club of India courts.
“I am not happy with the way I won. I couldn’t play my natural game, which is to attack. I had to change my style and play rallies,” world no.14 Chetan said after pocketing the winner’s cheque of Rs. 75, 000.
“Fitness played a role. Today (Sunday) I was a little slow. At the international level it’s not going to help me,” a candid Chetan said.
Chetan took an early 5-2 lead in the opening game but Pawar caught up and went 20-14 up. But the top seed won the next six points before the Mumbaikar pulled up his socks and closed out the game.