GUWAHATI: Petroleum Sports Promotion Board shuttlers Chetan Anand, the 14th seed, and second-seeded Trupti Murgunde clinched the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively in the 74th Senior National Badminton Championships that concluded here on Sunday.
In the men’s final, Chetan had to dig deep into his resources to get the better of the 13th-seeded Bangalorean and also his team-mate Anup Sridhar in 55 minutes.
Anup started off on a bright note and a determined effort saw him taking the first game 21-16. However, it was not the case in the second and third games. Chetan hit back in the second game and took it 21-19 but not before Anup gave a tough fight. It was a bit of disappointment in the decider as Anup was not able to keep up with his rival and lost 21-10.
This is Chetan’s fourth overall national men’s singles title.
The battle in the women’s singles final was not as intense as Trupti defeated top seed Sayali Gokhale to clinch her maiden National women’s singles title.
Though there was some resistance from Sayali in the first game, which her rival won 21-17, it was a rather lop-sided affair in the second game. Sayali could manage just seven points in the second and succumbed to Trupti in 36 minutes.
It was a double for Jwala Gutta on Sunday. In the mixed doubles final, she combined with V Diju and the third-seeded pair did not have too much trouble in brushing aside the challenge of top seeds Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan in just 18 minutes. They won 21-12 21-7.
Later, Jwala teamed up with Ashwini Ponnappa and they registered a 21-15 22-20 victory over Aparna Balan and Shruti Kurien, the top seeds, in a 29-minute encounter in the women’s doubles final. Second seeds Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas bagged the men’s doubles title with a 21-15 21-18 win over Akshay Dewalkar and Jishnu Sanyal.