Telangana’s Samiya Imad Farooqui continued her meteoric rise, capturing the Under-19 girls singles title in the Microplex Global and Yonex-Sunrise All-India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament here on Sunday.
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 & P Vishnuvardhan Goud. 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 16-12 lead in the first game. Aashi fought back to narrow the deficit to 15-17. But she 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. She led 11-6 during the interval and purred ahead from there on, winning 21-12.
Results: Under-19: Finals: Boys singles: Maisnam Meiraba (Mnp) bt Aakash Yadav (Dli) 21-9 12-7 retired; Girls singles: Samiya Imad Farooqui (Tel) bt Aashi Rawat (Dli) 21-17 21-12; Boys doubles: Ishaan Bhatnagar (Chg) & P Vishnuvardhan Goud (Tel) bt Manjit Singh Khwairakpam & Dingku Sing Konthoujam (Mnp) 21-18 21-13; Girls doubles: Aditi Bhatt (Utr) & Tanisha Crasto (Goa) bt Simran Singhi & Ritika Thakar (Mah) 21-14 21-16; Mixed doubles: Dingku Singh Konthoujam (Mnp) & Ritika Thacker (Mah) bt Ishaan Bhatnagar (Chg) & Tanisha Crasto (Goa) 21-18 21-12.