Pune: Aakarshi Kashyap from Raipur kept her opponent Malvika Bansod at bay to lift the girls title in the Yonex-Sunrise India Junior Grand Prix International Badminton Championship at Modern Sports Complex here on Sunday.
It was reversal of fortunes for Nagpur girl Malvika, who had won the gold medal in the Khelo India School Games against the same opponent, as she went down 13-21, 19-21 in 37 minutes.
Aakrashi played attacking game as she focussed on Malvika’s weakness and caught her opponent off-guard.
“I was targeting her backhand, and as she was making many unforced errors, so I tried to push her to the service line, which gave me easy points,” said Aakarshi, who is currently India No. 1 in Junior Under-19 badminton ranking.
At the start both players stole points in tandem on each other’s serves. At 5-all, Aakarshi pushed up her game, mixing her shots nicely.
Malvika looked hapless on many occasions, as she made many unforced errors, which allowed Aakarshi to move ahead with a 17-13 lead and surrendered the first game with the score line of 21-13.
“I did not find rhythm on the court and that was the reason so many unforced errors happened. I was also not able to control my shots,” explained Malvika, who is currently ranked No. 3 in Junior Under-19 badminton ranking.
In the second game, Malvika showed glimpses of form and raced away to 3-1 lead. Aakarshi again started targeting the service line, which troubled Malvika, as she trailed 10-16.
From there onwards, Aakarshi did make a few unforced errors, but it did not matter much as she sealed the match 21-19.
Girls: 4-Aakarshi Kashyap (Ind) bt Malvika Bansod (Ind) 21-13, 21-19.
Doubles: 3-Metya Inayah Cindiani and Febby Valencia Dwijayanti Gani (Ina) bt 2-Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma and Ribka Sugiarto 21-19, 21-19.
Boys: 1-Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay bt Christian Adinata 21-13, 21-14.
Doubles: 4-Leo Rolly Carnando (Ina) and Daniel Marthin (Ina) bt : 2-Ghifari Anandaffa Prihardika (Ina) and Pramudya Kusumawardana Riyanto (Ina) 21-12, 21-14.
Mixed doubles: 2-Pramudya Kusumawardan Riyanto and Ribka Sugiarto (Ina) bt 3-Leo Rolly Carnando and Metya Inayah Cindiani(Ina) 21-16, 21-12.