Pune: Chimran Kalita wasted a good five-point cushion in the first game of the crucial second singles match and thereon lost the intensity and the match as bronze medal slipped out of the grasp of India ‘A’ girls when they eventually lost the third-place play-off 2-3 to France in the Selected Girls category in the ISF World School Badminton Championship.
Chimran and Anjana Kumari had played a key role in bringing India ‘A’ back on level against France after the host lost the opening doubles match meekly, which concluded at the Badminton Hall of Shiv Chhatrapati Balewadi Sports Complex here on Tuesday..
Ainoa Desmons and Juliette Moinard paired to defeat the Indian pair of Nikita and Sivapriya Kalaiyarasi 21-13, 21-10, but Chimran and Anjana scored 16-21, 22-20, 21-19 win over Sharone Bauer and Charlotte Ganci to revive the chances of India ‘A’.
The first singles saw Ainoa beat Nikita in tight two games 21-19, 21-18, but when Chimran took the court with the match 2-1 in France’s favour, India’s medal depended on she winning this singles tie against Juliette Moinard.
Chimran led the first game midway through, but the French girl rallied brilliantly to bring the scores tantalisingly close as she smashed a few winners to catch Chimran wrong-footed.
At 20-20, Chimran lost the zeal to fight and the game before Juliette ran through the second game to take unassailable lead and seal bronze position for France.
In the inconsequential third singles, Anjana Kumari defeated Marig Brouxel 21-15, 21-17.
China wins gold
On the far court China and Chinese Taipei played an engrossing duel that saw China beating their arch-rivals 3-2 to win the gold medal.
Jinger Zhang and Shuya Zhang gave opening to China by winning the first doubles, but undefeated Chinese Taipei sneaked into contention by taking the second doubles.
The first two singles matches too went the doubles way and the two teams were level 2-2 before Jinger Zhang took the court against Hsin Pei Tsai and won the decider 21-19, 18-21, 21-13.
Results: (Selected Girls):
China beat Chinese Taipei 3-2: Jinger Zhang and Shuya Zhang bt Yu Pei Cheng and En Tzu Hung 21-17, 21-19; Louyu Wu and Wenyan Zhang lost to Chia Wei Liang Sih Yun Lin 12-21, 13-21; Shuya Zhang bt En Tzu Hung 24-22, 21-17; Louyu Wu lost to Sih Yun Lin 21-17, 20-22, 18-21; Jinger Zhang bt Hsin Pei Tsai 21-19, 18-21, 21-13.
France beat India ‘A’ 3-2: Ainoa Desmons and Juliette Moinard bt Nikita and Sivapriya Kalaiyarasi 21-13, 21-10; Sharone Bauer and Charlotte Ganci lost to Chimran Kalita and Anjana Kumari 21-16, 20-22, 19-21; Ainoa Desmons bt Nikita 21-19, 21-18; Juliette Moinard bt Chimran Kalita 22-20, 21-17; Marig Brouxel lost to Anjana Kumari 15-21, 17-21.