Pune: City-shuttlers Purva Barve and Sukant Kadam achieved one-of-a-kind feats emerging on top in Croatia and Uganda respectively this weekend.
World No 15 and No 4 seed Purva bagged her third international title in-a-row claiming the Valamar Junior Open 2018 at Dubrovnik. Earlier, the 19-year-old lifted the Cyprus and defended the Israel crowns.
Likewise, World No 2 and top-seeded Sukant finished with a three-medal haul, which includes a double-gold (men’s singles - ‘SL 4’ and doubles - ‘SL3-SL4’) and a bronze (mixed doubles) in the Uganda Para-Badminton International at Kampala.
At Croatia, Purva put out No.2 Reka Madarasz (Hungary) 22-20, 16-21, 21-16 in a 50-minute summit-clash encounter. Her win over Reka was the second this year having beaten her at the Dutch Junior 2018 earlier.
Interestingly, in the semi-final, the NKBA trainee, toppled another Hungarian—top-seeded Vivien Sandorhazi 21-19, 27-25 in a 40-minute duel that included a 52-point second game battle.
Victory in Croatia helped Purva extend her winning streak to 18 matches at international level.
Overall Purva claimed her fifth title of her career after winning the Italian and Israel titles in 2017.
In other rounds she downed Marija Sudimac of Serbia 21-14, 21-13 in the last-8 battle, Hasini Nusaka Ambalangodage of Sri Lanka 21-15, 21-11 and Tallulah Sharleen Van Coppenolle of the Czech Republic 21-13, 21-13.
At the Lugogo Indoor Stadium, Kampala, Sukant made personal history by defending his men’s singles title win a straight game win over Guillaume Gailly of Italy 21-5, 21-18 in 17 minutes. Incidentally, it was Uganda in 2017 when he won his maiden international gold medal.
Road to final:
Purva Barve, Croatia
Final: bt 2-Reka Madarasz (Hun) 22-20, 16-21, 21-16.
Semifinal: bt 1-Vivien Sandorhazi (Hun) 21-19, 27-25.
Quarterfinal: bt Marija Sudimac (Srb) 21-14, 21-13.
Round 3: bt Hasini Nusaka Ambalangodage (Sri) 21-15, 21-11.
Round 2: bt Tallulah Sharleen Van Coppenolle (Cze) 21-13, 21-13.
Round 1: Bye
Sukant Kadam, Uganda
MS SL 4
Final: bt Guillaume Gailly (Ita) 21-5, 21-18.
Semifinal: bt Denis Grzesiuk (Pol) 21-11, 21-17.
Quarterfinal: bt Charles Kizza (Uga) 21-6, 21-11.
Round 2: bt Hassan Kamoga (Uganda) 21-2, 21-7.
MD SL 3-SL 4
(with Umesh Kumar)
Final: bt 3-Rafio Oyebanji Bello and Chukwuebuka Sunday Eze (Nigeria) 21-10, 21-12.
Semifinal: bt Nitesh Kumar and Indrajit Pal (Ind) 15-21, 21-19, 21-9.
Quarterfinal: bt Kizza Edward Kabonge and James Ongaria (Uga) 21-4, 21-11.
Round 2: bt Paddy Kizza Kasirye and Charles Kizza (Uga) 21-7, 21-9.
Round 1: bt Richard Ayella and Moses K. Mayazi (Uga) 21-6, 21-10.
XD SL 3- SU 5
(with Khadija Khamuka)
Semifinal: lost to Rafio Oyebanji Bello and Chinyere Lucky Okoro (Ngr) 19-21, 19-21.
Quarterfinal: bt Sugil Abbas (Ind) and Elizabeth Mwesigwa (Uga) 21-8, 19-21, 21-9.
Round 2: bt Edwin Muruah Mwangi and Asha Kipwene Munene (Ken) 21-6, 21-14.
Round 1: bt Isidore Kamgue and Cristance Moffouo (Cmr) 21-4, 21-12.