Pune’s sixteen-year-old grabs her third title in a row
Pune: Purva Barve defied her age and announced herself on the Indian junior circuit by bagging the Under-19 singles title at the All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament 2017 in Thiruvanthapuram, Kerala.
The 16-year-old’s maiden junior crown comes on the back of two overseas title-winning performances which includes; the Yonex-Italian Junior and the Israel Open earlier in the year.
In the summit clash, the Pune-based Nikhil Kanetkar Badminton Academy (NKBA) cadet made short work of Karnataka qualifier Ashwini Bhat K 26-24, 21-13 in a 37 minute duel.
Seeded No 9, Purva defied the seeding committee by packing off three seeded players en route to the title.
In the pre-quarterfinals, Purva accounted for No 6 Tanishq M of Andhra Pradesh 18-21, 21-15, 21-12, in a 50-minute encounter.
Later on a single day she shocked top-seeded Aakarshi Kashyap of Chhattisgarh 21-17, 21-18, in the last eight, before winning an hour-long encounter against fellow Maharashtra player, No 11 Mugdha Agrey, 21-11, 22-24, 21-11, in the semifinals.
Purva, ranked No 42 in the world, thus extended her unbeaten record to 18 matches.
“Back-to-back European titles helped me grow in confidence. I always longed to also make my experience count in India and it did. It is the belief in achieving,” said Purva.
NKBA Director and Head Coach Nikhil Kanetkar, said: “I am proud of Purva’s achievement. This is big, but the way she has stepped up full credit to Purva. For the Academy, this also goes on to show the hard work we do.”
Final: bt Q-Ashwini Bhat (Kar) 26-24, 21-13.
Semis: bt 11-Mugdha Agrey (Mah) 21-11, 22-24, 21-11.
Quatrterfinal: bt 1-Aakarshi Kashyap (Cht) 21-17, 21-18.
Round 3: bt 6-Tanishq M (AP) 18-21, 21-15, 21-12.
Round 2: bt Keyura Mopati (Tel) 21-16, 21-17.
Round1: w.o Winona S (TN)