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December 27, 2021, Chandigarh

BadmintonMaharaja Agrasen All-India Open Prize Money Masters Badminton Tournament


Chandigarh’s Varun Sharma bagged three gold medals and Peeyush Aggarwal bagged one gold and one silver medal on the concluding day of the Maharaja Agrasen All-India Open Prize Money Masters Badminton Tournament at the Sector 38 Sports Complex.

Sharma won titles in the men’s doubles 35+, men’s doubles 40+ and mixed doubles 35+ categories, while Aggarwal won the men’s singles 35+ title and claimed silver in the men’s doubles 35+ along with Pankaj Nathani.

In the men’s doubles 35+ final, Lakhwinder Singh Punnu and Sharma defeated Nathani and Aggarwal (21-18, 21-19). In the mixed doubles 35+ final, Sharma paired with Sandhya Melasheemi and ousted the pair of Jaideep Kohli and Madhusmita Deka (21-5, 21-17). Punnu and Sharma won the men’s doubles 40+ final by defeating Jaideep Kohli and Opinder Pal Singh (21-14, 16-21, 21-16).

Aggarwal, meanwhile, defeated top seed Nathani (21-10, 21-4) to win the men’s 35+ singles final.

Aneesha Mehta and Kabra Prabinu registered a comeback (15-21, 21-17, 21-15) win over Lavita Singhal and Sandhya Melasheemi to win the women’s doubles 35+ title, while Madhusmita Deka and Sushila Kajla ousted Manishi Singh and Nalini Malik (21-13, 21-11) in the women’s doubles 40+ final.

In the men’s singles 40+ final, second seed Punnu defeated Abhinn Shyam Gupta (21-14, 21-19). In the mixed doubles 40+ final, Jaideep Kohli and Sushila Kajla came from one game down to defeat Mit Adhyaru and Sheetal Somani (16-21, 21-17, 21-16).

Ajanta Choudhury won the men’s singles 45+ final by defeating Lalit Yadav (21-8, 21-18). In the same age group, Lalit Yadav and Mahesh Kandwal defeated Mhammed Saleem and Navdeep Singh (17-21, 21-13, 14-3) (conceded) to win the men’s doubles final. Lavita Singhal and Seema Saini won the women’s doubles final by defeating Pema Landon and Taw Yania (21-17, 21-18).

Vijayendra wins title

IAS Vijayendra Kumar gifted himself a perfect birthday present by bagging a gold medal in the men’s singles 50+ final. Kumar defeated top seed Ranjit Singh (21-18, 18-21, 21-6). In the men’s doubles final, fifth seed pair of Manish Arora and Ranjit Singh faced a tough competition from Jitendra Bist and Kamal Dang before logging a (21-16, 15-21, 21-12) win. Navdeep Singh and Rachna Garg won the mixed doubles title by defeating Rajneesh Bhatia and Seema Saini (29-30, 21-18, 21-15).

Haroon-Suchitra claim gold

In the mixed doubles 45+ final, Haroon Rashid and Suchitra Misra ousted Lalit Yadav and Sunita Singh (21-16, 21-14). In the men’s doubles 55+ final, Dharmendra Juneja and Kanwaljit logged (21-13, 14-21, 21-18) win over Ashish Goenka and Ram Lakhan.

Lakhan and Manjusha Sahastrbudhe won the mixed doubles final by defeating Rajeev Mehta and Renu Mehta (21-6, 21-11). In the men’s singles 60+ final, second seed Paran outplayed top seed Rajiv Verma (21-10, 21-19). Gurcharan Singh and Pankaj Gupta won the women’s doubles final by defeating Paran Hazarika and Sanjiv Kapoor (21-19, 17-21, 23-21). Ashwani Kumar and Eira Pant won the mixed doubles 60+ final by defeating Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta and Pratibha Tandon (21-18, 21-15) and Yogendra Kumar Jaiswal won the men’s singles 70+ final by defeating Basant Kumar Shikari ((5) 21-18 21-5). Sudhir Goel and Vishal Gupta won an exhibition match by defeating Arwinder Jeet Singh and Parminder Singh (28-26, 21-19). — TNS

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