Sairaj Nayse and Fizza Akbani emerged as Under-10 boys and girls singles champions respectively on the penultimate day’s play of the Khasdar Krida Mahotsav badminton tournament at the Subhedar Hall here on Monday.
In an exciting U-10 boys singles summit clash, Sairaj rallied back splendidly to overcome the spirited challenge from left-hander Sparsh Nandanwar 17-21, 21-15, 21-7.
Sairaj, a Standard III student of Narayana Vidyalayam, Chinchbhavan, lost the first game narrowly but bounced back strongly to win the next two games quite easily to clinch his maiden district title. Sairaj, who is eight years old, trains under Kunal Dasarwar.
On the other hand, the U-10 girls singles final was a one-sided affair. Fizza Akbani trounced Anvee Wajgi 21-9, 21-7.
As expected Malvika Bansod sailed into the U-19 girls singles final. The ace city shuttler outclassed Sanika Durugkar 21-2, 21-6.
However, the second semifinal was a nail-biting affair. Shruti Chokhandre shocked second seed Livia Fernandez 21-15, 19-21, 25-23 to clinch her place in the summit showdown with Malvika.
The U-19 boys singles final will be played between top seed Nabeel Ahmed and second seed Sifat Arora. While Nabeel dismissed third seed Aayush Jadhav, Sifat got the better of Shashank Kulal in straight games.
U-10 boys singles (final): Sairaj Nayse bt Sparsh Nandanwar 17-21, 21-15, 21-7.
U-10 girls singles (final): Fizza Akbani bt Anvee Wajgi 21-9, 21-7.
U-13 boys singles (QF): 1-Aditya Gadge bt Om Chincholkar 21-9, 21-8; 4-Rutva Sajwan bt Buddhaghosh Wasnik 21-16, 18-21, 21-17; 3-Jeeva Pillai bt Priyanshu Dubey 21-15, 21-12; 2-Varun Kolte bt Rohan Deshmukh 21-10, 21-14.
U-13 girls singles (QF): 1-Krisha Soni bt Nishka Barthwal 21-5, 21-4; Gaurai Rajhansa bt Vidushi Tayal 21-12, 21-17; Siya Kongre bt 4-Manvi Funde 23-21, 19-21, 21-10; 2-Nishika Gokhe bt Samira Upadhye 21-11, 21-2.
(SF): 2-Nishika Gokhe bt Siya Kongre 21-13, 21-16.
U-15 boys singles (QF): 1-Devesh Jena bt Ojas Gedam 21-11, 21-10; Siddhant Bawankar bt 4-Sahil Jalgaonkar 21-14, 21-16; 3-Arnav Arya bt Adwait Mistri 19-21, 21-15, 21-15; 2-Sanvik Chaudhari bt Preetish Jain 21-8, 21-6.
U-15 girls singles (SF): 1-Nikkita Joseph bt 4-Pinak Rokde 21-16, 21-13; 2-Aasavari Khandekar bt 3-Kripi Sajwan 21-12, 16-21, 21-19.
U-19 boys singles (SF): 1-Nabeel Ahmed bt 3-Aayush Jadhav 21-11, 21-13; 2-Sifat Arora bt Shashank Kulal 21-12, 21-3.
U-19 girls singles (SF): 1-Malvika Bansod bt Sanika Durugkar 21-2, 21-6; Shruti Chokhandre bt 2-Livia Fernandez 21-15, 19-21, 25-23.
U-17 boys singles (QF): 1-Sarthak Pakhmode bt Siddhant Bawankar 21-8, 21-9; Sarang Walke bt Sanvik Chaudhari 20-22, 21-7, 21-13; 3-Shashank Kulal bt Lokesh Gajwani 23-25, 21-11, 22-20; Devesh Jena bt Ojas Gedam 21-18, 21-10.
U-17 girls singles (QF): 1-Nikkita Joseph bt Kripi Sajwan 21-16, 21-13; Ananya Durugkar walkover 3-Amulya Lanjewar; 4-Bhargavi Rambhad bt Vaidehi Gokhe 11-21, 21-16, 21-11; Pinak Rokde bt 2-Vidhi Athilkar 21-18, 21-15.