Badminton: Double delight for Shlok Ramchandran at JE Wilson International Series
NEW DELHI: Indian shuttlers reaped wealthy dividends on the JE Wilson International Series, with doubles specialist Shlok Ramchandran claiming the guys and mixed doubles titles at the side of partners MR Arjun and Rutaparna Panda, respectively at Accra, Ghana. The top-seeded Indian pair of Shlok and Arjun beat the Nigerian pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Juwon Opeyori 21-11 21-12 lop-sided men’s doubles final that lasted 24 mins.
Shock additionally blended with Rutaparna to defeat pinnacle seeded fellow Indian pair of Arjun and Maneesha K 21-19 21-15 in combined doubles summit conflict. Women’s doubles pair of Maneesha and Rutaparna additionally emerged victories after thrashing Nigerian aggregate of Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan and Uchechukwu Deborah Ukeh 21-11 21-eleven within the finals. In singles finals, Kiran George beat Azerbaijan’s Ade Resky Dwicahyo 25-23 21-19 to win the men’s titles, while second seed Mugdha Agrey completed 2d satisfactory after dropping 10-21 6-21 to Vietnam’s Thi Trang (B) Vu within the ladies’ singles. Indian shuttlers had received 4 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and three bronze medals to pinnacle the medal desk of the maiden version of the JE Wilson Ghana International Series in 2018.
A body smash, which struck PV Sindhu hard, saw Akane Yamaguchi wrap up the final and win her maiden Indonesia Open BWF Super-1000 title in Jakarta on Sunday. The destroy summed up the very last because the diminutive Japanese shuttler changed into her aggressive best in her 21-15, 21-sixteen demolition of Sindhu. The Indian went into the suit waiting for long and painstaking rallies but Yamaguchi, who trails Sindhu 4-10 in career file, took to the courtroom with a very exclusive game plan. ‘Attack and wonder your rival’ turned into her mantra, and it paid off rich dividends.
Sindhu began nicely and at one factor became the main 12-eight in the first sport earlier than Yamaguchi struck lower back with a vengeance. Yamaguchi is 23 centimeters shorter than Sindhu; however, that did not save her from allotting jump smash winners with no trouble. Yamaguchi’s strategy becomes clear, supplying Sindhu no time to get better and not permitting her close to the internet. Sindhu went into the aggressive mode in the 2nd game to flip the tide; however, they made mistakes at essential junctures.
Despite the loss, this is the best overall performance through Sindhu, who has been determined to struggle for the remaining six months. She defeated gamers like Nozomi Okuhara and in-shape Chen Yufei and got into a good rhythm just a month before the World Championships.
Disappointed with her performance, Sindhu advised the BWF website that it may have been special if she won the first sport. “In the first set, I changed into main with the aid of two-three factors, but then I made few mistakes and gave her the lead. If I might have received the first, it can have been a piece one of a kind. But then in the second game, I fought back, then I gave her a massive lead of five-six points then I had to cowl that, it grew to become out to be difficult,” stated Sindhu, adding that she takes lots of positives from this tournament. “But then this has been an awesome tournament for me.
Where I must get points, I actually have made errors, and I think it’s miles comparatively unique recreation; there had been rapid rallies,” she brought. On why she was unable to healthy Yamaguchi, Sindhu said, “There isn’t always a great deal of a distinction. It is simply that who plays nicely on that day may be the winner. The pinnacle-10 inside the international are of equal preference right now.
Fourth seed Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei won the guys’ singles title with a 21-18, 24-26, 21-15 victory against Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Indian juniors in quarters India advanced to the quarters of the Badminton Asia Junior Championship no matter losing their final league come upon in opposition to South Korea 1-4. They will face Indonesia on the remaining 8 degrees of the combined event.