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Petroleum clinch men's and women's badminton title for 14th time

September 29, 2012 16:50 IST

Defending champions Petroleum on Saturday extended their record run at the Inter State Badminton Championship, winning the men's and women's title for the 14th time at the Sher-e-Kashmir Indoor Complex in Srinagar on Saturday.

The script was no different than last year as Petroleum girls notched up a 2-1 victory over Airport Authority Of India to bag the Chadha Cup, while Petroleum men's team defeated second seed Air India 3-1 to clinch the Rahimatoola Cup at the 68th edition of the tournament.

London Olympics quarterfinalist P Kashyap looked rusty as Air India's Pratul Joshi took the first game off him. The World No. 20 was trailing 10-13 in the second game but he took control of the match in time to eventually register a 12-21, 21-15, 21-12 win over Joshi in 49 minutes in the first singles.

Ajay Jayaram was expected to increase the lead but the World No. 25 ended up losing the second singles to Anand Pawar 17-21, 17-21 in 39 minutes to see Air India level the scores 1-1.

Tarun Kona and Arun Vishnu then helped to make it 2-1 after the PSPB doubles pair notched up a 22-20, 21-15 win over Akshay Dewalkar and Anand Pawar and with Sai Praneeth taming Gopiraju G 21-14, 21-15 in the third singles, it was all over for Air India in the finals.

In the Chadha Cup, P C Thulasi prevailed over Neha Pandit 21-15, 21-7 in just 30 minutes to put PSPB 1-0 ahead.

But, doubles combine of Ashwini Ponnappa and Prajakta Sawant lost to Pradnya Gadre and N Sikki Reddy 14-21, 17-21 in 28 minutes to allow AAI bounce back into the contest.

However, AAI's hopes were dashed by Arundhanti Pantawane when the PSPB girl defeated Mohita Sahdev 21-16, 21-11 in 28 minutes to give her team the title.

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